June 18th, 2007

books

Interview: Jordan Sonnenblick

As soon as I finished Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, I began to put the book in the hands of each and every co-worker and customer who would listen to me. The story has a catchy title, a tearjerking premise, and a memorable family. I was impressed by the author's ability to balance comedy and drama, something he did again in his second novel, Notes from the Midnight Driver.

That author is Jordan Sonnenblick, and he's here at Bildungsroman today as part of the week-long Summer Blog Blast Tour, organized by Colleen from Chasing Ray. Let's get right to the questions, shall we?

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie details one little boy's fight with cancer from the point of view of his older brother. What prompted you to make Steven the narrator?

This is sort of a two-part answer. The first part is that I teach 8th grade English, and wrote DRUMS for a student of mine whose little brother had cancer. So the fact that the older sibling is the narrator is because my inspiration for the book was an older sibling. The second part is that, even though my student was a girl, I made Steven a boy because I thought I'd be better at nailing the adolescent male voice -- it's alarmingly easy for me to channel my inner teenager. Actually, my wife says that when I wrote DRUMS, I finally found a way to make my immaturity work for me!

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Thanks again to Jordan for completing this interview.

Jordan Sonnenblick's SBBT Schedule
Monday, June 18th: Bildungsroman
Wednesday, June 20th: Writing and Ruminating
Thursday, June 21st: Jen Robinson's Book Page

SBBT Schedule for Monday, June 18th
Tom & Dorothy Hoobler at Chasing Ray
Mitali Perkins at Big A little a
Sara Zarr at Interactive Reader
Justina Chen Headley at Hip Writer Mama
Justine Larbalestier at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy
Dana Reinhardt at lectitans
Brent Hartinger at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Laura Ruby at Writing and Ruminating
Jordan Sonnenblick by Bildungsroman
Ysabeau Wilce at Finding Wonderland