Girls Heart Books are thrilled to be part of the Red House Children’s Book Award Blog Tour. We’re hosting Suzanne La Fleur, whose book Eight Keys has been shortlisted for the Older Readers category.
Which of the characters you’ve created would you choose to be if you had to be one of them, and why?
If I could be any of the characters I’ve written so far, I would want to be Aubrey from Love, Aubrey. I know that answer may not make a lot of sense at first, because of course I wouldn’t want the very sad things that happened in her family to happen in mine, but of all my characters, I definitely felt the closest to Aubrey when I was writing her. I felt comfortable being in her head, thinking her thoughts and sharing her experiences. It would be nice to get to spend time with Gram and Bridget, who are wonderful and loving. I very much envy and admire Aubrey’s courage in the face of great sadness and how she learns to build a new life and accept the love of those around her. I want to be as strong as she is.
Which of the characters you’ve created in your career is most like you, and in what respects are they like you?
When my friends and family read my books, they tell me that Elise from Eight Keys is most like me. A lot of her observations, attitudes, and expressions reflect my own tendencies. I, too, like blue frosting and M&M ice cream just for the rainbow colors, and I take a long time to talk to people about the things that bother me. Like Elise, I didn’t feel very happy in middle school, both because of the schoolwork and the other kids. Sometimes feeling overwhelmed by those things made me upset or grumpy and then I would be mean to people who were close to me, like my sisters. But also like Elise, I’ve grown a lot and been able to choose who I wanted to be. I started to be a much better student and a better friend and sister.
Eight Keys has been shortlisted in the Older Readers category of the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013. The Red House Children’s Book Award is the only national children’s book award voted for entirely by children. It is owned and co-ordinated by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups, and sponsored by Red House.
Red House want EVERY child/young person in the UK to help decide which is the best children’s book. To find out how to vote visit www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk