by Gerardo Delgadillo
Genre: YA Contemporary (adventure/romance)
Release date: June 20th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
After his crush rejects him, seventeen-year-old Colton catches a plane to Mexico, hoping to forget all about girls. But a night out at a dance club crowded with long legs in miniskirts doesn't help, especially when he meets the club's beautiful DJ, Alex.
In awe of her mixing skills, Colton finds it hard to believe Alex is deaf. As they bond, she asks him to help her win a DJ contest behind her rich, estranged father's back.
Colton's not a wimp or anything, but millionaires with armed bodyguards are not his ideal vacation buddies. The only problem—if he helps her, he may fly back home in a body bag.
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“Packed with unexpected twists and South-of-the-Border danger, Summerlypse grabbed my attention from the first enticing page. With a quirky writing style that offers both depth and entertainment, Summerlypse is an original, diverse story that will delight anyone looking for a unique spin on teen relationships.” –Anna L. Davis, Author of Open Source(Enhancement Series)
"SUMMERLYPSE by Gerardo Delgadillo is a great young adult story about two unlikely friends who team up hoping to win a summer DJ contest in Mexico. This book has a well-defined cast of complex characters with a thoughtful focus on the hearing-impaired. An entertaining read!" ~ K.S. Jones, award-winning author of Shadow of the Hawk
"SUMMERLYPSE is a great read. The characters are real and well crafted, and the story kept me interested to the end. I liked it. I recommend it." -- Rickard B DeMille, author ofTweet Revenge, Hellfire, Defending Daniel
About the Author
Gerardo Delgadillo lives in the Dallas metropolitan area with his wife and children and dogs and cats and the occasional rabbit. Originally from San Francisco and raised in Mexico, he loves to write about contemporary teens in distress in English and Español. So no magic, dragons, or unicorns.
Gerardo's fun facts:
- At the tender age of sixteen, when giant lizards ruled the world, Gerardo was a DJ--turntables and all.
- Cloud computing is his area of expertise--just don't ask him what cloud computing means.
- He loves football, the one played with the feet by footballers, La Liga from Spain being the best.
About his novels:
- His writing must be emotional, or else…
- He believes in the Oxford comma, but the Oxford comma doesn't believe in him.
- Loves first person present tense POV.
I wanted to write about mixing music, Djs, and the like. That's how SUMMERLYPSE started back in late Spring 2013. Thing is, I became a Dj at the tender age of sixteen, when Disco music was in vogue and spinning vinyl ruled the world. I still am a Dj at heart and even put up some horrible sets “for my ears only” once a leap year or so.
Tell us a little about some of the others who contributed to your book, such as cover designer or editor.
I designed my book cover because: Fun! Not for everyone, though. I cannot say the same about editing since, well, I suck at grammar. A word of advice about editors: Research, research, and research. It took me almost a month and ten editors to find one that understood the Summerlypse's over-the-top YA voice. Always ask for a sample edit.
Who are your favorite authors?
Two authors shaped me to what I am now as a writer: John Green and Junot Diaz. Mr. Green is, in my mind, the best YA contemporary ever. And what I love about Junot Diaz is that he's unapologetic and brave.
What advice do you have for other writers?
Do not give up. As cliché as it sounds, it's the truth. Writing is a craft that requires attention to detail and a lot of manual work. Yup, writing is 10% talent and 90% sweat, blood, tears and caffeine.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
Being able to tell my stories to people all over the globe, showing the real Mexico.
What’s the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me, turning that first draft, that vague idea, into a final product that makes sense and that people will like and even love.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
People can visit me online, or, heck, they can travel to Dallas and say hi! I have a website and I'm on Goodreads and I have a Facebook fan page and Twitter and Instagram and Tumblr and … and, the whole check list. However, if you really want to know more about my writing, there's my contact page where people can ask me questions and/or sign up for my newsletter: http://gerardodelgadillo.com/contact
How long did it take you to write your book?
This is a tricky question since I worked on other novels while waiting for beta-readers or editors or literary agents. I started brainstorming Summerlypse back in 2013, and the first draft took me the time it takes a human being go from two cells to say hi to the world. And then another draft. And critique groups. And more drafts. And an agent gave me an editorial letter and requested an R&R (revise and resubmit). And more drafts. All and all, I'd say it took more than two years.
Where can a reader purchase your book?
Amazon (ebook and paperback): https://www.amazon.com/Summerlypse-Gerardo-Delgadillo-ebook/dp/B01GSEN4TK
Barnes and Noble (paperback only): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summerlypse-gerardo-delgadillo/1123974432?ean=9780692706541
Who inspires you?
People. People I know, and unknown people I observe without becoming Mr. Creep-o.
How do you research your books?
There this thing I discovered called Internet. I usually ask it a lot of questions, and it gives me a lot of weird answers. I also talk to real people!
Do you have another work in progress? Tell us about it.
I do have another WIP, which I hope to publish soon: THE INVISIBLE SOUNDS, a Summerlypse prequel. My readers loved Dj Alex in Summerlypse and want to know her better. So, my next book is all about her.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
First it was my kids, later an editor from a big publishing house who painted a bleak outlook: Publishing is hard. Harder for authors writing in a second language. So nope. You won't get published. Ever. – I took his view as a challenge, and I'm here. The moral: Follow your dreams and work very hard to realize them.
What are you currently reading?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
Believe it or not, when I'm not writing fiction, I write computer code. In my free time, I read or beta-read. Also, on weekends I watch one or two soccer games from Spain or other parts of the planet.