What would you say was your favorite character to write in The Education of Bet?
I’ve gotten to the point where I really love writing male characters so while it’s tough to pick favorites, I’d have to say James Tyler. He was the most fun because there’s something very complex about James. But then of course there’s Bet – the cross-dressing! The fencing! It really is hard to choose between the two.
Which line do you find more difficult to write? The first or the last?
There’s no option to say the middle??? I almost always know the first line before I even start writing – and I frequently know the last shortly after that! – but if I have to choose, I’ll say the first. Sometimes you start a book and later wonder if you started in exactly the right place. Of course last lines come with their own brand of difficulty – sure, it’s exhilarating to realize you’ve gone the distance, but there’s always a sadness at leaving behind characters you’ve lived with so intensely.
What books have you recently read and loved?
The last adult novel that I loved was Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin which imagines the life of the real-life Alice that Alice in Wonderland was based on. The last YA novel I loved was Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan which is about two very different teenage boys who are both named – you guessed it! – Will Grayson.
Don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour:
Monday, May 23: Val at Truth Be Told (Review)
Tuesday, May 24: Nicole at Word for Teens (Interview)
Wednesday, May 25: Corrine at Lost for Words (Author Books Picks)
Thursday, May 26: Andye at Reading Teen (Character Interview- Bet)
Saturday, May 28: Serena at Pensive Bookeaters (Tens List)
Sunday, May 29: Kelsey at The Book Scout (Guest Post- Women Disguised as Males in Movies and Literature & Giveaway)