Today we're excited to chat with Tiffany Brownlee, author of Wrong in All the Right Ways. Read on for more about Tiffany and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Tiffany Brownlee!
Meanwhile, Emma’s AP English class is reading Wuthering Heights, and she’s been assigned to mimic Bronte’s style in an epistolary format. With no one to confide in, she’s got a lot to write about. Emma and Dylan try to constrain their romance to the page–for fear of threatening Dylan’s chances of being adopted into another home. But the strength of first love is all-consuming, and they soon get enveloped in a passionate, secretive relationship with a very uncertain outcome.
1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights inspired me to write this book. I read it for the first time as a junior in high school, and I absolutely hated (probably because I was being forced to read it...I used to hate when teachers forced me to read books I didn't want to read). After I graduated college, I revisited the novel and fell in love with it, and I knew instantly that I wanted to recreate something along the lines of it. But, after rereading the novel, I realized that Wuthering Heights is a pretty dense work for younger YA readers to tackle. So I focused on writing a YA retelling of Wuthering Heights, but I placed more of an emphasis on the romance side of the main characters as foster sibling, and I also toned down the difficult language of Wuthering Heights to put it my novel on a level that all YA readers could fall in love with and enjoy without being overwhelmed.
2. Who is your favorite character in the book?
My favorite character in the book is Karmin Ortega. She is the culmination of every best friend I’ve ever had in my life, and I love how confident and sassy she is. There’s a scene I wrote in which Karmin teaches Emma to be confident and flirty with her dance moves, and it is hilarious! I can’t wait for readers to meet her!
3. Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first. My first title wasn’t the best (it's so bad that I'm embarrassed to even tell you what it used to be), so I changed it before my agent and I started sending out proposals for the novel. And I’m so glad that I changed it because I’m so attached to the new title now.
4. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
The most important thing I’ve learned as a writer is that the road to publication is a very long one, indeed. Many people think that when you write the book, it comes out like the next day, but that is not the case at all. You have to go back and fine tune the manuscript (many, MANY times), send out ARCs, connect with readers and bloggers, create book buzz, and so many more behind-the-scenes things before it's even printed and shipped to bookstores to be sold. So patience is a very important quality to possess when working in the publishing industry.
5. What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I really enjoy the fact that the cover looks like a painting, with the splashes of colors dripping off the tulips. Painting plays a huge role in the novel as it’s Dylan’s favorite hobby, so I really adore that the reader can kind of get that artistic vibe from first glance of the cover. Also, those colors are just to die for!
6. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?
I’m dying to read Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera’s What If It’s Us? Separately, they are beyond-amazing writers, so I know that together they will be even more spectacular than usual. And I’m a sucker for a good YA romance, and this book just so happens to fall into that genre. Yay!
7. What’s up next for you?
I’m going to be a part of a 2020 anthology from Harlequin Teen entitled “You Too?” and I’m currently working on writing my second novel, too. I wish I could say more about each of these projects, but things are still kind of under wraps. You can expect more information to be released on each of these projects very, very soon, though.
8. Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I enjoy revising so much more than drafting. Drafting to me is really difficult because you’re trying to create something out of nothing, which can be really difficult for me sometimes, however, revising is like giving your manuscript a makeover. It’s when you go back and add the detail and pizzazz to your story to take it to the next level, and for me, that’s just so much more fun than drafting.
Wrong in All the Right Ways
By: Tiffany Brownlee
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Two winners will receive a signed and annotated copy of Wrong in All the Right Ways, plus bookmark and stickers (US only).