I am super excited to have Jess Rothenberg by the blog today for an interview as part of The Catastrophic History of You and Me blog tour :)
Who was your favorite character to write in The Catastrophic History of You and Me?
I really loved and cared about Brie. I know her emotions and actions were sometimes selfish and immature, but I loved watching her grow and change in different ways throughout the story. And even in the moments when I was mad at her, I always tried to stay true to Brie’s age and what she was going through. After all, being sixteen by itself is already a pretty emotional rollercoaster, much less when you’ve died of an actual broken heart!
Is there a book you’ve read recently and loved?
I’m reading a book called Cloud Atlas right now that I’m really savoring. But as for YA, the last thing I read and loved was All Unquiet Things, by Anna Jarzab.
If you could be any mythology creature, what would you be?
Unicorn all the way! I used to tie my ponytail at the top of my head when I was little and go galloping around the house. The Last Unicorn is still one of my all-time favorite books and animated films.
Would you say The Catastrophic History of You and Me had a theme song at all? If so, what is it?
Actually, the book has a whole playlist of songs that inspired and influenced the story as I went along (you can listen at http://jessrothenberg.com/playlist.html) so it’s hard to pick just one! But if I had to, I might go with Walking with a Ghost by Tegan and Sara. I’ve always felt it really captures the way heartache can linger. And then also, in the literal sense, Brie really is walking with a ghost.
Which is harder for you to write: The first line? or the last line?
I knew the last line of Catastrophic History from the very beginning because it is taken from a poem my grandpa wrote for me when I was Brie’s age. So in this case, the first line was probably a little harder. : )
Thanks so much for stopping by Jess.
Be sure to check out the trailer for the book: