Ask the Author: Amy Noelle Parks
What would you like readers to know about you?
I am both a mathematics educator at Michigan State University and a lifetime reader of romance. It was a dream to be able to bring together these two parts of myself with this book.
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss is a dual POV young adult romantic comedy about a mathy, anxious girl who wants to overcome her anxiety to take on physics and maybe more. When her meet-cute with the new guy horrifies her BFF Caleb, shenanigans ensue – in real life and online.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I started writing after the 2016 election as a way of trying to find a little joy. I had a single POV story, but it wasn’t working, and then, as I was riding my bike to work, One Direction’s Last First Kiss came on, and I realized I had the wrong love interest. My mathy main character Evie needed to fall in love with her best friend, not the mysterious new boy. This created the perfect conflict for the book and adding the second perspective made the whole thing much happier. Because Evie is so anxious, telling half the story in Caleb’s golden retriever-like voice shifted the whole feel.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
My favorite scene to write was probably the moment when Evie looks over at her best friend sees his shirt riding up, and suddenly realizes what she feels for him is a lot more than friendship.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I often say that my book is what would happen if Gilbert Blythe fell in love with Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time instead of Anne Shirley. I adore the smitten boy-oblivious girl energy that Anne and Gilbert bring, but the big ideas of A Wrinkle in Time never fail to captivate me. L.M. Montgomery and Madeleine L’Engle were definitely on constant re-read in my childhood.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
I don’t know if I have advice. The process is so different for everyone, but I guess I’d say you’d better really love reading and writing because the publishing side of things is a total slog.