Blog Tour: Natalie Standiford Interview & Giveaway
1. Did your writing process change at all fromHow to Say Goodbye in RobottoConfessions of the Sullivan Sisters?
HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT took a lot longer to write than CONFESSIONS. It took about two years and went through many drafts, and the finished book is almost unrecognizably different from the first draft. Bea and Jonah's relationship was so complicated and deep it took me a few drafts just to figure out what was going on. I wrote CONFESSIONS OF THE SULLIVAN SISTERS much more quickly—partly because I had a deadline for it, and partly because, in some ways, it's a more straightforward story. Once I had each girl's confession in mind, the novel was pretty much set.
2. If Beatrice and Jonah spent a day with the Sullivan Sisters what would happen?
Interesting question! The prickly Bea and Jonah would probably get along best with Jane Sullivan, the rebel sister, though I think Bea would also understand Sassy's odd broodiness. Bea might like the Sullivan girls but Jonah would probably keep his distance, the way he does with most people. Sassy would like the Night Lights radio show—I can imagine her staying up at night and listening to it.
3. Which of your characters (RobotorConfessions) do you relate to the most?
I relate to all of them, but I'm probably closest to Bea from ROBOT. I understand her inner conflicts, the odd, morbid way she thinks, and the way she's pulled between wanting to be part of a group and wanting to be an individual.
4. The cover ofConfessions of the Sullivan Sisterschanged a few times before the final cover was released, did you have any input in it?
I didn't have much input into it. I didn't see the cover until it was basically settled.
5. What is one place in the world you would love to travel to?
There are so many wonderful places I haven't been to! I'll say Oceania. Doesn't that sound cool? Like an imaginary place in a 19thcentury novel. It includes the Pacific islands like Australia, New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa…
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