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June 9, 2015

Blog Tour - FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella

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Sophie Kinsella is famous for her laugh-out-loud funny, romantic Shopaholic series, and we in the YA world are so excited that she's finally directing her talent at teens! In her new book FINDING AUDREY (June 9th, 2015), Sophie follows a 14-year-old girl who's suffering from an anxiety disorder and falls for her brother's gaming teammate. 

Read our Q&A with Sophie below, where you can learn more about her book, her writing process and her advice for aspiring writers! Hope you enjoy the rest of the tour --- look up #FindingAudrey to find all the stops!

 


Teenreads: Who was your favorite character to write in FINDING AUDREY and why?
Sophie Kinsella: That’s so difficult! I always have such affection for all my characters, so I don’t like to choose a favorite. But I loved writing in the wry voice of Audrey --- she has become a friend, and I miss her now. Of course, I loved writing Felix too. J

TRC: Many of your books, including FINDING AUDREY, have elements of romantic comedy. What drew you to this genre?
SK: Thank you for calling it that --- “chick-lit” is the usual phrase! I like to write stories that touch people and make them laugh. FINDING AUDREY is written through the eyes of a teenager, has serious themes and features a quirky, madcap family --- but yes, it is also a kind of romantic comedy. I love reading about romantic relationships myself, and I find that they give any book a heart.

TRC: You used to be a financial journalist. What made you want to try writing novels?
SK: Reading and stories have always been a huge part of my life. This was something my parents encouraged (they were always making up bedtime stories), and so writing was a natural thing for me to try. At first I used to write in the evenings, on weekends, on the train, at work (shhh!). Then I thought,“What if a financial journalist was a shopaholic?” and Becky Bloomwood was born.

TRC: Do you have any writing rituals or routines?
SK: I have lots! I like to start with a “what if,” and then I spend a lot of time in coffee shops planning and plotting how that will develop. And then I start writing, and I aim for a certain word count each day. I put loud music on, grab some chocolate bars and sit down at my desk . . . and off I go.

TRC: Do you have any favorite YA authors or novels?
SK: I just recently read WONDERby R. J. Palacio, which was heartrending, funny and touching. It’s the story of August, a boy with acute facial disfigurements, who is venturing into the world of school for the first time. Auggie is a very endearing hero, and the author lets us witness his journey from multiple viewpoints, reflecting his family and community. It’s thoughtful but never preachy. A great book.

TRC: You’ve had such a successful career as a writer; do you have any advice for teens who want to become writers?
SK: Write! Seriously, just start taking a notebook around with you and jotting down ideas. And if you want to write a novel, make sure your idea is one that really, really excites you. It’s going to be a long, hard haul --- so you need to have a story that you really want to tell.


Sophie Kinsella Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? THE UNDOMESTIC GODDESS, REMEMBER ME? TWENTIES GIRL, I'VE GOT YOUR NUMBER and WEDDING NIGHT. She lives in England.