Start with something you’re obsessed with. … There’s a lot of material there. Something that’s driving you a little crazy, exploring that… usually that means there’s a hot button there for you. so if you can find a character living that, then it seems like it’s a recipe for something with some real lifeblood in it.

Leila Howland, author of NANTUCKET BLUE, THE FORGET-ME-NOT SUMMER, and its sequel THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF SUMMER (and the forthcoming HELLO, SUNSHINE, due out next summer!)!

Listen to the full interview here, or download it on iTunes or Stitcher.