Debut Authors Bash // An Interview with the lovely Maggie Ann Martin + an INTERNATIONAL Giveaway!!!

Oh hello, let me just squeal for a bit because I’m doing an author interview!

This is only my second author interview EVER but I’m really excited that I got paired up with Maggie Ann Martin!

Her debut novel The Big F came out in August and I read and reviewed it too! It was a super cute and important read and perfect for the summer—but you can also read it this WINTER if you want, duh!

I am part of the HUGE GIGANTIC MASSIVE DEBUT AUTHORS BASH in which all debut authors of 2017 get to have the chance to be featured on someone’s blog!


Feel free to check out the rest of the tour here because it takes place all month and there’s A TON of incredible authors on there!

Now, let’s see what the lovely Maggie has to say!divider


Maggie Ann Martin hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find

her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel.

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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First of all, welcome to Too Much of a Booknerd! I’m Jackie and I’m super excited! Thank you so much for letting me do this interview on my blog—I actually feel honoured XD

Let’s start off with The Big F aka your debut novel! Can you tell the readers a bit about it and name three reasons why they should pick it up?

Sure! The Big F follows Danielle, who has just figured out that her early admission to Ohio State has been revoked due to a failing grade. In an effort to make up the failed class and get back into her program at Ohio State, she decides to make up her classes at the community college in town. But, along the way she encounters people and experiences that make her second-guess if her perfectly laid plan had really been all that perfect all along.

Hmm… three reasons to pick it up:

  1. A male lead very reminiscent of Jess from Gilmore Girls.
  2. A dash of humor along the way.
  3. A strong, resourceful main character who picks herself up after her failure.


Has your life changed at all since The Big F was published (ie. in terms of lifestyle, your writing process, family and friends, etc.)? If so, how?

I definitely dedicate a lot more time to writing daily! My friends and family have been super supportive, and it’s been a really neat excuse to get back in touch with a bunch of people who I haven’t talked to in years. I’ve never Facebook messaged with so many old classmates in my life. XD

Flower Bouquet 1I have many blogger friends who are writers and aspiring authors, and I always find it interesting to know how people started out as a writer because everyone’s stories are so different! Some started out at the age of 10, writing stories about turtles and bunnies becoming (cough I’m totally not talking about myself here) friends and others don’t stars until they’re 50! So, what inspired you to start writing and what was your first piece of writing about?

I feel like I was always writing stories when I while I was growing up. If you scrounge around my parent’s house, you can still find little notebooks with my stories stashed away in hidden spaces. But the first novel that I wrote was after I finished the Harry Potter series. I was probably in 7th grade and it was this terrible high fantasy that was full of so much #angst. It will never see the light of day haha.

isn’t this how we all feel about our early writing???

arrowIn The Big F Danielle has to deal with being rejected from her (or rather her mum’s) top choice college and having to re-take her English class at a community college. A friend of mine has talked about how underrepresented community colleges are in YA books and I agree! Was there a particular reason why you decided to write about community college instead of a “typical” university story?

Just for that reason! Everyone has a different path through education, and I think it’s important that young people see that even when something doesn’t quite go to plan, your life can be incredibly fulfilling and happy no matter where you end up. If you’re looking for more community college representation in YA, you’ll have to check out Lianne Oelke’s Nice Try, Jane Sinner when it comes out in January!

Flower Bouquet 1Speaking of university and college, have you had any memorable experiences—good or bad—during your time at university?

My college experience was filled with as many firsts as Danielle’s! It was an exciting time to be writing a story about a freshman in college, because I was a freshman in college at the time! While I didn’t have the attention of two very attractive men, a lot of her internal struggles were the struggles that I was facing myself. I learned so much from Danielle.

arrowImagine if The Big F was to be made into a movie… I know, I know, book-to-movie adaptations don’t always turn out too great (except Harry Potter) but let’s imagine the most amazing and perfect adaptation of your book EVER. Who would you pick to play the lead roles?

This is one of my favorite questions! So, Danielle would totally be Saoirse Ronan with short hair, Porter would be Nico Mirallegro if he could pull off an American accent, Luke would be Cayden Boyd, and Zoe would be Jessica Sula.



(that picture of Nico actually made  me DROOL <3)

Flower Bouquet 1Now for a quick, easy and fun question to lighten the mood and because this interview is coming to an end; what is your patronus?

I’ve always identified with squirrels because they’re everywhere and kind of all-seeing, and I feel like I’m an observer and listener in life. Plus, I kind of want to be a squirrel after reading A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall :).

arrowAnd lastly, what’s next? Can we expect another book or project from you in the future?

Yes, in fact! My next book is called The Struggle Is Real now called To Be Honest and it’s slated to come out in August 2018. We just went through cover voting for it and I’m so thrilled that it features a plus-sized model!


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Danielle effed up. Big time.

Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!

Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.

One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.”

// August 29th 2017 by Swoon Reads //

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You can win:

  • a copy of The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

EXCITING ISN’T IT??? To enter, follow the link to the Rafflecopter giveaway HERE.


  • ends January 15th, 2018
  • international, as long as Book Depository ships to you


A huge thank you to Maggie Ann Martin for letting me interview her and answering my questions! I had a lot of fun coming up with these!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a copy of THE BIG F—I think it’s totally worth it!

Have you read THE BIG F yet? What do you think of Maggie’s choices for people to play her characters in a movie? Do you know any other books about community colleges? What was your first piece of writing about? What is your most anticipated read of 2018? Let’s chat in the comments!


35 thoughts on “Debut Authors Bash // An Interview with the lovely Maggie Ann Martin + an INTERNATIONAL Giveaway!!!

  1. I haven’t read The Big F yet but I think I remember people talking about it when it first came out this past summer? And the fact that I even REMEMBER people talking about it is a big deal because GRANDMA OVER HERE HAS TROUBLE REMEMBERING THE MOST BASIC THINGS. Yes. Life as a 28-year-old is HARD. #donotrecommend

    And since I haven’t read the book yet, I can’t really say much about the casting but if the author thinks they would be a perfect choice – she knows best, right? It’s her book after all! 😀

    I don’t know if Easy by Tammara Webber was set at a community college, but I’m pretty sure it was set at college in general. I don’t really read any books set in colleges so I’ve got no recs there!

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHAT IS MY MOST ANTICIPATED 2018 RELEASE??? HOW CAN YOU MAKE ME CHOOSE JACKIE. There are simply WAY too many fantastic books being released next year??? Starting with Leah On The Offbeat (OH MY GOD I AM READY), Ace Of Shades (because we all know I never freaking shut up about this book – also, btw: is one allowed to swear in your comments?) and QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS which is still waaaaaay too far away and I don’t know how I am supposed to wait this long to know how the trilogy ends. It’s just cruel, really.


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    1. Hahahahaha Swetlana, I love how you always refer to yourself as grandma XD AND IT’S NOT EVEN TRUEEE WE ALL FORGET THINGS (me especially omg I can’t even remember what I did 5 minutes ago)

      Yesssss, I personally think the casting is PERFECT because I love both of the actors hahaha so I’m biased I guess! Ooh I’ve heard of Easy before so I might check it out! I’m super interested in reading more about community colleges!

      AHHHH SWETLANA, WHY IS THIS LAST SECTION OF YOUR COMMENT ME AF. LEAH??? HELL YEAH. ACE?? DEFINITELY. (and yes feel free to swear in my comments hahaha I do it alllll the time inside and outside the blogosphere *shrugs*) QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNES?? never heard of it but YAY EXCITING.

      THank you soooo much <333

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      1. Ooooh right okay, now I get it! I’ve heard of the book but I didn’t know what it’s called (or should I say I forgot lol). I still have to read TID soooo I won’t be reading this new trilogy for a while XD BUT I TOTALLY GET IT THAT’S ME WITH RESTORE ME

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  2. What a fun interview! I love the idea of bringing some attention and focus to debut authors, and The Big F sounds like a really fun, cute read (and the cover for her second novel looks AMAZING!!!), it’s actually really refreshing to see a YA novel featuring someone whose actually just out of high school. I don’t know if that technically makes it NA or not, but sometimes it feels like it’s either 16 or 30 and no in between!

    Anyway, wonderful interview and thanks for introducing me to another book for my TBR pile 🙂

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    1. Yes, I think it’s so important to highlight debut novels! And right, isn’t that cover gorgeous??? ❤ Oh yes, I totally get what you mean and I felt like I could relate to this character a lot more compared to your typical high school teens! Thank you so much ❤


  3. Ohh what a great interview, loved your questions so much and the answers – and the book sounds so great as well! To be honest, I’m even more convinced by that Jess from Gilmore Girls reference ahaha ❤
    Thank you as well for this great giveaway!! To answer your question, I think my most anticipated 2018 release is The Belles! 😀

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  4. I haven’t read The Big F yet, but I’ve been meaning to, for a while now! I love Nico so much and this cast pick definitely made even more excited about this book.
    The interview was absolutely lovely, I adored your questions and the answers! ❤
    My most anticipated 2018 release must be Ace of Shades or The Cruel Prince!

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  5. I still need to read this book!!!!!
    I can’t even begin to pick my most anticipated release for 2018! I’ll go with my standard answer – ALL OF THEM!!!! =)

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  6. Can’t believe I haven’t entered yet! I had this book on my radar over the Summer but somehow lost complete track of it? How even..
    Anywaaay! Entered the giveaway, fingers crossed, haha. 😀
    To Be Honest sounds interesting as well, ooh! Messing up my TBR again, whoop.

    As for my most anticipated 2018 release.. There are so many sequels!! Obsidio and Daughter of the Siren Queen and ACOFAS and.. and.. so manyyyy!! The Cruel Prince is already released but that was definitely one as well. Also looking forward to more of Angie Thomas! What If It’s Us! Uhm.. My brain cannot come up with more books at this point, haha.

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