Author of The Detour
Hi S.A.! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us on the blog today. You know that we’re big fans, so this is an honor!
Famous teenage author rolls car, “rescued” by maniac and offspring.
There had been a lot of news about teenagers getting some pretty major publishing deals. It really got me thinking about what pitfalls might face someone like that. Of course, I took that line of thinking way way out of the box…
3) On a related note, we live in an age where that line of communication between a writer and readers are constantly evolving, thanks to social media platforms like email, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
I think Livvy is extremely aware of her online fan base and it fuels her ego. She might not even consciously acknowledge it, but I think she LOVES being adored by all those readers. Finally, she’s the popular kid at the lunch table, so to speak. In the real world, I find social media to be tricky. The immediacy is very cool. Personally, I love when I tweet about a book and the author replies to me. But I think it’s a fine line and one needs to be cautious.
I’ve always loved survival stories, especially the ones where I, as a reader, could insert myself into those situations and feel like I’m there. TO BUILD A FIRE by Jack London was a huge influence. I read it in college on a blistering hot, muggy day, yet I shivered with goosebumps by the end. I know my words fall far short of having that kind of an impact, but I always aim for at least a taste of that kind of experience for the reader. As for Livvy, she’d never had to face her own mortality. Sure, she had bad things happen, but not like that. She had to dig far deeper than ever before, and the digging was painful.
It is never a goal of mine to get a message across in my books.But I have two daughters who are very active on social media, and if this book gives them (or anyone else) even the slightest pause in terms of what or how much they put out there on the internet for all to see, or who they choose to engage with, then hey. I’m okay with that.
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