YA PLUS RADIO...what do you get?


ISBN: 1419701916

Big-hearted Chloe Camden is the queen of her universe until her best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project. Chloe is forced to take on a meaningful project in order to pass, and so she joins her school’s struggling radio station, where the other students don’t find her too queenly. Ostracized by her former BFs and struggling with her beloved Grams’s mental deterioration, lonely Chloe ends up hosting a call-in show that gets the station much-needed publicity and, in the end, trouble. She also befriends radio techie and loner Duncan Moore, a quiet soul with a romantic heart. On and off the air, Chloe faces her loneliness and helps others find the fun and joy in everyday life. Readers will fall in love with Chloe as she falls in love with the radio station and the misfits who call it home.

Young adult author Shelley Coriell’s debut novel, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe, released May 1 from Amulet Books. A six-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, Shelley lives in Arizona with her family and the world’s neediest rescue Weimaraner. When she’s not writing, she bakes high-calorie, high-fat desserts and gives speeches about the joys and business of writing.

MAUREEN: What was your favorite book when you were 12?
SHELLEY:  Summer of Fear by the legendary Lois Duncan. Gripping suspense, teenage jealousy, broken hearts, dark family secrets, and a summer setting where anything – including the horrific – is possible. (Um…can we stop the interview so I can go read?)

JILLIAN: Since the 2010 Golden Heart, what has been your most rewarding publishing moment?
SHELLEY: Getting my first WELCOME, CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE fan letter from a young reader who later tracked me down at a book festival to get my autograph. She was so excited, her hands were shaking. Which made me so excited my hands started shaking.

SIMONE: What inspires you daily?
SHELLEY: My three daughters. One of my long-term goals is to inspire my girls to follow and fight for their dreams.

CAT: What has surprised you the most about being published?
SHELLEY: How much readers care about my characters. In CHLOE I introduced a huge cast of quirky high school misfits (think GLEE in a high school radio station), and I’ve received e-mails from readers wanting to know so much more about them.  

DONNELL: Complete this sentence. When I want to relax, I. . .
SHELLEY:  Soak in my new outdoor hot tub with My Guy and a fruity merlot.

ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
SHELLEY: The Barrowers by Mary Norton. For weeks I drank from a thimble and pretended my bed was a matchbox. Yep, I totally lose myself in stories.

ANGI: What’s your favorite fairy tale?
SHELLEY: Sleeping Beauty, preferably with pointe shoes and pancake tutus.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
SHELLEY: Winnie-the-Pooh hands down. I adore his kind-hearted spirit, humility, and simplicity.

ANGI: What turns you off like nothing else?
SHELLEY: Lack of confidence. There’s nothing sexier than a man confident in himself and his place in this world.

ANGI: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
SHELLEY:  Everything’s Okay by Lenka, Bubbly by Colbie Caillat, Anchor by Mindy Gledhill, Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes, Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade, Heartbeat by Enrique Iglesias

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
SHELLEY: The sound of my husband and children laughing. At times I swear their laughter stills my heart.

ANGI: Fairy Tale or Action Adventure?
SHELLEY: Adventurous Fairy Tale.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
SHELLEY: Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Witty dialogue. Exquisite clothes. New York swank. Audrey Hepburn. Moon River. The Cat.

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
SHELLEY: Desserts. After every meal I crave a sweet treat. Sometimes it’s just a square of chocolate or a mint. Lately I’ve been treating myself to honeycrisp apple wedges and a decadent homemade caramel sauce with butter, heavy cream, and marshmallows. Heavenly.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: I LOVE deleted scenes and bloopers on DVDs. I haven’t personally had to cut any scenes from my books, but I have written extra scenes for promotion and to answer a couple of unfinished questions. I noticed that you have some “deleted” scenes on your website for WELCOME, CALLER. Can you share more about why they were left on the cutting room floor?
SHELLEY’S GOTTA ANSWER: The minor characters were taking over. CHLOE is one of those books filled with quirky characters driven by strong passions and colorful pasts. There’s Chloe’s Convers-wearing grandma who has an obsession with Brad Pitt. Frack, the radio staffer who stutters except when he’s behind a microphone. Brie, the former best friend, whose perfect life is crumbling. And…um…more. After the first draft, I realized Chloe and her struggles and triumphs through this life-changing were getting overshadowed. 


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Goodbye, Rebel Blue, Release date TBA

SHELLEY will be drawing for a hardcover copy of Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe and is willing to mail internationally.

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What was your favorite book from your teen age years and why?


  1. So excited about this book! Welcome Shelley!

  2. Welcome to GLIAS Shelley ! What an awesome debut!

    By the time I was a teen, I was reading Mills & Boon romances from the UK. Why? I was a voracious reader, the town I was living in didn't have a library and my grandmother decided I was old enough to read romances that she approved. She'd read them, my aunts would read them and they'd place an "OK FOR ANGI" in the corner when it was my turn to take them home. I still have some.

    But I also read The Lord of the Rings, The Three Musketeers, every Mary Stuart I could get my hands on. OH to live in a world as a teen when a book would be at the touch of my fingers and not have to wait on a trip to my grandmother's house...wow. I can't imagine the possibilities now.


  3. What a great interview, Shelley! Love that you were shaking the same as your fan. Your answers are priceless. DQ me from your drawing. I'm off to buy this baby :) How generous that you'll ship international, too.

    Book as a teenager. Nancy Drew. Hardy Boys. Dracula, Rebecca, Charolotte's Web. Gotta say I loved mixing it up with Nancy Drew and pretending to be her. ;)

    Have a fabulous release! Long time coming!

  4. Shelley, I love the part where your fan was so nervous her hands were shaking which set off a reaction in you, too. I wonder if she knows the impact she had. :)

    Books all sort of blur together for me. I read a lot of Sweet Valley High. I think that's also the time I discovered The President's Daughter by Ellen Emerson White, about a girl whose mother was the first female president of the USA. I wanted to be her. The daughter. Not the president.

  5. Hmm... I remember Lois Duncan... Also read lots of sweet valley high.... But my favorite was Anne of Green Gables...

  6. What was your favorite book from your teen age years and why...
    My favorite book from my teenage years would have to be abook that I fell in love with but never wrote it down or remembered the name of it :( to this day i have no clue as to what it was. But i absolutely loved this series of mystery and paranormal happenings and to this day i STILL love books like this and even with the glob of paranormal romance :). But other than the book I can never find again I really did seem to love the books by Sarah Dessen during my high school years I fell in love with those books which started my teen-young adult fiction stories :)

  7. I did not have one FAVE book but when I was in high school I was quite obsessed with Shakepeare. I was the weird kid checking out Shakespeare plays that weren't required reading!!

    celjla212 at aol dot com

  8. Great answers to some tough questions. I cannot wait to read this book. And I am hoping to see you on May 7th at Changing Hands bookstore.

    I fell in love with Beauty by Robin Mckinley when I was young. It's a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story. I was completely obsessed with it.

    krystalklear27 at cox dot net

  9. I grew up with Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries series, I found it easy to relate to the main character Mia because I had problems with algebra just like her and I felt like I was socially awkward like she did because I only had a really close and small but tight knit group of friends that all seemed more outspoken and adventurous than I was. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway!


  10. Sherlock Holmes because I liked the mysteries and how he solved them.


  11. I would have to say Agatha Christie. I read every one of her books when I was a teen. I also liked The Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes.- an 8 book set. I still have all these books!

  12. My favorite book from my teenage years was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the truth is it is still my favorite book. I wanted to be Elizabeth Bennet. She was my heroine. She's witty, charming, funny, and she's "real", a lot of us can relate to how she feels, falling for someone we've sworn to hate, battling with insane relatives and people who think they're better than us. Of course I was dreaming to find my own Mr. Darcy (maybe I still)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  13. Thanks everyone for stopping by! The winner of the hardcover copy of WELCOME, CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE is Tammy Yenalavitach.