May 19, 2013

Interview: Bailey J. Thompson

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Yellow Socks and Blood Spots by Bailey J. Thompson! I've got everything you need to know about the author and book, plus an interview! Enjoy, and don't forget to check out the book!

The Interview
Where did you get the idea for Yellow Socks and Blood Spots?
I don't really know concretely where the first idea originated from, but I felt that this was a topic that needed to be written about just because there is so much left unsaid.

In the form a tweet, how would you describe your book?
Written By a Teen. For Teens. About Teen Pregnancy.

What are some of your favorite/most inspiring shows, movies, or books that deal with teen pregnancy?
I think in a lot of ways, teen pregnancy is really exploited.... Shows (Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant), movies (Juno), etc. really just sensationalize it, I think. I can't really think of any media that has really inspired me in regards to teen pregnancy.

If you were to write about a less serious subject, what would it be?
I don't know if I would. Literature is all about taking chances, moving outside of your comfort zone and creating tolerance....

That said, I also write children's books and run a children's book publishing company (Gerbil Meets Mouse Publishing). Does a story about gerbils who discover a dollhouse count as less serious?

What do you want to readers to know about Yellow Socks and Blood Spots?
It's not the book that is going to make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, but it is a book that is going to challenge you.

Chocolate or vanilla?

Broccoli or cauliflower?

Justin Bieber or One Direction?
One Direction

You can take three books on an island with you. What are they?
Lightning - Dean Koontz, Anastasia - Vladimir Megre and Life of Pi.

Congratulations! You're a tribute in The Reader Games! Three fictional characters are your allies and your enemies. Who are they?
Allies: Anastasia (Anastasia - Vladimir Megre), Stefan (Lightning - Dean Koontz)
Enemies: White witch, Sheila (Fudge-A-Mania - I know, kids book, but one of my favs)

The Book
Title: Yellow Sock and Blood Spots
Author: Bailey J. Thompson
Publisher: Yellow Iris Press
Publishing Date: May 15, 2013
Pages/Format: 300

Two lines means pregnant, and pregnant is the very last thing seventeen-year-old Isabelle wants to be. She’s just beginning her senior year, she’s rekindling the respectable relationship she once had with her family and she’s finally fallen in love.

Her boyfriend, Jason, wants an abortion, while Isabelle wants to give her baby a chance at life, whether that means adoption or raising her baby herself. Her situation raises a question of values, beliefs, rights, societal expectations and personal opinions, and as Isabelle’s friends and family discover the news, they seem to think that only they know what’s best for her and her baby. Within two weeks of finding out about their beautiful disaster, Isabelle and Jason have to come to a mutual agreement and make a life or death decision.

The Author
Bailey J Thompson is a teenage author that resides in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. She has been storytelling since the moment she could talk, and has since developed passions for creative writing, photography, nature and the environment. Yellow Socks and Blood Spots is her debut novel.


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