Greetings, friendly neighbors! I’m stoked to share some of the inspiration for my fifth book, So Much Closer.
Realistic fiction is my thing. I like incorporating details inspired by my own experiences to make my books feel as realistic as possible. So Much Closer takes place in my neighborhood, the West Village. I had lots of fun including my fave New York City places and things in this book. For my blog tour, we thought it would be fun to share some of them with you. So here we go!
In seventh grade, my science teacher taught us how to make origami cups. She was one of those cool teachers who gave out prizes and popped popcorn on your birthday. The origami cups were for the popcorn. But I used mine for lots of different things. And I never forgot how to make them. When I became a science teacher, I made origami cups for students who wanted a drink. There was a sink in my classroom and the cups totally worked. Well, you sort of had to drink quickly, but they worked for a few minutes!
Origami has continued to fascinate me over the years. I got really into folding paper in college. I had like 73 cents in my bank account back then, so I’d give origami as gifts. I still have my origami books with instructions for how to make intricate animals that look way too complicated now. As Brooke took shape while I was writing the first draft of So Much Closer, it became apparent that she loved folding paper. She folds found paper instead of the pre-packaged, perfectly square kind because it’s more challenging that way.
I could learn a lot from that girl.