Q&A with Estelle Laure: “a person can be flawed and valuable at the same time”

EstelleLaureWe had a chat with ‘This Raging Light’ author Estelle Laure about what YA cliches she loathes, her fave book and her salty reply to her first kiss. Check it out:

We know all authors have to be at least a tiny bit fond of their writing. Can you quote your favourite line from your own work? I like this question because I can be inconsistent in my answer. Today it’s this: “There is a scar now on my arm, where he touched me. It forms on my skin, watery blue, shimmery sort of, like how burnt skin gets shiny sometimes, after. How the burnt skin is new at the same time as it’s forever damaged.”

Can you sum up the plot of ‘This Raging Light’ in a tweet? Teenager Lucille is abandoned to care for her little sister as she finds herself entangled in impossible love.

Is there anything you hope people learn from reading this book? I really despise didactic fiction, but our ideas about life do sometimes slip through. I care a great deal about human beings supporting each other, so if anyone reading were inspired toward kindness, that would be great. I also hope people will see that. I’d be thrilled if readers thought twice before judging others.

EastofEdenObviously, authors not only love writing, but are big book nerds too. What’s your fave book EVER? This is another one that changes! My favorite book right now is ‘East of Eden’ by John Steinbeck. I feel like it holds pretty much every human truth within its pages and is just amazing in terms of storytelling.

Any YA cliches that drive you crazy? I don’t like books about frenemies, girls doing each other wrong out of cattiness, especially if it’s over a boy. I realize this does actually happen, I just have no interest in looking at it. It’s been done plenty and perpetuates a stereotype we should be moving away from. I much prefer to see girls struggling and supporting each other even if it isn’t perfect. Girl Team!

Speaking of Young Adult, if you met yourself when you were 15, what would you tell yourself? This question makes me sad. I would say, “Brace yourself, you will make it through what’s coming. Take care of yourself. Don’t worry, you will find your purpose.” I would be thinking and NOT saying, “I would never trade places with you. I can’t even imagine dealing with that again. I can hardly even stand to remember it. I’m so sorry.”

And if we’re travelling back in time, what would you want to say to the first person you kissed? Then? Something like, “Hey, idiot, a kiss is not a passcode into my pants.”

Finally, because we all want to know where the magic happens, send us a picture of where you write!


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