Title: NOTHING HAPPENED
Author: Molly Booth
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
This modern-day retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place at the idyllic Camp Dogberry, where sisters Bee and Hana Leonato have grown up. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, playing games of capture the flag and sproutball, and of course, the legendary counselor parties.
This year, the camp drama isn’t just on the improv stage. Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won’t-they romance that’s complicated by events that happened—or didn’t happen—last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart.
As the counselors juggle their camp responsibilities with simmering drama that comes to a head at the Fourth of July sparkler party, they’ll have to swallow their pride and find the courage to untangle the truth, whether it leads to heartbreak or happily ever after.
1. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
For a long time I wanted to be a ballerina! I danced at Boston Ballet pretty seriously through my second year of high school. Then I wanted to be an actor, then a professional theatre techie, then a screenwriter. I didn’t figure out I liked writing fiction until my third year of college! Now I want to be a writer and a teacher.
2. How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
First book took about three years to finish, and my second book took about a year and a half.
3. How do you come up with themes for your stories?
I come up with themes in a couple of ways. One way is if I’m working with a Shakespeare play, which I most often am, I think about how I want to translate the play’s themes for my particular story. Another is if there’s a topic I feel passionately about trying to address, like toxic masculinity in NOTHING HAPPENED. Sometimes a theme naturally emerges in a draft, and I worked to make it more pervasive on the next draft.
4. Do you have a schedule of when you write?
My writing schedule is all over the place. It’s super stressful, so I’m trying to change it and become more consistent!
5. How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
It’s really hard! That balance is a constant struggle. I’m in graduate school, and I live with chronic illness, so I’ve had to make the difficult choice to slow down school so I have more time to write. I recently had to be honest with myself that I couldn’t do everything I wanted to do at once, and I had to find a pace that would allow me energy to be creative.
6. What elements do you think make a great story line?
Personally, I love fantasy or magical realism and will they won’t they love stories. I’m also a fan of exploring friendships and sibling relationships. And any talking cat just adds to a story, IMO.
7. What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
The hardest thing about writing NOTHING HAPPENED was having faith that I’d actually finish it! SAVING HAMLET was my first book, and when I finished it, I just assumed I now knew how to write books. It turns out I only knew how to write SAVING HAMLET though! I had to re-learn that process for NOTHING HAPPENED. It was a really valuable learning experience though, and I’m hoping having gone through this will help me have more faith in myself next time.
8. How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written two books! I truly could not pick between them. I love both sets of characters so dearly.
9. Do you have a favorite character?
Ahhh! So tough! Emma, Stanley, Lulu, and Cooke, and then Bee, Ben, Claudia, and Hana are all my favs.
10. Where do you write?
Most often at my desk, on my bed, at the library, and on the bus/train!
11. When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
I read up on how my favorite authors were published, and tried to follow those steps. I knew I wanted to try to find a literary agent to work with.
12. Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
My mom and siblings are really supportive of my work, and particularly enjoy the humor, since we’re all goofballs. I have a sister who’s a teenager, and she likes NOTHING HAPPENED better than SAVING HAMLET. xD
13. What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
Reading, teaching, podcasting, crafting, and taking care of my pets, Suzie and Harriet.
14. What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
Read, read, read! Write the stories you find when you look into your heart. Let yourself write terrible first drafts. Revision is your best friend.
15. What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
My all-time favorite book is Which Witch? by Eva Ibbotson. I have a ton of favorite authors, but Tamora Pierce will always be one of my most favorites. William Shakespeare’s plays are definitely my biggest inspiration.
16. Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
I brainstorm stories a lot with my sibling, Nellie Booth, and my agent, Alex Slater.
17. Are you working on anything now?
I have two secret wips. :)
18. Tell us 5 things that make you smile
Friends & family, tea, bookshelves, auditoriums, and skulls (Hamlet aesthetics! xD).
19. Tell us 5 things that make you sad
Stress, anxiety, homesickness, lack of sunshine, and when someone I love is hurting.
20. If you could travel anywhere in the world to visit a place so you could use it as a background for a book, where would it be?
LONDON! I mean, I’ve already been there and used it as a background for a book. But I want to go again and use it as a background for another book. I basically just want to move into Shakespeare’s Globe.
Molly Booth (she/her/hers) writes books about Shakespeare and feelings. She's the author of Young Adult novels SAVING HAMLET (2016) and NOTHING HAPPENED (5.15.2018), both published by Disney Hyperion. In high school, she was a stage manager for three different community theatres, which almost killed her. She graduated from Marlboro College and went onto study more Shakespeare (twist!) at University of Massachusetts Boston. Molly is a freelance writer and editor and has been published on TheMarySue.com, McSweeneys.net, HelloGiggles.com, and various other websites. She co-hosts a Bardcentric podcast, Party Bard, and directs a lovely, hilarious, and fierce group of homeschooling teen Shakespearean actors. She also speaks and teaches workshops at schools, colleges, bookstores, book fairs, camps, and libraries. Molly lives in Massachusetts, where she spends a lot of time with family and friends, and the rest attending to her queenly cat and loaf-of-bread-shaped dog.
Literary agent: Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.
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This is one of my absolute favorite reads of 2018. It's smart, swoony, and filled with witty repartee and cute moments, but it also has depth and emotional honesty. Teen readers will LOVE THIS.ReplyDelete