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Interview With Francine Pascal, Author of Sweet Valley High, & a Giveaway!

August 5th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Were you a huge fan when the Sweet Valley High books first came out?  I know I was.  I religiously worked my way through each book in the series and always wondered what it would be like to be a twin.  Dear Sister was the first of the books I read even though it was book 7 in the series.  After that I immediately went out and bought books 1, 2, 3 and you get the picture.  I think I loved the series so much because I could relate to a lot of the stories.  Alone in the Crowd was one of my favorites that involves a makeover for a teenage girl who is shy and feels she isn’t good enough for the guy she has a crush on and another one I enjoyed was Slam Book Fever because of course I was in school when that was all the craze.  I think I owned at least 2 or 3 slam books that I used to pass around during elementary school.  Seriously even if you haven’t read this series before you should check it out.

Francine Pascal has been kind enough to answer a few questions about the series and the latest book Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later which will be coming out March 29, 2011.  I am also giving away a set of Team Jessica/Team Elizabeth t-shirts to one lucky reader.

Please join me in welcoming Francine:

I am so excited to hear about Sweet Valley Confidential.  I was a huge fan of Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High and owned a copy of each book.  Thank you so much for doing this online interview for the reader’s of Debbie’s World of Books.

What inspired you to write this book so many years since the last book?  Is it because of the adaptation that Diablo Cody is working on?

I wrote this book for my fans who after all these years, are still curious to know what has become of the twins and their friends. I was also curious myself. These characters are so close to me, and I wanted to delve into their reality all these years later and discover for myself, who they turned out to be. Just like the people we went to high-school with- there is a curiosity as to where they are now, and what their doing. There are so many characters out there that disappear halfway through their lives, and I wanted to give my fans the opportunity to visit Sweet Valley one more time.

Can you give us any hints as to how Bruce Patman of all people ends up being Elizabeth’s best friend?


With well over 100 books in the Sweet Valley High series do you have a favorite book from the series?

Yes, my favorite books are the Tricia story and a close second is the Prom trilogy. However, I truly do love all of the books because each story has something unique.

What about a favorite character?

I would say that I am more of an Elizabeth with some bad Jessica tendencies. I definitely have the same morals and work ethic that Elizabeth does, and we are similar in a lot of other ways, so she is definitely my favorite.

Throughout the series you tackled a wide range of issues from Regina Morrow dying of a cocaine overdose to Steven’s girlfriend dying from leukemia.  What made you tackle these more serious issues in a young adult series?  Were they based on experiences in your own life?

Unfortunately, young people are not immune from tragedy, myself included.  They have to deal with all the joys as well as agonies of life. Heartache and love are so prevalent in teenagers’ lives but they also deal with bigger issues like illnesses and death. I wanted the series to have more reality without losing the fantasy.

What do you think of the latest vampire, fairy, etc. craze lately?  Do you foresee yourself re-visiting the idea of another paranormal/Sweet Valley storyline?

I really don’t have any interest in vampires or anything else that’s paranormal. I liked the idea that while Sweet Valley was a fictitious place, the characters were human dealt with the same issues that the readers did. When I am reading or watching movies or television, I like to be able to relate to the characters.

Do you plan on writing any other new books based on the Sweet Valley characters?

Not at the moment, but one never knows! I love this series and all the characters in it. It was such a great experience to revisit them all these years later. It might be fun to do it again someday but there are no plans as of yet.

Thank you again for taking the time to answer these questions.  I can’t wait to read Sweet Valley Confidential!

Sweet Valley Confidential Giveaway

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6 Responses

  1. Gina

    Great interview! I can certainly appreciate her stand point on the paranormal craze…though I’m a fan of books that have that aspect as well as those that don’t. Thanks for the great contest as well! I always wanted to be Team Jessica but felt more like a Team Elizabeth. Yay for both! ^_^

  2. kitykat

    She did a 3 part, mini series called Sweet Valley Vampires, books SVH 126-128.
    So this quote from FP is funny “I liked the idea that while Sweet Valley was a fictitious place, the characters were human dealt with the same issues that the readers did. When I am reading or watching movies or television, I like to be able to relate to the characters.” LOL!

  3. dsuzuki

    I lean towards Team Elizabeth too :)
    I saw the vampire mini-series but never read those since they came out later. I’m trying to track down copies of the books I missed.

  4. Ali

    omg, I can’t believe a follow-up will be coming out soon! My sister and I used to love reading thses books :)

    @kitykat I never knew about the vampire mini series… that is funny that she said what she did then, heh. I’ll have to hunt those down :)

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