I wanted to write a female character who’s strong enough that a man’s criticizing her weight or looks can sting but not devastate her. Too many women give others too much power over their self-worth. (…) It’s crazy that it’s considered refreshing to see women who like to eat as much as men. We all have that side that would eat an entire pizza if there were no repercussions. (…) I wanted [my character] to be preoccupied with her body like most women are. It’s important to her to lose weight because she has this idea of an ideal body that will help her achieve happiness, but she hates when society tells her she can’t do or have something because she isn’t skinny. (…) Thinking about body image is such a small part of what I use my brain for, and I want other women to follow suit.