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Write Now With Sofía Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman |

Today’s Write Now interview features Sofía Lapuente and Jarrod Shusterman, authors of the YA thriller

Sofía: We write screenplays and YA fiction, and our upcoming book is a fun thriller called

For us, writing about important issues with tons of plot twists is important

Characters have to have personality, and the story has to have heart

You want it, you enjoy it, and when you’re done, it leaves a nice taste in

I come from a family of writers, so with hard work and great mentorship, it all came

Jarrod: I have to write at my desk, with my tea, and that one song on repeat

I need a paper notebook, and my hands are always full of ink

Jarrod says I should organize, but I argue that my disorder is freedom

In general, we don’t believe so much in counting words as we write, because it speaks

But unfortunately, deadlines are yet another challenge that we must take seriously!

Sofia: I write best in the middle of the night when Jarrod is snoring in dreamland

But it’s true that at lunch, our schedules overlap, so that’s when most of the

And our latest book, RETRO is a thriller with tons of entertaining twists and turns

And what better metaphor for life is a good story? We get to live a thousand lives

And I also need to get all the noise that is in my head out! So much

We both do the same thing together, and that’s research, research, research

Sofia: When nothing else works, I just prefer to cook, watch a show, or play video games

Which is very ironic because I am technically a member of House Slytherin!