What image/scene/character did you start this book with?
I read a story in The Montréal Gazette about a research project in Arizona. Instead of being punished, the school’s bullies were given “high status positions.” That’s when the idea for Bullies Rule was born!!
What kind of research did you do for your book?
I got in touch with the researchers (some of them were Canadian) behind the project. Also, because I do many school visits, I talked to students here in Montréal about bullying, and about how they would feel if bullies were given high status positions at their schools.
What’s the hardest part of writing?
Sometimes I feel like I’m juggling a lot of balls plot-wise, and I need to catch them all so that my story makes sense. Sometimes I worry that I’ll get hit in the head by one of those balls. But, I’ve been through the process quite a lot of times now — and my friends remind me, “You always feel that way when you are writing a book! And you always manage to keep juggling!!”
What’s your favorite form of procrastination?
Ha ha to that question. I’m not a procrastinator. I teach full-time, so I really work hard in order to carve out my writing time. When I have it, I use it!!
What book do you wish you wrote?
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland because it’s my favorite book EVER!
What is your favorite aspect of your new book?
I love that the bullies in my story get responsible positions. That was really fun to work with!
What is your writing ritual?
Cup of Earl Grey tea, then right to my desk.
Bullies Rule is available now.