In the third installment of our Ten Questions @ Book Expo America special event, we begin to sense a theme and learn what petrichor is. Featuring ten more authors including Tahere Mafi, Jill Shalvis, Alexandra Bracken, and Emily Giffin. Instead of our usual author Q&A we’ve asked the authors we’ve spoken to at BEA to answer one simple question:


Here are their answers:

Alexandra Bracken, author of Passenger and The Darkest Minds Series:
Petrichor. It’s the smell of earth after the rain.

Jill Shalvis, author of Sweet Little Lies and the Lucky Harbor Series:
Love, for obvious reasons.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of First Star I See Tonight and the Wynette, Texas Series:
Rainbow, because it’s my granddaughter’s nickname.

Danielle Paige, author of Stealing Snow and the Dorothy Must Die Series:

Emily Giffin, author of First Comes Love and Something Borrowed:

Brenda Novak, author of Her Darkest Nightmare, The Secrets She Kept, and the Whiskey Creek Series:

Elin Hilderbrand, author Here’s to Us and The Rumor:
Summer. It’s not necessarily my favorite but it fits the moment.

Allison Winn Scotch, author of In Twenty Years: A Novel  and The Theory of Opposites:
Invincible, just because of what it means.

Carly Phillips, author of Going Down Easy and the Dare to Love Series:
Love, obviously!

Tahereh Mafi, author of Furthermore and the Shatter Me Series:
Petrichor. It’s the smell of water hitting earth.

Thank you to all the authors that participated today, and stay tuned for the last in this special BEA series of Ten Questions next week!

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