Forever for a Year Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred

Release Date: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other.  They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences.  When they’re together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can’t happen twice.

Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.

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B.T. Gottfred is an actor, director, playwright, and author. Forever for a Year is his first book.

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Interview with B.T. Gottfred

What was the inspiration behind FOREVER FOR A YEAR?

I was yearning to write something very raw, very intense, and very character driven. Once Carolina and Trevor started to come to life, they took over. 

What are your writing conditions like?

I tend to write the first 50 or so pages (of any novel I’ve written) in a burst on inspiration followed by an existential crisis that sometimes takes me weeks or months to overcome. Then it becomes work ‘work’ for a while, where I have to sit down on a daily basis and just listen to the characters and get as much down as I can whether it’s for an hour or four. Once I hit the last quarter of the book, momentum and inspiration take over again and I tend to write 10 to 15 hours a day until I finish the book just before I die;) 

Why did you decide to take on two perspectives in your debut?

I have a very even balance of masculine and feminine inside me and I am always searching out how to make each side get along. So once Carolina and Trevor announced they would be my lead characters, I couldn’t see how I could let only one of them speak. 

What was the road to publishing like?

I finished my first novel at 22 and this is my first published novel after I just turned 40. Even though I’m very immature for my age (;), that’s still a long, long, loooooooooooong road. Now, I concentrated on movies and theatre and procrastination for huge chunks of time between 22 and now, but it does feel very rewarding to find myself at this stage now. I’ve always worked outside the system (producing my own movies, plays, etc), and it’s exciting to be inside the gates to see how they do it. 

What can we expect from you next?

I hope to announce more book news very, VERY, soon. On the theatre side, my play “Women Are Crazy Because Men Are A**holes” just had it’s Off Broadway debut in June and we are heading back to New York this October. 

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Question for the Blogger:

“How would you describe the feeling of falling in love for the first time?”

Well, I’ve actually never been in love with a person romantically. 
So let’s talk about when I fell in love with books.

I remember, when I was in kindergarten, for Christmas, all the kids in the class got presents. There was someone dressed up as Santa who went around giving everyone presents, and we all opened ours immediately. My present was pretty big and when I tore off the wrapping, I found a gorgeous hardback picture book. I can’t remember exactly what the book’s title was, but I fell in love with books and reading from that point on. That love grew even more when I turned 5 and my dad bought me The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, and after that I constantly demanded for more Enid Blyton books, and finally more books by various authors.

Since then this relationship has only gotten stronger, clearly!

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Giveaway time!
Enter to win...

A copy of Forever for a Year!

  • This giveaway is open to US ONLY.
  • It will run until the 31st of July – that means the giveaway will be over at midnight on August 1st (EST)!
  • The prize will be sent out via the publisher.
  • You must be 13+ to enter the giveaway.
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Thank you so much to B.T. Gottfred for answering my questions and Nicole at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for having me along on the blog tour!

Check out the rest of the tour stops:

Friday, July 17
Fierce Reads Tumblr

Monday, July 20
Pandora’s Books

Tuesday, July 21
Confessions of a Readaholic

Wednesday, July 22
Live to Read

Thursday, July 23
Once Upon a Twilight

Friday, July 24
Novel Ink

Saturday, July 25
A Dream Within A Dream

Sunday, July 26
I’d So Rather Be Reading

Monday, July 27
Effortlessly Reading

Tuesday, July 28
Bumbles and Fairytales

Wednesday, July 29
Books & Cleverness

Thursday, July 30
The Reading Nook Reviews

Friday, July 31
The Unofficial Fan Addiction Book Club

Saturday, August 1
Me, My Shelf and I

Sunday, August 2
Bookish Lifestyle


  1. I want to read Forever For A Year because it looks like the perfect summer read!

  2. I love reading about first love! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. it sounds interesting

  4. because i am hearing about it everywhere

  5. I have been seeing it everywhere.
    I love the simple fun cover.
    The synopsis sounds like a great summer read. :)

  6. Because it sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Sounds like a great new book for YA. I really like that it's in alternating voices; I've read a bunch of other books like that recently and it's a very cool perspective to have two POVs instead of the usual one!


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