Welcome to V is for Virgin Author Kelly Oram
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
V is for Virgin Interview with Kelly Oram:
Please tell us in 20 words or less, why we should read your book.
It explores a topic that everyone should be prepared for in what is hopefully a fun and non-invasive way.
What book is on your night stand now?
I just finished Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick is sitting there calling my name.
Do you have plans for a new book? Goals for future projects?
I have a 4-book paranormal romance series coming up as well as two more Jamie Baker novels. It’s going to be a busy few years for me! The first of all of these is called Chameleon (Supernaturals #1) and it’s set to release summer 2013.
How did you come up with the title of the book?
In the book, Val wears a “V” necklace. The V stood for Valerie, but after she announces her virginity to the entire school the kids start making fun of her saying that the V stands for Virgin. The book didn’t have a title until then, but the moment I thought of it, I realized it was perfect for the book title as well as Val’s “campaign” name and her web address.
What is your favorite Quote?
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King
If you could get front row tickets to watch any performance live, who would you like to go see?
Maroon 5 (Back in their “Songs About Jane” days before they became top 40 pop.) Also, I’d give my right arm to see Weezer.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Hahaha. My wild fantasies about meeting the Backstreet Boys. Yes, it’s okay to laugh and/or gag. I was fifteen and a total fangirl. I got really in to fanfiction. I started with the Backstreet Boys, moved in to several other fandoms and finally made the jump to original fiction where I really found my true passion.
What book(s) or author(s) have influenced your life and writing?
The Bible and the Book of Mormon have been the greatest influences in my life and I’d say Meg Cabot and Kelley Armstrong are probably my greatest writing influences.
I’m a bit rusty now because it’s been years, but I used to be a decent singer. I was a total choir nerd in high school and a voice performance major in college.
What’s your favorite thing about Fall?
The fact that (when it finally arrives) the temperature drops out of the 110-120F range and my children can play outside again.
What are 3 of your all time favorite books?
The Host by Stephenie Meyer, The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong, and Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles.
Tell everyone where they can go to stay up to date on your latest news!
I’ll always post my latest news on my blog (www.Kellyoram.com) and I’m probably most active on Goodreads.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Um… Just to keep an eye out for Chameleon. It should have a cover soon. And mostly I just want to say a big thank you to everyone participating in this tour! I’m excited to finally share V is for Virgin with the world!
V is for Virgin
When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.
After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.
As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.
How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?
A note from Kelly for those who might wonder about content based on the title: “The book has a great overall message and promotes good strong moral values. For a book all about sex, there’s not anything even close to a sex scene in it, but because of the nature of the topic there is a lot of innuendo/sexual humor and some name calling.”
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