FINDING AUDREY Blog Tour & Giveaway: Interview with Sophie Kinsella
Posted 06/03/2015 by alicemarvels in Author Interview
Today we’re very excited to welcome Sophie Kinsella to the blog to discuss her first YA novel, Finding Audrey, which we loved! Scroll down below the interview for your chance to win a copy and a Finding Audrey coffee sleeve!
Audrey often talks about fighting her “lizard brain.” Was it difficult to get into her mindset and write about her experiences with social anxiety?
I think everyone has a sense of anxiety in certain situations—that’s what jitters or butterflies in the stomach or stagefright are. There’s a spectrum, and people with social anxiety disorder have this anxiety to an exaggerated, even extreme degree. So that was the starting point for Audrey’s “lizard brain”—and I think that’s why people can relate to Audrey’s condition even if they don’t suffer from it themselves.
Besides Audrey’s book of quotes, what other book, YA or otherwise, would you recommend to Audrey to help her through her recovery if you met her in real life?
For myself, when I want to find some peace in my head and escape from real life, I always turn to Agatha Christie. There is something so soothing and restful about her plots. They distract a busy mind, and they appeal to everyone.
Frank’s obsession with gaming will be familiar to many teens and adults. Have you ever become addicted to an online game like LOC or Candy Crush?
I’ve tried playing screen games with my kids, but I can’t really see the appeal! I’m still obsessed with books, writing them and reading them, and I do still love to shop . . . I’d say my obsessions make me less like Frank and more like his mother, Anne. She constantly worries about her family, making sure she’s keeping everyone together and healthy. I’ve recently become obsessed with making fruit and veg smoothies in the morning, and that seems like something Anne would do.
I love where FINDING AUDREY ends, but I would love to meet up with Audrey and her family again in future stories. Any chance we’ll have a sequel in the near future?
The truth is, I don’t know yet. I have some ideas, but it always takes me a while to think through whether I have a story I want to tell. With Becky Bloomwood (of the Shopaholic series), she comes a-knocking when she’s ready for a story. If Audrey comes a-knocking, you’ll be the first to know. 🙂
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
Sophie Kinsella raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series – The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The book’s heroine, Becky Bloomwood – a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money – captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Becky has since featured in six further bestselling books, Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister, Shopaholic & Baby, Mini Shopaholic and now Shopaholic to the Stars! Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Sophie has also written six standalone novels which have all been bestsellers in the UK, USA and other countries around the world: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I’ve Got Your Number and her most recent standalone book, Wedding Night.
Sophie was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.
Make sure to stop by the rest of the stops on the blog tour for more fun interviews and guest posts!
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