Thursday, July 29, 2010

Author Interview: Natasha Friend

So here's my interview with Natasha Friend:

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Natasha received her B.A. in Psychology from Bates College, and earned her M.A. in English at Clemson University. Most recently she served as director of the Brimmer and May Summer Camp in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Natasha enjoys singing, song-lyric writing, sports,and plans to write more books in the future.

Natasha's newest title, Lush, boldly delves into the tumultuous life and mind of a thirteen-year-old girl whose father is an alcoholic. After having witnessed the effects of this disease firsthand, "I wanted to write a book about a girl dealing with that proverbial ‘elephant in the living room'," she said.

Natasha currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Erik and their three kids. 

Read my review of For Keeps HERE

For Keeps by Natasha Friend
April 6, 2010
Viking Juvenile

Summary: For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It’s been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that’s how Josie likes it. Until one day, in the pet food aisle of Shop-Co, they run into the parents of Paul Tucci, Kate’s high school boyfriend—the father Josie has never met. If Mr. and Mrs. Tucci are back in town, it’s only a matter of time until Paul shows up. Suddenly Josie’s mature, capable mother regresses to the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie’s on the verge of having her first real boyfriend, while her free-loving best friend, Liv, begins yet another no-strings-attached fling. When Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci, she finds herself questioning what she’s always believed about her parents—and about herself. In FOR KEEPS, Natasha Friend tells a fresh, funny, smart story about what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.

1. When was it that you realized you had to be a writer and nothing else?

As soon as I read “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret,” by Judy Blume.When I was 15, someone started a rumor about me—that I was pregnant and the reason my family was moving from NY to MA was to cover up this alleged pregnancy. At the time, I was horrified (not to mention a virgin), but the writer in me eventually said to myself, Hey, what if I had been pregnant? That question became the seed (no pun intended) of FOR KEEPS.3. There’s a lot going on in this book but it’s not confusing at all. Was it hard to write this book with so much going on, but making sure the reader didn’t get lost?

I didn’t really think about the reader getting lost or confused. I just wanted to write a compelling story that would ring true to readers.4. What was the hardest part of writing For Keeps? The easiest?

Hardest part: finishing the book in time. I was pregnant with my daughter and my due date was the same as my book deadline, so I was revising like mad in the last few weeks of my pregnancy. Easiest part: writing Kate. I just imagined myself with a teenaged daughter, pining over my long lost high-school boyfriend.

5. Are the characters in this book based off people you know?

Nope. But I always wanted a friend like Liv. I wish she was real.

6. Describe FOR KEEPS in one word. Why?

Hopeful. I want every reader to feel hope for my characters in the end—that each one will be stronger, braver, bolder from that point in the story on.

7. While you’re writing a book, what do you do when you get writer’s block (if at all)?

I don’t have time for writer’s block. As a stay-at-home mom with three kids, I have to be extremely disciplined about my writing. When it’s work time, I’m full speed ahead, without fail.

8. What book are you reading right now?

EAT, PRAY, LOVE. Amazing!!!

9. Favorites time!

Author— Anne Lamott

Movie— Impossible to choose. All the John Hughs movies.

Fiction Character (not your own)— Scarlett O’Hara

Food— Pad Thai

10. Would you like to add anything?

 If I could do two things for the rest of my life it would be to write books and to have babies.

You can visit Natasha 

I want to see and read Eat, Pray, Love too!

1 comment:

  1. Aw, sincerely? It was one of the best interview I have ever read. In a row, it excited me about reading For Keeps, it made me love Natasha Friend, it made me want to ask such great questions! I mean it, Kailia. I have to go NOW and get For Keeps to read. Thank you! :D