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To help parents when school is not in session, the Y provides camps for kids aged 5 -15 that have fun filled activities and sports in a values based environment. Call: Thomas at 933-9622 Complete information at: www.gtbayymca.org Grand Traverse Bay YMCA Camp Programs 3000 Racquet Club Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684 231-933-9622 | www.gtbayymca.org | camp@gtbayymca.org s a middle school student, When it Happens by Susane Colasanti was one of the first books I read from the young adult genre. She has remained one of my favorite YA authors due to her charming writing style as well as her happy-go-lucky attitude and personal connections she makes with her readers. Susane recently released her 7th novel, All I Need (Viking Juvenile, ages 12+) and was kind enough to answer my questions about sum-mer memories, required reading, upcoming releases and more! GL: Summer is in full swing and I’m curious, how’s the season treating you in NYC? SC: This summer is sizzling. And not in a good way. When a wall of heat and humidity slams into me the second I go outside, I typically like to stay cool and enjoy the great indoors. But I hear next week is cooling off a bit. Then we’ll get snowballs and walk the High Line. GL: You’ve said All I Need is your most romantic book yet, what sets it apart from your previously published titles? SC: My books are love stories. So they’re all romantic to some extent. But All I Need was my attempt at capturing a classic summer romance filled with nostalgia, sweet moments, and a soul mate connection so strong it would make readers believe in the possibility of true love. I want readers to come away from All I Need feeling determined to never settle for less than their heart desires. I want everyone to know that soul mates are real. If you love yourself first and are open to the energy, the Universe will bring you together when the time is right. GL: What are your fondest memories of summer as a teenager? SC: Going down the shore was always exciting. That’s why I decided to partially set All I Need in Sea Bright, New Jersey. I grew up in Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey. Nothing to see. Nothing to do. Trips to the beach were super fun. Not only for the change of scenery, but the hope that I would meet the boy of my dreams. I had fantasies of meeting him while I was getting an Italian ice at the stand on the boardwalk. Or while I was walking along the water’s edge collecting shells. He would come up to me and I would immediately know I found something real. Of course that never happened. Yeah…I guess my fondest memo-ries are more about things that I wished had happened, not what actually happened. Good thing I can make those dreams come true in my books! GL: While most kids rely on summer break having zero reminders of school, as a former teacher what’s your stance on required reading? SC: Everyone should definitely read more over the summer! More importantly, everyone should want to read more. Summer is the per-fect time for reading. Lounging in the ham-mock with a good book. Laying out with a A good book. Staying up late with a good book. So many decadent opportunities to get lost in another world. That said, I’m not a fan of most required reading lists. When I was in high school, I didn’t like any of the books we had to read for English. But I’ve always been a passionate reader. I would like to see required summer reading that allows teens to select their own books. When teens read books they can’t put down, they cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Reading shouldn’t be a chore. Kids shouldn’t dread reading because the required books are boring. By giving teens the freedom to select books they enjoy, we inspire them to fall in love with reading. GL: You recently announced that you’re writing a trilogy, how is this journey going so far? Is there a significant difference in the writing/publishing process? SC: I’m beyond stoked for City Love ! Right now I’m working on the outline for the first book. I’ll start writing the first draft in August. Since City Love takes place the sum-mer between high school and college, it will be the perfect time to begin writing this tril-ogy. The process will remain about the same. The first draft will be submitted by February. Then I’ll do a few revisions. The manuscript will be ready for copyediting next summer, which is when I’ll start outlining the second book. The first book will be published in Summer 2015. To learn more about Susane and all of her wonderful books you can find her online at http://www.susanecolasanti.com . Gina Lewis is an 18 year-old as pir-ing writer living in Williamsburg, Michigan. She enjoys the company of books, the great out-doors and her family. 20 • Families First Monthly • August/September 2013

Book Beat

Gine Lewis

As a middle school student, When it Happens by Susane Colasanti was one of the first books I read from the young adult genre. She has remained one of my favorite YA authors due to her charming writing style as well as her happy-go-lucky attitude and personal connections she makes with her readers. Susane recently released her 7th novel, All I Need (Viking Juvenile, ages 12+) and was kind enough to answer my questions about sum- mer memories, required reading, upcoming releases and more!<br /> <br /> GL: Summer is in full swing and I’m curious, how’s the season treating you in NYC?<br /> <br /> SC: This summer is sizzling. And not in a good way. When a wall of heat and humidity slams into me the second I go outside, I typically like to stay cool and enjoy the great indoors. But I hear next week is cooling off a bit. Then we’ll get snowballs and walk the High Line.<br /> <br /> GL: You’ve said All I Need is your most romantic book yet, what sets it apart from your previously published titles?<br /> <br /> SC: My books are love stories. So they’re all romantic to some extent. But All I Need was my attempt at capturing a classic summer romance filled with nostalgia, sweet moments, and a soul mate connection so strong it would make readers believe in the possibility of true love. I want readers to come away from All I Need feeling determined to never settle for less than their heart desires. I want everyone to know that soul mates are real. If you love yourself first and are open to the energy, the Universe will bring you together when the time is right.<br /> <br /> GL: What are your fondest memories of summer as a teenager?<br /> <br /> SC: Going down the shore was always exciting. That’s why I decided to partially set All I Need in Sea Bright, New Jersey. I grew up in Middle of Nowhere, New Jersey. Nothing to see. Nothing to do. Trips to the beach were super fun. Not only for the change of scenery, but the hope that I would meet the boy of my dreams. I had fantasies of meeting him while I was getting an Italian ice at the stand on the boardwalk. Or while I was walking along the water’s edge collecting shells. He would come up to me and I would immediately know I found something real. Of course that never happened. Yeah...I guess my fondest memories are more about things that I wished had happened, not what actually happened. Good thing I can make those dreams come true in my books!<br /> <br /> GL: While most kids rely on summer break having zero reminders of school, as a former teacher what’s your stance on required reading?<br /> <br /> SC: Everyone should definitely read more over the summer! More importantly, everyone should want to read more. Summer is the perfect time for reading. Lounging in the ham- mock with a good book. Laying out with a Good book. Staying up late with a good book. So many decadent<br /> <br /> Opportunities to get lost in another world. That said, I’m not a fan of most required reading lists. When I was in high school, I didn’t like any of the books we had to read for English. But I’ve always been a passionate reader. I would like to see required summer reading that allows teens to select their own books. When teens read books they can’t put down, they cultivate a lifelong love of reading. Reading shouldn’t be a chore. Kids shouldn’t dread reading because the required books are boring. By giving teens the freedom to select books they enjoy, we inspire them to fall in love with reading.<br /> <br /> GL: You recently announced that you’re writing a trilogy, how is this journey going so far? Is there a significant difference in the writing/publishing process?<br /> <br /> SC: I’m beyond stoked for City Love! Right now I’m working on the outline for the first book. I’ll start writing the first draft in August. Since City Love takes place the sum- mer between high school and college, it will be the perfect time to begin writing this trilogy. The process will remain about the same. The first draft will be submitted by February. Then I’ll do a few revisions. The manuscript will be ready for copy editing next summer, which is when I’ll start outlining the second book. The first book will be published in Summer 2015.<br /> <br /> To learn more about Susane and all of her wonderful books you can find her online at http://www.susanecolasanti.com.<br /> <br /> Gina Lewis is an 18 year-old aspiring writer living in Williamsburg, Michigan. She enjoys the company of books, the great out- doors and her family.

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