Dana Reinhardt is here today with a guest post courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her book, The Summer I Learned to Fly. Thank you for being here, Dana! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
How do you tackle writing from Male POV to Female POV? What stays the same, what changes. Are there any quirks or rituals that you perform to get into a male/female mindset?
The Things a Brother Knows is the only book I’ve written from a male POV and I get asked all the time about whether that was unusually challenging, considering, I’m not, you know, male. But I think it’s always challenging writing from the perspective of any character that I am not, which is all of my characters. That being said, Drew from The Summer I Learned to Fly probably came the most naturally to me. For one thing, I was roughly her age in 1986. And my mom owned a gourmet cheese store, so I could speak about Cotswald and Port Wine Cheddar with an effortless authority. Our external similarities end there, but I found it very easy to relate to her longing for something more, for something bigger to happen in her life. And I can also remember what it is like to live in a world where the answer to every question isn’t a click away.
Thank you for this post, and for being here today, Dana!
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Drew's a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese from working at her mom's cheese shop, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade and Drew's days seem like business as usual, until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley named Emmett Crane. Who he is, why he's there, where the cut on his cheek came from, and his bottomless knowledge of rats are all mysteries Drew will untangle as they are drawn closer together, and Drew enters into the first true friendship, and adventure, of her life.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.