BP: Can you give readers the basic premise/plot of SOME BOYS?
PB: A teen falls for the best friend of the guy nobody believes raped her… including the object of her new affection.
BP: Please tell readers what the book is about?
PB: The book is about looking deep – under the surface – for what’s true. Sometimes it’s ugly and hard to accept – but that doesn’t make it less true. Grace feels like the only person in her entire school who knows the truth but she’s wrong. Others know it, too, but they just don’t want to accept it. Ian is one of those people.
BP: Your books touch on some serious social issues that young people face like bullying, internet safety, and now in your latest release SOME BOYS you touch on (date) rape. What inspired you to write about such relevant but intense topics?
PB: I’m not sure exactly why I do this, but I seem to be drawn to write about topics that make me angry. It began with SEND, my book about bullying. And now Some Boys, which was inspired by a series of news articles (Steuvenville, Maryville, and several others) in which the victims endure a trial-by-media while the accused are elevated to hero status.
BP: Tell us about your "hero", what makes him "special/a hero"?
PB: Ian isn’t perfect and that’s why he’s a great hero. He’s often confused, he makes mistakes, but he tries to do better. He tries to do what’s right even when he knows what it’ll cost him. Especially when he knows. That makes him heroic to me.
BP: And Grace, tell us about her.
PB: Grace is a strong young woman, one I wish I were like. Maybe that’s why she’s a great leading lady. Because she doesn’t back off, doesn’t shut up, doesn’t slink off to the corner. She’s the me I wish I could be.
BP: Who was the hardest character to write in SOME BOYS and why?
PB: The hardest character to write was Zac, the rapist. I didn’t want him to be the "Evil Wrongdoer" simply because my story needed a villain. I wanted to write him in such a way that readers could identify with him, as well as they would my leads. I wanted that confusion, that head-scratching question to keep readers wondering what they’d have done in Zac’s situation.
BP: What challenge, if any, did you face turning your story into fiction?
PB:The biggest challenge was avoiding some of the arguments posed in SOME BOYS with my own family – all guys. I’d make a statement like “Short skirts aren’t an excuse for rape” and one of my family members would counter with “Yes, but wearing a short skirt is an invitation for attention” and then we’d fight and I’d get no writing done.
BP: Is SOME BOYS part of a series?
PB: Some Boys is the third in my ‘internet issues’ series, but each book can stand alone. The other two are TMI and SEND.
BP: Can you tell us about what's next and/or what else you're working on?
PB: I’m working on a new project called NOTHING LEFT TO BURN about a teenager who joins the Junior Volunteer Firefighter squad in an attempt to reconnect with his dad, who blames him for his brother’s death.
BP: List three books you just recently read and would recommend?
PB: I just read Rainbow Rowell’s ELEANOR AND PARK and thought it was amazing with its almost lyrical prose. Rowell elevates mere hand-holding to a spiritual connection. Simone Elkeles’ PERFECT CHEMISTRY is a raw and frightening story. I liked it because it sort of parallels mine – there’s a message that ‘perfect’ is an illusion for the public. What’s under it is what’s real. Katie McGarry’s PUSHING THE LIMITS is another book that parallels mine – our heroines both have step-mother issues. I love her dual POVs and love how visceral her writing is. We don’t just see what her characters face – we feel every bit of it, right down to scraped knuckles from punches.
We are certainly looking forward to NOTHING LEFT TO BURN! Thank you so much, Patty, for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. If you happen to live in the NYC area be sure to meet up with Patty at any of the following book signing events:
9/20/14--Chapter by Chapter Book Rave, FunFuzin, New Roc City, NY
9/27/14---Books-A-Million, Rockaway, NJ, 2:00-4:00p.m,, 301 Mt. Hope Ave, Rockaway, NJ
10/2/14--Barnes and Noble Lake Grove, NY, 7:00p.m., 600 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, NY
10/15/14--Barnes and Noble Fresh Meadows, NY 4:30-6:15p.m. with signing at 6:30, 176-6- Union Turnpike, Utopia Center, Fresh Meadows, NY
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In addition to writing novels for teens, Patty Blount writes technical information for a computer company. Her first novel, Send, was inspired after a manager suggested she learn more about social networks. A short version of that same novel finished in the top ten of the Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition. She is also the author of the young adult book, TMI. She lives on Long Island with her family. Visit her at pattyblount.com.
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