SpineOut : August - September 2016
As you are a teacher, do you ever get your students involved in the process of writing your books? Yes, I often run ideas past them. I give scenarios and ask, ‘Does this seem reasonable? Would someone act in this way?’ At the end of the writing process I get them to check that my language isn’t outdated and my use of technology is accurate. I love getting feedback from my students before my manuscript goes into editorial. About the book question & answer Jasmine Lovely has it all – the looks, the grades, the friends. But when a house party spins out of control, Jazz discovers what can happen when your mistakes go viral ... We know we are at risk of becoming victims of cyberbullying. But do we know how at risk they are of becoming perpetrators? This controversial new novel tackles cyberbullying from a whole new perspective. Saving Jazz features themes of bullying and violence against women among young people. You wrote about bullying 10 years ago. Have you seen a change in society in regard to bullying? Is there less or more of it? There is a much greater awareness in the community of bullying now – particularly the use of technology to bully someone. It’s almost to the point where we have to be careful that insults and slights against a person aren’t labelled as bullying behaviours. Technology allows for more acts of bullying and more severe consequences for the victim – such as when things go viral. Before cyberbullying, most bullying was contained within school hours. Cyberbullying showed it was now a 24/7 occurrence; newer technology gives it a much wider audience. Was there a real-life situation that inspired you to write a story about these subjects? I was doing research into a different novel and uncovered several American stories that dealt with sexting and images going viral. They became the basis for the story Saving Jazz. When readers finish Saving Jazz, what effect would you like it to have had on them? A feeling of empowerment, that no matter how grave a mistake they may have made, they will recover and they will be happy. I’d like readers to know that nothing is insurmountable and with help and support we can endure any of the challenges thrown at us. Saving Jazz by Kate McCaffrey is published by Fremantle Press, rrp $19.99.
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