Rainbow stopped by to talk about inspirations and influences, why and how Omaha, Nebraska is her setting of choice, and who she sees breaking ground right now. And if you want your own copy of Eleanor and Park, there is a giveaway at the end of the interview.
Without further ado, Rainbow:
Pitch Eleanor & Park in 140 characters
This is what it feels like to fall in love when you're 16, when all you can do is hold each other's hands as long as the world lets you.
First love! True love! Star-crossed 16-year-olds read comic books and trade mixed tapes, and try not to let go of each other's hands.
What inspired Eleanor & Park?
Eleanor & Park is set in the 1980s. Talk a bit about that.
And what was the most enjoyable flashback moment in writing the story set in this era?
Your first book, Attachments, was an adult novel, but you went YA with Eleanor & Park. Why the switch up?
I didn’t really plan it; was just the story I wanted to tell next. I’ve always read both adult & YA, so it didn’t feel like switching gears.
Both of your books have been set in Omaha, Nebraska. Any particular reason for that setting? (also: shout out to Village Inn for us midwesterns!)
Eleanor & Park is a romance, though it's a bit atypical. How would you describe it?
Tell us a little bit about who Eleanor is?
Who is Park?
If you had to give your book a "____ meets _____" pitch, what two (or three! or four!) books/films/shows would Eleanor & Park be a meeting of?
“Pretty in Pink ÷ Cynthia Voigt’s “Homecoming.”
Eleanor & Park pubbed in the UK before the US. Were there major differences in the pub/ editorial experience on either side of the world?
Can we talk about your non-traditional, non-stock image book cover?
Outside of writing, what do you do with your free time?
Who or what do you write for?
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?
rainbowrowell. And I blog about them on my site.
What's next for you?
Favorite ice cream?
Your deepest, darkest secret?
Want to win a copy of Eleanor and Park? I've got one to give away. I'll pick a winner at the end of the month.