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Christopher Grant 
Teenie, Knopf, Winter 2010


Teenie, that's what my girls call me.  I'm 5 feet and 1/4 inch, 101 lbs, with all my books in my book bag and a pair of waterlogged Timberlands on.

High school freshman Martine (Teenie for short) is a good student, with a bright future ahead of her. She's desperate to be accepted into a prestigious study abroad program in Spain so that she can see what life is like beyond the streets of Brooklyn. She wouldn't mind escaping from her strict (though lovable) parents for awhile either. But when the captain of the basketball team starts to pay attention to her after she's pined away for him for months and Cherise, her best friend, meets a guy on-line, Teenie's mind is on anything but her schoolwork. Teenie's longtime crush isn't what he seemed to be, nor is her best friend's on-line love. Can Teenie get her act together in time to save her friendship with Cherise, save her grade point average so that she can study in Spain, and save herself from a potentially dangerous relationship?


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What made you decide to be a writer?
I love to tell stories.  If you ask any of my friends, you'll be sure to hear that I'm a certified blabbermouth.  In jest, one friend suggested that I try my hand at writing.  10 years later, eureka!

Favorite Books:  The Brief and Wondrous life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz), The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran), The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho), Harry Potter (Rowling), Lord of The Rings (Tolkien)
Favorite Authors:  Junot Diaz, Tom Clancy, Kahlil Gibran, Phillip Roth, Yann Martel, Colson Whitehead, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Morning person or a night owl?
Night Owl.  I'm like one of those dark seekers from I Am Legend.

PC or mac?
PC

What did you have for dinner today?
Last night, I had Mac and Cheese, Chicken Chunks and Broccoli.

Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.
1.  I am an absolute nerd when it comes to animals.  Cockroaches run five feet per second which works out to about 200  mph.
2.  I took a life timeout and lived in Grenada for five months.  
3.  I played the violin for nine years.
4.  I still regard beating my brother in John Madden 92 (video game) as a momentous occassion in my life.  54-0!
5.  I have a knack for impersonating accents (and I use them to entertain myself in the bathroom mirror).
6.  I blocked Chicago Bulls forward James Johnson's dunk last summer during a pick up game!  Okay, I got it on the way up and pulled my hamstring in the process but he did say, "Good Block." 
7.  When I was 16, a cashier at TJ Maxx was flirting with me. I walked away but returned to give her my number. I wanted to say, "I would have regretted not doing this" but I said, "I hope I don't regret this." Of course she never called.
8.  I hate the smell of Cilantro but I always pick up a bunch at the grocery store, smell it, and say, "I hate the smell of Cilantro."
9.  I am 1/8 Scottish.  (of the Archer Clan)
10.  My hair was locked for eight years and reached a length of 18 inches.
11.  In 4th grade I had the biggest crush on a girl named Cherise and while I was talking to her a piece of corn flew out of my mouth and landed on her cheek. I wanted to die right there. 


 
 

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angie_smibert
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Christopher. What a gorgeous cover. I'm jealous. Wish I had mine already.
soniag
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Welcome, Christopher! It's nice to see another Knopf debut and I love your novel's premise (and gorgeous cover).

In 4th grade I had the biggest crush on a girl named Cherise and while I was talking to her a piece of corn flew out of my mouth and landed on her cheek. I wanted to die right there.

Bwahaha! I've spit on people countless times, but so far have avoided spraying vegetable bits. What a great visual -- I hope it makes it into one of your stories someday.
christina_dg
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
Congrats, Christopher! Teenie looks like such an awesome book. I can relate to the MC already since I'm barely 5'2" and did a study abroad program in Spain.

I'm also with Knopf and can tell you that my experience has been just wonderful with them (my book debuts next month and they've been very supportive).

Good luck and feel free to contact me if you've got any questions about being a Knopfer!
sjmaas
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
Welcome--and congrats!!

And wow...your cover is GORGEOUS!!!
rcpjallen
Mar. 31st, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Christopher,

This is Cherise. The girl you spit corn on in the fourth grade. I still have that kernel...

hahahahahahah!
That was hilarious!

Welcome Christopher and congrats on Teenie. The cover is beautiful.

Crystal
kimharrington
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Congrats and welcome to the group!

From #1 and #4, I think you would get along very well with my husband. :)
mguibord
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
Hi and welcome Christopher! I was giggling reading your #7- that sounds like something I would do- and it would be great in a story too!
carolinesr
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:43 pm (UTC)
Welcome! I have to read OSCAR WAO; it seems to be popping up everywhere (in my world, at least!). Your book is gorgeous!
kierastewart
Mar. 31st, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Hi Christopher! You had me at #1, and #2 (I want a life time-out in Granada!!). And then at your TJ Maxx story. And then at the Cherise one. I've already decided that you're just plain great. Welcome!
cigrant
Mar. 31st, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks folks! I'm glad you all like the cover and some of my stories.

soniag, I can still feel that kernel flying off my bottom lip. In hindsight, the trajectory was so high-arcing, I probably could have reached out and caught it before it hit Cherise's cheek.

rcpallen, I did a double take because you kind of resemble Cherise. Ha!

kimharrington, your husband sounds like a great guy (loves animals and video games? what a combo.)

Thanks kierastewart. You just made my day :-).
juliakarr
Mar. 31st, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Hi Christopher! Welcome! Your book sounds great! (and I really like that you named a character after your 4th grade crush!)

cigrant
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks Julia :-)
rutasepetys
Apr. 1st, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
Okay. Christopher Grant = Cool

Seriously.

And Kahlil Gibran. Yes.

SO happy and grateful to have you here with the 11'z.
cigrant
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:07 pm (UTC)
I appreciate it. Kahlil Gibran is the man.
goodman1138
Apr. 1st, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Awesome cover. Regarding Oscar Wao, just finished it and was blown away by the parts of the book that told the story of Yunior and Oscar. The ending was incredible, and the style was such a welcome break from so much of what makes up serious literary fiction.

Welcome to the group, and I will be looking forward to reading your book.
cigrant
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot :-)
naughtybett
Apr. 1st, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Welcome! Not only did I just snort outloud, I think I might be hungry for corn.

Great cover.
-bett
cigrant
Apr. 1st, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
That kind of stuff only happens to me. Glad you like the cover.
dawn_metcalf
Apr. 1st, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Wow. All I can say is "Wow." Just the premise of your book, your perfect human moments in your 11 & your reading list...

Wow.

Welcome to the Elevensies & I can't wait to learn more about Teenie & you!
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