Part two of This Writing Life's conversation with Rebecca Thornton, about her debut novel The Exclusives, begins with a discussion of what perfection means to her characters. This is not something we know much about at This Writing Life. But anyway. Rebecca compares her feelings as a teenager to what perfection means to her today as a writer and mother. From here we reverse towards the evolution of The Exclusives itself, from romantic comedy to dark-hearted thriller. We plunge on to:
writing as a form of therapy
withholding in narrative and content
fronts, repression and fear - at school and in fiction
judgment and teenage life
how has school changed over the past two decades?
the portrayal of mental illness in The Exclusives
is This Writing Life asking too many questions?
'That's a bit terrifying': what Rebecca's husband thought of The Exclusives
'My life is over': teenage angst and teenage pressure
#checkyourprivilege: is The Exclusives too exclusive?
Mallory Towers etc: fictional models?
Rebecca's early writing experiments (teen erotica)