Author: M. Beth Bloom
Release Date: July 7, 2015
First off, tell us 4 interesting things about yourself.
I only have hand tattoos.
I was a raw foodist for five years.
I played in a band that opened up for Sonic Youth and Vampire Weekend.
I still remember my Bat Mitzvah Torah portion.
What inspired you to write Don’t Ever Change?
My own teenage life. I remember being a super pretentious, obnoxious young writer, obsessed with being epic and memorable. I spent a summer as a camp counselor and was totally humbled/horrified. I started to take myself far less seriously, incorporating humor and wit into my work, remembering to “write what I know,” be personal, soulful, and open. I understand most YA protagonists are fighting to save the world, or battling serious demons, matters of life and death… Not Eva. She’s just an arrogant, funny weirdo, who I hope comes across as appropriately irritating and charming.
What can you tell us about your book in 140 characters or less?
The only thing certain in life is change.
What are your thoughts on the cover? Did you have any input in the design?
I love the cover; I’m so fortunate that my amazing editor at HarperTeen (Tara Weikum) was open to my ideas. I knew I wanted something hand-drawn and quirky, a little twee, a little self-deprecating, something of a wink to the reader. Eva is a total pie chart herself, constantly categorizing and weighing the importance of randomness vs. realness.
Have you always been interested in becoming a writer?
Always. Since I knew what a job was.
Do you have any advice for young writers?
Eva’s whole journey is the journey of a writer. She learns to write down what she’s living, seeing in front of her, experiencing in the moment. Also, emotionality is a wide Sargasso. The best and most dramatic writers have a deep sense of irony, veering more toward bathos than pathos.
Are you excited about any new books being released soon?
Of course the new Harper Lee book, “Go Set a Watchman.” Also Terry Gilliam’s memoir and the book “M Train” by Patti Smith.
This or That:
Christmas or Halloween? Christmas
Cup or cone? Cup
Hot or cold? Hot
Rachel and Ross or Chandler and Monica? Rachel and Ross
Apples or oranges? Watermelon
Sunset or sunrise? Sunset
Coke or Pepsi? CokeSweet or salty? Salty
About the Author:
M. Beth Bloom is a novelist and a screenwriter. Her fiction has appeared in StoryQuarterly and Dave Eggers's Best American Nonrequired Reading series. She is also the author of Drain You. M. Beth lives
in Los Angeles.