Hello my fellow little munchkins. How are you all doing? I am doing well. I woke up today freezing which is really weird because we have the window open, it’s summer, and I live in California so you wouldn’t really expect that but yeah.
Besides that I have community college today and then I will be writing a couple more interesting blog posts.
Anyways, why don’t we get into this blog post already?
- While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
“Oh god, people are actually going to be reading this book, aren’t they?”
Literally, that thought crossed my mind about a hundred times while I was going through edits. My editor and I went back and forth on a few rounds of edits that really improved the story, and I really loved the process. But as the edits got slimmer, my anxiety started to grow. Thankfully, everyone’s been lovely so far, and I’m so glad GRAVITY is connecting with so many readers. I can’t wait until it’s out in February!
- What Hogwarts house would the main character and the main supporting characters of your book be sorted into?
Cal, my main character, is a Slytherin. (It’s actually canon- he mentions it in the book!) He’s ambitious and isn’t afraid to do whatever’s necessary to secure his success, even if it ruffles feathers. Actually, to him, it’s a good thing if his actions ruffle feathers—it just means he’s getting closer to the real story.
People may disagree on this one after reading the book, but I believe Leon, the love interest, is a Ravenclaw. No, his nose isn’t in a book all day. But he’s sharp and analytical, accepting, independent, and so introspective.
As for the other side characters, I’ll have to get other people’s opinions before I reveal my thoughts. I have a few ideas, but we’ll see how these characters come across on the page.
- What advice to you have for other writers?
My main advice is to keep trying. Keep improving your craft. Keep trying new stories. Write what comes naturally to you, even write what doesn’t. Try a bit of everything, really.
I received 92 total rejections from agents between two books, and 84 rejections from editors between three books. This industry is not kind to its artists—even the nicest rejections hurt, bad. But I think you grow so much with each rejection and with each new story, that as long as you keep trying, one day it will turn around. Just know that for every supposed “overnight success” there’s usually years of frustration leading up to it that we never hear much about. Know you’re not alone, and stick with your writer friends—they’ll get you through the worst of it!
Information About “The Book The Gravity Of Us”:
Young Adult Fiction – Romance – LGBT
Young Adult Fiction – Social Themes – New Experience
Young Adult Fiction – Coming Of Age
Description: “As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.
Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels– fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.
Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.
“Phil Stamper grew up in a rural village near Dayton, Ohio. While it could be seen as a boring lifestyle to some, he kept himself entertained through playing the piano and writing stories that stretched his imagination. He has a B.A. in Music from the University of Dayton and an M.A. in Publishing with Creative Writing from Kingston University. And, unsurprisingly, a lot of student debt.
When he first left his home state, he landed in Washington, DC with no job prospects, $800 in graduation money, and the promise of a walk – in closet to live in. (He’s a Gryffindor, if that wasn’t clear.) Not long after — and he’s not totally sure how — he was jumping headfirst into a career in non – profit PR and sleeping in a real bed. He loved writing for a living, even if he was writing press releases and news stories… and hundreds of emails to annoyed journalists. But after a while, the dry writing started to get to him, so he thought he’d finally work on that book he always wanted to write…
Years later, with a new degree and two new cities under his belt, he works in publishing development for a major book publisher in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband and their dog. That book he always wanted to write never sold, and neither did the second or third. But at the intersection of hard work, talent, and luck, his fourth manuscript sold to Bloomsbury Kids. With the tension of the 60s space race and the warmth of a charming love story, he couldn’t be more proud to present his debut novel, THE GRAVITY OF US.”