Welcome to another Twitterview. This month, Steve Brezenoff is here to talk about Brooklyn, Burning (reviewed here), gender, and a whole lot more. Like usual, there's a giveaway of this book at the end, but I think more importantly, what I want people to do after reading this is to participate in Steve's #FridayReads project -- those who have read Brooklyn, Burning or have read reviews of it know that at the center of the story are the ideas of gender and homelessness, and through participating in his #FridayReads project, you can help raise money for YouthLink.
Pitch Brooklyn, Burning in 140 characters
Two summers and two loves, gentrification and arson in Greenpoint.
What inspired Brooklyn, Burning?
I was going for a love song vibe at first--"me" to "you." The ambiguity was initially an accident.
What drew you to write Kid and Scout without gender?
What was the writing process like in creating gender neutrality/interchangeability?
In BB and Absolute Value of -1, you write the voice of both genders authentically. Do you find one harder/easier/more interesting to write?
As I asked with last month's Twitterview, what's your take on/experience with gender appeal to your novels? Do you write with one in mind?
What's your take on the notion that guys "don't read?"
Setting plays a key role in Brooklyn Burning. Why Brooklyn?
What should readers walk away with from Brooklyn Burning?
Who or what do you write for?
You've written other books, but why the shift for a teen audience? Is it intentional or is it led by the story?
What was your most influential read as a teenager?
Who are your top three writing influences?
Who do you believe is breaking ground in YA right now?
What's the best writing advice you ever received?
What's your best writing advice to give?
What is your writing routine?
What gets you jazzed to write?
Do you have a writing soundtrack? Care to share a bit?
What's next for you?
Favorite ice cream?
Dark Chocolate Zin from Izzy's in St. Paul!
Want a copy of Brooklyn, Burning? Fill out the form below, and I'll pick a winner at the end of the month.