I’m really excited to be touring Elizabeth Scott and her book The Unwritten Rule.
About the book:
Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don’t like you best friend’s boyfriend. Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He’s easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he’s paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna’s boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah’s best friend. Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she’s thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It’s wonderful…and awful. Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can’t stop herself from wanting more…
And now for my usual questions:
What inspired the plot for your book?
The Unwritten Rule actually came about because my editor at Simon Pulse, Jennifer Klonsky, and I were talking about friendships and high school and the things you just instinctively knew you could never ever do then, like be interested in a friend’s boyfriend and I said, “Yeah, it’s like the unwritten rule,” and bam! There was the story. It just popped into my head–all the characters, everything that was going to happen–and I love my editor for letting me take the idea and run with it!
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I’ve always written about teens and I love young adult novels. So how could I not write YA?
What is your writing process like?
It involves a lot (A LOT) of rewriting.
What are you working on now?
My next book, Grace, will be out from Dutton in September. It’s about a girl who’s been raised to be a suicide bomber–and what happens when she decides she wants to live.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Hang out with my husband and dog, catch up with friends, and read.
Who do you like to read?
I’ll read anything, but if I’m not hooked after three chapters, I go on to the next book. Life’s too short and there are too many books to not read the ones that grab you and don’t let go!
Elizabeth Scott grew up in a town so small it didn’t even have a post office, though it did boast an impressive cattle population. She’s sold hardware and panty hose and had a memorable three-day stint in the dot-com industry, where she learned that she really didn’t want a career burning CDs. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband; firmly believes you can never own too many books; and would love it if you visited her website, http://www.elizabethwrites.com.