Monday, June 2, 2008

Day 3: Teri Brown debut author or spunky skater chick?

Tell us Teri--just how much do you have in common with your spunky main character?
In spite of the fact that my main character Serena is deaf and I’m not, I actually have a lot in common with her.

In Read My Lips, Serena moves to a new town and has to try to find a place within the social structure of her new school. While she wasn’t in the mainstream of her old school in the city, she did find a group of skate guys who pretty much let her be herself. There are no skate guys in the new school. In fact it’s pretty much all preps, which makes fitting in that much tougher for her.

I moved a lot when I was a child and trying to start over in a new school is always tough, no matter what age you are. If you feel like fitting in isn’t going to happen, the next best thing is to fly under the radar. And like Serena, I always struggled with being my own, weird, quirky and rebellious self and changing my behavior to fit in.

What was really tough was that I always had hippie type leanings and my high school was full of cowboys. That made it hard for me to fit in. And like my Main character, I always got along with guys way better than girls!


Barrie said...

My family never moved when I was growing up. I always wondered how other kids did it.

Jimmy, Jennifer, Evelyn June and Arun Bradbury said...

Great post, Teri! And happy late launch week! I'm looking forward to meeting Serena in print.