I'm so excited to have had the chance to ask Becky some questions relating to her writing process, Simon and Oreos. Lead me to the gluten free isle and I am there with those suggestions.
*Q* Did you always know you had stories inside of you that you needed to get onto paper?
*A* I think I always knew I had to get stories out on paper (I’m one of those people who thinks about writing all day, even if I sometimes hate actually sitting down at the computer and doing it). I never expected I’d ever be published. I wrote Simon after leaving my job as a psychologist when my son was born, because I wanted to give writing for publication one shot.
*How long did it take you to write Simon?
Simon took about five months to write and revise – I worked primarily during my son’s naptimes!
*How do you keep inspired?
I tend to be very inspired by my own memories and little moments in my daily life. I also reread my journals from high school before beginning new projects.
*What is your writing routine?
I usually write on my couch or bed – never at a desk. I tend to reread what I wrote the previous day to ease back into the story. I edit compulsively as I draft. I definitely have a hard time staying focused, but I try my best to unplug from distractions during my writing time – especially because, as a parent of two very young kids, I get so little time to actually write.
*Is there a character in Simon you liked more than any of the others, or connected to more distinctly?
This is probably a very predictable answer, but I definitely felt most connected with Simon. He is kind of a more charming, less self-aware version of me, and so many of his thoughts and feelings are based on my own memories of being a teenager. I would also say I’m pretty similar to Leah, Alice, and (I have to admit) Simon’s mom.
*If there was a film version of Simon, who do you envisage as the main characters?
I’ve always pictured Miles Heizer from Parenthood as Simon, but some other contenders have come onto my radar lately: Dan Cohen from My Mad Fat Diary and Logan Lerman. I love daydreaming about this!
*What do you think is the most important thing for aspiring writers to remember?
I think writers should always remember to listen and observe. Try to be fully present and engaged in every conversation and interaction, and get in the habit of noticing the details about friends, family, and strangers.
*Do you like Oreos? What’s the best way to eat them?
I love Oreos as much as Simon does! My favorite ways to eat them are:
-In ice cream or milkshakes
-Oreo balls/Oreo truffles-Double Stuf dipped in milk
Thank you so much, Becky, for answering my questions!
And now, one Australian reader has the chance to win a copy of Simon for their very own. It's a wonderful story that features, among other things, 1. Family 2. Oreos 3. Discussions on coming out 4.Adorable emails 5.Two guys falling for each other in a way that is simple and gorgeous and so needed in literature right now.
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