Alice Oseman is a formidable young writer. Alice's first book was published when she was just 19. Now at 25, our guest has already published four celebrated novels and written and illustrated a much loved graphic novel series. Alice's latest novel, Loveless, is a celebration of friendship and coming out as asexual and aromantic.
Interview starts at 12 minutes.
Mini-book club: Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
Confession: We haven't read many graphic novels before! We love Heartstopper. It is the PERFECT queer love story.
In this interview, we chat about:
- Why we need more books that explore post-high school experiences in YA
- The writing process for Loveless and why it was Alice’s most challenging novel yet
- The pressure of success and how it affects the writing process
- Alice’s experience on the aromantic and asexual spectrum and why she wanted to explore this in Loveless
- Why Alice’s novels focus on the importance of friendship (and why we need more books about friendship)
- A brief interlude about how Caitlin and Michelle met
- How Alice got published while she was still a teenager (and the advice she would give her younger self)
Books & other things mentioned
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen and Noelle Stevenson
- Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons and John Higgins
- Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell (illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks)
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Follow Alice on Instagram @aliceoseman. Loveless is available now in Australia and the UK. Novella This Winter is published in paperback in the UK on October 15.
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Please note that Caitlin's job at HarperCollins Publishers did not affect our decision to invite Alice to be a guest, we're delighted to have her and hope you enjoy this episode.