Welcome back to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight, and a special welcome to today’s guest, the lovely Stephanie Perkins! We swooned over ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, but ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER just might be our favorite. This international love story (Paris! New York! Barcelona!) has us believing in true love all over again. For more on Steph and her next project, be sure to read on…
Name: Stephanie Perkins
Novel: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER
Available: August 14, 2014
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?
What’s your favorite thing about your book?
That it’s finished.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?
Definitely someone like Robinson Crusoe, who has deserted-island experience. WAIT. Scratch that! Dumbledore. He could apparate me back to my house. (Living on a deserted island sounds terrible to me.)
Where do you write?
I write on a coral-pink desk in my lime-green office. I’ve never been able to work in coffee shops or on the road.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?
This is tough, because everyone is flawed, and the further back you go, the more troubling some of those flaws become. But I do like Oscar Wilde. He was incredibly brave.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?
Yes! I’m @naturallysteph. I couldn’t possibly guess, but the funniest thing would have been a re-tweet (as opposed to something *I* said). I follow a lot of comedians.
What is your favorite season?
Autumn. The great pumpkin.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go?
I would stay right where I am. I’m a homebody. This *is* my universe.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I’m easily distractible, so: Noise-canceling headphones on. Freedom for Mac on. Phone off.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Reading a good book in bed. Falling asleep and then picking it right back up as soon as I awaken.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
Sigur Rós, the Tabernacle in Atlanta. Early ‘00s. The beauty of the band and the old building—which is hand-painted in roses and stars and other marvelous things—was absolutely astounding.
What are you currently working on?
A teen slasher. Blood! Sex! Death! It’s not very subtle, but it is a ton of fun.
Steph, we are excited for the slasher, but promise us you won’t stop writing love stories!
Order ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER here!