Radio Silence by Alice Oseman is one of the best YA contemporaries I’ve found recently (see my review here). It’s already released in the UK, but comes out next week in the US! Alice was kind enough to stop by and share some of her thoughts on writing this lovely little gem of a book…
From critically acclaimed author Alice Oseman comes a smartly crafted contemporary YA novel, perfect for readers who love Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. This is an utterly captivating and authentic new teen novel from the author of Solitaire, which VOYA said “could put her among the great young adult fiction authors.”
Frances Janvier spends most of her time studying. Everyone knows Aled Last as that quiet boy who gets straight As. You probably think that they are going to fall in love or something. Since he is a boy and she is a girl.
They don’t. They make a podcast.
In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Will they have the courage to show everyone who they really are? Or will they be met with radio silence?
About the Author:
Alice Oseman was born in 1994 in Kent, England. She completed a degree in English at Durham University in 2016 and is currently a full-time writer and illustrator. Alice can usually be found staring aimlessly at computer screens, questioning the meaninglessness of existence, or doing anything and everything to avoid getting an office job.
Alice’s first book, SOLITAIRE, was published when she was nineteen. Her second, RADIO SILENCE, was released in early 2016.
1) What do you do when you’re not writing?
Apart from writing, my main hobby is drawing! I run a webcomic called ‘Heartstopper’ (http://heartstoppercomic.tumblr.com), which is about Nick and Charlie, two characters from my debut novel, Solitaire. I also have an art blog where I share my art (http://spacezeros.tumblr.com)!
2) Which scene in Radio Silence was your favorite to write?
Ooh, I don’t think I can choose one favourite. A couple of my favourites were Frances’s Cambridge interview and the subsequent scene with Daniel, and the first meeting between Frances and Aled.
3) Who would you cast as the main characters in the movie version of your story?
I always find this so difficult! In an ideal world, I’d probably choose five relatively unknown British teenagers – and yes, they MUST be actual teenagers, not twenty-eight-year-olds pretending to be teenagers. But there aren’t many of those to choose from, unfortunately. So here are my choices:
- Frances – Karla Crome
- Aled – Jack Kilmer
- Daniel – Ji Soo
- Raine – Anjli Mohindra
- Carys – Elle Fanning
- Here’s a cool little photoset I made a while back if you don’t know who some of those are
4) Were any events in the story inspired by real-life experiences?
Yes! Like Frances, I too was rejected from Cambridge, where I’d applied to do English literature. No doubt the interviewers could see my lack of passion for academia. This was but the first step in a long period of discovering my hatred of academic study. I had an isolating and miserable time at university, and that period of my life came through in Aled’s story.
5) What’s one of your top book recommendations?
I recommend ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz to everyone. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.
6) When did you first start writing?
When I was a very young child! I started writing full novel-length books in my pre-teens.
7) Any advice to beginning authors looking to be published?
You have to put yourself out there and keep trying. The key to getting published is perseverance and not letting yourself quit, no matter what happens.
Thanks for sharing & congratulations on your new release!
Thanks so much for the interview!
(You can add Radio Silence to your Goodreads TBR or buy it on Amazon here).