Author Q&A with Pintip Dunn!
Author Bio :
Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL entitled, " How judges Overrule : Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,"
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. She is a 2012 RWA Golden Heart finalist and a 2014 double-finalist. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Washington Romance Writers. YARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her children in Maryland. You can learn more about Pintip and her books at http://www.pintipdunn.com/ .
I got in contact with Pintip through Entangled Teen and we worked together to create this interview! I asked some of you guys on Instagram and Twitter for some questions for her to answer. If you don't already know then Pintip is the upcoming author of both Forget Tomorrow (November 3rd 2015) and The Darkest Lie (July 16th 2016). I will leave links to her social media and pre-order links for her books at the end of the blog post! Let's get into it...
What inspired you to write the book 'Forget Tomorrow'? (From abookwithbea on Instagram)
PD : I was lying down for a hazy, mid-afternoon nap with my son and contemplating my writing career. Wouldn't it be great, I thought, if future me could send a memory back to my younger self, so that I would know if I succeeded as an author and whether those long hours and heartache were worth it? My mind immediately jumped to the next thought : "Hey! That would make a cool world for a book." I'd already decided I wanted to write my next novel about sisters, and in particular, the protective, maternal love a teenage girl can have for her younger sister. What would be the worst memory a girl like this could receive? I asked myself. The answer was obvious : a memory in which she saw herself killing the sister she swore to protest. And voila! Even before my son woke up from his nap, a story was born.
What urged you to become an author? (From abookwithbea on Instagram)/Have you always liked to write?/Have you always wanted to be an author or was it something which you decided to do?
PD : I have wanted to be a writer ever since I was six years old. I remember this moment so clearly. I was in first grade , and my teacher asked the class to list the three things we wanted to be when we grew up. The first item on my list was "author". It has been my dream and passion ever since.
How do you write? (From abookwithbea on Instagram)
PD : I have long-standing fibromyalgia and RSI, which means that I can't type on a keyboard without debilitating pain. When I was in college, I had a typist, and I took several of my finals orally. I dictated using Dragon Naturally Speaking ( a voice activation program), until I got my iPhone four or five years ago. My life changed. I was accustomed to dictating -- but I hated it. I am just more comfortable going from brain to fingers. With the iPhone, I can lock the phone in "portrait" position and type with my thumbs with minimal pain. (Even in a "landscape" position, the keys are too far apart.) I have written my last three novels on my iPhone and am just about to finish a fourth.
Do you have a reading routine? If yes then what is it? (From crazyinlovewithbooks on Instagram)
PD : I write every day. The routine changes along with the school year and depends on what my kids are doing. Typically, I drop the older kids at school and then go straight to the library. I write until it is time to pick them up. At this point, my writing time is usually over, and the rest of the day is filled with after-school activities, dinner, homework, piano practice, taking care of the baby, etc.. etc.
What draws you to write about the genre that you do? (From crazyinlovewithbooks on Instagram)
PD: love writing about the teenage years because it is such an exciting time in a person's life. Young adult novels are about discovering who we are -- and often, that person is stronger, and braver , and more capable that we've ever imagined.
I think YA novels teach all of us that our potential is limitless. We only need to embrace life's obstacles as fearlessly as many of the protagonists in these stories.
Do you aim for a certain amount of words/pages each time? (From crazyinlovewithbooks on Instagram)
PD : The word count depends on where I am in the writing process. If I am writing a "fast draft", which is the first, dirty draft of the book, I aim to write 5k a day. After I finish the fast draft, I spend some time straightening out the plot, and then I dive back in and rewrite the entire story. The first month of rewrite is typically slow -- perhaps 500 words a day. I will slowly ramp up the word count as I get farther into the story, from 1k to 1.5k to 2k per day. By the time I am in the last act and sprinting towards the finish line, my word count goal may rise even higher than this.
How often do you write? (From crazyinlovewithbooks on Instagram)
PD : Every day. That is the goal, anyway, although it doesn't always happen. Even on busy weekends, I like to get up early and write for a couple hours. If I take the weekend off, it is THAT much harder to get started on Monday morning. So one way to avoid writer's block , at least for me, is to write every day.
What's the hardest and easiest thing about writing? (From crazyinlovewithbooks on Instagram)
PD : The hardest thing about writing is all the *stuff* around it -- the rejections, the insecurity, the promo/marketing, the anxiety. The best thing is when I am so invested in my story and characters that my writing makes me cry. For example, I cried during the entire time I was writing the ending of Forget Tomorrow, and I've never been able to reread these pages without crying (and I've probably read them at least fifty times!)
What advice can you give to those who aspire to publish a book? (From abookwithbea on Instagram)
PD : Persevere. Publishing is rife with rejection, in so many forms. It is very rare for a writer to become an instant success. Be patient. Study the craft. Work to improve. So long as you get better with every book, that is what counts.
How long did it take you to write and plan 'Forget Tomorrow'?
PD : It was ten month between writing the first word of Forget Tomorrow and signing with my agent. I did three more rounds of revisions with her (about three months) before we first went on submission. Then, we pulled it and did a major overhaul that changed the entire middle of the book, which was another three - four months. After I sold it to Entangled TEEN, the story went through a few more rounds of edits. Essentially, it is a process.
If you had only 5 words to describe your book 'Forget Tomorrow' then what would you say?
PD : In future, Callie kills sister.
FORGET TOMORROW BY PINTIP DUNN
Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided... by your future self.
It's Callie's seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision - a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie's case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo - a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn't spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all - Callie, herself.
WHERE TO FIND PINTIP :
WEBSITE - http://www.pintipdunn.com/
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPintipDunn
TWITTER - https://twitter.com/pintipdunn
INSTAGRAM - https://instagram.com/pintip_dunn/
GOODREADS - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13442212.Pintip_Dunn?from_search=true&search_version=service
PRE-ORDER FORGET TOMORROW :
AMAZON - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13442212.Pintip_Dunn?from_search=true&search_version=service
BARNES & NOBLE - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/forget-tomorrow-pintip-dunn/1121154538?ean=9781633752382
KOBO - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/forget-tomorrow
BOOK DEPOSITORY - http://www.bookdepository.com/Forget-Tomorrow-Pintip-Dunn/9781633752382
ITUNES - http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/forget-tomorrow/id1003220432?mt=11
POWELL'S - http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9781633752382
BOOKS-A-MILLION - http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Forget-Tomorrow/Pintip-Dunn/9781633752382?id=6425412589020
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