Book of the Month: Author Interview with Julie Buxbaum


Book of the Month

Can you tell us about your book, Tell Me Three Things, in 35 words or less?

It’s a story about starting over, about first love and first loss. My 16-year-old main character loses her mom, moves cross-country, and receives an anonymous email that changes her life.


What was your favorite scene to write?

No doubt, the ending. Just thinking about it still makes me smile.


Did you always know who SN was going to be? Or did you just sort of go with it until you decided?

I am a fly by the seat of my pants writer, but I knew before I even sat down to start writing Tell Me Three Things who SN was. I don’t think it’s possible to set up that kind of mystery without knowing in advance, because otherwise I’d have ended up with all sorts of voice inconsistencies. But all the red herrings along the way were a surprise to me!


There was a lot of emotion going on in this book. Did you ever get too overwhelmed with all of the feels?

I do get a lot of feels when I write, and I’ve been known to make myself cry, which can be super embarrassing because I write in a co-working space. But I truly believe writing is the ultimate act of empathy and you can’t do it well if you aren’t going to let yourself suffer along with your characters.


Will Jessie and SN get another novel? Or will there maybe be a companion novel featuring one of the other characters? I know there’s ONE character I want to see end up happy!

Oooh, I’m so curious which character that is! As for Jessie and SN, at the moment, there are no plans to revisit them, especially because I left them in a good place. But who knows what the future holds? Never say never. They were both so much fun to write, and as weird as it sounds, I really miss them. And I can totally see some of my secondary characters popping up elsewhere in the future.


Are you currently working on anything else?

Yes! I just handed in my second YA novel to my editor, and it should be out April 2017! It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever written, so I’m super nervous about it.


What is currently in your TBR pile?

My TBR pile is endless. I cannot wait to read Kerry Kletter’s The First Time She Drowned, which has gotten rave reviews. On my nightstand is also How to Be Brave by Kathy Kottaras, which I also can’t wait to dig into.


What is the best book you’ve read recently?

On the adult side, I loved Curtis Sittenfeld’s newest Eligible, which is a hilarious and charming re-telling of Pride and Prejudice. On the YA side, I got to read an advanced copy of The Serpent King, which I adored, and I’m so excited it’s finally out in the world for everyone else to read!


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tell me three thingsWhat if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

juliePlease check out my two novels, THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE and AFTER YOU, both now out in paperback. My first YA novel, TELL ME THREE THINGS, debuts April 2016.

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