At 19, Isabel Kaplan is starting her sophomore year at Harvard. Add the fact that her first novel, Hancock Park (HarperTeen), came out this summer, and now I’m really feeling like a slacker. Despite my pangs of jealousy, she totally won me over with this interview. Meet Isabel:
I Heart Daily: Have you always been a writer? Isabel Kaplan: I wrote my first short story when I was seven. It was a sort of retelling of Tom Sawyer (which I suppose I must have read around the same time) -- except, in my story, all of the characters were female.
IHD: Cool! So what was the inspiration for Hancock Park? IK: Growing up in Los Angeles was my primary inspiration. I wanted to write a novel exploring adolescence within the unique and sometimes crazy world of Hollywood.
IHD: Sounds fun. What are some of your favorite Young Adult novels? IK: Two favorites I’ve read recently are E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and Melina Marchetta’s Jellicoe Road.
IHD: And now the big question… What do you heart right now? IK: I’m currently hearting: Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife, TOMS shoes, All Time Low’s new CD, iced coffee, remembering to put on sunscreen, and Philosophy’s “Falling in Love” perfume.