Interview with YA Fiction Winner Courtney Summers

What was the inspiration for Sadie? 
I’m very interested in our collective engagement with and response to true crime narratives, particularly as the category has expanded (and proven deeply popular) in the podcast medium. I love that it’s a category largely committed to the search for truth and justice, but I also wonder how well we’re serving the narratives of the victims at the center of those stories. Sadie gave me the perfect opportunity to explore these themes.
Did you find it difficult to write Sadie’s story? 
Balancing the alternating perspectives, and making sure each propelled the other forward, was challenging at times but I had great editorial guidance. 

The Girls is an actual podcast! Did you expect that to become a real thing? Were you involved in any way? 

I was hoping Wednesday Books would take advantage of Sadie’s unique format, so when I found out they were going to produce a podcast for it I was thrilled! It was pretty much a dream come true. The podcast was pulled directly from the audiobook production, and the extent of my involvement with that was approving the cast. Matie, who produced Sadie, picked the perfect actors for the roles. Beyond that, I got to sit back and enjoy tuning into it every week and I loved it.

What do you hope your readers take away from the story when they finish? 
That’s entirely up to the reader, though I do hope they feel that their time with my work was well spent.

If you don’t mind telling us, what’s next for you?
I’m at work on something new and hopefully I can say more about that before long but for now, my lips are zipped. 🙂
Thank you so much for your time!
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