I’m happy to host an interview today with author Jeanette Pekala, the talented author of “Culture Shock”, a paranormal novel for young adults.
1) Please tell us about yourself.
I’m Jeanette Pekala, author of the Culture Shock Series. I also have a day job at a local nonprofit, a mom of two, and a soldier’s wife. I love writing, traveling, reading, and spending time with my incredible family. I grew up in busy South Florida but after high school, I needed out. I wanted a slower, more relaxed way of life. I went to Tampa for college then moved to Gainesville, FL where I finished my degree and decided to start my family and career in the Gainesville area which happens to be not too far from where Culture Shock takes place.
2) Tell us about your book in five sentences or less.
Culture Shock is witty a tale of romance and mystery with a large helping of southern hospitality and a dash of supernatural. It follows the personal journey to confidence for our main character, Macy Holmes. She moves from crazy Manhattan to the quaint town of Bougainvillea where she meets some interesting people (to say the least). Her dreams turn to nightmares so real she keeps waking in fear, physically shaking because she has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality…
3) What inspired you to write Culture Shock?
A really horrific nightmare. It was November of 2011. I woke one night at three in the morning from the most realistic, creepiest nightmare ever (much the same way the main character does). Once I calmed down enough and told myself it wasn’t real, a light bulb went on in my head. Bing! What a great concept for a book. I grabbed a dried out green marker and a scrap piece of paper and jotted down the entire nightmare. That is how Culture Shock was born.
4) How many hours per week do you spend writing?
I’m super busy. Between working full-time, homework, kid’s sports, and keeping a household up and running I don’t have much time, but I rarely watch television, so when I’m not reading, I’m writing. Usually about 20 hours a week on average I would say.
5) If you could meet three authors, which authors would you choose?
6) Tell us about your current work in progress.
Shock Wave. It’s the second book in the Culture Shock Series. It’s a continuation of Macy’s (the main character) story. The stakes are higher in this one so be sure to read Culture Shock before this one is out in the fall.
Thanks for the interview!
About Culture Shock
Author: Jeanette Pekala
Genre: YA Paranormal
CULTURE SHOCK is a witty tale of mystery and romance with a large helping of southern hospitality.
Macy Holmes is a seventeen-year-old socially-isolated introvert since her best friend’s death a year ago. When her family decides to move from Manhattan to the quaint country town of Bougainvillea, Florida, Macy finds she’s in a completely different world. Macy is no longer the outsider hiding behind designer clothes when she is sought out by three strange students, one of whom she is particularly interested in. The more time she spends with Chad the more things don’t add up. When his true identity is finally revealed, Macy is pulled into a supernatural society with its saturation of inhabitants residing in Bougainvillea.
You would think she has enough on her plate, but no, then her dreams become infiltrated by an external magical force, Macy and her band of supernatural misfits must find the culprit behind the magic-induced nightmares. They must dodge zombie assassins, shifty shape-shifters and high school bullies in order to stop this perpetrator before Macy, her friends or her parents pay the ultimate price. Especially when Macy has the sneaking suspicion that these dreams are reality…
While her husband was deployed overseas, she focused on what she loved to do, write, where she has finally found an outlet for her overactive imagination.
She lives a not so normal life just a wee bit north of Bougainvillea where she resides with her husband and two children working on Shock Wave, book 2 in the Culture Shock Series.
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Culture-Shock-Series-Volume/dp/0989158411/
Createspace Paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4205224
Barnes & Noble (Nook) Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/culture-shock-jeanette-pekala/1114839472?ean=2940016355870
Createspace paperback: https://www.createspace.com/4205224