Ask the Author: Robbie Couch
What would you like readers to know about you?
I think the best pizza topping combo is mushroom-pepperoni, birds are utterly terrifying (except for penguins!!), and I’m super gay.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
Sky is a high school senior who’s head over heels in love with his classmate, Ali. Sky wants to stick it to his homophobic haters and ask Ali to Prom, but his embarrassing list of Promposal ideas gets leaked to the whole school by an anonymous hacker. Sky is crushed—but his classmates give him a reason to fight back.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I think it’s important to tell stories that center LGBTQ teens and highlight their resilience and joy. Yes, queer kids go through a lot (understatement of the century) but they’re also tough, complex, and magical. Despite the struggles of growing up gay in a small town, Sky learns he’s deserving of his own happy ending; I think it’s critical that queer teens know they deserve one too.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
Oof, that’s tough! There’s a party scene in the first third of the book where MANY critical things transpire. I don’t want to give away too much more! But it was fun to write, knowing how the ramifications of that night would affect the trajectories of Sky and his friends (hehehe).
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
As a kid, the first book I could not put down for the life of me was Auntie Mame by Patrick Dennis. I also ate up The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (a book that made me sob uncontrollably while further cementing my love of story). More recently in the young adult realm, I’m obsessed with authors Julian Winters, Phil Stamper, Becky Albertalli, Angie Thomas, Ryan La Sala, and so many others!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
I would say: make a plan and stick to it! It’s critical to map out your story, create a timeline to finish, and hold yourself accountable. Writing isn’t always fun (in fact, it’s downright excruciating at times) but you’ve got to work through the moments where you’re lacking motivation. There’s nothing like finessing a story until it’s where you want it to be. You got this!!
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