Author Chat with Jordyn Taylor (The Paper Girl Of Paris), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Jordyn Taylor author of
The Paper Girl Of Paris.
Read on for more about Jordyn and her book, plus an giveaway.
Meet Jordyn Taylor!
Jordyn Taylor is a New York City-based writer and journalist, currently the news editor at Men’s Health magazine and her work has appeared in the New York Observer, Mic, and Glamour.
Meet The Paper Girl Of Paris!
Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn’t there for pastries and walks along the Seine. When her grandmother passed away two months ago, she left Alice an apartment in France that no one knew existed. An apartment that has been locked for more than seventy years.
Alice is determined to find out why the apartment was abandoned and why her grandmother never once mentioned the family she left behind when she moved to America after World War II. With the help of Paul, a charming Parisian student, she sets out to uncover the truth. However, the more time she spends digging through the mysteries of the past, the more she realizes there are secrets in the present that her family is still refusing to talk about.
Sixteen-year-old Adalyn doesn’t recognize Paris anymore. Everywhere she looks, there are Nazis, and every day brings a new horror of life under the Occupation. When she meets Luc, the dashing and enigmatic leader of a resistance group, Adalyn feels she finally has a chance to fight back. But keeping up the appearance of being a much-admired socialite while working to undermine the Nazis is more complicated than she could have imagined. As the war goes on, Adalyn finds herself having to make more and more compromises—to her safety, to her reputation, and to her relationships with the people she loves the most.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The novel came first, then the title. I brainstormed title ideas with my agent and my editor—I remember we really wanted to get the word “girl” in there. The Girl Who Carried Secrets? The Girl From Nowhere? Eventually we landed on The Paper Girl of Paris, which was far and away my favorite option. I love that it applies not only to Adalyn tearing down Nazi posters and distributing French resistance flyers, but also to Alice exploring her family’s secret history through diary entries, letters, and photographs.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Jessie Gang, who designed the book jacket, did such an incredible job! All that cool, moody blue totally captures the atmosphere of the story, and the pops of white and red give a subtle nod to the French flag. My favorite part is how the words in the title are presented on strips layered on top of each other. It reflects how Alice must dig through layers of often-misleading historical artifacts to finally learn the truth about her long-lost great aunt, Adalyn.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
I can’t pick just one! My TBR pile is more like a TBR mountain. This summer, I’m so excited to read They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman. A murder mystery involving a secret society at an exclusive Long Island prep school? Yes please. Then, in the fall, I can’t wait for The Truth Project by Dante Medema. It’s about a girl who discovers a shocking family secret after taking a DNA test.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m very excited to be working on another book…but that’s all I can say for now! I’ll be able to share more details soon.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I don’t want to spoil anything, so all I’m going to say is this: There’s a scene toward the end that made me spontaneously burst into tears at my writing desk. We’re talking heaving sobs that made my husband come check on me. It wasn’t just the content of the scene, but I think also the realization that the story was wrapping up and I was going to have to say goodbye to all the characters I loved so much.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Odette Bonhomme, Adalyn’s mother, was by far the most challenging character to write. She’s in this grey area between good and evil, resistance and collaboration. She loves her family and is trying to make the best of the Nazi occupation, which leads her to accommodate the German invaders more than her daughters would like. It took a lot of work (and phone calls with my editor) to strike that balance. It’s so much easier to write the obvious heroes and villains!
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I think I prefer revising. You have the comfort of knowing you already build the foundation of the house, and now you just have to decorate it. (There’s no more panic of “oh no, what if I actually don’t know how to write a book from start to finish?!”) Also, I’m an editor at Men’s Health magazine in my day job, so I really appreciate the collaborative relationship between writer and editor as you work together to make the story as good as it possibly can be.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Because I work in the creative world, you might be surprised to learn I have a very math-centric brain. I think in equations, statistics, fractions… It helps me nail the structure and pacing of my stories, and I never miss a deadline. For the Paper Girl of Paris, I determined that I was going to write 5,000 words per week, and I arranged my schedule to make it happen. Writing on my phone during my commute to and from work was a huge help. I would knock out 200-300 words on a 35-minute subway trip. Multiply by two, and that’s at least 400 words per day, which is at least 2,000 words per work week, which leaves 3,000 words to write on the weekend. A window into my thought patterns!
The Paper Girl Of Paris
By: Jordyn Taylor
Release Date: May 26th, 2020
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I like the idea of family secrets and having it set in Paris is perfect. My students are going to enjoy reading the book.
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