I would 100% put Alice Oseman in my top 3 favourite writers, so naturally I screamed when I saw that she was willing to take part in an interview for #LGBTQMonth!! Her books are utterly incredible. Her first novel, Solitude, and her most recent (though I need Book 3 right now) Radio Silence are both written so well, their plots are so immersive and they're both extremely diverse. She also runs a webcomic called Heartstopper, which is kind of a prequel to Solitude and it is adorable!! Check out her interview below and check out her books if you haven't already! She is an amazing human being!
1. Do you have a writing schedule?
Definitely not! I find schedules and deadlines make me very stressed. I'd probably be a lot more productive if I did have a schedule, though!
2. Out of your own LGBTQ characters in your works, who is your favourite and why?
Probably Aled. I see a lot of myself in him. He gets absorbed by his fictional worlds and creations, even sometimes at the expense of real life relationships.
3. What's your most helpful piece of advice for aspiring writers?
Write the book you want to read.
4. Do you have an interesting writing quirk?
Probably that I always draw my characters. It's so much fun and it genuinely helps me to get to know them better!
5. What was your hardest scene to write?
In Radio Silence, it was the final scenes between Frances and Aled. There were a lot of complex emotions to be expressed.
6. Who are some of your favourite LGBTQ characters from books you've read?
I really loved Ari from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz and really felt for him in that story. I also loved Clove from Lauren James's The Last Beginning and all her awkward nerdiness.
7. Snog, Marry, Kill! Charlie, Carys or Raine?
Oh my gosh! If I have to choose... I'd say snog Raine, marry Charlie, kill Carys (sorry Carys).
8. What's your favourite under-appreciated novel?
I'm terrible at choosing favourites! I'm sure there are loads. I recently read Peter Darling by Austin Chant. It was absolutely beautiful and definitely deserves more attention!
9. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Not really! I knew it was an option, but I didn't have any need to use a pseudonym. I'm very proud of what I write!
10. Can you tell us anything about the infamous Book 3?
One musician, one fangirl, one week... lots of angst.
A sixteen-year-old book-lover from Ireland. Reviews will come as often as I finish a book, which is quite quickly, to be fair!