Author Chat with C.D. Bell (WEREGIRL)!
Today we're excited to chat with C.D. Bell,
author of WEREGIRL!
Below you'll find more about C.D and her new book!
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Weregirl came about in a way that's a bit unique for a novel, but is standard practice in television writing--it was created by a roomful of writers talking and brainstorming and taking notes and eating snacks over the course of several long and totally amazing days.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Writing Weregirl was all about working as part of a team, and I definitely learned a lot about this during the process. Talking through ideas together was about listening really hard to other people. When you come up with an idea, it's hard to let go, but everyone in the room was letting go all the time. And then you come up with an outline that you don't know what you think of until after you've slept on it, and realize it's terrific.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
I love everything about the Weregirl cover. It's both beautiful and fierce. I love how the eyes feel like they are looking at you, and the wolf face invites curiosity. One behind-the-scenes detail that's fun--the cover was created by combining human eyes on a wolf face. Also, wolf eyes are generally yellow, so seeing them as blue makes you see that this is not an ordinary wolf.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2015?
My favorite book for 2015 was hands-down Annie Proulx's Barkskins. It's a long book, it's not YA, but I loved it--two indentured servants come to Canada in the 1600s to chop down trees. You follow the future of their families and the forest. I thought a lot about the woods when writing Weregirl, and this dovetailed right into that.
I don't want to spoil too much, but it was really tricky to write the two scenes in the book where we lose a character. Sometimes I pull back from the plot at that point and think, "The book should just end here. I can't go on without ___." I hope some of that sadness gets transmitted into the writing, because otherwise it will hardly seem worth it!
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Writing Weregirl, the character who gave me the most trouble initially was Nessa. It was tricky for me not to make her seem low-self-esteem-y. We wanted her to be quiet but also fierce. Working with Chooseco editor Melissa Bounty, we were able to find just a few key word choices that altered her attitude and better communicated the Nessa we wanted her to be.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love/hate them both for different reasons. Drafting can be daunting but it's also the best time to just relax and let the story flow right out of you. Revising for me is about paying as much attention to not making changes as to making them. Sometimes I'll see flaws where they do not exist and I'll take a hacksaw to the writing. It's important to respect your work, and make your changes as surgically as possible.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
When she's not biking the streets of Brooklyn, NY, you can find C. D. Bell writing in a decrepit RV clinging to the side of a hill in upstate New York, trying to teach herself to watercolor, or inventing her own recipes. She is a voracious reader of anything and everything fantasy, supernatural, or romance. And she swears that the monsters she often writes about are not real— at least she hopes not.
The second installment of the WEREGIRL trilogy is already in the works.
Eager to escape her small hometown, high school junior Nessa Kurland is focused on winning a college scholarship for cross-country running. A chance encounter with a trapped wolf while out on a run leads to powerful and frightening changes, and one day, Nessa is transformed into a full werewolf. Now Nessa must navigate the challenges of high school while coming face to face with true human darkness, as she tries to make peace with her new wild nature.
Author: C.D. Bell
Publishing Date: November 1, 2016