Today I bring to you an interview of the lovely Sara Barnard who is the author of newly published book Goodbye, Perfect, I would love to thank Pan Macmillan for allowing this interview to happen and without further or do here is the Q&A!
How long did it take you to write Goodbye, Perfect?
Six months, plus editing time. That’s how long my first drafts usually take.
What is the most important thing you would like readers to get out of Goodbye, Perfect?
That you are more than your label. Whoever gave it to you, or wherever it came from, it’s just a label that you can discard. Also that you never know other people quite as well as you think you do, and you should always be open to them changing, or you may find that one day you just won’t recognise them anymore.
How did you come up with the characters in Goodbye Perfect? Are any based off of you or people you know?
This sounds very pretentious but I always feel more like I’m meeting my characters than inventing them. Eden came along with her abrasiveness and Bonnie was the good girl from the beginning. I don’t tend to base characters of people I know because that would just be very weird.
Did you occur any problems while writing Goodbye, Perfect?
It involved a lot of logistics in terms of where Bonnie and Mr Cohn would go and how they’d get around while on the run – most of it wasn’t even in the book, but I had to know it in order to write it. Logistics aren’t my strong point, so that was quite challenging.
How would you compare writing Goodbye, Perfect to writing your other novels? Was it any different or did you find it very much the same?
Every book is different in its own way. Eden in particular is different to my previous protagonists and so that changed how I wrote about certain things, such as how she describes Bonnie, Connor, Daisy and Valerie to the reader.
What was your favorite read of 2017?
La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman.
And that is a wrap! Hope you enjoyed this Q&A! To read my review of Goodbye, Perfect click here and to purchase Goodbye, Perfect click here