FAKING NORMAL: Q&A with Courtney C. Stevens Plus Giveaway

Edgy and gripping, FAKING NORMAL focuses on a terrifying real topic in our world. Today, we’re thrilled to have author Courtney C. Stevens as a guest on IceyBooks. We asked Courtney some questions about herself and her debut, and we’re all too eager to share it with you. Stay tuned for the giveaway at the end, courtesy of HarperTeen!

Faking Normal

IceyBooks:  Describe your debut, FAKING NORMAL, in 5-7 words

Courtney Stevens: Pain and bravery live inside me. Bravery wins.

IceyBooks: Many novels are inspired by one sentence or question, was there one that sparked FAKING NORMAL?

Courtney Stevens: Yes, the question, “Why can’t I say no?” was the very first spark.

IceyBooks: Do you have a favorite line that was removed from the original draft of FAKING NORMAL?

Courtney Stevens: I’m not sure it’s my favorite, but … “I don’t want to be dead; I want to be different.”

IceyBooks: Say FAKING NORMAL is being adapted to a movie – who would portray your main character?

Courtney Stevens: That’s so hard because teen stars age out of movies so quickly. If she were still a teen, I’d say Emma Stone would be a great Alexi. After seeing The Perks of Being a Wallflower (which I love) I believe Emma Watson would be amazing as well.

IceyBooks: Give us the three:
Movies you can’t wait to see:

Courtney Stevens Noah, Veronica Mars, Interstellar

IceyBooks: Random facts about you:
Courtney Stevens: I love Jennifer Garner (ALIAS). X-files is my favorite T.V. series of all time. I have 6 tattoos.

IceyBooks: Books you can’t wait to read:

Courtney Stevens: Stand-Off, Ruta Sepetys 3rd book, 100 Sideways Miles

About the Author

Courtney C. Stevens is a storyteller. Her debut novel, FAKING NORMAL (HarperTeen), will be released on February 25th, 2014. She is an adjunct professor, and a former youth minister.

Find Courtney on her Website | Twitter | Goodreads
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Asma is a cat-loving co-blogger at IceyBooks. She's a 15 year old homeschooler who spends her time blogging (obviously), reading, and whatever else strikes her fancy. She's also a part time pirate and assassin.



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    Fida I

    February 25, 2014

    I’m excited, I really want to read FAKING NORMAL! This is an awesome interview! Thank you for sharing!

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    February 25, 2014

    I’ve heard such great things about this book!!! Seriously. It sounds fabulous. Totally eager to read it myself.

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    February 25, 2014

    Would love to read this book.

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    Susan T.

    February 25, 2014

    I haven’t read it yet but I can’t wait to! I’ve been dying to read it since I first heard about it several months ago!

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    February 25, 2014

    I want to read it badly!!
    Thanks for the giveaway<3

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    February 25, 2014

    I haven’t read this book yet and it sounds so compelling! Thanks for sharing!

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    February 25, 2014

    I’ve been hearing wonderful things about this book! I think it would be emotional, but I like that she says that bravery wins. I’m looking forward to reading it!

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    February 25, 2014

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book. I want to get my hands on it so badly!

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    Melissa (Books and Things)

    February 25, 2014

    This does sound like a good book to really get into. I loved the interview and now am curious about her tats. LOL

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    February 25, 2014

    I haven’t read it yet but I really want to. Thanks.

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    February 25, 2014

    I haven’t read it yet! I really want to because I’ve heard so many good reviews on it!

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    Hillary R.

    February 26, 2014

    I haven’t read Faking Normal yet, but I absolutely want to! The blurb makes it sound so interesting and something tells me it might relate to my life when I was still in high school :]

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    Katie @ Worn Down Glories

    February 26, 2014

    I am SO looking forward to reading this book. Hopefully I get the chance to read it soon.

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    February 27, 2014

    Yes, I’d love to read this! It sounds like a moving novel! :D

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    February 27, 2014

    This is another of those books I can’t wait to read! #channelyourbrave

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    Megan @ Unearthly Reviews

    February 28, 2014

    I cannot wait to read this book! I’ve already convinced my school library to order a few copies. I’ve been waiting a while to read it! Courtney is such a sweetheart as well. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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    Marie Landry

    February 28, 2014

    I’ve been hearing such amazing things about this book. I can’t wait to read it! :-)

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    March 1, 2014

    I have not seen one bad review for this book! I mean I’m sure there is at least one somewhere, but I haven’t seen it! It sounds amazing :)

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    Meredith @ Pandora's Books

    March 1, 2014

    I want to read Faking Normal so badly, it can’t even be expressed in words. I’ve heard amazing and incredible things about it!! And Courtney is awesome!!!

    Thanks so much for a really amazing giveaway! *Crosses everything crossable and holds breath*

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    Em T

    March 1, 2014

    I love the acting of Emma Stone and Emma Watson! I can’t wait to read Faking Normal :-)

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    Samantha Wallace

    March 1, 2014

    n’t read Fak
    ing Normal but I would love to!!

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    Kelly L.

    March 1, 2014

    Everyone has been going on and on about how awesome Faking Normal is, which is why I can’t wait to read it! :D

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    Alyssa @ Swept Away By Books

    March 1, 2014

    So so so want to read it! Also, I love that she put Stand-Off and 100 Sideways Miles as her anticipated books. Andrew Smith is the best!

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    Michelle Lee

    March 2, 2014

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway! I haven’t read Faking Normal yet but i’m looking forward to! :)

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    Michelle Willms

    March 3, 2014

    I haven’t read this book yet, though I really want to do so. I read many wonderful reviews of this novel, and have continued to be excited about its release. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

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    Jaime Lester

    March 3, 2014

    I absolutely do want to read this book. Not only does it sound really stinking good, but I have read some amazing reviews for it that just make me even more ready to give it a shot. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

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    Ariel Tam

    March 3, 2014

    I haven’t read Faking Normal yet, but I’m really looking forward to it because all I’ve heard are positive things. Awesome interview too!