Saturday, November 1, 2014

Why I wrote my Pitch Wars novel

I am so stoked to be part of Pitch Wars. Have I mentioned that lately? I have been so lucky to get feedback from my mentor, Emily Martin. (Remember that name, folks, her first book comes out next year!) I loved my book back in August when I applied—I love it even more now.

So when some of my fellow mentees suggested we create a blog hop about why we wrote our Pitch Wars novel, I was excited to participate.

There were two things I wanted to do when I first got the idea for my book. First, I wanted to write a book that was primarily about the friendships between girls. Yes, there is a smidgen of romance in my book, but the important relationships are between four girls who have been friends for most of their lives. 

Second, I had read THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, and I’d been beyond impressed at the way that Matthew Quick wrote a story about something that was serious (mental illness and traumatic brain injury) that was simultaneously heartbreaking and hilarious. It seems like even the saddest things are usually also pretty funny, and for a long time I wanted to write something about a serious topic (an attempted suicide) in a funny way.  When my four main characters (Rosie, Ket, Jenna, and Elin) began to take shape in my mind, I knew right away that I wanted to make people laugh just as much (if not more) than I wanted to make them cry.

So that’s it! My main reasons for writing my book. I hope you all get to read it someday.