(Seriously, it's FRIDAAAAAAY!)
Today, we're thrilled to share our Q&A with Jennifer Latham, author of the fabulous Scarlett Undercover. We're interviewing her as a part of the official blog tour being hosted by Rockstar Book Tours!
Read on to find out what which character Jennifer would most like to have tea with, writing advice and more!
Q&A with Jennifer Latham:
Author of Scarlett Undercover
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads
As Scarlett finds herself deep in a world of cults, curses, and the seemingly supernatural, she discovers that her own family secrets may have more to do with the situation than she thinks...and that cracking the case could lead to solving her father's murder.
Jennifer Latham delivers a compelling story and a character to remember in this one-of-a-kind debut novel.
Q: First things first, tell us a little about your book! But a challenge for you: since we very much live in the world of instant information, could you summarize Scarlett Undercover in one hundred forty characters or less?
Teen gumshoe's case gets weird fast #NotASuicide #FamilySecrets #Jinn #Cults #KickassMuslimGirls
Q: So, I’m sure you know this already, but there’s a lot of excitement for Scarlett Undercover, because it’s one of the first times we’ve had a young Muslim-American heroine.
Could you share why you wanted to make Scarlett, Muslim? And how do you feel knowing that a lot of people – including several librarians from my part of the world – are both excited and appreciative for Scarlett?
(I know that I’ve already had librarian friends telling young Muslim-American readers to look out for your book!)
Q: I’ve had writer friends confess that when they’ve explored cultures and histories not native to their own, they sometimes feel a certain degree of pressure to get it right.
I hope you don’t mind my asking, but did you feel that at all when writing Scarlett? And is there anything (or anyone!) that you reached out to, to help alleviate any of those concerns?
On the other hand, I know that Islam is interpreted and practiced in so many ways all over the world. Just as an example, the Muslim women I see around town are definitely diverse. Some choose to cover their heads with hijab or niqab or even burka. Some wear no head covering at all. More importantly, I know that there’s so much more to women than their clothing choices. Every woman is unique and complex, no matter what her faith. So when I sat down to write, I worried less about Scarlett being Muslim than I did about her being a teenage detective with her own voice. She’s rebellious and questioning and even a little ornery. She’s proud of her faith, too, but in the end, she’s a young woman figuring out her own take on life.
Q: I know that the interpretation of every reader is different for every novel. But what’s one thing that you hope readers will take away from Scarlett’s journey?
Q: If you had the opportunity to have tea with one of the characters from Scarlett, who would you choose and why?
Q: So, let’s talk a little about your writing process! What’s one expectation that you initially had about publishing, which has evolved as you’ve progressed on your publishing journey?
Q: Is there one specific piece of advice that you’ve gleaned from the publishing process that you’d like to share with any aspiring writers – both younger and more seasoned writers?
Q: It seems like more and more, young adult writers are pairing up to co-write novels. Do you have any specific authors that you’d like to work with?
Q: What’s next for you? Are you working on specific projects that you can share with us?
Q: And finally, how are you feeling about your publication day? It’s right around the corner!
Thanks so much for the great questions. Take care.
Check out the rest of the tour!
5/11/2015- The Cover Contessa- Interview
5/12/2015- Sweet Southern Home- Review
5/13/2015- Such a Novel Idea- Guest Post
5/14/2015- The Phantom Paragrapher- Review
5/15/2015- The Reading Nook Reviews- Interview
5/18/2015- Please feed the bookworm- Guest Post
5/19/2015- Ticket to Anywhere- Review
5/20/2015- Fictitious Delicious- Interview
5/21/2015- Moonlight Gleam Reviews- Review
5/22/2015- Bookhounds ya- Guest Post
About the author:
I’ve lived lots of different places. Here’s the list: New York City; San Francisco; Augusta, GA; Buffalo, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Madrid; Providence, RI; and now…Tulsa, OK.
I’ve had some really weird and really normal jobs. The weirdest was helping out with autopsies. The one I’d go back to if I couldn’t write is being a school psychologist. The one I still do sometimes is teach yoga.
I live with my two daughters, two dogs, a cat, three turtles, three hermit crabs, a bunch of fish, and a husband (mine, of course).
I love watching people. And I love writing about the people who live inside my head, even when they don’t play nice.
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