Monday, May 20, 2013

Yellow Socks and Blood Spots Blog Tour: Author Interview

Two lines means pregnant, and pregnant is the very last thing seventeen-year-old Isabelle wants to be. She’s just beginning her senior year, she’s rekindling the respectable relationship she once had with her family and she’s finally fallen in love.

Her boyfriend, Jason, wants an abortion, while Isabelle wants to give her baby a chance at life, whether that means adoption or raising her baby herself. Her situation raises a question of values, beliefs, rights, societal expectations and personal opinions, and as Isabelle’s friends and family discover the news, they seem to think that only they know what’s best for her and her baby. Within two weeks of finding out about their beautiful disaster, Isabelle and Jason have to come to a mutual agreement and make a life or death decision.

Author Bio:
 Bailey J Thompson is a teenage author that resides in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. She has been storytelling since the moment she could talk, and has since developed passions for creative writing, photography, nature and the environment. Yellow Socks and Blood Spots is her debut novel.

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Abortion and teen pregnancy are such controversial topics in today's world. Why did you decide to write about such tough topics?
I found that while there were so many young women experiencing it, there weren't very many stories that explored it from this point-of-view. It's a topic that, although I don't think the world will ever come to agree on, one that needed to be discussed. I hope that Yellow Socks and Blood Spots will open up the opportunity to have a comfortable discussion.

How long did it take you to write your first draft? How did edits go?
October 2011 to January 2012 was the very first draft. January 2012 to January 2013 was spent editing, and editing and editing. The first round of editing was my own personal changes and edits. The book really changed in that phase. The next phase was after it had been given an editorial review. At the time that I sent the manuscript to my editors, I had just finished celebrating the completion of the novel. Little did I know, their input would result in another six months of re-writes and edits. January 2013 was when the manuscript was finally polished and finished completely. It felt good!

What is your writing style? Do you outline or do you wing it?
The first few chapters were written just out of the blue. I sat down one night and suddenly the first chapter had been written. I didn't really know why I was writing the story, but I thought I would allow my fingertips to lead. After two or three chapters, I decided I was diving into this blindly, and I really needed to figure out where I wanted the story to go... just to confirm that the story had a plot and wasn't rambling. I spent a couple weeks finalizing the outline before getting back to writing.

Where do you write? On a cozy couch or at a sturdy desk?
My favorite place to write is in a coffee shop, music in, nobody bothering me and the most perfect atmosphere... and did I mention, coffee?

Tell me more about Isabelle and Jason.
They're both smart and successful 17-year-old high school seniors. Isabelle is an entrepreneur that dreams of running her own big business and Jason has the perfect chemistry and skills to be her business partner. That's how they got to know each other, and despite being masters of writing up business plans, they had no plans to fall in love.... Or find out that they were pregnant with a child of their own. Of course, the business side of things kind of crumbles as they learn about their newfound responsibility and begin to question who they are, and how valuable life is. While they were both very knowledgeable and curious about the world, finding out that they were parents of an unborn baby opened up a whole new world of possibilities and decisions... causing them to question some of the deeper things in this world; morals, beliefs, societal expectations. In reality, they're both super naive teenagers.

This or That:
Coke or Pepsi?
M&Ms or Skittles?
Skittles. The sour ones.
Country or Pop?
Contemporary or Paranormal?
Action Movie or Chick Flick?
Dramatic action.
Christmas or Birthday?
Christmas. I have this strange habit of forgetting my birthday.

Thanks so much, Bailey, for doing the interview. Doesn't it sound heart-wrenching novel? Be sure to grab a copy!

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