1) What was the inspiration for this story?
All the Rage is an examination of rape culture and violence against women–it was inspired by the questions (and anger) I have surrounding those topics.
2) A lot of your books center around what we will euphemistically call “unpleasant topics.” Is it hard to write them*? What do you do to get out of that head-space?
I’m very interested in writing about emotional survival and it can be hard to write about, for sure, but they’re the kind of stories I’m drawn to. It is not emotionally difficult for me in the sense of going there per se, but it can be very hard to make sure that you’re doing the topic, whatever it is, justice. There is a lot of pressure there–that you are contributing something worthwhile to a larger conversation. As far as getting out of the headspace… I like to de-stress from writing with video games. :)
3) If this book were a movie, what would it be?
Aah! It’s hard to think of one. I hope if it became a movie, though, that it would be gritty and true to the book.
4) What are you reading now?
I’m getting caught up on one of my critique partner’s WIPs. Can’t say what it’s about, but I can tell you it’s excellent!
5) What are your five favorite books? (You can do authors if it’s easier)
I have so many! This is so hard to choose. :) The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, In the Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami, Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma, Battle Royale by Koushun Takami and The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams.
6) If you could make one book mandatory, which would it be?
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. It’s brilliant. It is so brilliant people would not even mind the ‘mandatory reading’ part, they’d be so happy they read it.
7) What books are you looking forward to in 2015?
So many! Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn, About a Girl by Sarah McCarry, Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Boys) by Amy Spalding, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent, just to name a few… !