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Interview: Young Adult Scribe Daisy Whitney

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By day, Daisy Whitney is a producer, on-air correspondent, podcaster and raconteur in the new media business. By night,  she pens novels for teens and is the author of The Mockingbirds and the upcoming The Rivals.
Daisy took a few minutes to chat with me. Enjoy!

Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? 

I hope my writing is both character-driven and plot-driven. I don’t think you can have one good one without the other.

How do you balance these two elements?

It depends on the story. Some novels are more character studies, and some are more twisty, turny, plotty tales. The balance comes in knowing what kind of story you’re writing and what mix is required.

What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?

The character should change in a major way and traverse great obstacles.

What were your favorite things to read (or watch) as a kid?

I loved Judy Blume books and all the Laura Ingalls Wilder stories. As a teen, I was actually drawn too to soapy stories from Danielle Steel and Sidney Sheldon.

Who has been your favorite character to write about and why?

I love all my characters! And I think as a writer you HAVE to love them or you wouldn’t want to sit down and spend the time required to tell their stories properly.

Do you plan to or would you like to write novels in other genres besides YA? If so, what?

I have written some chick lit/commercial women’s fiction, so we’ll see if something comes of that. I also hope to publish in middle grade.

Why do you write for young adults? 

I am drawn to the intensity of the experiences.

Were there any books, movies or writers that have inspired you?

Among the authors who inspire me are Gayle Forman, Courtney Summers, Norman Maclean, Harper Lee, John Knowles and Emily Giffin. 

What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? 

More people are reading more books!

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