Today, my fangirl heart explodes as I welcome my very favourite author to So Many Books, So Little Time, Sarah Dessen. Sarah very kindly agreed to take part in a UK blog tour for her eleventh novel, The Moon and More.
1. Most of your fans have a firm favourite ‘Dessen boy’ (mine’s Wes!). Is there one you’re particularly fond of?
Well, it’s sort of required that I love them all, otherwise my narrators wouldn’t ever fall for them in the first place. That said, I will always have a soft spot for Dexter from THIS LULLABY. He was just so fun to write.
2. I come out of your novels feeling like I’ve known your heroines forever. Do you write detailed histories or fact sheets for them before you start writing?
By the time I begin a book, I usually have lots of little scraps of paper with details for my narrator, as well as a rough idea of what will happen, which I call my “skeleton.” But I often get to know the girls as I write, the same way I hope the readers will as they get into the story.
3. Why did you choose to invent the towns of Lakeview and Colby for your books rather than setting them in an existing place?
The first time I tried to write a novel, I was in college, taking a creative writing workshop. I set my book in Chapel Hill as well, and then was totally frustrated by everyone correcting tiny details in it. “It takes longer to get from the hospital to the mall than that!” or “You can’t park there on Sundays!” It made me nuts, so I decided to create my own world, where I could be in control of everything. Nobody knows where the mall is but me!
4. Would you ever tour the UK? (We’d love to have you!)
YES! I’d hoped to come this fall, but now I’m not sure. I haven’t been to the UK since I was a teenager and I know I have so many great readers there. I’d love it.
5. Current obsession?
I’m really late to this, but I’ve just recently gotten into Downton Abbey. I’m on the third season and trying to avoid spoilers (mostly unsuccessfully) because everyone else has already seen it. But when the new shows start, I’ll be ready!
6. Favourite YA heroine?
It’s so hard to pick just one! But I grew up reading a lot of Judy Blume, so I’d say maybe Deenie from her book of the same name. I must have read it fifty times when I was a teenager. I remember it, and her, better than books I read just weeks ago.
I’d like to give a massive thank you to Jayde from Penguin for asking me to take part and to Sarah for taking the time to answer my questions.
If like me you’re mourning having finished The Moon and More and are already dreading the painful wait for Sarah’s next novel, make sure you join in with the Twitter chat starring Sarah and Cathy Cassidy on Saturday 30th June at 6pm BST.
Make sure to use the hashtag #PenguinChats and direct your tweets to @sarahdessen, @cathycassidyxx and @PenguinUKBooks.
While you anxiously wait to get your questions answered, be sure to watch Sarah talk about The Moon and More below and read an extract here.
See you in the chat!