Today I had the wonderful pleasure of having lunch with the fabulous A. M. Rose to celebrate the birthday of her new novel. Her debut young adult novel is now officially published and on sale! As a friend and colleague I’ve loved seeing her journey from dedicated writer to published author. We celebrated with lunch and cupcakes today and talked a bit about her novel, her process, music, and other writerly miscellany.
Drea feels like she is always making the wrong moves. With a dad who adores her and a mom she can’t please, she is always doing the dance of trying to fit in with the people she loves. Especially with Dylan. Dylan, her drool-worthy best friend who has been there forever. But does she love him? Or are they destined to be stuck in the friend zone? When her nightmares begin to blur into her daytime world, and she develops new amazing powers, (who surfs perfectly their first time, suddenly parkour?) Drea is not sure she even fits on this planet. As her mysterious past begins to collide with her quickly changing present, she is caught between two worlds, and two cute boys all while dealing with incredible loss. Drea is strong character who tackles the world fearlessly (or at least stuffing down the fear and going on to kick %^$ anyway). You will rush on reading to find out the answers with Drea.
A.M. Rose and I chatted over delish cupcakes…
Christine, your Book Club Advisor: What is your favorite scene?
Rose: I love the scene with her father at breakfast. The relationship they have and how they get along, and just that connection. I love it. I also love the scene when she comes home from the hospital and grief is rolling over her, all five stages at once. I love all the levels you see in her, and how grief is such a complicated thing. My favorite scene with Dylan is after she finishes working with her new special powers and she asks him to stay and hold her for the night.
BCA: I love all those scenes as well. Her and her father’s relationship is so great. And the tension between Dylan and Drea in that scene in his room is so perfect. High school romance butterflies, when the whole world depends on what someone says to you, and always trying to figure out what is not being said, and what it means. Tingles!
BCA: So you’re sitting across from me wearing Drea’s favorite band shirt. Do you listen to music when you write?
Rose: I listened to a lot of Taylor Swift and New Language and Kiven. I can totally ignore it the lyrics and not let them distract me, but it helps with the mood of what I’m trying to write. I try pick a song that helps me get in that place. The angsty Taylor Swift songs were great for Dylan and Drea and all their confusion. I actually have a playlist for the book up on iTunes. You can listen here…
BCA: What would be on Drea’s bookshelf or search history on her computer?
Rose: She would probably be looking up new music since New Language is not big yet. She would be looking for that new indie band that no one has discovered since she likes to be the first to discover new music.
BCA: So would Drea approve of what you listened to when you wrote her?
Rose: Definitely, yes! I don’t think she would have listened to as much Taylor Swift, but definitely her favorite New Language. And Drea…(well I had to stop there because we got way into spoilers…)
BCA: Thanks for the lunch chat! It’s been so fun to go from dreaming of publication over red velvet waffles at Liberty Kitchen in the Heights years ago to sharing a Crave Cupcake in honor of Road to Eugencia’s book birthday! I can’t wait for the next one to see what happens with…well I won’t say…but I need the next one!