I had the fortune of hearing Tom Leveen speak at the Desert Dreams conference last month. Not only was his talk inspiring, but incredibly funny! Tom will also be at this year’s Comi Con in Phoenix (which starts today).
Tom’s new book, ZERO, is absolute must-read. If you liked his first book, PARTY, you should snatch this one up right away!
For aspiring artist Amanda Walsh, who only half-jokingly goes by the nickname Zero, the summer before college was supposed to be fun—plain and simple. Hanging out with her best friend Jenn, going to clubs, painting, and counting down the days until her escape. But when must-have scholarship money doesn’t materialize, and she has a falling out with Jenn that can only be described as majorly awkward, and Zero’s parents relationship goes from tense to relentless fighting, her prospects start looking as bleak and surreal as a painting by her idol Salvador Dali. Will life truly imitate art? Will her new, unexpected relationship with a punk skater boy who seems too good to be real and support from the unlikeliest of sources show Zero that she’s so much more than a name.
Here’s some more about Tom:
Is there anything you wish you’d been told as an aspiring writer, something you wished you learned sooner?
I’m running into this with my protagonist as we speak! I not only need to be thinking about what she wants, but what she wants to be.
ZERO had a very different title when it first started! Can you tell us more about how the story evolved?
I was at that conference and heard much of the same thing–but I kind of like ZERO myself. Just goes to show that aspiring writers shouldn’t worry too much about titles!
Now that ZERO is out, what other projects are you working on?
I can’t wait to see what you come up with! If you were stuck on a desert island with five books, what would they be?
Thank you, Karen! And thank you, Tom, not only for your speech at Desert Dreams, but for this awesome interview!
Both ZERO and PARTY are available for purchase. Go and get your copies!