What inspired Sophomore Year? I had a friend who mentioned that when she was a kid she used to live in Greece with her extended family for months at a time, during the school year. I thought that was such an interesting idea, to be IN school but not at YOUR school. Since the friend was Greek, I figured I’d make my my character Greek, too - especially because, with all the recent economic issues in that Greece in the last few years, there would be plenty for my character to discover and explore on her journey. I also wanted to continue writing the world I created for my first book (Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters) but through the eyes of a new main character.
Oh - and JK Rowling. Because who has an imagination like that!?!?
I'm usually reading a few books at a time. Yesterday I finished "Beautiful Garbage" by Jill Di Donato, which is a dark story set in the NYC art world of the 80s. Now I'm reading "Girl on a Train" by Paula Hawkins. Everyone keeps mentioning how great it is, so I finally gave in and bought a copy. Only about 40 pages in, but totally intrigued. And I've been reading "Pigeon in a Crosswalk" by Jack Gray before bed - it's a hilarious series of essays about his experiences moving to New York and working for Anderson Cooper. I'd recommend all three!
"SOPHOMORE YEAR IS GREEK TO ME" by Meredith Zeitlin - Book Trailer!!! from Meredith Zeitlin on Vimeo.