Hey everyone. Happy Weekend!
Today I have the pleasure to once again work with the amazing author, Chelsea Pitcher. She is the author of the newly released novel, The S-Word. Her book is by far one of my favorite reads this year. It's such a beautifully raw and emotional novel that will captivate it's readers long after the final page.
To read my review for the S-Word - CLICK HERE.
I will be sharing with my readers an author interview I did with Chelsea and additional info about her book. I truly hope everyone will enjoy this post.
About The Author: Chelsea Pitcher
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Chelsea Pitcher is a native of Portland, OR where she received her BA in English Literature. Fascinated by all things literary, she began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light.
1. Tell me a little about yourself? What do you like to do for fun? Any hobbies?
I suppose saying, “I like to read and write for fun!” would be pretty obvious, wouldn’t it? But honestly, I do really love those things. I also love going to the park or the beach (especially if I can swim!) camping, hanging out with friends, and singing karaoke.
2. Where did the idea for your novel, The S-Word come about?
I found myself really strongly affected by all the stories of bullying and suicide in the news, and I wanted to know what was going on in the minds of the teens experiencing these things. So through Lizzie, I was able to explore the feelings of a teen being bullied severely. And through Angie, I was able to interrogate the bullies who went after her best friend. In the end, I came away with a much greater understanding of both bully and bullied, and I’ve heard the same from my readers, which is amazing.
3. The S-Word deals with many sensitive subjects. Is there any place in the book that was most difficult to write about?
I think people would be surprised by which sections were the hardest to write. Certain passages dealing with bullying and abuse were actually cathartic to write, because I was letting all those ideas out, after holding them in for a long time. So while it wasn’t necessarily easy to write, say, one specific entry from Lizzie’s diary, the story flowed easily, and I felt better after I’d gotten it down on the page.
4. Have you yourself learned anything from this process of writing a book or trying to find a publisher?
I have learned an infinite amount of things! Okay, maybe not infinite, but I’ve learned a lot. I’ve learned to keep trying, because giving up is the one sure-fire way you won’t succeed. I’ve learned how to search for agents, which imprints publish which kinds of books, and that editors are truly awesome (like Adam and Julia at Gallery Books, who are some of the coolest cats around.) I’ve learned that patience is more than just a virtue—it’s a necessity. Most books take 1 to 2 years to come out. But I’ve also learned you can fill up that time with editing, writing, blogging, and all manner of promotion. The trick to staying sane? Keep busy.
5. What are a few of your writing habits? Is there anything you need especially while writing?
Caffeine! Seriously, that’s really the one thing I rely on to write. That and some semblance of quiet. I’m actually pretty sensitive to noise, so if people are bustling around me, I’m probably not getting much work done. Ideally, the perfect writing space would be a quiet park with a big comfy chair in the middle, next to an iced caramel latte. I haven’t actually found this place yet (apparently, people don’t put big comfy chairs in parks?) but I will.
6. Do you have a favorite author or an author who inspires you?
I’m a huge, massive, fan-girly fan of Libba Bray, who wrote A GREAT AND TERRIBLE BEAUTY, BEAUTY QUEENS, GOING BOVINE and THE DIVINERS. I haven’t even finished THE DIVINERS yet (it’s a really big book, you guys) but I know that I’ll love what she writes, because she’s an incredibly intelligent, insightful person, and her stories always surprise me. I think that’s what I look for in an author more than anything—not someone who can make me laugh, or cry, or even fall in love with a character, but someone who can truly show me something I haven’t expected. Turn a convention on its head, show me a perspective I’ve never considered before. Those are the writers I keep coming back to, because they change and expand my view of the world.
7. Is there thing you wish you could go back and do or change in your book?
I think every author has sections they read and think “I could’ve done this better,” but that’s only because we’re (hopefully) growing and improving with each book we write. So even though there are places I might want to alter or tweak, I’m only able to see those possible changes because I went through the whole editing process, and learned from it.
That said, I think there will always be a part of me that wishes Lizzie had a greater voice in the novel. But at the same time, that’s kind of the point. Lizzie’s suicide ripped her from the world too quickly, and many people in the story will spend their lives wishing they could’ve spoken to her one more time. So if I come away wanting the same thing, or if the reader comes away wanting it, I feel like I’ve done my job in illustrating the tragedy of Lizzie’s absence.
8. Do you have any other books in the works?
I definitely do! In fact, my next YA novel (which just sold to Flux in a two-book deal!) is about a faerie princess who infiltrates a human high school and becomes fully entangled in a mortal boy’s world. It’s called IMMORTAL SACRIFICE, and it comes out next fall!
9. What is your current read?
Right now I’m reading Dot Hutchison’s A WOUNDED NAME, which is a modern-day YA retelling of HAMLET from Ophelia’s perspective. The writing is gorgeous, and I’m really enjoying seeing this classic story through Ophelia’s eyes. It’s just brilliant!
10. Thank you for being here today, Chelsea. Do you have any final thoughts for my readers?
I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s reading this interview, and to everyone who’s reading and talking about THE S-WORD. It’s because of you that I’m able to do something I absolutely love, and I’m incredibly grateful!
Thanks so much for having me!
Authors: Chelsea Pitcher
Number of Pages: 304
Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Gallery Books
Source: Publisher - ARC paperback
Genre: Realistic Fiction > Mystery
Reading Level: Young Adult
First it was SLUT scribbled all over Lizzie Hart’s locker.
But one week after Lizzie kills herself, SUICIDE SLUT replaces it—in Lizzie's looping scrawl.
Lizzie’s reputation is destroyed when she's caught in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend on prom night. With the whole school turned against her, and Angie not speaking to her, Lizzie takes her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly. As graffiti and photocopies of Lizzie’s diary plaster the school, Angie begins a relentless investigation into who, exactly, made Lizzie feel she didn’t deserve to keep living. And while she claims she simply wants to punish Lizzie’s tormentors, Angie's own anguish over abandoning her best friend will drive her deep into the dark, twisted side of Verity High—and she might not be able to pull herself back out.Debut author Chelsea Pitcher daringly depicts the harsh reality of modern high schools, where one bad decision can ruin a reputation, and one cruel word can ruin a life. Angie’s quest for the truth behind Lizzie’s suicide is addictive and thrilling, and her razor-sharp wit and fierce sleuthing skills makes her impossible not to root for—even when it becomes clear that both avenging Lizzie and avoiding self-destruction might not be possible.
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Thank you everyone for stopping by! I totally recommend this book to like EVERYONE!
So what did you guys think of my interview with the lovely Chelsea Pitcher? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. Leave you comments below. :)
....and as always, Happy Reading!