I’ve been looking forward to reading Prerna Pickett’s If You Only Knew, and I am so excited to be able to share an interview with the author today in celebration of her debut!
Q&A with Prerna Pickett
Let’s start off with a quick teaser about your book—describe If You Only Knew in five words:
Two teens seeking redemption while kissing. Okay that’s technically six words haha.
If You Only Knew is your debut novel. What inspired Tessa and Corey’s story?
It was inspired by a dream I had. There was a man holding down a teen boy and a girl in the background trying to break them apart, and I had to find out why! That scene is in the final copy which is pretty exciting. Always keep a dream journal by your nightstand!
How would your main characters Tessa and Corey describe each other?
Tessa would describe Corey as loyal, sacrificing, and loving. Corey would describe Tessa as brave, kind, and terrifying (but in a good way).
What’s your writing/editing process? Do you have any rituals or listen to any music?
I have a 4yo at home so I pretty much write whenever I can which sometimes means hiding in my room while he watches PJ Masks, or sometimes putting on my headphones and listening to music to drown out all the noise while he’s playing. It really depends on the day. All that matters is getting as many words written as I can before my child decides he needs more of my attention haha.
What song would you choose as a theme song for If You Only Knew?
400 Lux by Lorde. I’m so glad someone asked me this, because I did listen to that song on repeat while working on the first draft.
What’s up next? Can you share anything about what you are currently writing?
I’m currently working on revisions with my agent for what I lovingly refer to as the princess book. It’s Princess Diaries meets When Dimple Met Rishi. I hope I can share it with you all sooner rather than later!