Teens' Book of the Month: Did I Mention I Love You?
Author: Estelle Maskame | Age category: 12-16
Enjoyably addictive, gripping and extremely well written, this is a perfect summer read for when you want some romancing and drama. It's packed with a ''will-they-won’t-they'' tension that keeps you hooked to the end. The first book in a trilogy, you'll be couting down the days until the next publication. Lucky us, we won't have to wait that long as Did I Mention I Need You is out in September and book three, Did I Mention I Miss You is published in January 2016!
Q&A with Estelle Maskame
What was your favourite book as a teen?
I'm a huge fan of John Green and The Fault in Our Stars. I read the entire book in a day and by the time I’d finished, I was curled up in a heap on the couch sobbing my heart out. The hype surrounding this book drew me to it and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Heart-breaking yet so, so honest. I loved his other books Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska. I also adore Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I love how honest they all are about teenagers, about what we're thinking and how we act and the way we interact with each other. I like the fact that some moments are messy and that the characters don't always do the right thing. I can only hope that my writing will have the same authentic feel as these books!
Can you give any tips to aspiring young writers?
I think a lot of teenage writers feel that their writing isn't up to par or that they're not taken seriously because they're young. The most important thing when writing as a teenager is to keep on going, because at this age our writing is constantly changing and improving the most, so don't worry if your writing isn't yet up to the standard that you want it to be. I can't even look back at the stories I wrote when I was twelve without cringing, but at the same time I'm proud of them because without writing them I would never have improved. Always be proud of what you write! Teenagers have the ability to write novels as unique and interesting as a person in their thirties could, so never think of your age as a setback, and don't be afraid to get your work out there. I really do recommend posting online. It can seem terrifying to let strangers read your work, but on sites like Wattpad, people are rarely negative. You'll always find people who love your work and you never know who could be noticing it - a lot of writers get discovered online, and you could be one of them.
Have you anything else in the pipeline?
Right now I'm still working on finalising everything for the DIMILY trilogy – book two is out in September and three is in January 2016 – and I'm also really busy with my book tour. But then after that I’m hoping to start a stand–alone novel, in the same genre of contemporary young adult romance, because that’s what I’m comfortable writing. I don’t think I’ll be posting online again – but I’ll see how it goes!
We have 5 copies of Did I Mention I Love You? to be won. To be in with a chance of winning one, just answer this question:
What Scottish town is Estelle from?
Send your answer to Miriam Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org Competition closes on Monday 31 August. Entrants outside the UK must cover postage.