1. Tell us 5 interesting facts about you?
- I only discovered poetry after falling in love.
- I moved to New Orleans to become a Great American Writer. It didn’t work. Later I tried to moved to Borneo to become a Great American Writer. That also didn’t work.
- I own about 17 millions pairs of blue jeans.
- I grin. A lot. I have a smile bigger than a house. I try really hard to look serious, but I just don't have it in me.
- I have a hound dog puppy. I love my hound dog puppy. My hound dog puppy might be the death of me.
2. Describe your book in one sentence?
Uses for Boys is the story of a sixteen year old girl looking for a place to belong and using sex as a way to get there.
Hmmm, tough question. I'm not sure.
4. What was the hardest part about writing Uses for Boys?
I didn't give Anna something outside herself to work towards, like most of us had art or athletics or music or school, and without that, it was hard for her to find her place in the world.
5. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in Uses for Boys?
No, not necessarily, but when I was done I was eager to start a novel about a character who wasn’t lonely.
6. What do you believe is the most important element in a book?
The first sentence.
7. Why YA?
Because I believe in kids. I find teenagers surprising and honest and earnest and filled with urgency and bravado and uncertainty.
I’m reading an amazing graphic novel, Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki and after that I’m starting a new manuscript by Elana K. Arnold, the author of Sacred and Burning. She’s wonderful.
9. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Be patient. Keep writing. It takes so much longer than you expect.
10. Random Question: Who is your favourite superhero and why?
I was always a big fan of the Wonder Twins. But the whole setup is wierd. One takes the form of an animal, I get that. But the other? The other one has to take the form of water, you know? Like ice or rain or a waterfall. What’s that about?
by Erica Lorraine Scheidt
January 15, 2013
January 15, 2013
St Martin’s Press