Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cici Reno Blog Tour--Kristina Springer's Guest Post!

Are you Cici Reno in Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker?

by Kristina Springer

Readers often ask me if the main characters of my books are based on me and I can 100%

guarantee that in my newest middle grade book, Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker, Cici is nothing like me. I only wish I was half as cool as this kid.

In my first published book, The Espressologist, the main character Jane might have been a little bit too much like me (albeit a much better version!) which led to friends and family attending my signings and jutting index fingers at me while yelling, “You’re Jane!” I wasn’t making that mistake twice.

Cici Reno is a really cool, laid back kind of girl who is great at giving advice. She’s very zen. Maybe it’s from all the yoga? Her mom owns and teaches at Peony Lane yoga studio in a strip small near their house and Cici is often taking a class or just hanging out there. Despite her small stature in comparison to her fellow classmates, Cici just oozes self-confidence and is a great talker. So much so that her shy best friend Aggie asks Cici to contact that guy she’s crushing on on her behalf. No problem for Cici. She strikes up an online relationship with him and soon finds she’s falling for him herself. Which can only lead to trouble.

My first spark of inspiration for Cici (and the book itself!) happened in yoga class one day. We had this really chill, laid back teacher that day and I remember thinking, I bet her kids are so cool. Then it hit me to write a book about a cool yoga-loving kid. Cici is also a compilation of some other characters I know and don’t know. There are bits of her that are similar to my daughters and their friends and my nieces. But then I also wanted her to have the kind of confidence Lorelei Gilmore has (#1 Gilmore Girls fan right here!). So I took all of these various pieces and put them together to develop Cici Reno and she’s definitely the kind of person who

I’d love to have had as a friend in middle school.

Check out Cici for yourself and let me know what you think! I love getting e-mails and reviews.

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