Confidence is my first young
adult novel, and it follows the life of a girl named Barbara Jenkins. As you
read through her diary you learn, that she’s always felt invisible. And through
a crazy-random-happenstance she’s thrust into a world of first friendships,
conventions, and learning to step out of her comfort zone.
What brought about the
inspiration to write Confidence?
A very silly random
conversation with my husband while we were talking about conventions spawned the
whole idea. (And actually one of the last scenes) I would say more but it would
be kind of a big spoiler. :P
Where did the inspiration
the characters of Barbara and Cassie come from?
Barbara is inspired by
really all of us, she’s in this point in her life where she really just feels
invisible, like a background character of her own story. We’ve all been there,
or maybe are currently there right now.
Cassie on the other hand, is
inspired by the seemingly perfect girl you wish you could be best friends with.
She oozes confidence, charisma, has amazing hair and style. To Barbara, she’s
|Provided by Paige|
Which character could you
most relate to in the story and why?
Definitely Barbara, She’s so
kooky and awkward.
What was the most
challenging part about writing confidence?
I think pushing past writers
block, and self-doubt. When you’re working on a new story, It’s easy to feel
like it’s “too silly” or not going to be good enough. I had a lot of those
moments. I was really grateful for my husband who inspired me to keep writing,
and I think the rapid pace of NaNoWriMo really helped me not to overthink things
How is it sharing confidence with people and conventions and other events
It has been wonderful! Recently I had copies of the book at Geekycon, and I was a little nervous, it was my first time having books other than comics, but I’m so pleased to say it was well received. As a part of our display we had quotes from the book that people could take pictures with. It was fun to see the con-goers connecting with the quotes and buying the book. Some even sent me messages afterwards to tell me that they enjoyed it, or that they read the book on their plane ride home. Which honestly was so amazing and unexpected! I’m so grateful for all the people that have reached out, or written a review. They’ve made my decision to write a second book about Barbara and her friends so much easier.
|Picture provided by Paige|
Barbara’s first convention
that launched her into the world of geekdom was SuperEpicCon, what was your
convention or time when you knew that is where you belonged?
I’ve been to a lot of
different sorts of conventions, comic, anime, my firsts experiences as a vendor
where actually at horror conventions. They all have really different feelings,
and all of those first experiences were incredible and taught me a lot. But, I
think one of the first times I really felt like I was embraced by a community
was LeakyCon 2014. It was honestly the warmest convention experience and such a
non-judging and accepting environment. At the core of the convention I feel like
not only to the people attending want to celebrate their fandoms, but also to
spread joy and positivity and I think that’s pretty special.
Geekycon had that same
feeling, I’m looking forward to seeing it grow.
What is something that you want readers to take away from reading Confidence?
At conventions, or nerdy events, sometimes you hear whispers of judging others on their “level of fandom” We all deserve to be here. Weither you’re a comic book junkie, an amazing costumer, a furry or artist, we all have different interests and we all matter to the community. Also, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone! You never know what adventures might happen.
How can readers go about purchasing a copy of confidence?
Attempting to keep spoiler
free…was there any alternate endings to this story or was the one we get to read
the same from start to finish? If not what made you choose the one you
Actually, I wrote the
ending first! Besides some minor tweaking everything story-wise is pretty much
the same from start to finish.
During your time of writing
confidence was there a tip or piece of advice that really stuck out to you?
Power through all the doubt
and writers block and make your fingers type. Yes, it’s good to have a plan, but
also sometimes let your characters go a little crazy and do something even you
don’t expect. :p But above all things keep writing. You can do this! And I
encourage you all to join me in this years NaNoWriMo [National Novel Writing Month]
What if your favorite
Tiny little tea
sandwiches. <3 Especially the cucumber ones.
Thank you Paige for sharing your time here with Superheroes.XYZ
I enjoyed this book very much as it was fun to read, I think that by meeting one person can completely change everything seemed to draw my attention. I have only read one other book with a character that I can closely relate to.
|The first snapshot when I received my copy|
This is the second one I was able to relate to the character more than others not necessarily in some of the things that happens to Barabara through the book story but some of the feelings and things she says. Having a character to relate to made me enjoy the book even more with the “oh wow” moments as if I have wrote the words on the page myself, that is what made this book very enjoyable for me to read.
There are times that feeling invisible has been in my past and the just go through the motions to get to something better but that moment when you find somewhere that you belong is a great feeling. That feeling for me was my first experience at San Diego Comic Con in 2006, as Superepiccon was for Barabara.
Have you obtained your copy of Confidence yet? What did you think of it?
Make sure to get your copy of Confidence diary of an invisible girl