Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine, a reimagining of Romeo and Juliet. Rebecca stopped by the virtual offices to discuss her book, so check out what she has to say.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Rebecca Serle] A girl who loves her friends, family, and her job. I can be sensitive, I hope I’m kind, and I try every day to be a source of positivity.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about When You Were Mine?
[Rebecca Serle] When You Were Mine is a modern re-telling of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Rosaline— the girl Romeo was supposed to love. It’s about first love, and first heartbreak, and the dialogue between fate and free will.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Rebecca Serle] Well, the story idea came out of my own heartbreak. I felt like I really knew Rosaline— I understood what it felt like to be the girl who got left behind. All the characters came from Rosaline. She was first. I gave her fierce friends who were going to remind her that she was worth more than the sum of what she would go through. I gave her Rob, and Juliet, and the complicated past she has with both of them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Rebecca Serle] This book was truly a joy to write. It was hard, because the emotion is real– and a lot of what Rosaline goes through, I was feeling myself. But I loved writing this book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rosaline?
[Rebecca Serle] Sweet, trusting, loyal.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Rob would never have in his glove box?
[Rebecca Serle] Hmm. Well, a Berkley sweatshirt, for starters. Rob is a Stanford guy. He’d also probably not have a map— he’s the sort of guy who would suffer through getting lost. He wouldn’t have a book, either. MAYBE something like The Motorcycle Diaries, but I doubt it. I hate to break this to you…but Rob isn’t much of a reader.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Juliet’s single most prized possession?
[Rebecca Serle] Probably a photograph of her parents with her on a holiday when she was younger, or maybe a heirloom piece of jewelry. Juliet wants a happy family more than anything else.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Rebecca Serle] My friends inspire me all the time– they way they talk, what happens to them, what remarkable friends they are to me and each other. New York isn’t too bad, either. I love being a part of a creative community here— there is so much to see, do, and reflect.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Rebecca Serle] Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. That’s pretty much it. Music helps, too.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Rebecca Serle] The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The same screenwriters who adapted When You Were Mine are adapting The Fault In Our Stars and on their recommendation I read it. It really touched me– I’m not sure I’ve totally recovered from it yet, to be honest with you.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Rebecca Serle] Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It is my first, last, and always novel.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Rebecca Serle] I like to watch silly television. I like to go to yoga and pilates. Take walks. Go to dinner. Go shopping. I like to have fun! But then again, nothing makes me happier than getting some good words down on a page.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Rebecca Serle] Come visit me at www.rebeccaserle.com Or follow me on twitter: @RebeccaASerle — don’t forget to say hi!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thanks!!
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