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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Author Interview: Courtney Summers (Some Girls Are, Cracked up to Be)


Courtney Summers lives and writes in Canada where she divides her time between a piano, a camera, and word-processing program when she’s not planning for the impending zombie apocalypse. She enjoys Archie comics, Trailer Park Boys, and other fine art. Pierre Trudeau is her hero and if you are a volcano, she would like to know you. ~

Her second book Some Girls Are was released January 05, 2010. It's about high school girl bullies. I love it. So I decided to get to know her more by asking her for an interview. Please welcome the lovely... Courtney Summers.

Welcome Courtney, your new book Some Girls Are is about high school bullies, I am horrified at the crazy thing that happened in this book. I love how Regina fought back and seriously wanted to beat up Anna and the rest of her stooges. But before I get carried away can you please tell our readers the reason why they should read this fantastic book?

Hi, Pat! Thanks for having me on your blog and thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad Some Girls Are horrified you, as strange as that sounds. :) Why should someone read Some Girls Are? I think anyone who is interested in or as fascinated by mean girls as I am should give it a shot. If you like romance, there's some of that in there too--amid the horrific, horrific bullying.

Would you say that bullying is a part of being in high school?

Unfortunately, yes. I think there are many ways people bully each other, ranging from the explosive to the subtle. I would think it nearly impossible to be in high school without coming into contact with someone who has experienced bullying or who has been a bully themselves.

Is there any bullying scenario that happened to you in real life or to other people you know, that you have written in this book?

I haven't gone through the worst of what Regina has (thank goodness!), but I think some incidents she experiences are universal. I've been frozen out by my friends before, or had them get mad at me and then never tell me why they were mad no matter how many times I asked. That sort of thing.

In your interview with Steph Su you said you had an experience with being bullied at and bullying other girls. Any advise to girls out there that are being bullied?

Don't be afraid to talk about it. When you're being backed into a corner by someone, if they are emotionally or physically abusing you, don't convince yourself that there's no one you can tell, that you can't seek help. I think when you are so close to a situation, or trapped by one, it can seem like there's no way out but that's not always the truth. Find someone you can talk to.

From the reviews and comments that you got from this book, do you think that you have fulfilled the message/intent/purpose that you are trying to deliver in writing this book?

My intention, when writing Some Girls Are, was to tell a story about a bullied girl, so in that way I've done what I set out to do. Whatever message people choose to take away from it is entirely up to them. That said, I am really pleased with the response Some Girls Are is getting so far.

If this were to have a film adaptation who would you like to see play the major characters:

Oh, these questions are always so tough! I have to be honest, if there was a film adaptation of Some Girls Are, I would be content to sit back and let the people who were adapting it tackle the casting. As long as the people playing my characters can act, I'm good.

What song(s) did you pick for the soundtrack of this book?

The soundtrack for Some Girls Are is posted at Ticket to Anywhere: includes Lady Gaga (a must for me!), Matthew Good, The Killers, Lykke Li.

What was the most difficult part in writing this book?

There is one point in the book that was hard to write, but it's a spoiler so I can't go into too much detail. It was the turning point in the book, which meant a big line had to be crossed. Crossing that line was not easy.

What are your must haves when you’re in your writing zone?

I need music. And I need water. Or Coca-cola. That's about it!

Please tell us about your other book Cracked Up to be.

Cracked Up to Be is my debut novel. It's about a girl named Parker Fadley, a popular girl with a secret so dark and devastating that she goes to great lengths not to be popular anymore just so she can keep it.

Please tell us about your future projects? (and maybe a little something about it? *fingers crossed*)

My next YA novel is currently being written, so I don't want to say too much about it since anything is subject to change, but it's pretty grim. Or at least that's how I feel about it. Possibly my saddest book yet, but maybe by the time I get to the end it will be happiest. :)

One last thing… I read your bio and it says that you love Zombies, Archie comics and Volcanoes. Zombies I understand, Archie (wow! haven’t read one of those since forever) I am team Betty all the way, but volcanoes? I really wanted to hear why…. LOL

Totally Team Betty! I think volcanoes are magnificent and terrifying and awe-inspiring. Whenever I think of volcanoes, I just think everything is as it should be. I heart volcanoes.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and saying yes to this interview.

Thank you for the interview! I had fun. :)

you can buy her books here: {indiebound}, {amazon}, {b&n}, {book depository}


Kirthi said...

great interview, I'll be sure to check out her books!

Moonsanity said...

Cool interviews! What amazes me is that I graduated in 1978 (Yes, I'm old.) and the SAME stuff is happening in HS that happened when I was in school. My boys are 15 and 16 and we talk all the time about what's going on. I'm grateful that they aren't going through the stuff I did. I'm so glad you are writing about bullies!

Book Monster said...

OOh A Canadian author, I didn't know she was. I've seen her books around and heard so many good things about them :) Awesome interview!!!

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