Saturday, May 20, 2017

0 Zan Romanoff, GRACE AND THE FEVER, on there being no shame in having fallen in love

We are delighted to be joined by Zan Romanoff as she shares with us more about her latest novel, GRACE AND THE FEVER.

Zan, what was your inspiration for writing GRACE AND THE FEVER?

I was reading a blog post about how people could take fandom skills and translate them onto resumes-- like, most teens on Tumblr know more than I do about website coding, video editing, etc. And I thought about the people I knew who were deeply into celebrity conspiracy theories, and how they'd make great detectives-- especially if you gave them a more solvable case to pursue. GRACE didn't end up being a detective story, but it's very much about figuring out how fandom and the so-called real world intersect with one another, and whether or how it's possible to live in both.

How long did you work on GRACE AND THE FEVER?

I wrote the first draft super, super fast-- just under three months, writing two hours in the morning before work every day, and then usually on weekends as well. I was in a daze the whole time. I'm surprised I didn't get fired, honestly. It was the only thing I really cared about while I was drafting it. But that was almost two years ago now. It doesn't matter how fast you write-- publishing is always long.

What do you hope readers will take away from GRACE AND THE FEVER?

That getting the guy is usually the middle-- not the end-- of the story. But there's still no shame in having fallen in love.

What are you working on now?

A book about Snapchat, hurt feelings, abandoned hotels, first forays into feminism, and what it means to let other people see you when you aren't sure who it is you're showing them yet.


Grace and the Fever
by Zan Romanoff
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 5/16/2017

Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl meets Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty in this contemporary YA about what it means to be a fan and what it means to be a friend when your whole world is in flux.

In middle school, everyone was a Fever Dream fan. Now, a few weeks after her high school graduation, Grace Thomas sometimes feels like the only one who never moved on. She can't imagine what she d do without the community of online fans that share her obsession. Or what her IRL friends would say if they ever found out about it.

Then, one summer night, the unthinkable happens: Grace meets her idol, Jes. What starts out as an elusive glimpse of Fever Dream's world turns into an unlikely romance, and leads her to confront dark, complex truths about herself and the realities of stardom.
From the author of A Song to Take the World Apart, Grace and the Fever is a heart-clutching reminder of what it's like to fall in love whether it's with a boy or a boy band and how difficult it is to figure out who you are after you've fallen out of love again.

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Zan Romanoff  writes essays + fiction, mostly focused on food, feminism, television and books. She graduated from Yale in 2009 with a B.A. in Literature, and now lives and works in Los Angeles. Her young adult fiction is represented by Logan Garrison at The Gernert Company. If you want to get in touch with Zan about something (anything!) else, you can reach her at zanopticon at gmail dot com.


Have you had a chance to read GRACE AND THE FEVER yet? What sort of fandom skills do you possess? What would your dream job with those skills be? Do you feel like sometimes getting the guy is what people focus on in stories? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy reading,

Emily, Jocelyn, Anisaa, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, and Lori Ann

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