Friday, February 1, 2013

Mary Amato - Guitar Notes - Guest Post & Giveaway

Guest Post 

Lots of people ask why I enjoy writing for teens and kids. I think it’s because my tween and teen years were so emotionally intense. All my memories of those years are so vivid. I tapped into that a lot when writing my recent YA, Guitar Notes. As a teen, I was involved in a lot of activities in high school—chorus, dance, theater, art—and I also tried very hard to get straight As; and then I got to a point where I felt overwhelmed by all the pressure. I remember wishing I had a little room of my own that I could go to during my lunch hour just to get away from it all.

My characters Tripp and Lyla both want and need a little room…and it was so cathartic for me to create one for them! They escape into a music practice room during their lunch hour. They love this little room and discover each other here. They also encourage each other to write songs. Lyla’s first song is called A Little Room to Play. I’m getting letters from lots of teens saying how much they relate to the characters. Everybody needs a little room to play.

Here’s Lyla’s song:

About the Book

On odd days, loner Tripp Broody uses a practice room to let loose on the guitar he’s borrowed from the school after his mom took his own away. One even days, Lyla Marks uses the same practice room. To Tripp, she’s trying to become even more perfect–she’s already a straight-A student and an award-winning cellist. But when Lyla begins leaving notes for him in between the strings of his guitar, his life intersects with hers in a way he never expected. Challenging each other to write songs, they begin to connect, even though circumstances threaten to tear them apart.


The book shows the songwriting process from draft to finished result. Mary Amato wrote and recorded all the songs in the book. You can hear the songs, sing to the karaoke versions, learn how to write your own songs, and download free resources on this website.

Prices/Formats: $16.99 paperback
Pages: 304
Genre: Juvenile Fiction - Social Situations - Friendship - Performing Arts - Music
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: July 24, 2012
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, IndieBound

About the Author

Mary Amato is the author of many acclaimed books for children including Invisible Lines, which was nominated for the California Young Readers Medal and was selected for the Missouri Truman Awards Master List. Of that book, The Washington Post states, “you may come to learn . . . an important lesson about what really matters in life. But amid all that learning of important lessons, there will be a good bit of giggling, too.”

A prolific songwriter, Mary sings, plays the guitar, and teaches songwriting. She also performs in the Washington, DC, area. Guitar Notes is her first novel for young adult readers.

Mary lives in Maryland with her family. She is also a songwriter and performs in the DC area.

Links to Connect with Mary:
Web site

About the Giveaway:

Readers can enter to win a free Luna guitar and autographed copy of Guitar Notes from now until February 12 at

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