Q: Are the characters in THE GRAVITY OF US actually in space?
A: The teens are actually NOT in space—they’re on the ground. It’s a contemporary YA set in the drama of NASA’s first human mission to mars. Two sons of astronauts fall in love while their parents vie for the same spot on the mission.
Q: Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write THE GRAVITY OF US?
A: I’ve always been obsessed with NASA’s 60s/70s space programs, so I knew one day I’d write a YA contemporary or historical in that setting. Obviously writing a sci-fi might have made more sense with current YA trends, but to me, what was happening on the ground in that era was even more fascinating.
Originally, I wanted to write a gay teen love story into the Mercury/Apollo missions, but as I started to develop the characters in that historical setting, I kept thinking the story felt more relevant and exciting as a contemporary (/near future) piece. So I scrapped it and rewrote it as a contemporary for NaNo 2016. I thought I’d just give it a shot, and it became my debut novel
Q: What was the most rewarding part of the writing process for THE GRAVITY OF US?
A: Since this was my first NaNoWriMo story, I think finishing the first draft in a month was extremely rewarding for me. I’m not much of a plotter, but I stuck tightly to a beat sheet with this MS, and it taught me that I could write quickly if I had a strong plan in place before drafting. (So I can spend more time revising, which I find more exciting anyway!)
Q: What is your go-to writing music?
A: I can’t write if I’m listening to music with words, so I always stick to video game music. That said, some VGM can be really distracting sometimes. Once I discovered this arranger who makes “melancholy” remixes of Final Fantasy music, I was hooked: https://www.youtube.com/user/phoenixrisemusic
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