We’re pretty sure the whole world adores Sarah Dessen, and we—and our
amazing readers—are no different. Sarah answered a bunch of GL reader questions
not too long ago on Facebook, and we’re putting them on Inkspiration so you can
read all her incredible answers. In part one, she’s dishing on character
crushes, movie adaptations, dealing with super emotional scenes and much more.
Reader Q from Courtney C.: What
book are you the most proud of and why?
I'm really proud of my book DREAMLAND, which I think was the hardest
one to write, in many ways. It's a darker book and has a domestic violence
issue in it, so it's not a romance like a lot of the others. But I think it's
an important book, or at least it was to me.
Reader Q from Andyra N.: What
gave you the idea to tie in a little something from some of your books into
your other ones? It’s like a little scavenger hunt.
I started putting places and people from the previous books into later
ones because I had so many questions from readers asking for sequels. I never
wanted to follow a story fully from the end of the book, but I did like the
idea of letting people know how characters from other novels were faring, if
they were okay. It's a thank you to my readers, more than anything.
Reader Q from Carolyn O.: What’s
it like to have your work adapted into a movie?
I actually had a GREAT time when they adapted Someone Like You and That
Summer into the movie How to Deal. I didn't have much input on the script, but
they did listen to my comments and I got to watch them film and go to the
premiere. I'd do it again in a heartbeat. So fun!
Reader Q from Christelle G.: Which of your boy characters is your
I love ALL the boys in my books (I think I kind of have to, if the narrator
is supposed to love them) but my heart will always belong to Dexter from THIS
LULLABY. He was probably my favorite character to write, ever.
Reader Q from Abby B.: Do you
see any of yourself in your protagonists?
I think there's a little bit of me in all of my narrators. Halley from
SOMEONE LIKE YOU is probably the most like I was in high school, in that she
was the quieter half of a strong friendship. But I wish I was like Remy in THIS
LULLABY. That's who I wanted to be, at least in terms of her confidence.
Reader Q from Amy M.: How do you
come up with such interesting names for your main characters?
I spent a lot of my younger years wishing I had a more exciting name. Two of best girlfriends were named Atiya and Bianca, and I dated a guy named Tioga. (True! He's actually married to another friend of mine, but that's another story.) Anyway, I always wanted a more exotic name, so I think that's why I work hard to find unique ones for the girls in my books. I get them from everywhere. Have been known to steal them from girls in my signing lines, even. That's where I got Colie from KEEPING THE MOON.
Reader Q from Cici O.: How do
you decide which issues to tackle in your books?
I honestly never start a book with an issue in mind. Even with
DREAMLAND it was always about Caitlin to me. I think beginning with an issue
can be tricky because for me character comes first. If I listen hard, they'll
tell me what they have to say.
Reader Q from Emily M.: Out of
all your characters which one did you enjoy writing the most?
I honestly love all the girls in my books. I spend months of my life
with them, sometimes years: they become real to me. So it's hard to pick a
favorite. And hard to leave them on the last page, but it's my hope that
everyone is in a good place. I like happy endings.
Reader Q from Erin P.: Do you
get emotional when you write the really climatic or emotional parts in your
I definitely get emotional during the harder scenes. When I was writing
Dreamland I had to often step away to breathe a bit. It's hard to build up a
character and tear her down, very draining. But I'm proud of the final product.
Reader Q from Samantha L.: How
do you feel when you see your books on the stands in the store?
Finishing a book is the best feeling EVER. The best I can compare it to
is the last exam of a hard, hard semester of school. You work so hard, and push
yourself, and then finally you can just STOP and breathe. Until you have to
start revising, that is.
Stayed tuned for part two!
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 4/22/2014 10:36:00 PM