Published by Simon Pulse
Published on November 10th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.
Bea has a secret.
Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.
And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.
He’s also Bea’s teacher.
When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin, the author of Beauty.
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novels? Why?
The first line, definitely. I always spend a long time searching for that first line because it’s the entry point for everything: the story, the characters, the voices, the POV. I wrote the last line of Consent really early in the process because it gave me a finishing line, a destination.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
Oh, I’m terrible with titles! Although Consent came easily to me because it started out as The Age of Consent, which is the main topic of the book plus a riff on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, and then it got shortened to Consent.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
With Consent, Bea was always Bea Kim (or rather, Beatrice Kim). She just showed up in my head with that name. Her best friend Plum (her given name is Pernilla Sorenson—she’s part Swedish and part Ethiopian) also showed up with her name. Dane’s full name is Gabriel Dane Rossi, which was inspired in part by Gabriel Dante Rossetti, the English poet and painter.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I have a love-hate relationship with plotting. It’s so hard to do, and yet it’s an amazing process. I mean, creating an entire story out of nothing—how cool is that?
I usually start out by buying a notebook just for the new novel-to-be and doing a lot of scribbling and doodling. There’s a great deal of free-association involved. Eventually, plot threads arise from the chaos.
At some point I do sit down and outline in an orderly fashion—on my computer, not in my crazy notebook. When drafting, I generally stick to the outline at first, but eventually, my story and my characters usually want to go rogue, so I let them.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
Popcorn. Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips. Oh, and pitchers of cucumber water—they help me to stay hydrated, plus the cucumbers can be a meal if I am having a super-productive writing spasm and can’t take time out to walk ten steps to the refrigerator.
Do you have a favorite place to write? Tell us about it!
My writer friends and I meet up at various cafes in town to chip away at our deadlines. I also like writing in the library because the Internet connection is terrible there, which means I can’t procrastinate by shopping for shoes or catching up on emails. And of course, home, because that’s where the snacks live (as well as my four cats, who like to sit on my lap and/or walk across my keyboard).
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Dark. Passionate. Personal.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
Learning how to surf. Traveling around the world. Living in a lighthouse.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Really, one thing? Okay, croissants. Parisian-bakery croissants.
What is something you never leave home without?
My phone and lip gloss.
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Wild Ones by C. Alexander London
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
Funny. Tenacious. Nurturing.
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
I’m a really good cook! Also, I play the piano, although not nearly as well as Bea.
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Sunset. I’m not a morning person, plus I love watching the sun set over Cayuga Lake, which I can see out my living room window.
Coffee or Tea?
Hmm. Starbucks Italian Roast in the morning, and tea in the afternoon (green tea if I want to be good; Earl Grey with lovely pastries if I’m indulging).
Hot or Cold?
Hot! Summer is my favorite season (see below).
PC or Mac?
Mac, always and forever.
By Land, or by sea?
I love the sea. I think I was a mermaid in a past life.
Half-empty or Half-full?
I always aim for half-full. I don’t always succeed, but I always shoot for that.
Autumn or Spring?
Spring, because sunshine and flowers and no more winter clothes.
Summer or Winter?
Summer, because swimming and peach picking.
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
Print book, partly because I love my overflowing bookshelves. I love seeing the spines of the books I read when I was five and fifteen and twenty-five and so on.
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