Jennifer E. Smith Talks About Fate, Love At First Sight, and Her Books
Jennifer E. Smith, the author of best selling YA novels like The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight and The Geography of You and Me, was in town recently to meet her fans and talk about her books. Candy had a few minutes to chat with her and we discovered a few interesting things about the author!
On love at first sight: "It has never happened to me, but I am an optimist and a romantic. I've heard enough stories from other people that that has happened to and I want to believe it's possible."
On fate: "I believe in fate. I'm a big believer that everything happens for a reason, which is why in a lot of my books, it's 2 people who might have not met or those who don't know they need each other yet and they come into each other's lives at just the right moment. It's really fun to play around with that idea."
On the most important 4 minutes of her life: "I think those kinds of moments in life, often you don’t realize them until later on. You look back and say, 'If I had done it, if I said yes to this or no to this instead of yes, everything would have been different.' That’s what I’m fascinated with and I think I explore that most of the time in my books. It's just so interesting to me how the briefest moments and the seemingly smallest decisions can actually have this huge ripple effect."
On another YA character Hadley could fall in love with: "Who doesn't love Augustus Waters? I mean, they would all love him! I could also see Hadley liking Park from Eleanor and Park."
On why Hadley and Oliver didn't exchange numbers: "I have a thing about wanting to make the books as timeless as possible. Technology changes so quickly and that always worries me. It was purposeful in Statistical Probability for them not to get the numbers, because the whole book doesn't make any sense if they did. There was also a point in the book when Hadley was thinking if she should try to get out a piece of paper. But yes, the whole thing would have been much easier if they exchanged numbers."
On what inspired her to write The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight: "A few years before, I was on a plane. It's not a romantic story but I sat with an older, Irish gentleman. He was very nice. He was reading a book and that got us talking. We ended up spending the whole flight chatting. We got in Dublin the next morning. There were 2 separate lines in customs, one was for Irish citizens and one was for everybody else. There was this sort of moment when we were like, 'We'll see each other on the other end.' We assumed that we’ll see each other when we got to the other end of the line. But when we got out, I waited for a little bit and I didn't know if he already left because my line was longer, or if he just stayed or if he was behind me. It kind of just struck me that you could spend several hours talking to somebody and never know his name. I knew his first name, but I never knew his last name and I'll never see him again. It was nothing romantic, but it struck me in an interesting way to start a love story."
On a sequel fans have been requesting: "The problem with my books is that I like the ending, but the fans have trouble with that because they end with a dot dot dot. They don't end with a period or an exclamation point. I'm a big fan of slightly open-ended endings because it's fun to leave stuff to the reader's interpretation. But I do understand that certain readers get frustrated by this, so I get a lot of sequel requests... I'm really happy with where I left Statistical Probability. It's hard to imagine revisiting them, but I also love those characters and would never say never."
Jennifer E. Smith's books are all available at National Bookstore.
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these sheets that exactly remind me of how I gushed in between my pillow and space you filled in the longing of my burned sorrow put smile to my sober face just like how a three year old receive her lollipop
i searched you everywhere and here you are laying down beside me in my imagination the walls that our screens built a boundary and an obvious message that says i can never have you because you wear clerical shirt and obviously you loved someone else before me
oh god, do I really want this forbidden love? that only exist in my imagination? that only exist through my words? would you, meine liebling, notice me and my art one second? because I am dying to say I love you.
A Simple Learner Who's a Great Pretender
Maybe I'm just a learner, not a weirdo. A learner that knows how to listen and pretend. A simple learner who's a great pretender. Pretending to be slightly dumb enough not to be judged and criticized by those who do not appreciate my existence. We surround ourselves with people who's levels are either beyond or below our intellectual behavior, because as for reality, people may use you either for their success or your downfall. Since then, people tend to judge someone who has an intellect with things they shouldn't be. Making them a criticizer, and most of all, calling them weird.
Honestly, I'm one of this "weirdo" who actually loves to learn things, and for the record, I'm bullied and stressed out for making myself not to learn more and go with the flow to dumbness I had. Have you ever feel being assigned to some task where you know every process to make it easier and faster to finish but turns out to hesitate to voice out because some of your mates put themselves in charge. There are times where I know what to do, what to say, or how to react, but kept myself silent and pretend not to know anything that may help us. Maybe it's a good thing to just go with their ideas and learn from their perspectives, but sometimes you can't control it and says something, and once again called to be a weirdo and let you finish the work by yourself.
It's annoying that you only know one process yet they gave you the whole work and let you finish it by yourself because they insist that "MAGALING KA DIBA?". It's not your fault being an intellectual person, knowing such things that may help you to pursue your dreams, and have the basic knowledge about something. You don't need to know everything, just the basics. And as for those people who do not appreciate your existence, let them be and continue what's the best for you. In some cases, you'll be annoyed by this but most of the time you'll be thankful for it. Not for now but maybe later. Just be yourself either a weirdo, a great pretender, or a simple learner, and always remember to lower your voice and behavior because no one loves that.
Just be a great pretender not to hear any runts and be a good learner that appreciates everything. It's out of nowhere thoughts of mine, but simply I leave you this my favorite life quotation; "Don't introduce yourself, Let your success introduce you"
Dear me in six years, I wonder how life will treat you when you’re already 26 years old. Will you be financially stable? Will you be working in an advertising agency while pursuing everything about the arts? Will you be doing freelancing and living in a condo by then? I don’t know since things are very uncertain. I hope by the time you graduate from college and face the real meaning of the world, you’ll know what the real purpose of doing and living in the art will be.
I know it’s been so tough ever since you turned 20 but that’s how life works, I guess. There will be a lot of hopes and trials, breakdowns, and breakthroughs but I have high hopes of you becoming the better version of yourself. You always do, though. You were never a quitter. Making decisions is getting harder and harder as you grow but I hope it doesn’t make you stop doing what you really love to do. You will face different people with different perspectives. You will feel like a stranger once again, it’s like you were back in your freshmen year. It’s going to be tougher than you’ve expected but you can do it. I believe you can.
Most of the time, people's perception of us as a strong person makes us feel that we are not entitled to be vulnerable because they might be disappointed for seeing our weak spots. And so when we are hurting, we are often scared of extreme emotions and so bury our feelings. We deny them, trying to avoid the pain we feel.
But by doing that, we are just allowing it to come back to us and haunt us. And when it comes back, it might be stronger and it will be harder for us to get over it than when we faced them first. I realized it just now that facing those emotions will scare them until they're gone. The saying 'Let it hurt until it hurts no more' goes true. Admitting your pain to yourself doesn't make you weak. It only proves that you are strong enough to acknowledge such extreme emotions without avoiding them. We are humans and it's okay if we hurt sometimes.
Before, sliding over the rainbows
Now, our hearts are bruised
Days once full of love and laughter
Became dawns of forfeited ever after
Smiles that bring ticklish sensations
Turned to cold question and answer
Figuring who would be the next instructor
The queen’s awake
Grappling to the happiness that the sorrow and sadness take
Going back to all the promises he couldn’t make
Poetry #2: YOUR VOICE
When you talk, your voice brightens my days. You provide me comfort in all the little things that you do. Your deep and mellow voice sends a tingling feeling inside me that makes me want to keep you in my life. I love talking to you every time, every day, every night and every minute if I could. You're someone just simply amazing.