today I have the lovely Stephanie Kate Strohm on the blog today with an interview with blogger Liv over at Livswonderfulescape.
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of It's Not Me, It's You; The Taming of the Drew; Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink; Confederates Don't Wear Couture and the upcoming The Date to Save and Prince in Disguise (Fall 2017). She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history from Middlebury College, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states.Although she was born in New York, she currently lives in Chicago, and doesn't discriminate against any type of pizza. When she's not writing, she loves baking, walking her dog Lorelei, taking dance cardio classes too seriously, and playing board games with her husband.
Photo credit: Melissa Lynn
What inspired you to write the book?
The idea to write a YA love story told in the format of an oral history came from my editor at Scholastic. From that point on, I knew I wanted to set the story around the prom, because I LOVE prom! I went to three proms when I was in high school and was the first person to sign up to chaperon when I taught high school. It feels like such a moment of celebration, and I'm a sucker for a fancy dress.
Do you have any awkward high school experiences and if so what?
Pretty much all of my high school experiences were awkward! I was obsessed with boys - I had endless crushes that were never reciprocated. Probably the most embarrassing thing was that I kept a blog detailing all of my (not very interesting) interactions with the different guys I had crushes on. Luckily, none of them ever found it!
What can you tell us about your next novel?
My next book, The Date to Save, comes out in September! It takes place over Homecoming weekend at San Anselmo Prep - the same school in It's Not Me, It's You - so you'll see some familiar faces. Things go crazy when the football game, academic battle, student council elections, and school play are all accidentally scheduled at the same time!
Who are some of your favourite authors?
My favorite authors are Emily Brontë, Jane Austen, and J.K. Rowling.
Avery Dennis is a high school senior and one of the most popular girls in her class. But a major public breakup with her boyfriend threatens to ruin Avery's plans for a perfect senior prom and Avery starts thinking about all the guys she's dated. How come none of those relationships worked out? Could it be her fault? Avery tracks down her exes and interviews them, compiling a total account of her dating history. She discovers some truths about herself along the way...just in time for prom night!