In my travels as an author, I meet many aspiring young writers. I hope they will take inspiration from today’s guest, 16 year-old author, Steph Bowe.
Steph has taken time out from her hectic schedule to visit Kids’ Book Capers to talk about becoming a writer, and about her brand new book, Girl Saves Boy.
I asked Steph what made her decide to become a writer.
It was never a conscious decision – I’ve written stories since I could put together a sentence, and I’ve always felt like a writer.
STEPH’S JOURNEY TO PUBLICATION
I sent out queries to literary agents in September of last year, and within three weeks had three offers of representation. From there, a signed with one agent after speaking to each of them – a handful of weeks later, my book went to auction in Australia.
Steph says that the thing she enjoys most about being a writer is writing. “When ideas come easily, and everything clicks.”
Like many authors, she says that the hardest thing is dealing with self-doubt.
STEPH’S ADVICE TO OTHER KIDS WHO WANT TO WRITE
Just do it! Don’t worry about rules or publication, and don’t doubt yourself for a second – if you want to write, write.
Steph says that her greatest achievement to date is getting a book deal.
I’m working on book two at the moment – but I’m not really talking about it. I’m afraid I’ll jinx it.
GIRL SAVES BOY
Girl Saves Boy is about a girl saving a boy from drowning, garden gnome theft, lobster liberation, first love, friendship and grief.
I asked Steph where the inspiration for her book came from.
I never really have specific inspirations for things – I’m always taking stuff in and having ideas and they just grow and grow in my head till I’ve got a fully-formed story bursting to get out – that’s how it was with Girl Saves Boy.
I hope it’s an honest book. I think the fact that I’m still young makes it easier for me to write about the emotions that you experience at this age.
Why will kids like it?
While it might not deal with experiences they’ve had, it does contain emotions they’ll be able to relate to.
Can you tell me about the main character and what you like/dislike about him/her?
There are really two main characters in my novel:
I dislike them both because they can be selfish, like almost everyone is.
Sacha, who I like because of his sensitivity and sense of humour
Jewel, who I like because of her attitude
Best part about writing this book?
The writing part – when everything clicked, and I absolutely loved the characters and what I was writing.
What was the hardest thing about writing this book?
The editing with an editor! Very involved, and a bigger job than I’d expected.
Find out more about Steph and her fabulous book at her blog http://heyteenager.blogspot.com/