Erin Jade Lange is the author of the recently released BUTTER. She recently dropped by the virtual offices to discuss her new book, so check out what she has to say.
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Erin Jade Lange] I’m a shy girl pretending to be outgoing. I’m more “one of the guys” than a girly girl. And I love loud music and surprises.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about BUTTER?
[Erin Jade Lange] BUTTER is the story of an obese teenager who announces a plan to eat himself to death live on the internet with one epic “last meal.” When his plan makes him suddenly popular, he no longer wants to go through with it. But can he keep that popularity if he doesn’t do what he promised?
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Erin Jade Lange] My stories always start with characters and evolve from there. Butter came to me with his morbid plan already in place, but I had no idea whether he would go through with it until I started writing.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Butter?
[Erin Jade Lange] Sarcastic, talented, angry
[Manga Maniac Café] If Butter had a theme song, what would it be?
[Erin Jade Lange] “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Butter’s most prized possession?
[Erin Jade Lange] His saxophone. For sure.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Erin Jade Lange] Reality is probably my biggest influence. I absorb and internalize a lot of the stories I write as a TV news producer, and those stories tend to inform my writing in some way. It can be as obvious as the headline topics of internet bullying and teen suicide in BUTTER or as subtle as the poor economic climate in next year’s book.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Erin Jade Lange] A cup of coffee, a comfortable chair and a nice big chunk of time.
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Erin Jade Lange] A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Erin Jade Lange] Charlotte’s Web was my first “big girl” book. After that, I just never stopped reading.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Erin Jade Lange] I snowboard (though I’m not very good at it); I play guitar (though I’m very VERY bad at it); and lately, when I’m not reading or writing, I’m planning my wedding.
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Erin Jade Lange] Website: erinlange.com + blog: butterslastmeal.com + facebook: facebook.com/erinjadelange + twitter: @erinjadelange
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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