- What is on your nightstand?
Two cups of writing utensils, my laptop, my Neo2 Alphasmart keyboard, a couple of Shakespeare play programs, a stack of lessons plans, a tape measurer, two plates, a fork, THE NOWHERE GIRLS by Amy Reed, and an ARC of ANGER IS A GIFT by Mark Oshiro. I need to clean up my nightstand xD.
- What author would you totally fan?
SO MANY! I just finished the audio book for ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE (narrated by Lin-Manuel Miranda!) so I definitely think I’d faint if I met Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
- What makes you cringe?
I have a subtype of OCD called misophonia, which means that certain repetitions of noises can make me seriously cringe. I have to be careful where I choose to write, because it can be really distracting! Libraries and coffee shops are usually great, because all the sounds kind of blend together.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I’m definitely more of a go-with-the-flow writer. Once I have an idea-ish, I like to write a terrible draft, and then plot out a second draft. If I have material to work with, I can usually see what needs revising and changing for the next round. Since becoming a working author, I’ve had to figure out how to plot more in advance, and it’s been super challenging. I totally admire people who can plot out everything beat by beat – I’m still working on that!
- Is there a word you love to use?
I love using words that I used to always spell incorrectly, that I’ve worked at learning. These words include “separate,” “soliloquy,” and “effect/affect.” It’s pretty cathartic to be able to type those words from memory now. 🙂
Here’s a picture of both of my faithful writing buddies! My cat, Harriet, queen of sass, and my very sweet and earnest loaf of bread, Suzie.
This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parties.
This year, the camp drama isn’t just on the improv stage. Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that’s complicated by events that happened—or didn’t happen—last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart.
As the counselors juggle their camp responsibilities with simmering drama that comes to a head at the Fourth of July sparkler party, they’ll have to swallow their pride and find the courage to untangle the truth, whether it leads to heartbreak or happily ever after.
Molly Booth (she/her/hers) writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She’s the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET (2016) and NOTHING HAPPENED (5.15.2018), both published by Disney Hyperion. In high school, she was a stage manager for three different community theatres, which almost killed her. She graduated from Marlboro College and went onto study more Shakespeare (twist!) at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freelance writer and editor and has been published on TheMarySue.com, McSweeneys.net, HelloGiggles.com, and various other websites. She co-hosts a Bardcentric podcast, Party Bard, and directs a lovely, hilarious, and fierce group of homeschooling teen Shakespearean actors. She also speaks and teaches workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, book fairs, camps, and libraries. Molly lives in Massachusetts, where she spends a lot of time with family and friends, and the rest attending to her queenly cat and loaf-of-bread-shaped dog.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of NOTHING HAPPENED, US Only.
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