Between Two Lockers: We get the dish from YA authors on their books, lives and secret crushes. See More...

Between Two Lockers With Claire Kann

Claire Kann dishes on asexuality representation, fandoms, and her debut novel, Let's Talk About Love.

Between Two Lockers With Claire Kann

Claire Kann's debut novel, Let's Talk About Love (available now), challenges the ideas of what love 'should' be like. We're pleased as punch to be joined by Claire at the FYA lockers today!

THE ACTUAL BOOK RELATED QUESTIONS

Let's Talk About Love adds some much needed asexual and bisexual representation to the YA landscape. What do you hope will resonate with readers who belong to either group? And what do you hope readers who don't get out of Alice's story regarding their own understanding of the two?

The biggest theme of LTAL is that love might not look the way you want it to or appear how or when you think it should, but you should at least try to be open to it. A little understanding goes a long way. The one thing I hope most readers will understand is that this is Alice’s story. She, and the book, do not represent the entire spectrum of asexuality -- just her space within it. I’d hope they’d seek out other stories to gain a better understanding and not immediately brush off characters who do ID as ace who aren’t similar to Alice, especially in non-romantic stories.

THIS ANSWER ALL DAY.

Alice is such a great character (one of my new faves, for sure!). What was your inspiration for her?

Alice is her own inspiration. I don’t know where she came from, but one day, she showed up literally screeching in my head. Actual pterodactyl screeches to get my attention. I’m pretty sure that was fifteen-year-old Alice. She aged/matured as I got to know her and figured out where the story was supposed to start.

Alice is also well versed in TV fandoms. Are her favourite shows and ships based on yours? And if you were asked to write a critical analysis essay on them like Alice does, what would you choose as your topic?

We do share a lot of the same favorite shows, however, Alice will watch anything as long as it’s not gory horror and I’m a far more selective viewer. If I had to pick one show right now to write an essay on, it’d probably be The Good Place.

Holy forking shirtballs, as if you weren't already awesome enough; EXCELLENT choice! (And, I mean, I know a certain site that would always welcome critical analyses on pop culture... )

The friendship between Alice and Feenie feels so lived in. What are some of your favourite pop culture friendships?

Ah, this question -- I love it!

•  Max, Synclaire, Khadija, and Regine from Living Single
•  Willow and Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
•  Sayaka Miki and Kyoko Sakura from Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Because I have to know: what is the full Cutie Code™ colour spectrum? Please feel free to use celebrity examples to illustrate the scale.

The Cutie Code™ runs from Green to Red with all the colors in between, and is entirely subjective.

Green: Iris from Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Greenish Yellow: Tahani Al-Jamil from The Good Place
Yellow: WhitneyBae (vlogger)
Yellowish Orange: Alana from Saga
Orange: John Boyega
Orange-Red: Howl from Howl's Moving Castle (The animated film. Sorry!)
Red: SHINee
[Black:?????]

What's next for you after this? (Be it your next novel, next bingewatch -- anything!)

Writing! So much writing! I have a book due to my editor at Swoon Reads, and several chapters to my Wattpad readers. (Although I did just bingewatch Black Spot on Amazon Prime because what is responsibility?)

YESSSSS, can't wait to read more from you!

THE YA QUESTIONS

If your real life adolescence was a YA book...

What would you, the main character, be like?

Ahahaha oh goodness. I’d be the unflinchingly surly, yet misunderstood book nerd who somehow still has friends and is obsessed with music.

Who is your secret crush?

A bunch of random boys because everybody wants to fit in…..

What is your number #1 source of angst?

Being awake and life in general.

At what point would the reader pump his/her fist in victory?

Probably after my teacher calls my name in class and then, in the span of five seconds written over ten pages, I simultaneously experience an adrenaline rush and a panic attack. I get up to make my presentation anyway.

And who would play you in the film adaptation?

There aren’t many actress young enough that look like me, or even a close second, so she’d have to be an unknown.

THE SLUMBER PARTY QUESTIONS

What is your secret power?

Empathy that borderlines telepathy.

What is your #1 favorite food?

Pizza!

Tell me about your area of expertise.

I was not blessed with the gift of song, but I am the Queen of Karaoke.

If you could assemble your own Ocean's 11 of fictional characters, who would you pick and why?

None. I work alone.

Oh, dang -- plot twist!

What is your best karaoke song?

“Emotions” by Mariah Carey.

Tell me something scandalous!

I read less than 20 books in 2017, which is cool because reading is reading. Except I read close to 100 in 2016. So, bad for me.

What is your favorite adult beverage?

White wine.

What book have you read the most number of times?

Movie: Splash, Romeo and Juliet (1996), and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Book: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Who is your "freebie"?

I have no idea what this means, so I’m going to play it safe and say Sailor Jupiter.

YA authors are so cool. Who would you give a BFF charm to?

Kiera Cass! I would love to be her BFF.

Out of all of the characters you’ve written, which one do you most wish you could be?

Honestly, none. They’re all their own people and I think of them as my babies. To be them, would be to regress...

If you were invited to the FYA slumber party (and obvs, you ARE), what is the most crucial snack food and/or movie/or anything you'd bring?

Funyuns and apples, which sounds weird, but I swear it works -- together or separately. I’d also supply the music.

MASH

Claire provided the first three options, and the fourth option was chosen for her. The magic number was 6.

MASH

SPOUSE
Seulgi from Red Velvet
Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle
Prince/Princess Charming from… wherever
Bad Janet from The Good Place

HONEYMOON
Hawaii
Greece
Iceland
Neighborhood 12358W

# OF KIDS
0
1
2
12

JOB
Novelist
Playwright
Singer
Social media manager for your favourite fandom

INCOME
All the money in the world
Half of the money in the world
Enough to be happy and keep my family healthy
All the honey in the world

HOMETOWN
Pinole
Sebastopol
Campbell
Sunnydale

PET
Housecat
Tiger
Ocelot
Pterodactyl

CAR
Prius
Fusion
Beetle
Howl's moving castle

Bad Janet aside, this is kind of a pretty sweet life!

Thanks for stopping by, Claire! Check out her website, or find her on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr (@kannclaire on all).

Let's Talk About Love is available now.

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.