How did you meet Elizabeth Craft and why did you decide to work together?
Elizabeth is a fabulous TV producer who works in L.A. and through Alloy Entertainment we were introduced. We’ve only met a couple of times but hit it off immediately. She developed the concept for FLOWER and I had the incredible opportunity to write the story.
What was your favorite scene to write in FLOWER?
I love the scene where Charlotte (my main character) drives out to Malibu and swims in the ocean. It’s a short scene, one that had been cut by my editor early on but later put back in, but it symbolizes a lot for Charlotte in her journey. It’s one of the few scenes where Charlotte seems truly free. She floats weightlessly in the ocean, stares up at the night sky, and tries to forget about how complicated her life has become. And it’s a moment I think we’ve all experienced at one time or another . . . where everything feels suddenly simple and time seems to expand and stretch out. I wish she could have stayed in the ocean for a whole chapter, just sorting through life’s complexities, but she probably would have frozen to death.
Do you plan on writing books by yourself in the future? Are you working on any?
I’ve actually always written books on my own. Working on FLOWER was the first time when someone else created the plot and I wrote the story. I have a new book coming out with Simon Pulse in 2018. It will be published under the name Shea Ernshaw. So keep an eye out for that! Title is still TBD.
I noticed that you have two cats and a dog. Do they ever help you with writing/editing your book?
Always. My cats are my editors (obviously). And my dog likes to sleep in my lap with his head on my keyboard, which usually limits the letters I can use when writing. But I don’t mind.
Which character would you like to explore more?
I always loved Holly (Charlotte’s boss at the flower shop). And if there had been time, I would have liked to explore her dating life and her background more fully. I feel like she has her own interesting, quirky story waiting to be told.
If you had to describe FLOWER in one sentence, what would you say?
This book is like an extra sweet, double-scoop ice cream cone on a hot summer day. It’s a guilty pleasure but totally worth it.
Do you listen to music while you write?
I’ve never been able to listen to music when I write. But I do listen to music when I’m outlining a new story. I have a giant dry-erase board that I write notes and ideas on, while I’m dancing around my office and scaring the cats.
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know 😉
I could eat Thai food every day of the week. I’m craving noodles just thinking about it.
Are there any books by your fellow Swanky 17ers that you’d highly recommend?
There are so many incredible books coming out in 2017! It’s a very good year for YA fiction. But off the top of my head, I’m really excited for WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon.
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