“We need to be able to get used to seeing main characters who happen to be of a different race.”
We have the a-w-e-s-o-m-e Jenny Han in today’s episode! Jenny is the New York Times bestselling author of teen and middle grade fiction, her most recent works titled To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
We discuss the gravity of representing diversity and how the book covers in Jenny’s newest book series is creating change by shifting the perception of race and redefining the archetype of the ‘The All-American Girl’.
In the episode, we also uncover Jenny’s writing schedule and structure, and the inspiration behind To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. For fellow writers who are all about writing retreats, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to how Jenny hosts her own retreats and take notes so you can host your own!
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“When you don’t get to see yourself, deep inside, you get this perception that your story is not as important, or that you don’t deserve to be the hero of your own story.” -Jenny Han
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
Why and how the book covers for the Lara Jean series is shifting the perception of race
Why it’s crucial to write with authenticity, especially when writing for a young adult audience
The inspiration behind TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE and the Lara Jean series
What it means when ‘any girl can be the every girl’
- How Jenny creates and leads her own writers’ retreats and how you can lead your own too
- We unpack Jenny’s writing schedule and structure
Learn More About Jenny Han
Jenny Han is a New York Times bestselling author of teen and middle grade fiction. Her books include The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, co-written with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School.
Jenny’s Recommended Books & Resources:
Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True by Elizabeth Berg