I was thrilled to be asked to host a video on the blog tour, and even more delighted to get the chance to briefly interview Nat as well!
If you were auditioning for a talent show what would you do? Stand-up comedy, or another hidden talent?
I think it would have to be stand-up! Not that I think I’m brilliant at it, I just don’t have any other skills. I can slice bread very evenly, people have remarked upon it, but I wouldn’t sell tickets to it.
I love the relationship Lou forms with all three of the boys. Who would have been your favourite of the three as a teen?
As a teen I would’ve been so in awe of Roman and Pete but Gabe would’ve been my favourite – he’s funny and kind. Winning combination!
How much research did you have to do to before writing the book?
None! I wrote it all, THEN thought maybe I should fact-check (I’m an idiot) so I sent an early draft to my friend Bet O’Brien who knows about ME, to check I didn’t have one of the characters having unrealistic relapses and recoveries. Then I got in touch with Jessica Fullalove, a British back stroke swimmer who my friend knows, and asked her loads of questions. I was right on most things but definitely had to make some tweaks!
I thought Girl Out Of Water was one of the funniest books I've read so far this year - what are some of your favourite funny YA reads?
Thank you! I’m so happy to hear that! I love Neil Gaiman’s funny YA books, Terry Pratchett, the Geek Girl books by Holly Smale, Georgia Nicolson, Louise Rennison, also there’s a book called The Day Of Dog by Paul Sangster about a bunch of dogs who break out of the pound. It’s really hard to find, but as a kid I thought it was the funniest thing I’d ever encountered and I read it again and again. It took loads of googling but I have my own copy again!
Thanks for great answers, Nat! Now, don't miss this video.