Wednesday, 23 August 2017

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Beth Garrod

To read Part 1 of this trilogy of interviews, beginning with Simon James Green. Now, onto Part 2: Beth Garrod - author of Super Awkward...


Photo Credits to @Teensgate


How would you describe your book in five words?
"Awkward, rollercoaster, boys, friends, disaster."



Did you always intend to write?

Garrod notes that she didn't always plan to write, and she initially did a science degree. As it currently stands, she describes writing as her "night-job" where Garrod works for Comic Relief by day. Coming off that, even when Garrod did start writing, she didn't plan to write for teenagers. However, that being said, she remarks that her favourite books have always been young adult fiction. She's always enjoyed reading about first times, and wanted to recreate those in her own works.



Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Naturally, the author is attached to her characters, and apparently you can't help but be when they're manifiestations of your own head and thoughts. Sees herself significantly in Bella Fisher: the main character of Super Awkward: "She tries hard but gets things wrong."



What was your journey to publication like?

It took a long time to build the confidence to get published. For Garrod, you can't wait for the right moment to send the manuscript, because that moment may never come. Self-discipline and pressurisation was key to her submitting the book.



Are your novels inspired by any of the books you've read?

Inspired by books that make you not feel alone in something. E.g., Judy Blume's novels.



What are you working on next?

The sequel to Super Awkward, entitled Truly Madly Awkward is published in September.



What is your advice to aspiring authors?

Confidence is key. You need to blitz through the first draft, and confidence is essential to that. What you have to remember when you're writing is that every novel that you have read and loved was once a sparse Word document, or a page of paper with a few notes. Every book started off at that point, as will yours. 

Hogwarts House?
Ravenclaw! 

Thank you so much to Teensgate at Waterstones Deansgate for the opportunity, and of course, to Beth, for letting me interview her. Click here to find out more about Super Awkward, and the final interview will follow tomorrow with Stephanie Kate Strohm!

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