Louise also shared some tips about aspiring writers, and it's really worth a read, so check it out!~
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What provided your inspiration for Confessions of an Angry Girl?
The character of Rose came into my head one day when I was writing a book for adults. The book’s chapters alternated between the present and the past (high school), and I realized that I was really drawn to Rose when she was 14, more so than when she was 30. So I pulled out the high school chapters and strung them together to see what I had. And that’s when I realized that I had an Angry Girl on my hands.
I’ve always been fascinated by how girls feel and express anger, probably because it took me a long time to understand that I was allowed to be angry. I think girls are somehow subliminally—or maybe not so subliminally—taught that they are supposed to be nice, quiet and accommodating, and while those things have their place in certain situations in civilized society, they shouldn’t automatically overrule the expression of emotion. Girls should be able to feel and express their anger without being told that they aren’t being polite.
How hard was it to get your book published? Have you got any tips for aspiring writers?
I have two pieces of advice for people who want to write. The first one is very common, which is, just sit down and do it. Make a schedule for yourself that works, whether it’s an hour a day, or two hours three times a week, or only on the weekends—figure out what works for you, write it down in your calendar like you would an appointment and commit to it. If you’re struggling with what to say, then write about your frustration. But get some words on the page.
The second piece of advice is, be nice to yourself while you’re writing. I think this is really important. A lot of people start writing and they stop after a few tries because they go back and read what they wrote, and they decide it’s terrible. But they’re being completely unfair to themselves—they’re judging something that isn’t ready to be judged. Writing is a process of creation and revision, and more creation and more revision—it takes time. You have to be critical eventually, but if you do it while your ideas are still young and taking shape, you’ll give up before you’ve even started.
What you are working on now/next...
I’m finishing up the revisions on Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend right now, and I’m really excited about it. It’s an interesting challenge to figure out what Rose learned freshman year, and how she applies it to sophomore year. She’s definitely growing up!
I’m also working on the pilot episode for a TV series based on the Confessions books. That’s all I can say about that right now, but I’m really excited about it!
Confessions of an Angry Girl
Published by Mira Ink
This is a story about ROSE. About the occasional panic attack and being fourteen in the suburbs without a mobile phone. Read it and weep Rose's first year at Union High isn't exactly going to plan. Her family's broken, her supposed best friend's going boy crazy and Rose is so far behind socially that she might as well be moving backwards. Until her brother's friend Jamie offers her a ride home - and a way into the world of his popular clique - if only it weren't for his perfect cheerleader girlfriend. Now Rose is learning how to climb the wobbly high-school social ladder, while struggling to hang on to what matters the most..
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