An Interview with Nicole Nwosu About Her Book TBBATTB, Defeating Stereotypes, and More

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Nicole Nwosu is an author best known for her book, The Bad Boy and the Tomboy. She started writing it when she was only fourteen years old for fun, posting each chapter as she wrote it on a platform called Wattpad. It ended up accumulating over a hundred million reads on the online platform and won a 2015 “Cover-to-Cover” Watty Award.

Aside from TBBATTB, Nicole has written many other popular books on Wattpad at well such as 68 Days and Counting, The Artist and the Dancer, and Everything Happens at 2:04 AM. Currently, she is working on a new book called There She Goes while balancing her studies at Western University.

Her most popular book, The Bad Boy and the Tomboy will be published and distributed worldwide starting on Oct. 13, 2020 in Canada, Oct. 20, 2020 in the USA, and Nov. 26 in the UK. It is available for preorder on Book Depository, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

About TBBATTB

To give you a complete spoiler free summary of the book, The Bad Boy and the Tomboy is narrated by seventeen-year-old Macy Anderson who has a passion for soccer. Macy is only focused on getting a scholarship in high school and never thinks about getting into a relationship, until Cedric Cahill ― the one boy she’s ever liked ― enters the picture.

There’s just one problem: Cedric’s cousin Sam. When the pain unexpectedly meet, everything goes downhill from there and Macy starts thinking about him in all the ways she shouldn’t.

Overall, TBBATTB is the perfect book for when you're feeling down and need a laugh. Macy's hilarious group of friends and the Cahills will make you wish the story never ends. Personally, The Bad Boy and The Tomboy is hands down one of the funniest book I've ever read. From Caleb's ridiculous conspiracy theories to the SpongeBob nicknames Macy and her family give to each other, this book has it all!

"He doesn't seem like a jerk. And Caleb he's a character. He gave me a thorough explanation on how aliens are―"

"―in the ocean instead of space? Caleb's like that." Poking my head into the living room, I said to Justin, "If you want to hang with us, you're welcome to."

"Thanks, Sandy."

"Anytime, Patrick."

Important Lessons To Take Away

While the book is light themed, it also touches on some important lessons. One of them being the harms of stereotyping people.

Even the title of the book―The Bad Boy and the Tomboy― is a stereotype in itself.

I could write a book about this.” He held up his familiar notebook. “I should call it something stereotypical and lame like The Bad Boy and the Tomboy.”

I made a face. “That’s basic. And neither of those labels are true; the title doesn’t even make sense.”

From this book I have learned that when our perceptions of different people are distorted and stereotypical, it’s demeaning, devaluing, limiting, and hurtful for others. When we put someone in a box, we're basically ignoring the full humanity and uniqueness of a person. In some cases, people who are repeatedly labeled in negative ways will begin to develop feelings of inferiority.

“I'm like one of two black people in our grade. Beatrice calling me that is just another example of her trying to put me in that angry black woman stereotype. You may not see it or hear it but it happens.”

Through stereotype someone, you're exaggerating the mental picture that you hold in all members of a particular group without taking into account individual differences.

“Jasmine, these things happen. Don’t see it as fulfilling a stereotype. You don’t fit into a box and neither does anyone else in your family. Don’t pay any attention to Beatrice. What matters is how you view yourself.”

From “girls suck at math” and “men are so insensitive” to “teenagers are disrespectful”, there’s no shortage of common cultural stereotypes about social groups. Chances are you’ve heard a stereotype about yourself at some point.

“I heard her egging you on in the hallway that day and she’s been saying [...] around school. She keeps calling you names. Do her pointless comments define you?”

“Stop it”

“No,” he taunted the smile on his lips, anything but joyful. “I’m the guy who messes around. A bad guy. And you’re the [...] tomboy. Congratulations, you’ve succeeded in putting us into boxes we don’t necessarily want to be in. Thank you for giving a [...] about what other people think of you.”

Speaking about the same, Nicole Nwosu says, “You are not the stereotype that society places upon you. You are so much more. You are your own person. Also, you may not be facing the same experiences that other people are or have gone through but being supportive and sticking with them is great. Letting them know that they aren’t alone in what they’re going through is one of the best things someone can do. You can listen and sometimes that’s all you need to do."

Interview With Nicole

The Teen Magazine invited Nicole for a small interview over email, and Nicole was happy to answer some questions:

1. What inspired you to write TBBATTB?

When I was in the eighth grade, my friends and I were obsessed with Wattpad. We were constantly reading fanfiction and bad boy stories on the site that were very popular back in 2014. I had a bigger interest in the bad boy stories on the platform. As I kept reading the stories, I noticed that none of the main characters acted similar to the way that I did at that time of my life where I liked participating in ‘boyish’ activities and had a lot of guy friends. I wanted to write a girl character that had ‘tomboy’ qualities and that’s how The Bad Boy and the Tomboy was born.

2. You wrote TBBATTB when you were only 14, what advice do you have for other teenage aspiring writers?

My advice would be to write what you want. Taking people’s considerations are great but also remember the main focus or goal that you are trying to achieve with your story and how it makes you feel.

3. What is your writing process like?

I consider my writing process inconsistent when it comes to my works. Suddenly, random ideas will appear in my head out of nowhere. I could literally be in the middle of a class or taking a walk. In that case, I’ll write down the scenes or dialogue between characters on my phone before putting them onto my laptop whenever I’m in a good mood to write. I can either write in complete silence or with music blasting from speakers but never in public and most of the time I’m writing on my bed or on a comfy couch.

4. Do you have any interesting writing quirks?

When I think of an idea and get too excited, I always end up writing future scenes of a story when I should be going chapter to chapter while writing.

5. What is something memorable you have heard from a reader or fan?

The memorable thing I’ve heard from a reader is that my stories have scenes that make them laugh when they’re having a bad day and that they constantly go back to those scenes when they have the chance to. It’s a little comment like that that has taught me how much of an impact anyone’s writing can have on another person’s life.

6. Do you look up to any authors? Have they influenced the way you write?

I look up to Rick Riordan a lot. His series, the Percy Jackson series, paved the way for my love of fantasy and writing in general. His humor through his stories and the vibrant energy of his characters have definitely influenced my writing.

7. How would you describe the relationship you have with your readers?

My relationship with my readers is interesting and fun. I think we like teasing each other a lot especially on Twitter where they’ve given me endless nicknames, but it’s a very wholesome relationship and I love interacting with them.

Fan Based Questions

1. Which character in TBBATTB do you relate with the most and why?

I relate the most to Macy because she was a lot like me when I younger with the ‘tomboy’ personality.

2. Who is your favorite person in the Cahill family and why?

My favorite Cahill has to be Phillip because he’s adorable.

3. How would you describe Macy Anderson’s character development throughout the story?

Macy’s development is shown through her relationships with her friends and her family. It’s obvious she doesn’t like change but with Sam entering her life there’s a lot of change. She begins to become more aware of her friends’ issues and how she feels overall towards various situations that she has never been put in before. She becomes more aware and in tune to her feelings as the story progresses which is sure to aid in her mentality that she’ll take on after The Bad Boy and the Tomboy.

4. How would you describe Sam Cahill’s character development throughout the story?

Sam’s character development is the strongest of the story despite him being slightly impulsive with his choices. He’s dealing with a lot internally because of the reason why he moved from Bath, England to Port Meadow, Canada. He doesn’t talk about anything related to his life in England. Sam starts opening up to Macy as the novel progresses. Although he seems like the ‘bad boy’ stereotype at first, readers learn that he really isn’t.

Quick Q's

What’s your favorite T.V. show?

Gilmore Girls. I love it so much.

What’s your favorite song?

Drive by Halsey or Tongue Tied by Grouplove.

What is your biggest fear?

Being in a room filled with bugs. That is terrifying.

Who is your role model?

My mom.

What is your favorite food?

Lasagna.

What is your favorite color?

Blue. To be specific-cerulean blue.

What are your top two best and worst personality traits?

My top two worst personality traits and my internal arrogance and being loud when I don’t mean to be. My top two best personality traits are that I am open-minded and empathetic.

Thank You Nicole For The Interview!

We hope this interview gave you more insights to Nicole's new novel. Get ready to be hooked to Nicole's humorous and witty writing. The Bad Boy and the Tomboy is available for pre-order right now on Amazon or Barnes and Nobles. Pre Order it now!

To keep up with Nicole, you can follow her on Twitter @_nikkiofficialw and Instagram @nikki20038

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