Tuesday Talent – RITA ARENS

***Sorry for getting this posted so late!!!***

I’m delighted to have the talented Rita Arens here today – to talk about her writing process, reading, and her new book! Thanks so much for being here, Rita!

What was the first book you read that grabbed you? What genre? Who is the author?

R.A: The first book I remember rocking my entire world was A WRINKLE IN TIME, by Madeline L’Engle. I believe it would be considered YA.

 Is there an author that you get fan-girl crazy over? Have you ever met him/her? Do you want to?

R.A: I love the work of John Green, who I actually only discovered last year. I’ve never met him, though I managed a campaign for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS for BlogHer Book Club.

What’s your:

  • Favorite color? Yellow                      
  • Favorite season? Summer
  • Favorite Hero – movie or book? Yossarian in CATCH-22 (book)
  • Snack weakness (food or drink)? French fries
  • What’s your Astrological sign? Aquarius
  • Do you write sweet and cuddly or toe-curling steamy lovin’ stories? Somewhere in between, I guess.

 What’s on your desk when you write?

R.A: Other people’s books.

 Do you write to music or quiet? If you do write with music, can you share one song that’s significantly impacted this story?

R.A:I have an entire playlist for this book on my website, www.ritaarens.com, under Young Adult Fiction. I write with headphones, always.

What’s your favorite line from your most recent release? Why?

R.A: I don’t have a favorite – if I did, it probably would’ve been cut.

 What’s next? You don’t have to get specifics – but feel free to leave a tantalizing snippet or cryptic hook.

R.A: I’m working on another standalone, contemporary realistic fiction young adult novel called THE BIRTHRIGHT OF PARKER CLEAVES. 


“Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”

Praise for The Obvious Game:

“Lovely, evocative, painful and joyful all  in one … much like high school.” –Jenny Lawson, author of LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED 

“I couldn’t put down THE OBVIOUS GAME. Arens perfectly captures the hunger, pain and uncertainty of adolescence.” – Ann Napolitano, author of A GOOD HARD LOOK and WITHIN ARM’S REACH

“THE OBVIOUS GAME is a fearless, honest, and intense look into the psychology of anorexia. The characters—especially Diana–are so natural and emotionally authentic that you’ll find yourself yelling at the page even as you’re compelled to turn it.” – Coert Voorhees, author of LUCKY FOOLS and THE BROTHERS TORRES

“Let’s be clear about one thing: there’s nothing obvious about THE OBVIOUS GAME. Arens has written a moving, sometimes heart-breaking story about one girl’s attempt to control the uncontrollable. You can’t help but relate to Diana and her struggles as you delve into this gem of a novel.” – Risa Green, author of THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL

“THE OBVIOUS GAME explores the chasms between conformity and independence, faith and fear, discoveries and secrets, first times and last chances, hunger and satisfaction. The tortured teenage experience is captured triumphantly within the pages of this unflinching, yet utterly relatable, novel. -Erica Rivera, author of INSATIABLE: A YOUNG MOTHER’S STRUGGLE WITH ANOREXIA 


Book Information:

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Release Date: Feb 7th, 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9856562-7-0 (ebook), 978-0-9856562-8-7 (Paperback)

Paperback Price: $13.99

Kindle: $4.99

Pre-order now at Inkspell Publishing Website at a special discount of 30% on both paperback and ebook!

Website/blog: http://www.surrenderdorothyblog.com orhttp://www.ritaarens.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ritaarens

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rita.arens

BlogHer: http://www.blogher.com/member/rita-arens

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=4048495&trk=tab_pro

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/ritajarens/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002KRLEHE



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