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?
Me: Oh my God, I know the secret about Cam’s past—why none of us have ever heard of him before, where he’s been and why!
Main character: I don’t care. Cam is Cam. That’s the only thing that matters.
2. We are making a short film of your story, who plays the lead character?
Oh, this is tough, because in my story, the main character isn’t identified as either a he or a she. There isn’t even a name; the reader decides whether it’s a boy or a girl telling the story.
But if we had to cast the love interest, Cam Keats, it would be Logan Lerman. Who didn’t love his vulnerability in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”? And he’s badass in “Percy Jackson.” That’s the perfect mix for Cam.
3. If you were hired to co-author a book with a best selling YA author of YOUR choice, who would you choose?
Hannah Moskowitz! Her voice is killer, and her characters, wounded and so real that their pain haunts you. I would love to co-author a book with her. Hell, I’d be thrilled even to exchange a few tweets with her!
4. Describe your weirdest writing habit.
A little while ago, I was named a finalist for the Katherine Paterson Prize, which was judged by Rebecca Stead. Afterwards, she wrote me a message—“You are a talented writer!”—which I promptly had framed for my desk. Now, I rub the frame with my thumb three times before I start writing, for luck. I guess I’m as superstitious as the main character in “The Chemistry of You and Me”
5. Which character in the classic teen movie The Breakfast Club bests describes you in high school?
Dear Sucker Lit,
I accept the fact that I had to sacrifice a whole Saturday at my computer responding to these questions. But I think you’re crazy to make me write an answer telling you who I think I am. You see me as you want to see me: in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions. But what I found out is that in each part of me is…
And an athlete.
And a basket case.
And a criminal.
Does that answer your question?
The Breakfast Club (I mean, me)
6. What’s the best part about being a member of the Sucker family (so far!)?
I think the first thing we were asked to do—buy a huge lollipop and take a picture with it—pretty much sums up the awesomeness of this experience so far. Getting to know the other authors has been fun, too. I can’t wait for the anthology to come out so I can read everyone else’s work!