Name: Shawn Goodman
Book Title: SOMETHING LIKE HOPE
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: December 2010
SOMETHING LIKE HOPE synopsis
Shavonne is a fierce and desperate seventeen year-old who finds herself in a large juvenile lockup hundreds of miles from home. She wants to turn her life around before her eighteenth birthday, but her problems seem too big, and time is running out. Amidst corrupt guards, out-of-control girls, and shadows from her past, Shavonne must find the courage to fight for a redemption she’s not sure she deserves.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I tried hard to not be a writer. I had many different jobs (cook, bicycle mechanic, psychologist), but always came back to writing. One day I composed a sarcastic “letter to the editor,” from the point of view of a three-hundred pound Portuguese-Jewish cigar-smoking sci-fi geek loudmouth, named Frank Santos. The editor gave me a column. After doing that regularly for two years, I had the confidence to send out my first novel, Something Like Hope, to the Delacorte Contest.
Favorite YA Books/Authors?
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Marcus Zusak, Sherman Alexie, Chris Crutcher, Barry Lyga, Edward Bloor, K.L. Going, among others.
Morning person or night owl?
Night. I especially like the two-hour "window of peace" I get after my kids go to sleep.
PC or Mac
What did you have for dinner today?
Cheeseburger, onion rings, Coke.
Quick! Share 11 random things about yourself.
1. I have an alter ego who actually contributes to the family income.
2. Whenever I say, “Ah, I know exactly where we are,” it really means, “we are terribly, irrevocably lost.”
3. I filled in a couple of times as the sportswriter for the Sufferjets, Ithaca's Roller Derby team.
4. I capsized a sailboat in the open ocean on my honeymoon. And yes, we’re still married.
5. I was one of only two kids in the 5th grade prohibited from singing in the choir.
6. I was once pulled over by the police for driving too slowly. It was a turbocharged car, and I was completely sober.
7. I read over twenty Philip K. Dick science fiction books during a graduate course in psychopharmacology – and still passed.
8. Sometimes, mysteriously, I find myself at fast food drive-thru windows at midnight.
9. When writing, I will listen to the same disc for months on end, until I finish the book. It drives my wife crazy.
10. I have consistently “traded down” vehicles. My current ride is an ’82 GMC Vandura diesel. It’s the most hideous shade of orange you’ve ever seen (1972 Camaro Orange, to be exact).
11. Once my daughters painted my toenails pink. I forgot about it until I was in the sauna at the gym, surrounded by muscle guys.