Paula Chase's SO NOT THE DRAMA is a book for girls in middle school, about the transition from middle to high school and how sometimes friendships are tested by this slippery slope from tween to teen.
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Here's our interview:
- If I had to offer two bumper sticker explanations for my novel, they’d be “Appearances are deceiving” and “Mean people suck.” Tell me what your slogans would be, and why.
Oooo….I think mine would be “Popularity is hard work” and “Drama is life.” I picked the first slogan because, there’s definitely some truth to it. A lot of times, in high school certain people are looked to as “popular.” And once you buy into your own status, it becomes a full time job to stay there. Soon you realize you’re a slave to this so-called status and you’re no longer just you.
I picked the second slogan because when you’re between the ages of…I’ll say 11 and 21, everything is such a major deal. Bad hair days are as much of a crisis as honest to God life-changing decisions like what college you should choose. It’s funny. I think it’s because you’re so self-involved during those years. So your entire life is one drama saga after the other.
- Your two favorite movies over the past twelve months and why?
I loved The Departed! It was violent and had enough cursing to shame a sailor. But man it was a fun, action-packed movie. Even though I knew people were going to get offed left and right, I still jumped every time someone got capped. It was ridiculously bloody. Not the sort of movie I’d recommend watching lots of.
Sky High. Talk about going from one extreme to another. But Sky High was the cutest teen movie ever. I loved the whole concept of this floating high school for future super heroes. And even though you could sniff out the plot a mile away, it didn’t matter. It was still funny and cute and the guy who played the grungy loner was HOT!
- What was the one thing you learned in getting your book published that you were really surprised to find out?
Honestly, I’m not easily surprised. I’m a planner. I try and scout out as many facts as possible so I know what to expect - which doesn’t mean I’m never caught off guard. But I chose this profession and I researched it well before getting into it. Still, I’d have to say that the pace at which publishing moves never ceases to surprise me. Literally, there is real time and publishing world time. If I hear the words “in a few weeks” uttered by anyone else, I take that to mean two weeks. But in publishing it’s more like 4-6. And that’s on the quick end!
- If you had to pick one and only one condition (beyond computer or pen and paper) that would allow you to write would it be: a. solitude b. caffiene c. sleep d. food e. sex or f. ______.
Solitude. And I hate that I need that to write. As long as my muse was whispering in my ear, I used to be able to write under any conditions. But now, I must write when there is absolutely no other movement around me. I can have on music (playing quietly) but the least little disturbance shakes me right out of my zone.
- Do you have a favorite genre? If so, who are your three favorite writers? If not, who are your three favorite writers and how have they influenced your work?
I enjoy reading horror and thrillers. I’m a big Michael Crichton and Stephen King fan. I’m hoping that King’s next book is along the traditional horror he’s great at. I respect his last work, Lisey’s Story – and I understand his need to write what his heart leads him to. But for every book he writes for himself, I hope the next book for the fans is that much more outrageous.