Steven Camden is one of the UK’s most well known spoken word poets who branched out to YA lit in 2014 with his debut novel, ‘Tape’. Now onto his 2nd novel, ‘It’s About Love’, Steven Camden proves he’s just as talented in print as he is on stage.
MP!er Stephanie Cox, who also runs a blog called Words Are My Craft, received ‘It’s About Love’ and said she, “absolutely loved it”. Here’s what she had to say:
1. “It’s About Love” is a very open title. If you wanted to be more specific, you would call it “It’s About…”?
“It’s About…Life Through A Lens.” Life can be dramatised and interpreted in so many different ways, and in doing so it can seem far worse or better than it really is. Luke creates and crafts personas, scripts, scenes, and whole stories using his own life and in such a way that makes him feel like he’s in a film, which ultimately makes him feel part of something important and creative, in a way that normal life does not.
2. What did you think of the cover?
I loved the cover. I thought that perhaps it might have worked better if it wasn’t pink but just white with lines, perhaps like the front of a script book/notebook. I think the love heart-shaped coffee/tea stain would have worked well enough in making it look like a love story cover. Despite this I think the cover represents the story really well.
3. Have you read anything by Steve Camden before? If not, after this, would you consider reading his other books?
This is my first book that I’ve read by Steve Camden, but my friend is sending TAPE to me in the post soon so I’ll be reading more of his stuff.
4. How did you find the interspersed screen directions? Interesting, cool, weird?
The interspersed screen directions worked really well in that they’re a reflection and an extension of Luke’s personality, and it works because the book is a first person narrative. It’s Luke’s way of expressing himself and his love of film and drama. His coping mechanism for dealing with difficult things in life, as said before, is to picture the world and life as a big film. If he sees something happening in the street, he refers to it as a ‘scene’ (like the argument he sees his teacher Noah having with a woman.) He decides that he’s going to ‘play’ the ‘brooding loner’. His personal life bleeds into his film class projects. So it only fits that his storytelling involves screen directions.
For more on ‘It’s About Love’ from Stephanie, check out her blog.