Thursday, October 06, 2022

Q&A with Ted Fox

From my Q&A with Ted Fox, author of Schooled: A Novel:
How much work does your title do to take readers into the story?

The working title of Schooled was for a long time Dad for President. Given that an election for president of an elementary school parent board is at the heart of the story, that may have been a more direct nod to the plot. But as we went through the editorial process, there was a concern Dad for President might sound to readers like a picture book. I thought that was a good point, and we batted around some alternatives, through which Schooled emerged relatively quickly as the winner. Given that the book is about a lot more than the election—namely, figuring out who you want to be in addition to being a parent—I think the title we went with actually does quite a bit of work.

How surprised would your teenage reader self be by your new novel?

Teenaged Ted would be...[read on]
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The Page 69 Test: Schooled.

Q&A with Ted Fox.

--Marshal Zeringue