Ask the Author: Auriane Desombre
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m a young adult author and middle school teacher! I love both of my jobs so much, and I consider myself the luckiest person in the world that I get to spend all day writing books for young adults and talking about books with young adults. Aside from that, the most important thing to know about me is that I have a dog named Sammy, who is very badly behaved but still a good boy at heart.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
I Think I Love You is a YA enemies-to-lovers rom com set over the course of a summer film competition. The book alternates between Emma and Sophia as narrators as they fight it out through their camera lenses. Emma is a die-hard romantic who wants to make a short film with bi representation and a happily ever after. Sophia, who’s just gotten back from a year in Paris after her parents’ divorce, wants to make an artsy (read: pretentious) film with a message. They both hate the other’s artistic vision — at least at first.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I Think I Love You is a YA retelling of Much Ado About Nothing, with the matchmaking spirit of Jane Austen’s Emma sprinkled in. Much Ado is my absolute favorite Shakespeare play, and I had the best time finding ways to adapt the story into a modern context. I was also really excited to center the retelling on a queer love story. Bisexual and lesbian women don’t often get to see themselves in the happily ever afters we consider classics today, like we see Shakespeare and Austen’s work, so it was refreshing to use their plot conventions to get Emma and Sophia together.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I really enjoyed writing the banter in this book. The humor and arguments have always been my favorite parts of the enemies-to-lovers trope. Playing with the wit-fueled battles of Much Ado About Nothing in a new context was so much fun!
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I was inspired by the books I read as a teen, especially Meg Cabot’s books. Now, I’m so inspired by other YA rom com authors, especially writers who are sharing stories about queer teens. It’s so exciting to see more LGBT+ representation in today’s YA literature.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Figure out what process works best for you. I swear by outlining, and it wasn’t until I learned the Save the Cat beat sheet that I figured out how to write a novel. Different things work for different writers, so don’t be afraid to try new things until you figure out what works for you. Also, enjoy the process! Writing can be such a fun time, so write the stories that speak to you and bring you joy to work on.