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Today, we're sharing a Q&A with C.C. Payne, author of The Thing About Leftovers! Read on for her thoughts about writing, the evolution of her writing path, and more!
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A Q&A with C.C. Payne
Author of The Thing About Leftovers
Nancy Paulsen Books, July 2016
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today - we're very excited about The Thing About Leftovers!
1) First things first: tell us about The Thing About Leftovers! Is there specific reason you wanted Fizzy to focus her talents on cooking?
2) ...Leftovers is your third book - congratulations! Has anything changed in your approach to writing and sharing these wonderful stories?
3) In another interview, you mentioned that you were partially inspired by your daughter to write Something to Sing About, after she asked you to write a book for young people like her.
Did that mentality and understanding of the need for stories for young people, help influence how you chose to craft and finesse Fizzy's story in Leftovers? If so, where did you draw your inspiration from?
Fizzy’s voice emerged while I was writing that first story--Something to Sing About—and she’s been in my head ever since . . . almost nine years now. Like Fizzy, I grew up in blended families and in discussing that topic with other grown stepkids, parents, and stepparents, it struck me that we all want exactly the same things: love, belonging, and family.
4) Leftovers deals with a number of significant themes, including separation and finding one's own place in the world. Why do you think it's important for middle grade books to discuss issues that many adults may even find challenging?
5) Finally, what's next for you?
Thank you again, C.C.!
About the book:
Twelve-year-old Fizzy can’t seem to find her place in her newly changed family. She’s an only child, and since both her parents have embarked on new relationships, she’s a bit of a third wheel. And now her dad and stepmom are having a baby, and her mom’s about to marry her neat-freak, dismissive boyfriend, leaving Fizzy feeling like a “leftover” kid that no one really wants—complete with a past that the new family units would rather forget. Things start looking up when she makes two friends in her new school: Miyoko and Zach, who have parent issues of their own that they can laugh and cry over, and a guidance counselor who finally convinces Fizzy that it is not impolite to talk about your family for the right reasons.
Also, Fizzy’s passion is cooking, so she eagerly enters the Southern Living cook-off, giving her a welcome distraction from family drama. As Fizzy perfects her recipe for the Russo family lasagna—which tastes even better the next day—she’s surprised and heartened to find that some leftovers aren’t so bad, after all.
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