Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Q&A with Alexandra Diaz

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Published December 22nd 2009 by EgmontUSA
Hardcover, 272 pages
Genre- YA fiction
It really was a stupid thing that Brent Staple did – doing it (so the rumour goes) with Chris Sanchez, one of the guy cheerleaders. Who’d have thought that Brent, the school’s hottest jock, could be gay? But the doubt about Brent doesn’t just hurt Tara – it’s the beginning of the end for an inseparable trio of friends. Tara’s training for the marathon, but also running from her father and her fear of ever being abandoned again. Beautiful Whitney Blaire’s got everything and nothing, because her parents have never had time for her. And Pinkie has a compulsive need to mother everyone to make up for the mom she never stops missing. The girls couldn’t be more different, but doesn’t that just prove the strength of their friendship?

Then new-girl Riley arrives in school, wafting her long black hair and a scent of lilacs. Suddenly, Tara starts to feel things she’s never felt before for a girl - and to reassess her feelings about Brent and what he may/may not have done. Is Tara gay – or does she just love Riley? And can the map of her deepest friendships ever be redrawn in a post-Riley world?---Goodreads

In your own words can you please describe what your book is about?

Of All the Stupid Things is about three friends and what happens to their friendship when a new girl enters the picture.

What would you say is the message in this book?

Follow your heart and your instincts despite what others are telling you you should do.

What was your inspiration behind Of All The Stupid Things?

The initial idea came with the line, “Brent Staple is such a jerk”. From there I had to figure out what Brent had done to be such a jerk and what were the consequences of that event. During the course of one evening, I had the basic premise for what I wanted the novel to be about.

How did you come up with the characters in this book?

From the start I knew I wanted to have three protagonists with different journeys that intertwine. They had to be different, but each needing something from the other. Each girl had to have a love interest and a family dynamic that made her the way she was.

Were there any deleted scenes that didn’t make the final draft and can you please share them with us?

I had a couple scenes from David's POV, one about a sexual fantasy with Whitney Blaire and one where he's wondering what he did wrong. I had great fun writing them, but it didn't work with the rest of the book to keep him as an occasional narrator.

What would you say is the main reason you write books?

I write to experience life in someone else shoes. There are so many things I will never get to do, it's fun having my characters do them for me!

Did you have a specific audience in mind when writing this book?

I wanted it to be a book all teens would enjoy and make them think, “Hey, I know people just like this”. Even though it is technically a “girl” book, it's not “girly” and I think guys would enjoy it if they give it a chance. Grown men have.

Do you have any new projects in the works right now?

I always have something on the go. Writing is what I want to do with my life. I have two YA novels I'm actively working on and a few other books/ideas in the way back burner.

Is there anything you would like to say to those readers who shy away from your book because they consider this book controversial?

You don't have to agree with everything a book says just to enjoy it, just like you can have friends with different view points on religion, politics, or anything in life. Go into it open minded and you might be surprised that it's not as controversial as you may think.

Alexandra's Website

I would like to thank Alexandra Diaz for taking the time to do this interview and for participating in the "Guess Who?" YA Author Challenge. You're amazing! Thank you so much!

1 comment:

  1. I like your "deleted scenes" question. I've got a post up today about interviewing authors - appreciate any thoughts you might have on it.