- This is a very British roadtrip! What part of it was the most fun to write?
Actually, it was all a lot of fun! I did particularly enjoy the road trip parts though – especially when things started to go wrong for Megan and Elliott…
- The photographs included in the pages are a wonderful touch, is that something you wanted from the start, or was it a development during the publishing process?
They’re more than I ever hoped for! My editor suggested we might be able to do something like that as soon as I told her that Megan was a photographer, so while I was working on the book, they were working on ways to make it look really fantastic.
- What would you say to any young adults planning their own escape to Gretna Green?
Really? Are you sure? Why? What will it give you now that you don’t have already? And is it something that will always seem like a good idea? It’s so easy to get caught up in a moment and carried away by romance and emotion. And while I’m a big fan of both, I also like to stand back and imagine how I’ll feel about something in five years time…
- Which POV was your favourite to write in? Why?
I think I found Megan’s easiest to write, but Elliott’s was more satisfying, somehow. I enjoyed cracking his quiet exterior and figuring out exactly what makes him tick.
- There’s a great deal of heartache in this story, but hope, too. How do you keep that balance?
With a great deal of difficulty! To start with, I just write whatever comes naturally, and whatever feels right. It’s only after, when I revise it, and when my editor gives me more revisions and I go through it again and again, that things start to balance out. It really is just a matter of feeling your way through the story, until every page and chapter feels in balance.
- What message would you like readers to take away from And Then We Ran?
That it’s always worth fighting for your dream – but that you don’t have to do it alone. Family, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, teachers – they’re all there to help you. But you have to ask for it. You have to let them in, tell them what you want, and listen when they come up with ideas of how to get it. I’m not saying they’ll always be right first time, but every person on your side can make a difference. Life is a team effort.