Monday, 28 April 2014

Blog Tour: Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Today as part of the Don't Even Think About It blog tour I have the honour of having Sarah on my blog to talk about how she gets her ideas for a new book so make sure to read her post below and see the fascinating way she makes her choice.
Also make sure to enter the giveaway after her post to enter to win a copy of Don't Even Think About It.

Book Inspiration by Sarah Mlynowski

When I need a new idea for a book, I go to the boxes. There are two red boxes and two beige ones. They are currently piled in the corner of my bedroom. What’s in these boxes? My second-grade diary. Cards from ex-boyfriends. Prom pictures. Short stories from when I was ten. Basically, all the stuff normal people throw away.

Back in 2003, I found a short story I had written called “Super Squirt” in the box. The story was about having a little sister who could fly. It included illustrations, an “About the Author” page and a note at the end that said, “The moral of this story is, never eat crackers in bed.” I do not remember why I wrote that note, but it seems like a good rule. “Super Squirt” inspired me to write my first YA novel, Bras & Broomsticks, which was about having a little sister who could fly--because she was a witch.

An old picture gave me the idea for Gimme a Call. In the picture I was wearing red lipstick with shiny metal braces. Yowza. I wished I could call my younger self and advise her to stick to Chapstick. Also, she might want to forgo the perm. Gimme a Call was about a girl who accidentally calls her younger self.

Back in 2011, when it came time for me to start a new book I dove into the box. What diary or letter would lead to my next big idea?

I came up dry.

First, I panicked. Then I called my mother.
“I need a new idea for a book!” I cried.
“Well, what do you want to write about?”
“If I knew what I wanted to write about I wouldn’t need a new idea, would I?”
“Did you look in the box?” she asked.
“Yes! It didn’t work!” I sighed melodramatically. “Now I’ll have to get a real job!”
“Take a deep breath,” my mother instructed. She often tells me to take a deep breath.
I did. “Now what?”
“Go get some fresh air. Take a walk.”
“Fine.” I don’t always listen to my mother, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
I walked.
The next day I walked some more.
Still nothing.
Until one day, while I was walking, I passed a tall, brown building. A tall, brown extremely creepy looking building. It’s called the former AT&T Long Lines Building and is in downtown New York. The extremely creepy part? It has no windows. To this day I have zero idea what this building is for and why it has no windows. But when I first stumbled upon it, I debated all possible explanations. Perhaps aliens were being hidden inside? Perhaps it was where government spies trained? Perhaps it was a top-secret private school for students with ESP?

Hmm, I thought. That last one would make a fun book. I ran home to write.
I wrote about twenty pages. I struggled. I took another walk. I passed the public school next door. I decided to see what would happen if the story was about regular kids who went to a public high school—and suddenly got ESP. And then I couldn’t stop typing.

The moral of the story?

Get some fresh air.
Mothers are always right.
And of course: Never eat crackers in bed.

Thank you Sarah for taking time out of your busy schedule to make this post for my blog.

About Sarah
Sarah is the author of BRAS & BROOMSTICKS, FROGS & FRENCH KISSES, SPELLS & SLEEPING BAGS and PARTIES & POTIONS—all in the YA ‘Magic in Manhattan’ series, as well as GIMME A CALL and the upcoming TEN THINGS WE DID (AND PROBABLY SHOULDN'T HAVE). Along with Lauren Myracle and E. Lockhart, she also wrote HOW TO BE BAD.

Sarah’s five novels for adults, MILKRUN, FISHBOWL, AS SEEN ON TV, MONKEY BUSINESS and ME VS. ME, were published by Red Dress Ink. She also co-wrote a guide to writing chick lit (SEE JANE WRITE), co-edited two bestselling charity collections (GIRLS' NIGHT IN and GIRLS' NIGHT OUT), and contributed to various anthologies (AMERICAN GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, SIXTEEN: STORIES ABOUT THAT SWEET AND BITTER BIRTHDAY, 21 PROMS, FIRST KISS (THEN TELL), FIREWORKS and VACATIONS FROM HELL).

Sarah's books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Originally from Montreal, she now lives and writes in New York City.

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1 comment:

  1. Entered the giveaway and a new follower too, I found your blog through the books with bite tweet! :)


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