Today’s author spotlight is on the ever proper and grammatically correct Beth Rodgers! My, but I must watch my P’s and Q’s in this spotlight! She has the letters to prove the point! Without further ado, here’s…Beth!
Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an author, editor, and college English instructor. I teach English Composition, Creative Writing, and Children’s Literature. I’ve always loved writing and always wanted to be a published author. I also am really big into movies and TV shows and watch them quite often, along with reading great books (especially young adult novels!) any chance I get. I am married with two sons and we live in Michigan.
The story revolves around Margot Maples, a girl who is starting her freshman year of high school. She is trying to win the heart of her first true crush while at the same time trying to fend off advances of a nerdy boy who likes her as well as the torment of the school bully.
How is the title significant?
Tell us a little bit about the characters? What are they like and how did you come up with them?
Margot is a little bit like me, at least early on. After the first couple chapters, the issues that cause conflict for her are not autobiographical at all, but her self-doubt and some of the other issues were relevant in my own life at times when I was a teenager. The nerdy boy who likes her – Walter – is like the guy who many girls have around who like them, even though they like someone else. I always had crushes on guys, so Peter, the boy she likes, is that guy for Margot. I added in a school bully, Max, even though I didn’t really have someone like this, because I wanted more conflict, and that added the dose I needed. The girlfriends are there to balance out the guy to girl ratio and to give Margot some of the girl dynamics she most certainly needs to make her high school life great.
Who do you think would like your story and what kind of readership are you aiming for?
Teens would enjoy my story, but anyone of any age can enjoy it. I’ve had people in their 80’s read the book and tell me how it reminded them of when they were young. I read young adult novels all the time (and I mean all the time!), and I’m in my 30’s and can’t get enough of them. So, even though 7th grade and up would be what I’d say, the book is set in 9th grade, and anyone of any age can appreciate it.
What is the message you are trying to get across in your book?
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