Sweet Sixteener Lee Gjertsen Malone recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Eve Ainsworth about her YA realistic contemporary debut novel, 7 DAYS (February 5, 2015 from Scholastic Press).
Eve Ainsworth always dreamed of being a writer and spent most of her childhood telling stories to herself in her back garden (leading her neighbors to decide she was ‘eccentric’). She now works in a large secondary school, supporting teenagers with their emotional and behavioral issues, whilst also concentrating on her writing. Above everything else she has never given up on her writing dream, despite being bitten by the self-doubt bug more times than can be healthy.
Eve has had competition success with her short stories, most recently in Prima and Writer’s Forum. A short story has also been published in The Weekly News. Her previous Young Adult novel, THE ART OF KISSING FROGS, was shortlisted for the Greenhouse Funny Prize (June 2012).
Eve lives in West Sussex, England with her husband and two crazy children.
School should be a safe place for Jess, but at the moment it’s everything she dreads. Jess’s life is difficult enough without Kez picking on her. Kez’s life isn’t any sweeter. She has plenty of problems too but she finds comfort in knowing she is better off than Jess – or so she thinks…
Lee: When and how did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Eve: I’ve always wanted to be a writer. As a young child, I would make up stories in my back garden and recite them to the small animals and birds. I got older and started to write them down. As a ten-year-old, I remember being so excited to be given an old typewriter – on which I wrote my first children’s story, Muddles the Mouse. I sent this to a publisher and received a lovely encouraging rejection. From there I never really stopped and constantly had scraps of ideas or half-started novels stuffed under my bed.