6 Questions With Claudia Classon, Author of Valentine’s Day

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1. You’re a teen again and call your MC (from your story in volume 3) on the phone with urgent news: What’s the news and what is his/her reaction?

(texting) (post-story)

Me:  JJ WHERE R U!!!!

JJ:  Lvg math.  WTF, LC?

Me: HE is waiting at your locker

JJ:  ?

Me:  LDV

JJ:  I’m over Lans LC. Moving on. He’s probably returning my Scarlet Letter.

Me:  Eye roll

Me:   Hurry UP

Me:  B4 queen bitch shows up

JJ:  Chill! Coming.

Me:  Put on some lip gloss first.

2. We are making a short film of your story, who plays the lead character?

Hmm…this is a hard one.  I think Abigail Breslin would be a great JJ.  She knows how to play straight/serious in a comic situation and would probably express JJ’s awkwardness with guys sucessfully.

 3. If you were hired to co-author a book with a best selling YA author of YOUR choice, who would you choose?

I would love to work with Lauren Oliver (Before I Fall  is a favorite book) because she is so passionate about her characters and I admire her writing.  However…I don’t know if we would still be on speaking terms by the end of the first week.  Come to think of it, that might be more of a power struggle than a collaboration…could I co-author with Neil Gaiman?  Please?  I promise not to stare.

4. Describe your weirdest writing habit.

Is any writing habit truly considered weird to other writers?  Aren’t we all eccentrics by definition?  I wish I could say that I dictate scenes to my iPhone while doing headstands, but I don’t.  Can I make something up?  I grind my teeth…well, these days I grind my Invisalign braces.

 5. Which character in the classic teen movie The Breakfast Club bests describes you in high school?

Excuse me while I Google the movie for a moment…okay, without watching it again (and I’m not going to tell you how OLD I was when it came out in 1985), probably the Molly Ringwald character.  There’s not much of a choice here for girls—the virgin princess or the basket case?  I was really more of a dramarama-nerd. I refused to wear blue jeans and sashayed around in a patchwork maxi-skirt that I made myself.  I was consumed by musical theatre and Tolkien those days…

6. What’s the best part about being a member of the Sucker family (so far!)?

Ah, this one I can answer easily.  Working with Hannah as an editor has been delightful.  I’m very grateful for her excellent critique, her advice, and her energy.

To read Claudia’s story in volume 3, click here.

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