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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Author Insight: Secrets in the Story

Tell us a secret about your recently published or forthcoming novel.

"Here's a secret that I myself recently uncovered: Bittersweet is a lot more autobiographical than I thought it would be. Of my three novels, Bittersweet hits closest to home in terms of my own emotional struggles and underlying fears and doubts." - Sarah Ockler, author of Bittersweet

"There is a lot more to the disappearance of Matthew's father than anyone in this novel realizes. But they're all very busy with the problems they've got, and the trail's totally cold, and there's no way they'd have ever figured it out, considering how they think the world works in Safe.  And this is not that story." - Leah Bobet, author of Above.

"My last book was supposed to be called We’re Having More Fun Than You, but it got changed to I’m Having More Fun Than You. I think it makes me sound a bit cockier than I am, but I guess it makes more sense in hindsight." - Aaron Karo, author of Lexapros & Cons.

"Here you go, a secret spanning Where It Began and the WIP:  I get so into it and psycho, feeling as if I’m channeling my protagonists, that Gabby and the new p
 rotagonist have taken to talking to each other.  (Although, so far, on paper, they don’t actually know each other.) Don’t ask how.  They just do." - Ann Stampler, author of Where It Began.
"One of the characters is named after the boy with whom I had my first kiss." - Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow.

"The whole story of last year's novel, Popular, is a secret so I can't tell you anything about it. It makes it really hard to describe it to strangers. As for my new book, Ferocity Summer, one of those early fall off the horse drafts had a completely different main character. She's still in the book, but in a much smaller role." - Alissa Grosso, author of Ferocity Summer.

"In the first draft of Anna Dressed in Blood, there was a scene where Anna ate waffles. No, seriously. Sometimes I'll just hit a small block and instead of stopping I'll fill it with crap. My editor and agent know this." - Kendare Blake, author of Girl of Nightmares. 

"Oh boy, I might regret this answer, but here goes. A number of the supernatural elements were inspired by the Mormon church. Now people can play 'Where’s Waldo' and try to figure out which ones." - Jennifer Bosworth, author of Struck

"The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind was originally called Jaibera, which is the Spanish slang for crab picker. It was the story of girls who traveled north to pick crabs each year. It was rejected by one publisher and worked on for many drafts with my current editor. In the final version, there’s not a crab anywhere – and I love the story just as much." - Meg Medina, author of The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind.

"I’m in love with Alan Rickman, and I picture him as the villain in Revived (May 2012)." - Cat Patrick, author of Revived.

"My heroine is my least favorite character in the book." - Gwen Hayes, author of Dreaming Awake.

"I’m an open book. No secrets here!" - Nina Malkin, author of Swear.

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