I switched schools when I was in the fifth grade, and it was a challenge, but I've always wondered what it would be like to have to start over in high school. I’ve also always been obsessed with twins, the special bond that they share, and the different ways people handle loss. The story developed out a desire to explore all of these ideas at once.
2. What made you decide to have magic dresses?
I’m not much of a fashionista (just ask my mom, she’s forever trying to get me to dress like a “grown up,”) but I do think there’s something transformative about taking the time to get dressed up.
3. Ooh, interesting point. Dressing up has been pivotal moments in so many beloved fairy tales. So which character in your book is most similar to you?
I’m sure that all of the characters have little bits of me in different ways. Bowie was one of my favorite characters to write, because I think she’s the kind of girl I always wished I could be (or be friends with) in high school. But I’m sure that my friends would say I’m more of an Olivia – usually quiet and grateful to tag along.
I don’t have sisters, but I’ve always had very close girl friends. My best friend from college and I are a lot like Olivia and Violet. We were absolutely inseparable, and she was (and still is!) always on me to try new things. If it hadn't been for her I probably would have spent my entire college career in the library. She made sure we remembered to have fun.
5. What would your dream dress look like?
Probably made out of flannel or a sweatshirt. (I wish I were kidding.) I do wear a lot of dresses, but mostly because they're so easy. My favorites are the ones that look better with boots and flip flops than a fancy pair of heels.
6. Olivia and Violet went to the grandfather's boat when they needed to escape. As a teen, where did you go when you needed to get away from it all?
I played the piano from the time I was five years old all the way through high school. Practicing was hard, but it was my favorite part of the day, because it meant that I had to stop thinking about everything else: school, friends, whatever was stressing me out. It was a sort of forced escape, because it took all of my concentration at once. I loved it.
7. And finally, what is one of your book-related 2010 resolutions?
To keep writing them! And to finally get a chance to start reading again. There are so many great Best of 2009 books that I still haven’t read yet. I can’t wait to catch up!
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Thank you for the lovely answers, Alex! You can find out more about Alex at her blog, her Twitter, and the Wish website. Alex's next step on her tour will be at The Book Vault tomorrow, January 27, where she'll be guest-blogging about her writing process.
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