After I finished Want, I was challenged to write an interview without giving everything in the world away, which the fangirly part of me wanted to do. Luckily, I am pretty sure I succeeded in not being too ridiculous.
Juli has a number of erratic mood moments, especially with Isaac, was that easy or hard to write?
As a true Taurus (like Juli), it was surprisingly easy to whip up some anger and stubbornness, plus I put together a pretty hardcore, erratic playlist to help me conjure the feelings I was going for. The harder part was giving those scenes the appropriate level of teen angst without tipping over into melodrama.
Jenn: How did you develop Juli’s mom’s particular brand of crazy?
Stephanie: Hah! I did a lot of research into abnormal psychology. I also have two little ones, and I know what it’s like to be frustrated with them while trying to balance all the other aspects of life. I took those feelings and magnified them times a hundred. I also had mild post-partum depression after both kids were born, so I was able to draw on some of those feelings and again, magnify them.
Do you yourself play piano? How did you develop Juli’s feeling and perception regarding listening to classical music?
I do! Well, I did. I took lessons from age five (?) through most of high school, plus I played the French horn. I tried violin but that dream ended in a fiery ball of OMG-Who-is-Torturing-Cats? I’ll freely admit that Juli’s feelings about classical music were mostly mine, though I feel strongly about all kinds of music. I was one of those kids who could name that tune after just the first beat, and I remember (oh, man, this is embarrassing) tearing up in first grade while singing The Star Spangled Banner. Even when I was older my parents would take me to see plays at the Ohio Theater and Palace Theater in Cleveland and as soon as the orchestra started up, I was done for. That made it very easy to write the scene at the Saenger Theater when Juli sees Isaac perform.
How much fun was it to write Dave? Cause I can tell you, it was a lot of fun to read him!
SO. FUN. He just showed up one day and threatened to take over the entire book. He was only supposed to be a side character, a kind of BFF for Juli, so I had to really restrain him. I still love playing around with his POV and writing character interviews from his perspective. I’ve often joked that he’s the male version of me. My critique group will tell you I’m the queen of dirty jokes.
Can we (I) hope to see any more from these characters?
That … I can’t really answer. Yet. Um … I’ve gotten a surprising number of requests for a sequel, and I’ve passed that information on to my publisher. That’s about all I can say right now, though readers are welcome to add their two cents if they’d like.
Is there any news on future delicious works of yours?
I have a completed upper-YA manuscript that’s a gritty, sexy Southern ghost story. I haven’t found the right home for it yet, but I’m really excited about it. It’s very fast-paced and different from Want, though I only seem to write stories with delicious bad guys. I’m a total sucker for smarmy villains! Two other stories are in the works. *cough*see above*cough*
Thanks so much for having me! This was a lot of fun.
It was fun to do! If you want to learn more about Stephanie Lawton, here are all the links to sufficiently stalk her:
So, are you all totally interested in this book now? Cause if not, you really should be. But here is what’s really exciting. We are doing a giveaway of an e-copy of the book! Best thing about that? It’s open to everyone and international!
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