A few years ago, we were overwhelmed by IF I STAY. When heard there would be a sequel, we were elated.
Finally, when we read the ARC of said sequel we were swept away.
So...when we learned that Gayle Forman would be launching WHERE SHE WENT by giving a reading (and cupcakes!) her neighborhood Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, we decided we had to go.
And we did.
While we munched on red-velvet cupcakes and vegan carrot cake, Gayle read the subway chapter and the Adam-becomes-a-guy chapter.
Then, she answered questions. Here are some of her thoughts:
On Inspiration: Though she hadn't initially planned to write a sequel to IF IT STAY, when she finished, she felt a weight of responsibility for where she left Adam and Mia, so she decided to see what happened to them.
On Writing from a Male Point-of-View: Try to avoid using the word "lovely."
On the Scene on the Bridge: She said it was both hard and gratifying to write. (If you haven't read WSW yet, when you do, you'll understand why.) And, she said, there were a lot of rewrites.
On Music and Writing: Music is a big part of the book, but Gayle wrote in dead silence until the scene when Adam began to find meaning in it again. Cool, huh?
On a Real-Life Band to which Shooting Star might compare: She doesn't know.
It was a great night, and so fun to be a part of it.
Thank you, Gayle, for the cupcakes! And the carrot cake! And for your amazing books!
We love you!
For more on the launch and for a chance to win a signed copy of WHERE SHE WENT, visit Frankie's Blog.