A Talk With: Laura Silverman, on You Asked For Perfect

Hi friends! I’m so, so thrilled to be back today with “A Talk With”!

In case you missed it, “A Talk With” is a brand new feature here on Drizzle & Hurricane Books, where I will invite young adult book authors to chat with me about their upcoming books, share their writing tips and tricks and more!

I’m very, very excited today to welcome today one of my favorite authors of all times… Laura Silverman. I fell in love with her debut, Girl Out of Water and more recently, adored her sophomore novel, You Asked For Perfect so, so very much. I’m so happy to have her today on the blog to talk about her upcoming book, share some writing tips and more!

1. In your upcoming book, you explore academic pressure and anxiety: what made you want to explore this topic in particular?

I went to an academically competitive high school. We were encouraged to take as many AP classes as possible and to do things like drive into school an hour early for a zero period class to fit in additional electives. At the time, about ten years ago now, this type of intense academic pressure was unusual, but in recent years I’ve noticed more and more high school students are experiencing this pressure. We push kids too hard to meet impossibly high standards, and it’s dangerous to both their mental and physical health. I wanted to write a book that tells students they are more important than their grades and that tells adults to examine the pressure they put on kids in their lives.

2. What is your writing routine like (if you have one)? Do you like to have it all planned out, or just go with the flow? Do you write at a particular hour every day, keep notebooks?

I prefer to write first thing in the morning. Usually I’ll write or edit between 1-3 hours every weekday depending on where I’m at in the writing process. I wish I could outline my books. I keep trying it, but it never works out for me, so I’m definitely a go with the flow writer.

3. Your books are always very character-focused and driven: how do you manage to flesh out your characters so well? Do you keep character-cards?

Thank you! My favorite part of the writing process is getting to know my characters, so I’m glad it shows! I do a lot of character brainstorming through questions. I always ask these four questions about all of my characters and encourage my editing clients to ask them about their characters as well:

  1. What does my character want?
  2. Why do they want it?
  3. What stands in their way of getting it?
  4. What happens if they don’t get it?

Those are the big questions, but I ask smaller questions as well. What type of ice cream does my character like? Chocolate. Why do they like chocolate ice cream? Because it’s their dad’s favorite flavor, and they used to always eat it together. What is their relationship like with their dad?

As you see, if you go down the question rabbit hole, you can learn a lot about your characters.

4. Between your novels and anthologies you participated in, you’ve always dabbed in the contemporary genre: did you ever think about writing in another genre?

Definitely! As a teen, I mostly read and wrote fantasy stories, and in college I wrote some adult fiction. I definitely would love to try out both of those genres professionally one day.

1. Can you share one underrated YA book you loved recently?

Hmm, I don’t know if I would call them underrated, but I absolutely love all of Maurene Goo’s novels and wish they would get an epic amount of love and also Netflix adaptations please!

2. You can only watch one TV Show (or one movie!) for the rest of your life: which one do you pick?

Definitely Grey’s Anatomy.

3. What’s one food you could eat without being hungry?

Sushi!

4. Can you share one line of your current work in progress, or one of your published works, that you are particularly proud of?

From You Asked for Perfect:

“Obviously, we can’t date if he doesn’t like matzo ball soup.”

Thank you so, so much Laura, for taking the time to chat with me about You Asked For Perfect and sharing these wonderful writing tips! Keep on reading to find out more about Laura Silverman’s upcoming book and add it to your TBR, I swear you won’t regret it.

📖 More about You Asked For Perfect

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

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📖 More about the author, Laura Silverman

Laura Silverman earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. She is the author of Girl Out of Water and You Asked for Perfect. You can reach out on Twitter at @LJSilverman1 or through her website LauraSilvermanWrites.com.

 

 

 

Do you want to read You Asked For Perfect? Did you read it already?

Do you think we need more books talking about academics and the stress of it all in YA? Do you have any book recommendations? Let me know your thoughts in comments!

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “A Talk With: Laura Silverman, on You Asked For Perfect

  1. Loved your interview, Marie 😊 I recently interviewed her too and found out that she is awesome 😊 And damn, why I am not able to think of such clever questions as yours? 😂
    I loved You Asked For Perfect so much and Inhope I read her first book soon too 😊

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  2. I am absolutely DYING to read You Asked for Perfect. I also loved Girl Out of Water and from what I’ve heard this one is even better!

    I 100% agree that we push kids too hard these days. I remember being encouraged to take as many advanced classes as possible (although I mostly just did it so I could earn a free period to do all my homework during school hours). I also vividly remember being dead set on not going to college AT ALL; the importance of a college education was shoved down our throats from freshman year on. Of course, I ended up going to college and I have no regrets there (in fact, I’m about to head back for more, because I’m a glutton for punishment). Lately I’ve been thinking about how much pressure is put on kids now vs. when I was in high school, and it’s ridiculous. Yes, college is important. But can’t we value kids for being NOT well-rounded? Can’t we value kids for being specific in what they’re good at, and maybe being mediocre in most things because we’re human?!

    Thank you so much for sharing this post! I love hearing about how authors get their ideas and what their writing strategy is. It’s also really validating to hear their stories because it makes them sound like real people instead of these amazing people I look up to so much.

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    1. Oh Christine, this book was SO good and I could see you really, really enjoying it! The exploration of academic pressure and stress and anxiety with Ariel, the main character, was so good. It was even a bit stressful to read at times, but I adored it SO much. I agree that there is SO much pressure at times, it seems so ridiculous :/

      Thank you so much!! I’m so, so happy you enjoyed this interview, thank you ❤

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  3. I loved this post, but I knew I would before I read it. I mean c’mon, it’s one of my favorite features with the author of one of my favorite books. How could I not love it??

    I love how Laura talks about the importance of spreading awareness of the pressure school puts on students. I just finished reading Eyes on Me, which deals with a girl who becomes ill from the stress of academia. I found it so interesting to compare the two books. They both handled the issue really well, but with completely different twists. I’m so glad that more books are out there now to spread awareness and to hopefully inspire students to get help if they need it!

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    1. Oh, oh this makes me so, so, so happy Malka, thank you SO much! ❤ ❤
      I really think we need more books exploring academic-related anxiety and I'm glad there are some books out there doing just that! I haven't heard of Eyes on Me, it sounds like quite an intense read, I hope you enjoyed it? 🙂
      Thank you!! ❤

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  4. It sounds great that this book touches on academic pressure because I remember it being really hard to deal with and no one seems to talk about it. I remember the teachers were always disappointed when I got one grade lower than my usual!!
    I love Laura’s process for getting to know her characters– it’s great to think about all the little details!!
    Ahh… Grey’s Anatomy is a great show!!
    Lovely interview!! 💛

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    1. I’m so, so happy this book exists, this is such an important topic to mention, especially in young adult books! I hope you’ll give it a try 🙂
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❤

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  5. We really do need more books that tackle academic pressure! When Laura said that students are more than their grades, I felt that. That’s why I really need to read radio silence by Alice oseman. And the only other book I’ve read with this subject matter is Eliza and her monsters which I really enjoyed!

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    1. OH YES I loved radio silence so much, it’s one of my favorite books ever just as well, I hope you’ll love it 🙂 Eliza was SUCH a great book too! 😀
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❤

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  6. This is such a sweet interview. I think Lauren’s right – the academic pressure these days is intense, and in the UK at least, kids are really suffering with the pressure and lack of mental health services (our government cut the health service to pieces). It’s having such a negative impact on young people. Having someone remind you that you’re more than your grades is so important! Even at university I could have used that – I worked really hard but my grades were pretty average.

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    1. It’s so, so terrible and it makes me so sad and mad to see these kind of things happening, young people are really more than their grades, yet so much pressure is put on that particularily, it’s so frustrating to see 😦 I’m so glad that Laura’s book tackles that important issue ❤
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❤ ❤

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  7. Ahhh Marie I loved this interview so much!! (as much as I loved the book 😉 ) I loved that Laura wrote a book exploring academic pressure as she experienced it herself in high school. And I also loved the questions you asked too. I’m definitely planning on reading more of Maurene Goo’s books and now I’m craving sushi ❤

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  8. I really loved reading this post Marie. 🙂 You Asked for Perfect is such a brilliant read and if Girl out of Water is anything like it I’m definitely going to have a new favourite contemporary author to add to my list! 😀
    Before picking up this book I’d never seen a story which focuses on academic pressure the way this one did through Ariel, and I’m really glad Laura decided to write his story. Also I could eat sushi without being hungry (then again I could probably easy anything without being hungry!)
    Great post, and as always I can’t wait to see which author you talk with next! 🙂 ❤️

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