When I first thought of the idea for ‘Sweet Valley High’ I loved the idea of high school as microcosm of the real world. And what I really liked was how it moved things on from ‘Sleeping Beauty’-esque romance novels where the girl had to wait for the hero. This would be girl-driven very different I decided – and indeed it is.
I get some of my ideas from watching my three daughters but most of them come from my own memories of growing up. I can remember how romantic I was not just about love but romance in the classic sense – the romantic ideals: of honor and truth of loyalty sacrifice and fairness. Those were the elements that made a story satisfying to me.