How to Speak Boy by Tiana Smith

Hi everyone!

I’m super excited to be one of Tiana Smith’s first stops on her blog tour for How to Speak Boy!

Be sure to check out her tour schedule ->here<- to follow along. Here’s the interview with Tiana on her new book. I hope you enjoy!


  • What sparked the idea for “How to Speak Boy”?

I was a big speech and debate nerd all through high school (state champ my senior year, woot woot!), and I’ve always wanted to write a book about that experience. I may or may not have had a huge crush on a boy who competed for a rival school. No, I’m not naming names, haha. That was a long time ago. Let’s just say, the fact that we were competitors felt like a deal breaker, despite all our flirting. I thought I’d be fun to explore that competition dynamic in a book. Plus, You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies, so it just made sense to combine those ideas.


  • Were there any challenging scenes to write?

Carter was a challenging character for me to write. So, his scenes were all a bit tricky. If I say too much more, I’ll start giving away spoilers and I don’t want to do that. Suffice to say, his actions and internal feelings were complicated and I had to think a lot about how he’d respond to things.


  • In a couple of sentences, how would you describe Quinn and Grayson?

They’re both similar in a lot of ways, which is why it takes them a while to realize they’re perfect for each other. They’re competitive, yet insecure at the same time. They don’t back down from confrontation, and they’re hard workers. Grayson keeps his cool better than Quinn, who can sometimes see things more black and white than Grayson.


  • If “How to Speak Boy” was ever turned into a movie or TV series, who would you cast?

When I first started writing How To Speak Boy, Jordan Fisher immediately came to my mind for Grayson. When my publisher asked me what he looked like so they could design the cover, he’s the actor I pointed out. Quinn would probably be someone like Sabrina Carpenter. (Weird that I picked two people who can sing—maybe that’s part of why I think they’d look cute together!)


  • Without spoilers, what is one chapter or scene that either gutted you or that you loved writing?

I loved writing their first kiss. That scene has one of my favorite lines in the whole book. There’s a scene near the end that gutted me, but I can’t mention why without spoilers.


  • What is it about YA romance that you love writing?

Everything! I love the butterflies of young love and all the insecurities and misunderstandings that happen in YA romance.


  • Do you have an all-time favorite book or a favorite book at the moment?

This question is not fair, haha. I have WAY too many favorites to list just one. I’m going to cheat by listing the last book I finished reading, which was Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. So cute! I can’t wait to finish the series and see how it all ends.


  • Finally, can you tell us or give us a hint at what you’re working on next?

I wish I could! I can’t really say much about it. What I can say is that I’m working on another YA romance and I hope I get to share it with readers one day soon!


How to Speak Boy is available everywhere tomorrow! You find all of the links below for your preferred reading platform, as well as where you can follow Tiana on social media and a rafflecopter giveaway of the book!


How to Speak Boy
by Tiana Smith
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 7th 2020
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Two sworn enemies start to fall in love through anonymous notes in How to Speak Boy, a fun and charming YA novel from Tiana Smith.

Quinn and Grayson have been fierce speech and debate rivals for years. They can’t stand one another, either in competition or in real life.

But when their AP Government teacher returns their school assignments to the wrong cubbies, they begin exchanging anonymous notes without knowing who the other one is.

Despite their differences, the two come together through their letters and find themselves unknowingly falling for the competition. Before the state tournament, the two of them need to figure out what they want out of life, or risk their own future happiness. After all, what’s the point of speech and debate if you can’t say what’s in your heart?

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Tiana Smith is a copywriter turned novelist who grew up in the Rocky Mountains. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her ninja boy, reading, or binging the Disney Channel. She’d love to be fluent in sign language, but for now she gets by with awkward hand gestures and even more awkward French. She has double degrees in Honors and English from Westminster College but wants to go back to school to be a lion tamer.


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