Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
The author of A Little Something Different brings you the most adorkable romance ever.
Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.
Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.
In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.
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1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, note cards, post-it notes, etc.?
I am a very serious planner. I’ve tried writing by the seat of my pants but it feels really disorganized to me. I like to lay out chapters and scenes with index cards before I start and while I work on those, usually the characters start talking to each other and lines of dialogue start popping up. That’s when I know I’m ready to start writing. I definitely like to have an idea of the ending and what I’m writing towards.
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
It really depends on the book. I like when a character shows up in my head with a story they really want me to tell. That’s the ideal situation but it doesn’t always happen that way. Usually for me I have some vague plot that I want to pursue and I start thinking about it. Then I like to talk about it and jot ideas down. (I have a couple of friends who are very patient and willing to help during that part of the process.) Where ideas come from is all very abstract though. There’s no clear answer, they just sort of pop up!
3. How long have you been writing?
Not very long actually. I only really got into a few years ago. I failed a writing course in college and believed for a long time that writing just wasn’t for me. But then I started writing fanfiction several years ago and gained a lot of confidence that way.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Keep writing! Don’t give up! I know it’s trite and what everyone says, but that’s because it’s true.
5. How important are names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
I love this question! I’m so happy you asked. My sister is 11 years older than me, so I was still in high school when she was pregnant with her first son. She had tons of baby name books and I became absolutely OBSESSED with them. I bought a whole bunch for myself and I would use them to name people on The Sims. Fast forward to now when I get to name characters and it feels like I’ve been training for this for years! I don’t tend to go by what names mean. I like to keep in mind style and how they sound. I use the website Nameberry.com a LOT because it tends to list names in categories rather than just alphabetically. But I do spend a lot of time thinking about names and making sure that they represent the character and provide the right tone.
6. A fun question: Since this books is about a superstitious fangirl, do you have any superstitions that you have to stick to, and what are you a fangirl for?I still can’t step on a crack! No matter how aware I am of the fact that it will not break my mother’s back, it just seems like a bad thing to do. As for fangirling, Darren Criss all the way.
I’m a teen librarian from New Jersey where I was born and raised. I have a BA in Communication and a Master of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. When I’m not writing, or teen librarian-ing, I enjoy reading, slot machines, marathoning TV shows, and long scrolls through Tumblr. A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is my first novel.
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