Sunday, December 6, 2015

0 Catherine Hapka, author of VIRTUALLY IN LOVE, on being open and taking chances

VIRTUALLY IN LOVE is the latest novel by Catherine Hapka, and we're delighted to have her stop by to chat.

Catherine, what do you hope readers will take away from VIRTUALLY IN LOVE?

Not to get too caught up in how things (including True Romance) are SUPPOSED to be. Be open! Take chances! Be different! And most of all – nerds have more fun!

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?

My work routine is pretty boring – no coffee shops or other populated spots for me. I do all my writing in an office in my 18th century PA farmhouse. It’s a little drafty, but has a great (and peaceful) view! I’ll occasionally play music to inspire me if it fits the theme of a story, but I’m easily distracted so usually I stick to silence. (Like I said – boring! But it gets the job done!)

What are you working on now?

I always have a few different projects going. Since finishing VIRTUALLY IN LOVE, I’ve mostly been focused on middle grade. As a horse lover and owner, I’m having lots of fun writing a series for Simon & Schuster called MARGUERITE HENRY’S PONIES OF CHINCOTEAGUE, inspired by Henry’s classic books. I’m also excited about HEART OF A DOLPHIN, coming from Scholastic in 2016. After that? Who knows! That’s part of the fun of this business, right?


Virtually in Love by Catherine Hapka & Georgina Bloomberg
Simon Pulse
Released 12/1/2015

First crush, first love, first kiss—Chloe must choose between her virtual almost-boyfriend and her best guy friend in this addition to the sweet and clean Flirt series.

Chloe has the best almost-boyfriend ever. Trevor is smart, talented, witty, and good-looking. Basically, he’s the perfect guy for her—except for one tiny detail. He lives hundreds of miles away. Chloe met Trevor at music camp when they were kids and was so excited when they reconnected in an online music forum a few months ago. And they’ve been flirting non-stop ever since.

Chloe’s boy-crazy best friend Vanessa thinks it’s the most romantic thing she’s ever heard, though her other best friend, Kazuo, isn’t so sure. Turns out Kaz actually has a crush on her! Chloe can’t imagine her life without him, but she’s never thought of him that way. Still, Kaz talks Chloe into giving him a chance and going to the big school dance together. Chloe is almost ready to agree when she gets the most amazing news—Trevor is coming for a visit!

But when Trevor shows up, things don’t go quite as well as Chloe was expecting, and by the time she realizes her old camp buddy has changed—and that he might not be Mr. Perfect (for her) after all—Kaz has already asked Vanessa to the dance. Did Chloe just miss her chance at true love?

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Catherine Hapka is the author of many books for children of all ages. She is too tall to ride ponies, though her mare, Gerri, still looks like one. Catherine takes riding lessons twice a week and lives on a farm with Gerri, three goats, a small flock of chickens, and too many cats.


Have you had a chance to read VIRTUALLY IN LOVE yet? Do you get caught up in how things are supposed to be? Do you have several projects going on at one time? 

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Shelly, Martina, Erin, Lisa, Susan, Sam, Lindsey, Sandra, Kristin, and Anisaa

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