We asked Alice Oseman, author of Solitaire, six questions about being a writer and her favourite books!
If you've not yet read Solitaire, why not read our apprentice's review - click HERE to give it a read.
1) What was your inspiration for writing this book? “I've always loved coming-of-age contemporary books, but I could never find one that really felt like it reflected my world - a British school and a female protagonist. So I decided to write it myself!"
2) What were the main challenges that you faced when writing this book?
“I really struggled with plotting it. I love making up characters and thinking about their personalities and relationships, but it got to the point where I had to actually force myself to sit down and think - okay, what is actually going to HAPPEN in this book?"
3) As a child or young teenager, did you want to be a writer and if so, is it as you expected?
“I didn't really want to as I was growing up - it was only when I got to around sixteen when I started considering it a realistic possibility. Before then it had just been my hobby and I had no idea how people ever got to be authors!"
4) Who are the writers that have influenced you?
“Bret Easton Ellis's books are hugely influential to my writing - I'm obsessed with his writing style. J.D. Salinger and Patrick Ness were also big influences."
5) What's in your reading pile currently?
“I'm currently reading 'Burning Kingdoms' by Lauren DeStefano! In the pile are 'Half Wild' by Sally Green, 'The Alex Crow' by Andrew Smith and 'Lost At Sea' by Bryan Lee O'Malley."
6) What is your all time favourite book?
“Currently it's a tie between 'Less Than Zero' by Bret Easton Ellis and 'The Catcher in the Rye' by J.D. Salinger."
Solitaire is available in paperback for £7.99. If you'd like to order a copy of Solitaire or of any of the books mentioned by Alice Oseman, click HERE.