It’s summer–schools are empty, teens are scarce–on vacation, at camp, or
watching YouTube videos working summer jobs . . .
but Reader Paparazzi ~ my Q & A series featuring teen readers ~ must go on. I spend a lot of time inside the mind of fictional teens–writing and reading, so it’s great to get a little real YA world perspective to help with character inspiration or simply if you want to see what holds a teen’s interest.
It’s research, not stalking.
If you missed any previous interviews, click here or on the tab in the header above.
For this interview, I’ve cornered a teen close to home.
Meet Gavin, or as I have a habit of calling him, “G.”
G is sixteen. He runs cross-country and track, sings in his school’s chorus and a capella club and is famous on the internet.
Well, sort of.
Have you heard of trolling, or better yet seen this face before?
G is the number one image on Google for the perfect troll face.
A face only a mother could love . . .
but it’s hard to catch him NOT making faces:
I’m partial to this one:
A big hello to G!
So G, what makes you want to pick up a book to read?
It’s got to have something I can relate to.
What are you currently reading?
Moby Dick, for school.
Anything you relate to?
I don’t know, but reading this book is becoming AHABit.
I’m not sure if I believe you, but props on the pun.
What was the last book you read that wasn’t for school?
Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Do you ever re-read books?
Yup. I like to flip through the Guinness Book of World Records and the World Atlas.
What was your favorite book when you were younger?
Captain Underpants and Harry Potter
Favorite subject in school?
What would you like to learn how to do—that you don’t know how to do?
Learn more languages—like Swedish and German.
Okay, I received some questions from YA writers curious about teen relationships (ie dating). What do you think is the most challenging thing about relationships?
What was the last movie you saw?
Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Favorite tv show or movie you can watch again and again?
The Invention of Lying
Tell me three songs you’re listening to on your iPod:
The More I See You ~ Michael Buble
The Way You Look Tonight ~ Michael Buble
Flavour ~Bare Noize
What’s your favorite snack?
What did you eat for breakfast?
Nothing because I’m fasting for the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’ Av, but yesterday for breakfast I ate Frosted Cheerios.
I’m so hungry can we please not talk about food?
Okay, no more food talk. 🙂
Some quick-fire fill in the blanks:
I fear change.
I need clarity.
I hate homework.
I love singing.
So here’s a tiny snippet of G doing what he loves:
Do you have any questions you want answered by teens in future Q & As? Or a question for Gavin? Let me know in the comments.
If not, how would you answer this quick fire fill in the blank? I need _____. (Seeing as it’s now Monday morning, I NEED COFFEE!)
Thanks! I love it when you comment. 🙂
Have a great week!