What was your favourite book growing up?
That’s such a tough question! The first book I can remember really loving was Kay Thompson’s Eloise, because I, too, am a city child—although I did not have a swanky upbringing at the Plaza Hotel, much to my chagrin. As a teenager, though, I really began to have an emotional reaction to books, and the ones that affected me most deeply were Little Women and Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends. Those two just killed me. I was so invested in the romantic relationships, I literally wrote passionate graffiti on the spines.
Tell us about the first piece of writing you ever finished.
When I was about three years old I wrote a book titled “FOOD BOOK,” in which I drew pictures of different kinds of foods. But that was really more illustration-heavy. My first truly finished work was “When Cathy Learned Sign Language,” a short story about accepting deaf people that I wrote in the first grade. My teacher laminated it and everything.
If you could have lunch with one author, alive or dead, who would it be & why?
Fran Lebowitz, because she’s so quick and funny and brilliant, both on paper and in person.
If you could hang out with one of the characters from your book, who would you choose & why?
Jaxon (the male protagonist of Like No Other), because I just love him. I wrote him as a kind of John Hughes male lead, in the tradition of John Cusack in Say Anything, that sort of nerdy guy with a whip-smart wit and a heart of gold that you can’t help but fall in love with even though he’s your best friend.
Una is doing a Canadian blog tour this week to celebrate her book birthday! Follow along with us:
July 25 Library of Clean Reads review
July 27 More Than Just Magic review + Q&A
July 28 Sam Couture Reviews
July 29 Words of Mystery
July 30 Pop Goes the Reader review + guest post
July 31 A Lot of Loves
Aug 1 Leonicka.com
Aug 2 Emilie’s Book World
Check out Una LaMarche’s fantastic LIKE NO OTHER, available now!