My review of this wonderful YA contemporary by Eileen Cook will be up tomorrow but I was lucky enough to be able to participate in the blog tour for this book. I loved it and it was wonderful to be able to ask Ms. Cook a few questions. Here they are:
Q & A:Where did you get the inspiration for this story?
Most often book ideas for me start as a bit of an idea here, another piece there, until it sticks together as one whole idea. This process can take forever and sometimes it never comes together. This is one of the few books where I can remember the exact second I had the idea. I was on the ferry and saw a missing child poster. At the bottom there was an age enhanced photo so you could see what the person might look like now. I had the thought "How weird would it be if I looked like the age enhanced photo?" In that instant the idea of the book dropped into my head. I ran back to my seat and wrote it down as fast as I could. I spent another week thinking over some different details, but I started writing almost right away.
Who is your favorite author?
How can I pick just one?! I find a lot of what book I like depends on what type of mood I'm in. Different books fit different moods. There are times I put a book down because I can't get into it and then if I try it again another time I can't stop reading it. A few of my favorite books this year were The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Some authors that I like that you might not have heard of include Joelle Anthony, Denise Jaden and Cat Patrick. I could keep listing books and authors for hours. There's nothing I like more than talking about books.
What is your biggest bookish pet peeve?
When I'm writing my biggest bookish pet peeve is when all of a sudden the BRILLIANT outline I came up with at the beginning of the book is no longer working and I have no idea what should happen next in the book. This is followed by panic and beating of my head on the desk until I'm able to sort it out.
When reading, my biggest pet peeve is when people write in library books. What part of "your are borrowing this book and it doesn't belong to you" doesn't that person understand? I also once found a used Kleenex smooshed between the pages. Some people should have their library cards revoked.
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster Canada for allowing me to ask a Eileen Cook a few questions. She sounds like my kind of gal and I'd love to sit down and talk books with her.