Ask the Author: Ronni Davis
What would you like readers to know about you?
I want readers to know they’re on my mind every single time I sit down to write. I want to write books they can relate to, that make them feel and think and fall in love, and that stick with them long after they put the book down. Most importantly, I don’t ever want to produce something that will hurt them. I try to be very careful about the words I use, the representation I have. I want my readers to feel safe when reading in a way that protects them. With that said, WHEN THE STARS LEAD TO YOU does talk about very serious subjects, so I offer content warnings on my website (ronnidavis.com).
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
My editor and the Little Brown for Young Readers team did such a good job with the summary, so here’s the official jacket copy:
DEVON LONGS FOR TWO THINGS:
AND THE BOY SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH ONE UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER.
When Ashton broke Devon’s heart at the end of the most romantic and magical summer of her life, she thought she’d never heal. But over the course of the following year, Devon slowly managed to put the pieces back together for the sake of her dream to become an astrophysicist.
Now it’s senior year, and she’s determined to enjoy every moment as she prepares for a future of studying the galaxies. That is, until Ashton shows up on the first day of school. Suddenly, he’s everywhere, their chemistry is undeniable, and he wants her back. Can Devon forgive Ashton and open her heart again? Or are they doomed to repeat history?
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I get inspiration from just about everything around me, so music, books, films. For this book, I really wanted to write a love story, and I wanted to see a biracial girl getting a chance to star in that love story. I also wanted to show mental illness, and how it could make someone think they’re unloveable. Then I wanted to show both of these people being loved deeply.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
My favorite scenes to write were the Harvest Ball and the scenes at Happy Paws. I love the tension in the Harvest Ball scene, and the sweetness and push and pull of the Happy Paws scene. Also, puppies!
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
So many authors! Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, VC Andrews (the real one!), Huntley Fitzpatrick, Nicola Yoon, Jennifer Niven just to name a few! I love the swoon factors of Huntley’s and Stephanie’s books, the twisted darkness of VC Andrews, and the sweetness of Nicola Yoon. I love how Sarah’s books are always set in the here and now, and I love how Jennifer’s books always touch on something serious and how they bring the tears.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
I’m going to echo what every person in the world says, and that is to read, read, read! Reading not only helps you learn the craft, it helps you figure out what kind of stories you want to tell. Along with that, you gotta show up and do the work. You have to write. Again, writing will help you find out what kind of stories you want to tell, and will help you learn how to tell a story in your own voice and style. And to know that it’s not always going to be fun and easy. There will be hard days, when the words won’t come. Just keep pushing through! I like to keep this quote by James Thurber in mind: “Don’t get it right, get it written.” I’m saying this for myself as well, because I forget. All the time.
Now, if you want advice on how to get published, hooo boy! There’s a lot. Maybe for another interview! 😉