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Meet the Author of Fat Boy vs. the Cheerleaders

Overview

 

After welcoming attendees, brief introductions will be made.  The author will then read a passage of his choosing from the book.  This will be followed by a few questions on the writing process, as well as questions about the book.  The discussion will conclude with questions about future books and activities.

After the event, the author will be available to sign books and posters.  Drawings for door prizes will also be held.

Questions About the Writing Process

1. How long did it take you to write the book and then how much longer did it take to get published?

2. What is your preferred routine for writing?

  • Do you sit down at a desk to write for a period of time or do you wait until the mood strikes you?
  • Do you have a designated area for writing?
  • Do you write in longhand or on a computer or laptop?
  • What research do you usually conduct either before or during the writing process?

3. What inspired you to write young adult fiction?

  • What author or authors serve as a source of inspiration for you?

4. What aspect of writing is the  most challenging for you?

Please note the audience will be encouraged to ask follow-up questions, as well as any other questions they may have.

Questions About the Book

1. What research did you do before and/or during the process of writing the story?

2.  Where did the character Gabe come from?  How did he arrive?  Where is Gabe today?

3.  How did you develop and hone the voices of the other main characters in the story?

4.  How did you choose the beginning and end of the story?

5.  Why was the title of the book changed for the paperback edition?

6.  What's your favorite thing about the book?

7.  Is there anything you'd like to change about the book?

8.  If you had to select a playlist to accompany the book, what would be some of the songs?

Please note the audience will be encouraged to ask follow-up questions, as well as any other questions they may have.

Questions About Future Books

1.  You recently had a book published entitled Anything You Want about teenage pregnancy, dysfunctional families, and endless optimism as viewed through the eyes of a young adolescent boy. Exploring the topics of teen pregnancy and parental death, why did you choose to write about these two topics in the same book?

2.  How is the main character of Anything You Want, Taco, different from the main characters in your other books?

3.  Have you perceived any differences between how teen and adult readers approach your books?

4.  What do you enjoy most about meeting fans and readers of your books?

5.  What's next?

Please note the audience will be encouraged to ask follow-up questions, as well as any other questions they may have.

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