Jenny Han is one of my all-time favourite authors, and my favourite ever author of contemporary YA. I love her books so much, particularly the Summer series (*sigh*) and I'm VERY excited to have her on my blog today to answer a few questions.
Thanks to Jenny for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions!
WR: Hi Jenny, and thank you for your time! Is the Summer series based on any real life people or events, or did it all just come from your imagination?
JH: The Summer series is pretty much my imagination but there are certain moments, certain characters who were inspired by people I used to know.
WR: How do you write such realistic, kind, hot YA boys like Conrad and Jeremiah? And... do you have a favourite?!
JH: I just try to write truthful characters-- the kinds who make mistakes and don't always say or do the right thing. I love Conrad AND Jeremiah...but I'm a Conrad girl at heart.
WR: Will you ever revisit Belly and the boys, or is We'll Always Have Summer really the end?
JH: Never say never but We'll Always Have Summer is really the end. I have so many more stories I want to tell and I feel like I left them in a good place.
WR: In To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Lara Jean's love letters get mailed to all the boys she wrote them to. What would you have done if that had happened to you?
JH: If that had happened to me... I can't even. The mortification! To All the Boys is semi-autobiographical, I used to write love letters too, and I can't imagine what I would have done if they'd been sent.
WR: Growing up, was your relationship with your sister like that of Lara Jean and Margot? It's my favourite part of your new book!
JH: The book is dedicated to my little sister, who inspires all of my little sister characters. There is a lot of Kitty in her. Or rather, there is a lot of my sister in Kitty! We're as close as close can be, she is my favorite person in the world besides my BFF Siobhan Vivian, who I co-wrote Burn for Burn with.
WR: Is there anything about the sequel you can tell us, just to tide us over until 2015?
JH: I can't really tell you much about P.S. I Still Love You because I'm still working on it! Things are always changing and mutating. Sometimes I think I know what it's going to be, and then things will get turned upside down and I have no idea.
WR: Can you recommend five YA authors everyone should be reading?
JH: Siobhan Vivian, Adele Griffin, Jennifer E. Smith, Lois Duncan, Leigh Bardugo.