Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Interview with Sarah Darer Littman (Want to Go Private?)

Today Sarah Darer Littman, author of WANT TO GO PRIVATE? is visiting!!! Sarah is the award-winning author of CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC, PURGE and LIFE, AFTER. In addition to writing for teens, she is a columnist for Hearst Newspapers (CT) and for the website She lives in Connecticut with her family and three exceptionally cute dogs, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves.

WANT TO GO PRIVATE? is based on a chilling but very real premise. What prompted you write about this topic? 

“I don’t want any of you to ever to go through what I’ve gone through. Never. Ever.”

As a kid, did you ever do anything stupid/reckless that could have been seriously dangerous? 

(Note from Sarah: Am amazed I survived to adulthood…)

“I can’t believe my sister stole the last freaking Eggo waffle, then walked out of the house like it was any other day, knowing full well that she was planning to wreck our lives. How could she do this to us?”

What kind of things can teens do to protect themselves online?

“It might seem different. You might feel safer doing stuff because you’re in the safety of your own home. But you’re aren’t…Because even if they seem nice…even if they seem like they’re you best friend and they care about you and understand you better than everyone else in the whole wide world and they love you…The thing you don’t really know them at all. And the reason they’re listening to you, and being so understand isn’t because they’re real friends. It’s because they’re getting you to rely on them and trust them so they can take advantage of that trust and…hurt you.”

What kind of research did you have to do for WANT TO GO PRIVATE?

“We’ve called in the FBI on this case.”

Why do you like to write realistic fiction as opposed to something more speculative?

“I feel lower than plankton, if there is anything lower than plankton, which I can’t remember because I feel so miserable. What was the point of putting on all this facecrap and messing with my hair? It hasn’t made any difference.

What draws you to sensitive topics?

“I know she’s just doing her job, but it’s more than that. She really believes in what she’s doing.”

What advice do you wish you could’ve received as a teenager?

“Al Franken, a comedian who’s now a senator from Minnesota said: ‘Mistakes are part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from’.”

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  1. Ooooh I've been waiting for this book forever! Unfortunately no form shows up for me!

  2. I'm glad she actually did research. It's frustrating for me when they don't, and it becomes obvious.

  3. I didn't know she wrote Confessions of a Closet Catholic, that makes me really excited to read this one. Great Interview!

  4. I was about to say it was great that she did research too-it's so obvious when an author decides not to. I liked her suggestions of how to protect yourself online as well. GFC Krystal Larson

  5. Interesting way of doing an interview. I really want to read this one. It sounds great.


  6. Looks like a great book!!

    No form is showing up for me either!

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

  7. I've always been a fan of Sarah's work and can't wait to get my hands on this book! Interesting way to do an interview--gives me a little insight into the groovy character, but it did leave me a bit puzzled at times. Not to say that you can't puzzle me with straight-forward answers, lol. :) Thanks for the contest!

  8. -I loved this interview. She did it in a interesting way. I can't wait to read this book! It looks very interesting! :D


  9. Ooh love the MN connection, always looking out for that. Great quote! Also this book sounds like it will be intense.