Q: How did you get the idea for A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl?
A: The title came to me first. I remember scribbling it in my notebook on a big slant and underlining it. As soon as I saw it in black and white, I knew what ideas I wanted to explore. Next came the voice of Josie, although she did not yet have a name.
Q: What do you hope readers take away from your book?
A: I hope it makes readers introspective about aspects of love and relationships, that they think about who they are, who they want to be, what is right for them. I hope it sparks discussions about love and sex, gets people talking about their experiences–past, present, and future. And I hope it resonates with women of all ages, since most of us have had at least one relationship that taught us something new about ourselves.
Q: What do you want young women to know about themselves?
A: That they can trust themselves. That they should listen to their own voice and not doubt it so much. That they can make mistakes and still be okay. Sometimes you have to take a misstep in order to learn what the right next step is. Following your own instincts will always serve you better than following someone else’s.
From the Hardcover edition.