... with Melissa Kantor
Have you ever wondered what was happening behind the pages? Some of these questions may not be related to reading or writing but I wanted to know more about the author as a person.
Q: When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
I kind of always knew I wanted to be a writer (I loved writing, even as a little kid). Then I got interested in other stuff and I became a teacher (I still teach middle and high school English), but I always loved writing. I became a professional writer when a friend of mine (who was an editor at Hyperion) said to me, "Write a YA book!" That book was "Confessions of a Not It Girl," and I've been writing ever since.
Q: What Disney princess would you like to be and why?
Most of the Disney princesses are a little passive and self-effacing for my taste (you'd give up your VOICE?! for a GUY?!). I'd like to read about the Disney princess who has a really cool life and a great job and awesome friends and she decides to marry (maybe a prince, maybe not) because he's funny and a great cook. I guess that story probably isn't going to get written, though, is it?
Q: How has being an author changed your life?
I get to write wonderful stories and to email with fans all over the world. It's the most wonderful way of earning a living (besides teaching) that I can imagine.
Q: What is your favorite soda?
I used to be a total Diet Pepsi girl, but now I order club soda with a splash of cranberry juice and a twist of lime. Try it!
Q: When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing with your free time?
I have three kids (!), one of whom is just two months old, so I don't actually have any free time. When I did, I liked talking on the phone and reading and going for runs.
Q: Do you have a favorite book, maybe from your childhood or teenage years?
"It's Okay if You Don't Love Me" by Norma Klein. But it's definitely PG-13. I also loved Deenie, by Judy Blume.
Q: What character from your books do you feel most attached to?
Each has something of me in her. I totally relate to Jan's feeling inferior to her best friend, to Lucy's feeling powerless in the face of her stepmother and to Jennifer's feeling she will never get over Max.
Q: Do you have a blog or a website?
(This) is my website, and in a couple of months, I'll have the first chapter of my forthcoming book "Girlfriend Material" on it.
Melissa Kantor is the author of If I Have a Wicked Stepmother Where’s My Prince? (*see my review here), Confessions of a Not-It Girl, and The Breakup Bible.