Hey there! We’ve got another amazing interview for you on #BeyondTheBio today. Today’s guest author is Sophie Jordan, whose new book The Me I Meant To Be comes out in just two days. Sophie’s a former high school teacher who’s now a bestselling author most known for her romance novels. She loves Diet Cokes and reality TV.
Today’s guest interviewer is Lailonni. Lailonni’s a high school freshman who describes herself as nice, funny, and caring. Her all-time favorite book is Irene Hunt's The Lottery Rose.
And if you're a teen reader interested in hosting an interview of your own, be sure to stick around until the end to find out how you can. Let’s get to the interview!
Lailonni: Hey, Sophie! I just finished your new book The Me I Meant To Be, and it’s super interesting. Could you explain to our readers what they can expect from your novel?
Sophie: The thing I like to point out about the book is that it's told from two alternating narratives: Flor and Willa, best friends who become tangled up in what I like to call a love square (versus a love triangle!). You really get "two love stories for the price of one" in this book, and it's also a story of friendship.
Lailonni: I love Flor! What inspired you to create her character?
Sophie: Flor is a compilation of several people in my life. My daughter is a soccer player, so that's where the soccer angle came from. She and her friends always serve as inspiration. My beloved niece also inspired the creation of Flor, too. And the rest I just made up.
Lailonni: I loved the part in the book where Jenna asks Flor about girl code. Can you give an overview of the girl code?
Sophie: I think what I want readers to take away is the idea that girl code is different for everyone. It's not etched in stone and it's not black and white. It can change and evolve and people, especially friends, should be careful about the rules they set for themselves. Friends should be supportive and accepting -- that's the code that matters.
Lailonni: Flor’s best friend is definitely violating girl code. How do you respond when someone’s breaking the code?
Sophie: Individual circumstances should be considered before judging someone harshly for breaking GC.
Lailonni: Besides writing, what else do you like to do?
Sophie: Hm. Spending time with family and friends. Travel. Reading, of course, and watching a lot of Netflix!
Lailonni: Are you working on any other books at the moment?
Sophie: I'm always writing! I write three books a year, so I've usually got multiple projects in the works. Right now I'm revising my next young adult novel, KISSING LESSONS.
That’s it for today’s interview with Sophie. If you're a book-loving teen like Lailonni, click here to learn how to become a guest host for an upcoming #BeyondTheBio interview. It's an easy and fun way to connect with your favorite authors. Plus, it looks great on your college applications!
See you back here again next week for another awesome interview!