Thursday, March 8, 2012
A: I don’t think there are definitive lines between YA books and those for adults. What it has to do with is recognizing that when you’re writing YA, you’re writing about people who have less history to draw on, so they experience things differently from adults. In terms of subject matter though, almost anything goes.
Q: What surprised you most while writing THE LIFEGUARD?
A: For the most part, Pilot, the lifeguard is very close mouthed. It was as if he wanted to remain something of an enigma and refused to speak to me as a writer, so I let him have his way and I’m hoping readers will use their imaginations to flesh out his character. I may be criticized for that, but if I were writing the book now I’d still draw him that way.
Q: Time for the chicken or the egg question! What comes first for you, plot or characters?
A: Definitively the characters.
Q: Your list of published work is not only long and impressive, but, interestingly, also trends with the growth of social media. How does marketing this book differ from your first books? How has social media changed your approach?