First Draft Episode #207: Sara Farizan, Katie Cotugno and Sarah Enni at Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston
I was thrilled to do an event with Sara Farizan--author of Here to Stay, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, and If You Could Be Mine--and Katie Cotugno--New York Times bestselling author of How to Love, 99 Days, Top Ten, and Fireworks. We met at Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Sara and Katie’s local bookstore in Boston, to discuss sexy first responders for all your needs, writing humor in contemporary stories, and letting characters make mistakes.
Links and Topics Mentioned In This Episode
In Here to Stay, Reggie Miller (former NBA player and commentator) and Kevin Harlan (NBA commentator) are Bijan’s (protagonist) favorite NBA commentators and when he needs a minute he has them narrate in his head.
Sara Farizan recently watched Killing Eve (TV show), and thinks that because people haven't really seen female serial killers that the characters Villanelle is loved despite being an “unlikable female lead”.
In Fireworks, Katie wanted to reflect an accurate experience of being a teen especially when writing a historical and not including social media and technology in the way we use it today
Sarah also played The Sims (PC game) to reflect all the things she was interested in.
PostSecret was the origin of the app Veil from Tell Me Everything.
Sheets by Brenna Thummler
Tell Me Everything has a similar feel to the film Amelie
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