1. How did you come up with the title?
In the book, Val wears a “V” necklace. The V stands for Valerie, but after she professes her virginity to the entire school the kids start making fun of her and saying that the V stands for Virgin. I didn’t have a title for the book until I got to that part, but it fit so perfectly that there was never any question after that. It also became the name of Val’s “campaign” and her website in the book.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I didn’t intentionally set out to write a book with a message, but it’s definitely there. This book is about knowing yourself and standing up for what you believe in. It’s about making choices for you and not giving in to peer pressure.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
I suppose that depends. Most people don’t personally know celebrities and have to deal with fame the way Val does, but everyone can relate to her situation in one way or another. We all have to deal with the pressures of sexual relationships at some point. We all experience peer pressure and probably feel persecuted by our classmates at some point. That aspect of the book is very realistic.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
After as many rewrites as I just went through, I don’t know that there’s anything left that hasn’t already been changed. Ask me again ten years from now.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finishing it. For some reason this one was always my “in between” novel. I’d write a chapter or two then start a different novel and not come back to it until that one was finished. I think I wrote three other novels between the time I started and finished V.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I think V taught me discipline more than any of my other novels. Not that I didn’t like the story, but there was a time when I didn’t think I’d ever finish it. I learned how to push myself through a slump and I am so glad I did!
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always had trouble sleeping. My brain tends to run on overdrive and I have a hard time shutting it off. I remember lying in bed at nights when I was just a little girl and daydreaming up all kinds of adventures to pass the time. Then I would get frustrated when I couldn’t remember them from one night to the next, so I started writing them down.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
There are so many authors that I love to bits and pieces, but Meg Cabot has to be my favorite. I mostly love the tone of her books. They’re always light and fun whether they’re contemporary, sci-fi or fantasy. I also love that they’re always squeaky clean. That’s harder to accomplish than it looks! Meg is a great role model and I love her quirky writing style.
9. Tell us your latest news.
Well, obviously V is for Virgin is finally here, which is great news. But I’ve also got another release coming up pretty fast. My next book, a YA paranormal romance titled Chameleon, is set to release summer 2013 and is the first in a 4-book series! I’m also currently working on two more Jamie Baker books, so the next few years are going to be very busy for me.
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I always want to say thank you to my readers. I can’t ever say it enough! I have been overwhelmed by the response to V is for Virgin and feel truly blessed to be able to share my stories with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the support!
About the Book
When Val Jensen gets dumped for her decision to stay a virgin until marriage, the nasty breakup goes viral on YouTube, making her the latest internet sensation.
After days of ridicule from her peers, Val starts a school-wide campaign to rally support for her cause. She meant to make a statement, but she never dreamed the entire nation would get caught up in the controversy.
As if becoming nationally recognized as “Virgin Val” isn’t enough, Val’s already hectic life starts to spin wildly out of control when bad boy Kyle Hamilton, lead singer for the hit rock band Tralse, decides to take her abstinence as a personal challenge.
How can a girl stay true to herself when this year’s Sexiest Man Alive is doing everything in his power to win her over?
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: December 11, 2012
About the Author
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
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