What's Jenn Marie Thorne reading?

Jenn Marie Thorne, author of “The Wrong Side of Right.”
Jenn Marie Thorne, author of “The Wrong Side of Right.”
Published May 6 2015

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Jenn Marie Thorne

In her new YA novel, The Wrong Side of Right, Thorne, 34, takes on American politicians and their "love children.'' At the age of 16, protagonist Kate Quinn is just getting her feet back on the ground after losing her mother in a car accident when a stranger, along with about a dozen of his staff members and the media, shows up at her door. Mark Cooper is a U.S. senator and Republican nominee for president. Word has leaked out that not only did he cheat on his wife, he fathered an illegitimate child. "I decided to tell this as a YA story because being a teenager is that time in your life that you are seizing control of your destiny, and also, it seemed it was the season for political sex scandals, but you never heard from the kids involved,'' said Thorne. "The ground underneath a teenager is unsteady enough as it is, and I was wondering what it would be like to have something like this happen to you while you are working through things.'' Thorne, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree in drama from New York University, lives with her husband and two young sons in Gulfport.

What's on your nightstand?

I believe you have to keep reading as an author, because you can't have output if you don't have input. I belong to a debut club, the Fearless Fifteeners, a group of over 100 new YA authors. It's a nice perk to have access to friends' books. I'm reading The Wrath of the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. It's an adaptation of The Arabian Knights. It's very fun and very addictive. The last book I finished was Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen. It's a novel in verse. It's about a girl who finds out her dad has an HIV diagnosis. It's heartbreaking.

How was it to read a novel in verse?

I admired the way she could address the different facets of emotional experience through the short form. You definitely feel the poignancy of the subject. It was very well done.

The launch of your book coincided with Hillary Clinton's announcement that she's running for president. It's interesting to think of role reversal here.

That would be a whole new twist. Actually, in my book, the stepmother character, Meg, is really smart, savvy and articulate. Meg would be a fantastic president, but she's uninterested in politics.

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