Author Interview with Terra Elan McVoy


Terra was kind enough to take some time and talk to me about her latest novel, Being Friends with Boys (something she has plenty of personal experience with). Terra is also the author of Pure, After the Kiss, and The Summer of Firsts and Lasts. You can check out her blog on her personal website, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter. And without further ado, here’s what Terra had to say about friendship, music, and chocolate:

You write very convincing friendships between boys and girls. Do you have a lot of guy friends and, if so, did any of them inspire you?

Gosh, is it THAT obvious? 🙂 I definitely do have a lot of guy friends in my life now, and had a couple very important ones in my high school days, too. (I’m still friends with one of them!) Their personalities definitely inspired me to write Being Friends With Boys, though not in specific connect-the-dot ways. With this book, I wanted to celebrate boys in a way that showcased them beyond being either evil or else as simply objects of affection. The guy-friends in my life have been so important –even without their being any romance between us—and this is definitely my sort of “love song” (“friend song?”) to all of them.

Do you think boys and girls can ever be just friends?

I absolutely think that boys and girls can be just friends (I’m just friends with several guys), but that doesn’t mean the romantic element doesn’t ever come up. I think it’s natural to crush on someone you really like as a person, at least for a little while. The trick is for both of you to be able to get past it and focus on the friendship part.

If you were Char, which guy would you want as your best friend and which as your boyfriend?

This is a lame answer, but if I were Char, I would want it to be exactly the way it is in Being Friends With Boys, because that’s how she wants it. I do hope that she and Eli become even better friends though, because he’s just so funny and cool.

Music is a big part of this book. How big of a role does music play in your daily life?

I listen to music ALL the time. It’s constantly on, whether I’m cooking or writing or anything else. It’s so much a part of me that I wake up every morning with a different song in my head; I’ve been keeping a log of each one for almost a year now!

Which band would you prefer to be a member of?

I think it would be awesome to have been in one of the girl bands in the 80s, like Bananarama, The Bangles, or the GoGos; something fun and flirty but rockin’ too.

What was the hardest part about writing Being Friends with Boys?

The hardest part was that we had to cut so much. I made a big mistake when I wrote the first draft and didn’t space things properly, so the book was actually WAY longer than I thought. Getting it into tight shape was a real challenge for both me and my editor.

Do you have a favorite scene?

Oh, there are so many scenes that I really like in this book, but one of my favorites—without spoiling anything—is the scene after Thanksgiving when Charlotte realizes that she needs to talk to XXXXX right that minute. I love for both her and for him that she’s able to get over herself.

How was writing this book different from any of your previous novels?

This one was an interesting challenge because there were so many plots to juggle, but I wasn’t writing them from different points of view like in The Summer of Firsts and Lasts (or even After the Kiss). I had to keep so many threads going, and so many people on stage (or not, as the case may be) at one time, all from Charlotte’s POV. It was definitely interesting!

What books are currently in your To-Be-Read pile?

Right now I’m dying to read Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow and Robin Wasserman’s The Book of Blood and Shadow, both coming out in April.

And a fun one: dark, milk, or white chocolate?

Milk chocolate for that super-rich European molten hot chocolate drink.
Dark chocolate for breaking into tiny pieces and savoring after dinner.
White chocolate in cookies with macadamia nuts in them.

So, does that leave you completely excited to read Being Friends with Boys? Luckily, this fun read goes on sale May 1st. Of course, you don’t have to wait — you can pre-order the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble. And keep an eye out for our review and a giveaway!

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