Transportation Marketer by day/YA Author by night/Mommy and wife in between
Author of The Del Rio Bay Series (Dafina, 2007-2009)
Three Words That Best Describe You:
Do not challenge me in a game of trivia. I warn you, my brain is a cauldron of mindless information.
Her writing style
My stories tend to be like Seinfeld episodes i.e. they’re about ordinary life, but the fun is watching the characters get through the day.
Brown Bookshelf Role
Resident pain in the ass. I’m not joking. I’m the person who sends everyone fifty million emails reminding them of our deadlines, next steps and possible future opportunities. We all have special talents and getting on everyone’s nerves, in the name of keeping the campaign rolling, is mine.
What you don’t know about her…
* I’m incredibly passionate. There is no such thing as warm with me. Either I’m really hot about something or really cold. I consider it both my best virtue and biggest flaw.
* The acquiring editor for my debut, the lovely Stacey Barney, left Kensington five months before the book was released and I thought the world had ended. Moral to the story – authors must be prepared to write through the ups and downs publishing throws at them.
* I consider myself an under-the-radar author, but absolutely hate hawking my books. Buying a book is a solitary private thing that should not be interrupted by me telling the reader how great my book is. Although promoting is a necessary evil, I wish I’d become an author back in the day when all writers had to do was write. Novel concept.
* I cried after I wrote the scene where my character Mina loses her virginity in Who You Wit’? (book 4). It was a very emotional book to write because I’d nurtured my characters through a lot and it was a huge step for her and me.
* I understand myself better since becoming an author – the need for solitude and the crankiness when I don’t get enough of it are usually the voices trying to be heard.
* I don’t believe in coincidences. Varian and I only knew one another via a few writer’s forums, yet we had only one conversation about the need for something like The Brown Bookshelf before we both agreed to tackle the task. I think we were a partnership waiting to happen.
The fifth and final book in the Del Rio Bay Series, Flipping The Script, will be released April 1st.
Praise forThe Del Rio Bay Series
“…a fresh contemporary friendship story and worth the read.”
—Kirkus Reviews on Who You Wit’?
“With humor and a clear eye, Maryland author Paula Chase sees straight to the heart of today’s teen culture.”
—Washington Parent, February ’08
“Our fave cheerleader with flavor is back in the third installment of the Del Rio Bay series.”
—American Cheerleader on That’s What’s Up!
“..surprisingly real and deep… well worth reading. ”
—TeensReadToo on Don’t Get It Twisted
“Contemporary friendship story, which revels in rich diversity of race, color, and class.” —Booklist on So Not The Drama