Author Chat with Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss) Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Stephanie Perkins author of
Anna and the French Kiss.
Read on for more about Stephanie and her book, plus a giveaway!
Meet Stephanie Perkins!
STEPHANIE PERKINS is the New York Times bestselling author and anthology editor of multiple books, including There's Someone Inside Your House, Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and Isla and the Happily Ever After. She has always worked with books--first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted a different color of the rainbow.
Meet Anna and The French Kiss!
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of this beloved romance classic with a one-of-a-kind, beautifully luxe edition that includes all-new bonus content.
“Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” -Rainbow Rowell,
#1 New York Times bestselling author
Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s less than thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?
~ Author Chat ~
- What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
The inspiration arrived in a dream—a beautiful boy with a French name and an English accent, sitting on the steps of the Panthéon—and it was impossible to resist. Or, more accurately, the boy was impossible to resist.
- Who is your favorite character in the book?
This answer is a deep cut, but: Hercules.
- Which came first, the title or the novel?
- Do you have a favorite writing snack?
I don’t actually eat while writing because it can get distracting and messy. If I’m hungry, I’ll use it as an opportunity to stretch my legs and eat the snack away from my desk. And, although it’s a very boring and practical answer, my snacks are always healthy, so they’ll give me a more sustained and usable burst of energy.
- Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Writing is a job, not an identity. It’s important to have a life away from publishing.
- What do you like most about the cover of the book?
Oh, it’s gorgeous, isn’t it? It’s as pretty and delicate as a macaron.
- What’s on your TBR pile?
The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman.
- What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert.
- What’s up next for you?
My second YA horror novel is called The Woods Are Always Watching, and it’ll be published in 2021.
- Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
There’s already an Anna and the French Kiss audiobook, and I’ve been fortunate that the book has been translated into many languages over the years. As for a screen adaptation, it’s been optioned a few times, and it’s currently under contract again. We’ll see.
However, my first YA horror novel, a slasher called There’s Someone Inside Your House, was recently turned into a Netflix film, and it will be released in 2021!
- Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
I really, really did not enjoy writing the scene in Anna that involves the details of Étienne’s mother’s cancer. It’s a moment when the novel dips out of being sort of a contemporary fairy tale and is touched by reality and tragedy. The research was devastating. I had to set the scene in a patisserie just to give it some sort of balance with the rest of the book. I needed all of those cakes.
- Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
My latest book is technically There’s Someone Inside Your House, which was published in 2017. It had a main protagonist, but there were actually nine POVs total, and they were all challenging because they had wildly different interests and perspectives. There was so much research—so much more than I had anticipated—in that book.
- Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
- What would you say is your superpower?
Leaving parties early.
- Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
America has a truly heinous mass incarceration problem, and I’m very much interested and involved in providing relief and release for all the prisoners who shouldn’t be there.
Anna and the French Kiss
By: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Dutton BYR
Release Date: October 27th, 2020
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