A YA Author from Orlando FL who loved to write stories about strong female friendships, characters finding themselves, and falling in love!
Paige Lavoie is a vintage-loving YA Author from Orlando FL. She writes Coming of Age stories about geek girls, outsiders, and monsters! Paige loves telling stories about characters who find strength in themselves and create long-lasting friendships along the way. When she’s not writing, Paige makes motivational pep talk videos for local writing community Writer’s Atelier, streams creating-writing and video games on her twitch channel. And can often be spotted strolling arm an arm with her husband hunting for antiques to furnish their 1950s home. She blogs about daily life, inspiration, and writing on http://www.paigelavoie.com and her books can be found on https://amzn.to/2qUDAmc
Photo by Paige Mercer
What inspired the idea for “A Girl Called Monster”?
I knew I wanted to do a “Monster” story. At first I had the idea for the main character. Her appearance and personality started to come together in my head. It took a little bit longer for the story to become clear to me. I wrote little chunks over a few years, some of the scenes where vivid dreams that I had. I’d wake up in the middle of the night and type them into google docs. I spend some time asking myself little “What If” questions. Thinking about, where the character could go, and the kind of people she’d meet along the way
How is this story different from the classic Frankenstein story?
At it’s core “A Girl Called Monster” is a coming of age story, about self-discover and stepping away from unhealthy relationships. I was inspired by old movies like My Fair Lady. I always hated the way Henry Higgins treated Eliza and the way ended up together at the end. I remember being a kid and going on rants about it in front of the t.v. “This isn’t okay! He’s mean!” I think when you break it down they have a very Doctor/Experiment dynamic that easily transforms into a Frankenstein story. And while I think some of those feelings helped fuel my writing, the story took turns that even I as the writer didn’t expect.
At first, I thought maybe I’d write it as a romance, and realized getting towards the end that was wrong. Sometimes a “Happy Ending” means walking away from someone instead of towards them. Soon after she get’s out of the lab she’d surrounded by new friends, and slowly finds people that she can depend on. I wanted to make sure she had a chance to live life outside of the Doctor’s control. And I think the friendships and ways the supporting cast help her discover herself is one of the things that sets it apart. No spoilers, but I love the gang of hair stylists so much!
What Inspired the idea for Confidence: The Diary of an Invisible Girl?
Originally I wanted to write a very serious fantasy novel for NaNoWriMo- but then out of nowhere came Barbara Jenkins, barreling down the hallway of my brain just trying to find the gosh darn line for the bathroom!
I had the idea for one particular scene towards the end of the novel and everything else just started falling into place! Sometimes you just have to go with the project that gives you the most joy. (no matter how silly it may seem!)
When are you going to write more Confidence novels? I miss Barbara!
I miss Barbara too! Truth be told, I have three different finished drafts of different versions of what a sequel could be.
In one of them Cinnamonbunz gets internet famous
In another Barb gets a summer job at a Froyo place
And in another they fly to London to meet Cassie’s Mom.
None of them have felt quite right. But never say never!
What advice would you offer to an aspiring author?
Give yourself time and permission to experiment and figure out what works for you. There are dozens of ways to sit down and start writing your novel, what works for one writer might not work with the next. Have patience, have fun, let yourself play, be creative and get to know your characters.
Are you working on any other projects currently?
Always! Everything from teenage mall-goths, to roadtrips in space! I’m always jotting down new ideas. (And I can’t wait to share them with you!)