If the characters from Awkward got stuck on a deserted island, who would fare the
best? The worst? And who would be the one to get them off the island?
Logan would probably fare the best because he’s so athletic and resourceful. Jane
would fare the worst because she’d be freaking out over all the schoolwork they were
undoubtedly missing. I mean, getting rescued from a deserted island can take weeks!
That can seriously mess with a GPA.
But I think Mackenzie would be the one to save them. She probably taught herself
Morse code a few years ago and used it to send a smoke signal cry for help. I have a
feeling her love of documentaries would definitely come in handy.
If you could have lunch with one of your characters, who would you choose?
I’m working on the fourth book right now and it’s from Chelsea’s point of view, which
is weird since I hated her in Awkward. But now the two of us have this weird bond. So I
think I would have lunch with Chelsea and then give her this enormous hug.
Trust me, she needs it.
The process was entirely different because writing Marni meant I had to stay true to my
real life experiences. In same ways, that made it easier. I couldn’t write about rockstars
skyrocketing me to fame (sigh) and instead had to focus on the most pivotal moments
of my development. But it was also really hard to put into words the sensation of
ripping out your hair. I had to relive the darkest parts of my life with brutal honesty. Not
something I think I would voluntarily undergo again.
That said: writing Awkward wasn’t all that different. I still spent hours staring at a
computer screen trying to find the right words. And I still had to push myself into some
dark emotional places so I could accurately convey the right emotions. It might sound
weird, but it’s definitely possible to become so immersed in a fictional character’s
drama that it feels absolutely real. I still have to be careful not to let myself get too
sucked into their emotional baggage!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Right now, I would love to go back to Cambodia! Chelsea’s novel takes place there and I
would love to spend more time admiring the temples and enjoying the cheap massages.
You know, for research.
If you could go back in time for one day, where would you choose?
Depends if I am there in a strictly observatory role or if I could make a difference. I’m
not sure I would want to mess too much with history but . . . it would be really cool to
have lunch with Eleanor Roosevelt. Such an amazing activist!
Could you tell us 5 random facts about you?
~I briefly wanted to be a professional juggler on a cruise ship.
~If I’m on a boat for more than thirty minutes I will probably puke. I’ll be nice and polite
about it but I will secretly consider jumping overboard.
~I made a cheesecake for my future sister-in-law and had a panic attack when I thought
I had destroyed it. I tripled part of the recipe. The butter, I believe…but it all worked out
~I named my first computer Logan (although I sometimes pronounced it “log on!”) but I
decided my MacBook Air is a lady! Ms. Amelia AirHeart goes everywhere with me now.
~I hate snakes. More than almost anything. And as soon as people hear that they always
want to tell me their stupid snake stories!
I don’t want to hear them!