Joining us today is M.E. Purfield, author of the young adult novel Breaking Fellini.
Welcome, M.E. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?
I’m from Jersey City, NJ and I have been writing semi-professionally for over ten years. I am the author of the YA contemp novel jesus freakz + buddha punx and the YA dark fantasy munki moo moo.
When did you first get bit by the writing bug?
When I was sixteen. I wrote a novella for a contest at school. I didn’t win. But I kept writing after that.
Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?
It just came naturally. One day I stepped outside myself and looked at the books I wrote and noticed that most of them had a teenage protagonist. And since I naturally write shorter works, I thought it would be smart to work in the YA genre.
What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?
The fact that teenagers are at a time in their lives where they’re learning and deciding what kind of adult they’re going to be. Dramatically, that works great in YA fiction. Realistically, adults don’t change much, hence why they complain all the time. At that point of their lives, it is not too late for humans to change.
The greatest challenge is keeping the work honest and not bending to what would be marketable. Even if it’s ugly, honesty in fiction is the best way to go.
Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?
Breaking Fellini is a novel of No Wave and New York during 1977.
Sixteen-year-old Joni Corso loves to play rock guitar, but being in a local cover band just doesn’t excite her anymore. She wants to perform originals and join the scene in New York City were Blondi, Patti Smith, and The Ramones found fame.
Able to convince her mother to spend some time with her estranged father in Manhattan, Joni jumps at the opportunity to redefine herself and join a band. Amidst a whirlwind of classic rock, drugs, urban recession, and drag queens, Joni meets Phaedra a homeless girl with a mission to destroy rock idols and the mainstream. Joni joins her band No! and plays the kind of music she’s been craving. The kind of music that out punks Punk.
But Dad sees her as something else: a famous rock guitarist with a band on the Top 40 charts, something Joni doesn’t want to be anymore. Now she has to decide which musician she can live with being and for who or risk losing her new life and father she just found.
What inspired you to write it?
Two things. One, I had this story of the girl dealing with a father who is a club owner and a drug user. Two, I wanted to tell a story set in the No Wave scene.
Where can readers purchase a copy?
It can be purchased at Amazon, Smashwords, and soon at Barnes & Noble.
Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?
What is up next for you?
Prepping a YA suburban Noir called Party Girl Crashes the Rapture for winder of 2012 and muddling through a rough draft of a YA Dark Fantasy called Angel Spits.
Do you have anything else to add?
Just thanks for giving me this chance to present myself to your readers.
Thank you for spending time with us today. We wish you much success.