3 Questions about Lou Lou and Pea and The Mural Mystery
What three words would you use to describe your book?
Friendship, Whimsical, Multicultural
Lou Lou and Pea are such good friends, was their relationship modeled after one of yours? Which character are you most like?
Lou Lou and Pea’s friendship isn’t modeled after one particular relationship in my life, but it is a mash-up of many. I have been fortunate to have many wonderful and supportive friends, both as a child and an adult. These friendships are some of my most valuable relationships so it seemed natural for them to inspire the book!
I’m similar in many ways to both Lou Lou and Pea. I actually made a little character chart* to determine which friend readers are most like and I ended up with a tie.
*Want to see which character you are more like? See chart below
Did you have the ending in mind when you wrote the book? Was there consideration to not have the mystery and have a book that taught us about the culture and traditions in the town?
I didn’t know the ending until I was very close to finishing my initial draft. I always intended this particular book to be a mystery. However, the second Lou Lou and Pea book, LOU LOU AND PEA AND THE BICENTENNIAL BONANZA is not a mystery (though it has mysterious elements) and focuses a lot on the culture and traditions of El Corazón.
3 Questions about You
If you weren’t a writer, what would you want to be and why?
I’d want to be a professional figure skater because they have such beautiful, sparkly costumes and they’re so talented, graceful, and strong! Unfortunately, I’m incredibly uncoordinated and I don’t do well in the cold.
What is one book that has stuck with you since you’ve read it?
I have a special place in my heart for the Ramona Quimby books. I recently found my copies of The Ramona Quimby Diary (yes, I have two copies) from first and second grades and reading through them was hilarious.
What is one item in your fridge that tells us about you?
Sriracha. I’m a little bit fiery, but I can be a good complement for others, and I like to wear red.
Character Comparison Chart – Created by author Jill Diamond