Stephanie Perkins is the author of Anna and French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After (slated for release Fall 2012)
Q: Demetra at WHY I YA: Stephanie, why do you write books for young adults?
A: Stephanie: When I was a teenager, I read adult novels with some middle grade thrown in. I wasn't really aware of young adult literature. Things changed in college when a friend convinced me to watch Disney's The Princess Diaries. I loved it. It spurred me to buy a copy of Meg Cabot's first Princess Diaries book, which, of course, I found infinitely more delightful. I couldn't put it down, and I couldn't remember the last time I'd had so much fun reading. After that, the ONLY thing I wanted to read was teen literature. It was natural that once I became serious about writing, it was what I gravitated to.
I'm Stephanie Perkins, and I write novels for teens (and for adults who aren't afraid to admit that teen books are awesome). I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, attended universities in San Francisco and Atlanta, and now I live in the mountains of North Carolina amidst the waterfalls and wild blueberries.
My best friend is also my husband, Jarrod, and he's the most wonderful person I know. Every room of our house is painted a different color of the rainbow. We share it with two elderly pups and a pesky cat named Mr. Tumnus.
I spend my weekdays reading and writing. You can find me at my desk, drowning in tea cups and coffee mugs, staring blankly at my laptop. On weekends, you'll find me curled into the seats of movie theaters, hoping for the actors to kiss. I believe all novels and films should have more kissing.
It's difficult to pinpoint the moment I decided to become a writer. I've always loved telling stories, but it took years before I tried to make it my living. Even after I received a degree in creative writing, I worked hard to convince myself to do something else. To get a REAL job. I'm thankful the writing gods persisted. Still, I've always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. I love the way they smell, the weight of their pages in my hands, the Once Upon a Time of escape. I cannot imagine a life without literature.
VISIT STEPHANIE: http://www.stephanieperkins.com/
BOOKS by STEPHANIE PERKINS:
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS
Synopsis: Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.
But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.
LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR
Synopsis: In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.
Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn't believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola's style is outrageous, she's a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket—a gifted inventor—steps out from his twin sister's shadow and back into Lola's life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
Thanks for chatting with me, Stephanie. I know readers out there will enjoy the peek into your world and your books.