Wednesday, 4 March 2015

#IWasHere Aussie Blog Hop - Interview with Gayle Forman

Simon & Schuster Australia recently gave members of the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers Group the opportunity to read and review an advanced copy of I Was Here by Gayle Forman. As if that wasn't enough of a treat, Simon & Schuster then offered a few lucky readers the chance to interview Gayle Forman, and I was fortunate enough to be one of them! My review can be found here.

Follow the #IWasHere Aussie Interview Blog Hop and stop by the Aussie YA Bloggers Blog from the 8th to see the full interview! For now, you can check out my interview question below, but don't forget to 'hop' by the rest!


Monday 2nd: Eugenia @ Genie in a Book

Tuesday 3rd: Kelly @ Diva Booknerd 

Wednesday 4th: Nara @ Looking for the Panacea,

Thursday 5th: Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

Friday 6th: Joy @ Thoughts By J

Saturday 7th: Kiah @ Forever Kiah,
Faith @ Fangirl World

Sunday 8th: FULL INTERVIEW @ Aussie YA Bloggers

My Question

Where do you get the ideas for some of the 'darker' themes in your book?
I write about the things that are on my mind now. And these are things like love, family, identity, resilience. I think it’s misleading to say that because a book deals with sad subject matter—notably, death, which is an unfortunate byproduct of life—that it’s dark. If you live long enough, you will experience loss—whether it by losing a loved one to death or by losing a sense of your own identity or your innocence. But it’s how you experience it, what you gain from it, how you grow from it…that’s what interests me. I find such stories profoundly hopeful. As for where I get the ideas from: all around, personal experience, people I have known, dreams, my imagination, a mixture of the lot.

Thank you so much to Gayle Forman for answering all our questions! A big thanks to Simon & Schuster Australia for organising the book blitz and interview. Make sure you join Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers for more fun events, interviews and features.

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