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Take Tewes with Sarah Tregay

Every odd Tuesday (because Tuesdays aren't odd enough), I feature a different young adult fiction author YOU should know - from best-sellers to debuts. And what better way to do this than asking them TWO fun questions. Short, sweet, and sassy - just the way I like interviews.

Today I'm featuring Sarah Tregay, author of Love and Leftovers, a novel in verse that received great reviews like: From Kirkus ReviewsA verse novel with real depth to accompany all that white space. full reviewFrom VOYAAlthough the words are simple, the themes of Love and Leftovers are not. full review —Ed Goldberg.

Sarah Tregay

Raised without television, Sarah started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she’s not jotting down poems at stoplights, She can be found hanging out with my "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. She lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.
FAN ART is coming Summer 2014 from Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.
And now for the questions!
1. Love and Leftovers is a novel in verse, however you also write "regular" (?) prose. ;) How is your writing process similar / different between the two formats?

With a verse novel, each poem focuses in on a little piece of the story and there is often a time skip from one poem to the next. I wrote LOVE AND LEFTOVERS in the same way—in little pieces. With my overarching idea in mind, I wrote the poems first. Then I put each poem title on a 3x5 card and shuffled them around until I had the plot.

I tend to be a little more linear when writing prose. I might skip around and write chapter ten before chapter five, but nothing as extreme as writing all the paragraphs on 3x5 cards and figuring out the plot later. The two types of writing aren’t mutually exclusive—sometimes my first draft of a prose novel will have poems in it! (And sometimes my editor will let me keep them.) My next novel, FAN ART, has poems between the chapters.

2. I see you're a fellow Class of 2K program alumni from the Class of 2k12. Whoopa! I debuted with the Class of 2k10 (under my pen name, Judith Graves). How very cool. For those out there considering...what were some of the benefits you experienced launching your debut title with an author collective?

Debut author groups such as the Class of 2k are wonderful in many ways. First, there’s the marketing side of things. For example, we worked together to promote everyone’s titles to independent bookstores, schools, and librarians. Both the Class of 2K12 and the Apocalypsies put together in-person events the week of Book Expo America. These were opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I were on my own. But more importantly, there’s the immense amount of support on a personal level. Everyone in the group is going through the same stresses—edits, deadlines, and second book jitters—so they understand and can offer suggestions and emotional support. I am really glad that I joined a debut author group and I would encourage others to do the same.

Thanks so much for the interview, Sarah! Want to know more? Check out Sarah's website and follow her on Facebook.


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