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Behind The Scenes of TRANSFER STUDENT: Why two POVs?
Los Angeles was a major inspiration because I raised my kids there and I love the city. So I knew that the female protagonist would be from LA. I knew Beverly Hills would be a lot of fun to write about. I also was inspired by places I had more of a connection to––Griffith Park and Zuma beach. And lastly, a news story that unfolded over the years further inspired the plot as I wrote and rewrote Transfer Student. This same news story is also why I decided to tell Transfer Student from two POVs, a teenage girl and a teenage boy alien. The news story profiled the hostilities surrounding a man who announced he would be having an operation to become a woman. Because he was an official in a municipality in the southern U.S. this was a very public, personal announcement. It made national news at the time and captured my attention for a variety of reasons. I knew that I wanted to write a story about how the vessel that a soul inhabits doesn’t define it. The soul itself does. A story that’s been written perhaps a million times, but one I wanted to write about in a way that explores what it means to love, what it means to be a boy or a girl, and what it means to risk everything to become who you really are. Transfer Student is a classic fish-out-of-water story that I’ve written as a love letter to teens and also as a way for all of us to see a piece of ourselves in everyone we meet, no matter our differences, no matter what planet we call home.