Monday, October 08, 2007

Who ARE the Buzz Girls?

Recently we’ve become aware of a new influx of readers (like you?) who are just joining us here at the Buzz Girls blog. So we thought we’d reintroduce ourselves--and encourage you to ask questions or add in any little fun facts you’ve learned about us through our blog.

I am Tina Ferraro, a southern California chickadee and author of four contracted Young Adult novels with Delacorte Press.

In Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress (March, 2007), 16 year-old Nicolette is a brave survivor of every girl's teen nightmare--being dumped by her date. Even though it happened last spring, she can't fully get over the fact that the most popular guy in school ditched her when his equally flawless girlfriend popped back into town.To help her cope, her mom has ordered her to compile a list of ten alternative things she can do with a prom dress. Through school stresses, boy dilemmas, and parental problems, her prom dress gives her something beautiful to hold on to.

17 year-old Kate, the heroine of How to Hook a Hottie (to be released on January 8, 2008) is determined to become a millionaire before she’s 20, and sets forth making money by hooking up people in her high school with their secret crushes. The fact that she doesn’t exactly know what she’s doing is only a minor deterrent, as is the fact she’s suddenly looking at her best buddy, Dal, through totally different eyes...

My third book, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, is expected to hit the stands in Spring of 2009. It’s about a high school junior and the crazy-but-just-might-work scheme to get her moved up with all her soccer friends to Varsity, which includes learning everything she can about the art of kissing so she can kiss the socks off the prom king at the Sports Fair Kissing Booth…

The fourth novel is slated for Spring, 2010. With a back-drop of family issues, it features a 17 year-old and her search for the perfect summer fling.

Now, a bit about me:

I have been writing since I was 7. I sold upwards of 100 YA and adult short stories to national magazines before my first contracted book. But YA is my one true love. In fact, since I'm the mother of teens myself, I sometimes wonder:

--If I missed a stage of maturation;
--If I am giving myself the happy teen years now that I had too much attitude to enjoy then; or
--If it is simply more fun to be teenaged when you're not!

So now it’s your turn. Ask questions or tell us something you have learned about me through this blog. (Like my favorite TV show and who I consider the hottest hottie?)

What I’m Reading Now: Bloom by Elizabeth Scott


Tina Ferraro


Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog since the inception and I love it, as well as your book PROM. Mark Wahlberg is one of your favorite "hotties" and if you could take him to the LOST island, you'd do so in a nanosecond. During the long days you would take lots of walks, read a good Time Travel novel, drink lattes and eat a delicious pie beneath the moonlight.


Jessica Burkhart said...

I just finished Bloom a couple of weeks ago and loved it. :)

stephhale said...

Janie beat me to it, but I totally knew that Marky Mark was your guy.
I still think you skipping prom might have something to do with the YA addiction. Hmmm...I wonder what my problem is? :)

Me said...

Come on, ask a hard question! =)

Here are two things I've learned about you:

1. You are extremely thoughtful (yes, as in kind to others, but mostly as in full of thought). You don't do anything without careful consideration, which makes your decisions and actions all the more valuable.

2. You do not take responsibility lightly. If you say you are going to do something, you will--and to the very best of your ability.

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Janie--you know me well!

Jessica, yes, I'm loving BLOOM, and can't wait to get back to it.

Steph--well, we'll never know about the missed prom, but whatever's set me on this path works for me.

And Tera, you are sooooo sweet. Thanks for those kind words about me being thoughtful and responsible. Wow.

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Hmm, I probably know a lot, too. haha! I have Bloom in my TBR pile!

Marley Gibson said...

Yeah...every time I see Marky Mark now, I think of you. = )

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Kelly, and yeah, you'll like BLOOM a lot.

And Marley, good to know he's "mine" in more minds than just my own. LOL.

Simone Elkeles said...


From the first time I met you, our personalities clicked. You are Tina Ferraro and don't hide the "real" you. One thing I learned about you is that you love life and aren't afraid of risk...but calculated risk.

Am I right?

TinaFerraro said...

You're dead on, Simone. I am relentlessly optimistic and I'll throw myself into something with abandon...but yeah, not without thinking the angles through first. That latter part came with age, and experience. :)

Dona Sarkar-Mishra said...

To me, you will always be Mark's girl :)

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, Dona, LOL!

Wendy Toliver said...

I'm so glad to hear you have other books coming out so we don't have to suffer from Tina withdrawal any time soon. :)

TinaFerraro said...

Suffer from Tina withdrawal? LOL, Wendy, you could do PR for me ANY time! :)

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