Anonymous asked: Hi Trish, I'm just curious, how long did it take you to write the first draft of The Devil You Know and how long did it take you to do revisions and write the final draft? I'm really excited to read that book!
Hi! Thanks for the interesting question!
I’m kind of a weird person when it comes to writing because I only write one draft. I just dash off the perfect manuscript and—okay, no. Not really. But I typically edit as I write so I don’t ever have first draft, second draft, etc. in the drafting stage because all the work is done on the same document. If that makes sense?
The Devil You Know took almost exactly a year from when I started writing to the day I turned the manuscript over to my editor. From there we did a couple rounds of revisions and a round of copyedits, so the whole process from idea to edited manuscript was about 18 months.
I’m really happy to hear you’re excited for Devil. I can’t wait for people to be able to read it. It was a challenging book to write and the end result was not quite the book I had originally envisioned, but I like the end result even better! In fact, I’d say it’s my favorite book so far and I hope readers will love Cadie as much as I do.
Anonymous asked: Are you going to BEA?
Sadly, not this year.
magnet4books asked: How much do you love Travis? because I LOVE him a LOT! :) Also, I'm very very very excited for ARCADIA FALLS. when are you announcing the new title?!?!?
I’m just waiting on all the powers that be to give the green light to the new title. So…soon? (I hope.) And I’M excited that YOU’RE excited! I can’t wait for readers to meet Cadie.
P.S. I love Travis, too.
walrusandowl asked: Hi! I love WtSSS, and I wanted to ask your thoughts on breaking the mold of Young Adult Literature when it comes to sex and teens. Why do you think it is still taboo to write about teens having sex? And especially teens having sex when they aren't like "soul mates" or what not? We seem to have adjusted to teens drinking in YA Lit, but still have issues with this whole sex thing. Thanks!
I wish I had one really great answer, but instead I have theories, which may or may not be accurate.
Theory #1: Reading about sex will lead to having sex. (Life imitates art, rather than art imitating life.)
Theory #2: Teenagers are children and therefore aren’t capable of making decisions about sex, let alone having sex.
Theory #3: God says sex is bad for everyone but married people (and even then it’s only for married straight people, so if you’re a teen—or worse, a gay teen—don’t even think about it.)
Theory #4: My teenager isn’t thinking about sex! Why should she/he have to read about it in books?
Theory #5: Good girls don’t need to know about sex. Sex is for boys and sluts and porn stars.
Theory #6: If you don’t write about it, I won’t have to talk to my teen about it before I’m ready. Or maybe ever!
Honestly, I don’t know why sex is still taboo. It seems to me that it’s smart and healthy and HONEST to show teens what sex—the good, the bad, and the ugly—is really like. It might help them make better decisions. It might show them what a considerate partner (or a crappy, avoidable one) looks like. It might let them see the risks without actually having to take the risks. And for some teens, books might be the only way they get any information about sex at all.
(I hope that answers your questions.)
theh0wlinggirl asked: I think I see from Twitter that you may have read Girl Defective by Simmone Howell..? How amazing is that book? <3
Girl Defective is stellar and Simmone Howell is one of those authors who makes me want to be a better writer. I can’t wait for U.S. readers to be able to get their hands on her book!
Anonymous asked: Do you have any advice for including the internet in a story? In this day and age, some of the stuff my MC is into definitely has to take place online in order to be plausible. But I have a deep seated fear of my book sounding dated eventually if I mention online activity.
I think the internet is going to be around for a long time, so I’m not sure you need worry too much about that. But if your character is going to be doing site-specific things like facebook, twitter, or tumblr (or even “googling” something), you might consider being as generic as possible. Or take a cue from Sarah Dessen in Lock & Key and create your own internet reality that does what you need it to do without dating itself.
coloneldaisy asked: Hey Trish, as you are a fab and brill author I was wondering if you could give me some advice? I've sent out my query letter and manuscript to a few agents and I've been rejected every time. I know it was never going to be easy but i'm still feeling kind of disheartened. Especially because i'm so darn proud of what I have written. Do you have any tips on boosting morale? Thanks! xo
I think the most important thing to remember is that it can take a long time to find the right agent. I know writers who have queried dozens and dozens (and dozens) of agents before finally making the connection. Which might not be the most morale-boosting thing I could say (sorry) but DON’T GIVE UP THE SHIP!
On a more practical note, you might consider sending your query out in small batches and reassessing the query letter after you get the responses. The problem might not be your story, but your letter. I don’t know about you, but writing a query letter was harder for me than writing a book. (And don’t even get me started on writing a synopsis.)
Aside from that, sometimes the best thing you can do while you’re on submission is put on some music and start working on your next thing.
I hope that helps, even if just a little bit, and GOOD LUCK!
(P.S. Thank you. Some days I don’t feel so fab or brill, so I appreciate that!)
Anonymous asked: I'm curious about what you just tweeted. What type of family do you have planned for your next YA?
It’s a very large family that lives in the Florida Keys. The father is a former Marine, the mother is from Trinidad, and one of their soon-to-be eight children (a teenage daughter) will be the main character.
Anonymous asked: Absolutely! :) I'm a big fan of yours, thanks for answering!
I’m a big fan of yours, too! And I love your anon sunglasses. ;)
Anonymous asked: Noooo that saddens me :(
I’m sorry. I hope we can still be friends.
Anonymous asked: Peeta or Gale?
(Even though I know better) Gale.
Anonymous asked: WHAT?!? Nooooo. Harper and Travis have to get their HEA together. I finished it thinking they were definitely going to make it work. I couldn't stand the thought of a second book if you won't let them be together. :( I love both of them so much.
I have no plans for a second book, so EMBRACE the happily ever after!
Anonymous asked: I guess what i wanted to say is: i love Harper because she's Harper. Sometimes i think about her and i know she's fine and she'll get everything she can cuz she's Harper. I think of tattoos and birds and art and ok, i think about Travis, but there's so much more about her. She's really great, so thank you :)
This makes me smile so hard. I’m really, really happy you love her as much as I do. Thank you!
Anonymous asked: Well... I don't think she deserves better, i think she likes Travis and he likes her too. And they can learn a lot together. Travis is not perfect,and it's what makes him so real. Also he went through some pretty bad things and because of that he's seeing so much more. She doesn't need someone better cuz she's better. She needs someone who wants to be with her and make it happen. And that someone can be Travis. (cuz we all do) (sorry for the bad english)
I think you raise a great point about Harper. She can live without Travis––she doesn’t need him––but she wants him in her life. And that’s what a healthy relationship is all about. I think she brings out the best in Travis and makes him want to be a better man, so I can see them making it work.
Anonymous asked: It's not really a question, but... I love thinking about Harper and how she's dealing with college, how she must be great and i don't know... For me she's such a great character. Like she is quiet and a good girl but when you look at her, she's so much more. She's awesome. Beware the gal, Travis.
Thank you! And I think you’re right that Travis needs to beware the gal. She’s at college now and I suspect she’s found her right place in the world, which makes you wonder…does that right place need a Travis in it? I read a review once in which the reviewer hoped that Harper would find someone better in college because she deserves better. An interesting thought. There could be someone out there who didn’t need to figure out that she’s something more. Someone who sees it right away.
(This is why I’m reluctant to lift the lid and peek at their futures!)