1. Your books address brain and mental disorders. What inspired you to write about them, because I think it’s very good to know about what people with those disorders are really experiencing?
Almost is a book about a girl suffering from PTSD which was inspired by an event that happened to a friend of mine while we were back in high school. Hunter Kennedy has a teen rockstar who’s recovering from depression and I actually go the idea after watching so many teen stars go through dramatic declines in their careers and wondered if a parent wanted to ‘rescue’ a star out of a life they were put into from early exposure to TV and media—could it be undone?My books, How I Fly and How I Fall are about a girl who has Cerebral Palsy which and therefore, one side of her body is weaker and doesn’t respond how she’d like it to, and that story was inspired by a daughter of a friend I had in University. She had a brain tumor removed when she was very little, and when she awoke one side of her body had changed forever in a similar way to Ellen Foster’s CP symptoms. I wanted her to have a love story she could read about a girl like her.2. Your characters are my favorite book boyfriends of all time, but if you have to choose among Cam, Gray, and Hunter? Who would you choose? Also, who’s your all time favorite book boyfriend/s??
Oh Inah, this one is so difficult. How can I choose between Cam, Gray and Hunter? When people ask me which book to read, I ask them—do you like extra good guys as in future firemen, future policeman, future rescue types? That type would be Gray Porter. Hunter Kennedy, though his heart is so sweet, is a bit more of a ‘bad boy’ rockstar, and Cam Campbell, he’s just sweet and crush worthy and the perfect high school boyfriend. I don’t think I can choose between them, but I did end up marrying a guy like Gray Porter. My husband is an ER doctor, and he loves to rescue people. ;)
3. What is your all time favorite movie?
All time favorite movie? Eeek. Pride and Prejudice even though they talk very fast. I also love this movie called Cinema Paradiso (it’s Italian) and OH GOSH Across the Universe, which features all of these Beatles songs and in the opening scene (you can find it on YouTube this boy sings, ‘About a Girl’ while he’s looking off into the sea, and you fall instantly in love with him. I also love ONCE, and…Pretty in Pink (I love movies so much…so really I could go on and on. Email me any time for recommendations. :)
(Note from Inah: Anne really recommends pretty cool movies. One time, she told me and Jem to watch Bend It Like Beckham because according to her, it’s cute and enjoyable. We watched it along with our other friends and we ended up loving the movie. <3)
4. If you are to pick a dreamcast for your book characters, who would you pick?
The dream would simply be to have the books made into movies. It is really one of those stars in the sky that every writer wishes for, so I would just be so happy to see one of my books made into a movie.
5. Favorite TV Shows?
Currently I’m on a huge Orphan Black kick, because the actress who plays all of the ‘clone girls’ is SO COOL. How does she do her job? I bow bow bow to her. I actually try not to watch TV unless I’m doing dishes or laundry or some chore, because otherwise I just get hooked and then no work gets done.
6. Are you currently working on another novel right now?
Oh yes, I am. :) and Inah you are getting one of the first copies. I’m not quite ready to talk about it yet, because I get really shy about my work until it’s ‘done’ and even after it’s done, I feel like maybe it’s never finished so the less I say, the better I can type? Does that make sense?
7. If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you’ll most probably doing right now?
I KNOW if I weren’t a writer, I would be a reader and just eating up all of the cool indie books out there to read. It’s what I did before I was published, and it’s what I love to do. I would love to have a used bookshop full of dusty old books.
8. What are some of your favorite books?
Favorite books. Oh. I can’t even pick. All books are my favorite? Honest.
9. Describe your writing process.
Write. Doubt. Write. Doubt. Worry. Write. Delete. Try it again. Write more. Delete more…worry more. Write. (I do not recommend this, but it’s how I roll.)
10. Which of your characters has the closest personality to you?
I would have to say Vere Roth when she’s all dorky with the bad hair and strange outfits, and awkward. I blush some but not as much as she does. Also, I get really excited about really small things, collect rocks and act goofy at all times. :)
11. What advice can you give our readers, especially those who are aspiring writers?
Just keep writing. It’s a very strange industry and you should only put your work out when you feel good about it. Great about it? You can’t control what sells and what doesn’t, so all you can control is your own words on the page. If you can go to sleep at night and say, ‘I did all that I could. I rewrote that until I was happy, and I’m proud of those pages,’ then whatever happens you will be happy and able to sleep. I’d also say, listen to Stephen King’s writing book ON WRITING, it’s in audio book and it’s him talking and he’s got such good advice as well as in interesting journey. Study story structure, watch movies read a ton and most of all don’t be afraid to write 100 pages, and suddenly realize your book beginning is on page 101 (meaning you are going to trash those 100 pages and finally write your story. It’s not throwing away pages, it’s learning your story and the heart of your characters. Those pages won’t be lost ,they will come back and make your story stronger. Hope that helps a little?
Thanks a lot, Anne!