About the Book
Book: A Coutry of Their Own
Author: Hope Bolinger
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release date: April 4, 2023
THE NOTEBOOK meets SEVENTEEN AGAIN
Priscilla is an old soul. Carter can’t wait to leave Florida, a haven for the elderly.
Together they’re forced to do community service at a retirement home. But all the residents look like teenagers. Are they meant to bring together the lovable residents Scarlett and Paul—who are actually 80 years old? Or is it too late for them to find love?
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About the Author
Hope Bolinger is a Managing & Acquisitions Editor at End Game Press and the Founder of Generation Hope Books.
More than 1400 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to Crosswalk.com.
She has worked for various publishing companies, magazines, newspapers, and literary agencies and has edited the work of authors such as Jerry B. Jenkins and Michelle Medlock Adams.
Twenty-one of her books are under contract or out now with traditional publishers, and she hopes more of her stories will find a home soon. She has also contributed to twelve other books.
More from Hope
Can you write a book based on a photo series.
I did. I stumbled across this photo series in my college days and it never let me go: https://digitalsynopsis.com/design/reflections-of-the-past-tom-hussey/
It made me think about how all people, young and old, are young at heart and wise beyond their years. In the publishing industry, I have experienced a great deal of ageism. You can seldom go to a conference without someone telling you something along the lines of, “Wow. I had no idea that you were so wise. I assumed because you are young that you know nothing.”
And I know that many of my fellow writers who are older have experienced ageism to the same degrees.
So I wanted to write a book that would level the playing field.
I wanted to have two teen main characters who end up good friends with two characters who are well into their 80s—who simply look like teens thanks to the funhouse mirror effects of Country Acres (a retirement home in which the 80-year-old characters are residents).
What made the book hit even closer to home was that I wrote it right after my grandma passed away—and right as the COVID shutdown took effect in 2020.
Grandma had played a huge role in my writing. She and I read my first book together. She owned a bookstore in which, when I was eight, I helped her to run the cash register. And she always supported me in my publishing dreams.
I am sad that she and Grandpa passed long before they could read this. But this book also encapsulates them. That my grandma tap danced well into her eighties, and that my grandpa would ride the waves on a boogie board.
We’re all young, we’re all wise … let’s listen to one another.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I would say the speed at which I write tends to raise some eyebrows. My fastest YA novel has been written in seven days. And let me tell you, I never want to do that ever again. Especially whilst working a full-time job.
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
Work will always come first, because I work at a publishing house. I do have a lot of authors who depend on me to turn things in in a timely manner. With that said, if there’s ever a lull in the emails I try to get down another 500-1000 words before the next work task arrives.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Definitely plotting. Although I have pantsed a few books. The one I’m doing right now is actually more pantsing than plotting. I think it comes down to the needs of the book and the speed at which I need to write it.
Describe your book in five words.
The Notebook meets Seventeen Again
Which one of your characters speaks most to your heart? Why?
In this book, I love Priscilla. She’s a teenager but she’s an old soul. She bristles when she receives a lot of ageism, which has unfortunately been my experience in my personal field. People often judge looks and assume that you don’t know anything, based on your age. I could tell stories of blatant ageism, but I know that people of all ages are finding their voices being heard. And I think that’s beautiful.
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