We asked Louise Gornall, author of Under Rose-Tainted Skies, six questions about being a writer and her favourite books!
1) What was your inspiration for writing this book?
Agoraphobia, OCD, anxiety, and depression are things I've lived with for a very long time. Reluctantly, because it sounds kind of pretentious, I gotta admit, the inspiration came from a few journal entries about what I thought of my limp life.
2) What were the main challenges that you faced when writing this book?
My own demons. They were pretty hellbent on sabotage throughout the whole thing. Feeling "abnormal" is something I've struggled with for a long time. This was a bittersweet exploration of that. I'm very happy to report it was a journey that ended positively.
3) As a child or teenager, did you want to be a writer and if so, is it as you expected?
I didn't. Ugh. I'm such a fraud. I actually wanted to be an actress. Writing was a path that picked me after agoraphobia locked me in a prison and stole away my other options. That said, my love for books, and writing stories, came so easily. I can't believe it took me so long.
4) Who are the writers that have influenced you?
I'm in love with Jandy Nelson's beautiful, poetic prose. I read The Sky is Everywhere approximately six times a year. Can't get enough. Also, Courtney Summers taught me the value of "unlikable" characters, and brutal honesty. Her books are so raw and heartbreaking. I can't wait for her next one.
5) What's in your reading pile currently?
Ooh! Everything has taken a backseat for Solitaire. I just read Radio Silence, also by Alice Oseman, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on Solitaire. It's brilliant. I'm loving it. Alice's writing seems so effortless. Next up is The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge which I have heard nothing but good things about.
6) What is your all time favourite book?
I already gave this away.... *drumroll* The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. I have four copies of this book, three signed. I keep an extra on my shelf just in case anyone comes along asking me for a book recommendation.