Posts Tagged ‘Interview’


Interview with Hannah Moskowitz

April 2, 2010

Yesterday was our 5-Minute Book Club and we featured Break by Hannah Moskowitz.  To follow it up, Hannah has given us a great interview.  She was so amazing and super-fast replying.  Thanks, Hannah!!

We all loved your book and were entranced by the voice.  How did you nail the voice?

Thank you so much! I wish I had a better answer for this, but it wasn’t a conscious thing. The first few pages that you see of BREAK are basically the same first pages form the very first draft. Those I just wrote, letting them happen, and I tried to get the rest of the book to match that same vibe. I love voice in novels, but I never have any good advice on how to write it. It’s just having fun with it, I think.
Now that BREAK has been out a while, do you feel that it has changed you and how?

It’s definitely connected me to some fantastic people. And it’s been AMAZING watching the buzz for BREAK grow, absolutely amazing. I keep waiting for the crash, or for BREAK to slowly fade into nothingness, but its popularity has actually been building everyday, which is…astounding to watch. It’s amazing what word of mouth can do, and I’m so incredibly grateful for what my readers have managed to do for this book. I sound like such a goddamn suck-up right now, but I’m so serious.
We see that you have INVINCIBLE SUMMER coming out next year.  Can you share some of it?

Heehee, I have excerpts on my blog at you can absolutely check out. I’m so exciting for INVINCIBLE SUMMER. It’s going to be awesome.
Do you think YA is getting too edgy?  Are there any taboo subjects?  Should it be toned down?

Oh, hell no, it can’t get too edgy for me. But I think it’s important that we keep building this huge amount of breadth we have going for us in YA. We don’t want to be edgy for the sake of being edgy, you know? There’s room for everything, and there should be. It’s one of the best things YA has going for it as a classification. We hold so many different genres.
I can’t think of any taboo subjects.
Have you ever tried writing from female perspective and if so, how did it go?

I’ve started a few things from female POVs, and they never went well. I have a novel finished that I co-wrote with a friend, in which he wrote the POV of a boy, and I wrote a girl. That was much easier than writing a whole book from a female’s POV. So with that under my belt, I wrote another novel from 4 POVs, two of which are female.
What else do you have in the works?

I have a few YA manuscripts sitting around, wonder what’s going to happen with them, and an MG in the works right now. I have an adult book that’s out with editors right now. We’ll see how everything happens!
What’s it like to be a published, teenage writer in college?

Busy. Nobody knows about the writing thing at college, so there I’m just hannah, which is honestly a nice break. But it is frustrating when I have edits due the same Monday as a big paper, and I just want someone at school to cut me a break. I end up getting all my shit done, but sometimes it’s a scramble. I don’t like college much–I’m never shy about saying it–so a lot of times I just wish I were old enough to be out of here.
Now we have to get personal, at least I want to satisfy my own curiosity.  We’ll blame Twitter ;).  I think it’s awesome you are making an inter-faith relationship work.  Your shiksa.  I still smile every time I think of him being a shiksa.  I guess I should explain for our readers.  A shiksa is a female non-Jew.  A male non-Jew is a shaygetz.  Does he mind that you refer to him in this way?  And how did Shiksa come about for him?

I love this question so much. Yeah, I call him shiksa all the time, both to his face and on the internet. On twitter, it just made sense–its easier than everyone going “Who’s Chris?” every time I mention him–and I think it’s cute and funny. I call him shiksa instead of shaygetz for a few reasons. It’s a more familiar term; he knew it before I started calling him that, and gentiles in general have an easier time recognizing it. Also, Chris refers to me as his boyfriend sometimes, so it’s really only fair that he gets to be the shiksa. We just like to confuse people.


Ice cream: French Vanilla

Color: Indigo

Jewish holiday: Rosh Hashanah

Final question, What do you drive?

Eee, I did drive a 2005 Cooper Mini, but I totaled it a few weeks ago. Now I have a 2009 Honda Fit, and I love it to death.

Thanks so very much for doing this. We appreciate it lots and lots.

Comments, questions, thoughts, oh lovely readers??  Also, yesterday we announced the chance to win Break would be announced in the future and it will, as soon as our super sekrit project is finished 😉


Interview with author Cindy Pon

November 2, 2009

Silver Phoenix book cover

Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia, is a lush YA fantasy set in ancient China.  Silver Phoenix explores the journey of heroine Ai Ling to escape an arranged marriage and find her missing father in the Palace of Fragrant Dreams. Along the way, Ai Ling encounters some very mysterious creatures, taps into magical abilities she didn’t know she possessed, and meets handsome stranger Chen Yong and his cheeky brother, Li Rong.

The much anticipated sequel to Silver Phoenix is due out in Fall, 2010!  Below, author Cindy Pon was kind enough to answer a few questions about her books and writing in general.

1. Your debut novel, Silver Phoenix, has been out since April of this year. Were you surprised at how much critical acclaim it received, including your ALA starred review?

honestly, i was surprised. my personal motto is always expect nothing, be pleasantly surprised. i put out the best novel that i could with the help of my publisher–but you never know how it will be received. so it’s always a blessing to know that some critics enjoyed my debut. it’s even cooler when actual readers let you know how much they loved it as well. reading is such a *personal* experience.

2. Silver Phoenix is what many would call a traditional fantasy, following a hero’s (or in your case, heroine’s) journey. Is this the type of story you enjoy reading? What drew you to write this?

i love fantasy as a genre. and yes, traditional fantasy by authors such as tad williams and terry brooks were always a favorite. honestly, the idea of a straight heroine’s journey came to me as it was for ai ling. it seemed like something i *could* write for the first novel–as it was so familiar to me.

3. I know you’ve been working like crazy to finish up your sequel these past few weeks. Can you give us a sneak peek of what to expect? How is it different from Silver Phoenix?

it will be two storylines following ai ling and chen yong and the relationship between silver phoenix and zhong ye three centuries earlier within the palace of fragrant dreams. it’s definitely a more complicated set up than the straight heroine’s journey. in my mind, the sequel is the aftermath of what ai ling did and had to do in the debut. things don’t happen without consequences. and you get to find out about zhong ye and silver phoenix, it’s the prequel really, to my debut.
it’s different in that i think the story has turned much more *personal* in this second book.

4. I already know the denouement—the curse of many an author—is one of your favorite parts to write. Can you tell me which part of a novel is the hardest for you to write? Was there a specific scene in SP that stumped you for awhile?

oh. The Dreaded Middle for sure. 50k of words is pretty darned daunting. and i don’t do chapter outlines or even chapter when i rough draft. i just go. there weren’t specific scenes that stumped me, but i stopped writing for six months after ai ling goes to visit master tan with
chen yong and what happens to her subsequently. i was forty pages in the novel and then truly scared myself into immobility because i had no idea how to move forward. the idea of writing two hundred more pages
terrified me!

5. What would be your main words of advice to aspiring YA writers?

writers write. you may not sell your first novel, but know that you will improve with each novel that you do write. always challenge yourself with each new project. read widely–beyond the genre you are writing
and beyond your favorites.

6. What can’t you live without when you’re writing?

my laptop. classical music. a drink and good snacks / food! =)

7. Just for fun—because of your luscious descriptions of food, everyone says Silver Phoenix makes them hungry. How much of the food that you wrote about have you actually tasted?

some of the dishes are made up! but i’d say i’ve eaten at least 75% of what i listed. a personal favorite is beef tongue! i don’t eat pig ears, tho!

8. Finally, what’s in store for you next, writing-wise?

i do have a children’s picture book i need to work on with my editor featuring my chinese brush art. but i also have the inkling of a third novel–set also in xia, but not related to ai ling. it’s tickling the back of my mind, and i never acknowledge these puffs of story ideas. but from past experience, they do manifest into full novels in the end. =D

thanks so much for having me! i had a lot of fun with this

And thank you, Cindy, for taking the time to chat! Visit Cindy on her website, Paint and Prose or her blog. Her book is available online at amazon or at a major bookstore near you.

Debra Driza


Chills & Spills: An interview with Katie Alender

October 26, 2009

BGDD_CVRLGAlexis has a lot on her mind. Her family is dysfunctional, her doll-obsessed sister is acting stranger by the day, and she’s crushing on a boy whose preppy-perfect exterior hides a wit and personality that might just be a match for her rebellious reputation. When her creepy heritage house develops a mind of its own and her sister starts playing host to a hundred plus year-old angry spirit, Alexis’s world goes from dysfunctional to dangerous.

Bad Girl’s Don’t Die is the debut novel of Katie Alender. Katie was kind enough to answer a few of Kathleen’s questions about her book and how she’s getting word out about it.


Katie, thanks so much for agreeing to be interviewed. Part of the appeal of Bad Girls Don’t Die was the strength of Alexis’s personality; she didn’t need the cute boy to save the day—in fact, she tried to keep the cute boy out of things for his own good. Did you think about whether or not Alexis would be a role model to teens when writing?

Yes and no–I don’t believe that anything should come before story and character, so I never set out to make Alexis a role model. But yes, because I purposefully developed her to be the kind of girl she is–strong, independent, and not a damsel in distress. Mostly, I wanted her to be true to herself. I don’t think it’s in me as a writer to give readers an irredeemably helpless female character. That’s not what I care to put out in the world.

Bad Girls Don’t Die seemed to be open and shut but there are two more books in the works. Did you originally conceive of it as the first in a series or was that something which evolved during the editing and publication process?

I didn’t imagine the book as the first of a series, which is why the ending is so conclusive. I’m glad I had a real ending, because I prefer those in books (rather than cliffhangers that direct you to a sequel), but it definitely presented challenges when I was conceiving of Book 2. What’s interesting to me, as a writer, is that as I write Book 2, I find that Bad Girls Don’t Die did actually leave me some avenues to explore. In some ways the themes I’m dealing with now are more subtle, which is fitting, because Alexis is older.

The trailer for your book is fantastic! How much did your film and production background help and did you always intend to use YouTube as a way of promoting the book?

It helped quite a bit, as did the fact that production is our family business. Since the time that I became aware of book trailers, I wanted to do a good one for Bad Girls Don’t Die. I think trailers are most effective when they give readers a sense of the mood and tone of a book, rather than just rehashing the plot summary with a bunch of still photographs. So that’s what we set out to do. Having a film school background and a lot of friends willing to do us favors was a definite advantage in that regard!

That being said, you don’t need a film degree and a bunch of industry friends to make an effective trailer. You just need to think about what you want the trailer to convey. The way I see it, I can go to a website and read the summary of the book faster than I can watch a trailer, so a trailer has to offer something more. Setting the summary to music and fading it in and out very slowly isn’t more–it’s just different.

I didn’t plan specifically for Youtube; I just knew we’d want to get the trailer out and about. I do believe that it drives book sales.

Fanvids are massively popular with followers of TV shows and movies and we’re starting to see fanvids emerge for popular YA titles. Do you think this trend that will continue to grow and how do you, as an author, feel about it? (Not sure what fanvids are? Check out gianina17’s fantastic fanvid for Thirteen Reasons Why. After you’ve done that, why not check out OPWFT member Jamie Blair’s interview with author Jay Asher.)

I think it will definitely grow, as video editing software continues to be available. As an author, I like them–who wouldn’t be flattered that someone dedicated so much time and attention to your book?

I would just be on the lookout for a few things–(1) does it promote the book without spoilers? In other words, if someone watches your fanvid and thinks, “Well, now I don’t have to read the book!”, it’s kind of defeating the purpose. And (2), are you giving credit for the creative content you used? Music/photos/video you’ve included?

I’ve had videos pulled from Youtube for the music content, and then I’ve been contacted by people who said, “I’d never heard of the song you used, but I went out and bought it after watching your video.” So I think pulling something off the internet “because it’s MINE!” is pretty dumb, provided the use doesn’t preclude people from actually buying something. But artists have a right to be credited for their work–AND the right to ask that it not be used, if that’s what they prefer.

There’s a huge difference, in my opinion, in making a book trailer and, say, scanning a book and putting the whole thing online so people can download and read it for free.

I love the approach you took with the review section of your website. Not only did you include review snips from the blogosphere but you also posted a response to each snip and linked back to the original blog. Did you always intend to engage bloggers and how big of a role has the blogosphere played in promoting Bad Girls Don’t Die?

I’ve been making friends and connecting with people online for about ten years. Being part of the blogosphere is a natural extension of that. I never set out to engage bloggers as part of a scheme, but as they began to mention my book, the magic of Google Alerts allowed me to find them and say thank you or answer questions or react to reviews, etc. I feel very comfortable meeting and interacting with people that way, so it just kind of happened. It helps that most book bloggers are bright, funny, literate young women, and I have a tremendous appreciation for people like that.

I believe that the sort of grass-roots online push for BGDD played a very big part in its success. I’m quite grateful to the book bloggers for their enthusiastic response.

Katie, thank you for taking the time to talk with us.

Bad Girls Don’t Die is available from Disney-Hyperion. For the latest news about Katie Alender as well as fun downloads and extras (including wallpapers and author commentary) visit her website at


Interview with E.D. Baker, author of The Frog Princess series

September 16, 2009

I recently had the opportunity to interview E.D. Baker, author of Wings and of the Frog Princess series.  The Frog Princess was picked up by Disney and used for the movie The Princess and the Frog, which comes out this December.

In The Frog Princess, the classic cure for Eadric, the frog prince goes a bit awry.  Princess Emma kisses him, and instead of finding a prince, she finds herself a frog.  I could see this turning dark – it’s a dangerous life as a frog – but you went for a wonderfully funny adventure.  Was that ever a conscious decision?  Or more of a reflection on your natural voice?

I prefer writing funny stories rather than dark.  I’ve always thought that it’s harder to write something that amuses people, considering how subjective “funny” can be, and I’m thrilled when readers tell me that my books are funny.

One of the things I like about the Frog Princess series is how clean it is.  Everyone can enjoy the books without worrying about content issues.  I heard about your books from my mother-in-law and recommended your books to a 10-year-old.  Who do you think of as your target audience?

I’ve been told that my books are for ages eight and up, but the youngest reader who has written to me was six years old and I continually hear from teens and adults, including college students, parents and grandparents.

Counting Dragon Kiss, which comes out this month, you’ve got eight published books, one of which has been adapted into a movie.  How did you go from unpublished writer to multi-published, author with Disney’s attention?

I received many rejection letters before Bloomsbury accepted my first book, The Frog Princess.  Disney began the optioning procedure shortly after The Frog Princess came out, then renewed their option several times until they finally exercised the option and made their own version of the story.  In the meantime, I had continued the series as well as written some unrelated books.

Wings, a half-fae, half-goblin, love adventure, begins a whole new trilogy.  Any updates on the Wings front?

I am currently writing the eighth book in tales of the Frog Princess.  When it is finished, I intend to start the sequel to Wings.

It seems like you have a new book out every year.  What’s the big picture writing cycle like for you?

I am trying to write two books a year, but I’m not sure how long that will last.   Writing the Frog Princess books is relatively easy for me now, because I know the world and the characters so well.  Writing unrelated stories is harder because I have to create the world and the characters, then get to know the characters well enough that I know how they will act in a given situation.  I generally know what the next five books will be and think about them for a few years before I actually begin writing them.  Occasionally I switch around the order in which I write them, either because of fan demand or my publisher’s interest.

Now a couple quickies: Which of your characters is your favorite?

In the tales of the Frog Princess, I’d have to say Emma, Shelton and Li’l, although I had a lot of fun writing about the trolls and the water monsters living in the troll mountain in No Place For Magic.  I also really like Lamia Lou in Wings.

I’ve written a book that is unrelated to any other and is due out next summer.  I have just sent off my latest round of revisions and I have to say, this book may well be my best story yet.  The main character, Annie, is another of my favorites.

What are you reading right now?

I like to read nonfiction when I’m working on a book.  I get some of my best ideas from books on mythology, plants, and the Middle Ages, as well as British and European royalty throughout history.  My daughters give me romances to read, which is probably why so much romance comes out in my stories.  I just finished a book on weird plants, which you’ll see evidence of in the Frog Princess book I am working on now.

* If you have a question not here, you’ll likely find it on E.D. Baker’s FAQ page of her website or on her blog.  Check it out!   – Holen Mathews


Interview with #1 NY Times Bestselling author of Wings, Aprilynne Pike

September 14, 2009



I recently had the pleasure of chatting with a fellow AbsoluteWriter turned #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Aprilynne Pike. First, here’s a bit about Aprilynne’s debut, Wings.

Wings, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl named Laurel who discovers she is a faerie sent among humans to guard the gateway to Avalon. When Laurel is thrust into the midst of a centuries-old battle between faeries and trolls, she’s torn between a human and a faerie love, as well as her loyalties to each world. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever( HarperTeen)

From following your Twitter, I know you’re now working on copyedits for book two. I know you’re not allowed to divulge many secrets from the sequel, but can you give us some hints? Most importantly, will we see more of the yummy Tamani?

Here are the four things I am telling people about book two. First, in book two Laurel gets summoned to the Academy of Avalon to learn how to be a Fall faerie, so readers get to go with her right into Avalon for the first time! While there, you’ll see more of Tamani and get to know him as a person rather than just in his role as Laurel’s sentry. On the human side, you’ll get to see Laurel and David as a couple, since we really didn’t get to see that in the first book. Also, Chelsea is going to step forward and take a stronger role, and I’m really excited about that.

Wings is one of a four book series. How far are you into books three and four?

I am about 55k into book three and, as you mentioned, just turned in copy-edits for book two. Book four is still simmering away in my brain.:)

Writers often draw on their real life experiences. Is there a little of Aprilynne in Laurel? Or are there other people in your life who influenced David or Tamani?

There is a little bit of Laurel in me in that I moved schools twice during my freshman year of high school and was the new girl in both a huge school and a tiny school, and became very familiar with the challenges those both entailed. I really don’t have anyone who influenced either Tamani or David. I set out to make two different versions of the perfect man. Everyone always asks which guy is my husband, but I’m afraid my husband is yet a third version of the perfect man.:D

*Sighs. Aprilynne is a lucky woman…literary success and the perfect man!

You were a part of the Supernatural Summer book tour with Melissa Marr. Can you tell us a little about the tour?

The tour was awesome! I didn’t actually get to tour with Melissa as we were on different legs, but I did get to tour with and meet Kim Harrison, Kelley Armstrong, and Claudia Gray. It was so cool to do a group signing; to be able to feed off of each other and combine fan bases. I hear we are doing another one next year (I don’t know who exactly is involved yet) and I am so excited to find out more!!

When I first started on AW, I stalked—er, followed, your blog religiously. What has blogging meant to you and to your writing career?

Blogging is a way to more intimately share my journey with readers. And not even always readers. A lot of my blog followers are aspiring authors who may or may not have read my book. I started out as a new writer with no credentials and one contact who recommended me to her agent who promptly lost my manuscript. Now I am a (it still feels weird to say this) bestselling author with a movie in the works and sales to 20 foreign countries! Holy s*&^!! I have blogged from the very beginning and I am hopeful that other aspiring authors will see that if I can do it, they can too. It takes work. Usually a lot of work, but it can be done–I’m living proof. And so are several of my blog readers now, which–although i know I did not contribute directly to them being published–makes me very proud!

There seems to be a booming population of Mormon’s in the YA Fantasy genre. As a spiritual person whose faith sometimes bleeds over into her work, does your faith influence your work, or do you keep it entirely separate?

I try to keep it entirely separate. I keep religion out of my novels because I don’t want my readership to be limited by their religion. Teen experiences are teen experiences, no matter what you faith or lack thereof dictates. I tend to make my main characters either non-religious or religiously-apathetic.

Wings wasn’t your first novel. You originally started out with adult novel, which sounded awesome by the way. Is that novel trunked, or do you plan on resurrecting it?

laugh* It has been ages since someone asked about my adult novel! My first two novels were a first book and sequel in a high fantasy that involved a system of magic where opposite magical people had to work together to use their gifts. But working with someone bound you to them for the rest of your lives, both in a physical sense as well as an emotional sense. And things get rather shaken up when a brother and sister accidentally bond and have to work together to fight and old family enemy who now threatens the entire world.

Wow . . . that off the cuff paragraph is way better than my query letter was. Ha!

Even in your wildest dreams, could you fathom the success that Wings has garnered?

Never. I knew that Harper had big plans for me–that was enough of a surprise. And since I really wanted writing to be my career, I knew i wanted to make a splash. But never, ever, even in my pipe dreams, did I think I would hit number one with my first book, or that I would sell movie rights so soon, and in such a star-studded way. I am meeting goals now that I did not even consider meeting until several books down the road. It has been one amazing surprise after another!

You are mom to three beautiful children. How do you balance your writing with your motherly duties?

I have a stay at home husband! At least for the next six months. Then he has to get on with his own life. Seriously though, he makes all the difference. He watches the kids when I travel and when I write for about six hours a day. But when I am done writing, I’m done writing, and then it is kid time. I have to  devote the rest of the hours of the day because otherwise I become a part-time mom, and I am just not willing to do that.

Stephenie Meyer is a friend of yours. Although there is a rabid and vocal fan base of Twilight, there are also those who are very critical. How do you handle critical reviews? Is it hard for you to hear criticism of fellow writer friends?

I am a firm believer that a certain percent of readers in this world, are going to be haters. I have lots of haters. But I turn that around and say that I have lots of haters because I have lots of readers. I also get a lot of really wonderful fan mail and that helps to balance out the two.

Critical reviews–those, in my opinion, are not hard to handle. Truly critical reviews are smart and well-thought. They point out flaws in your book and–if you are honest with yourself–make you think, hmmm, they are probably right. I have tweaked issues in book two because of smart reviewers who saw somethign that I didn’t. And I am grateful to them for pointing it out! Then there are reviews where the book simply didn’t speak to the reader, it wasn’t their thing. Those are okay too. Different strokes for different folks as they say. I certainly don’t expect everyone to like my book. I don’t like every book that I read either. The ones that tend to bother me are the ones where the reviewer clearly either wants to hate your success (usually these reviewers who are aspiring authors and you can just see them going, “But, but, but MY book is better than THIS!”) or have a friend who is “in competition” with you (I have several of those too.) Those reviews are not fair, and they tend to be louder and more publicized. But even when I run into something like that, I just have to shrug and move on and remember that they fit into the haters percentage too. They are just more verbal.:)

It probably harder for me to see people hating on books that are writen by friends than my own because I have discovered that I am, for some reason, better at shrugging off haters than most of my friends (and waaaay better than my husband; he is my knight in shining armor.:)). So when I read a really hateful review of a friend’s book, I know that it hurts them and it makes me want to lash out. I don’t . . . usually, but it’s the Mama Bear instinct in me.:)

What can you not live without when you’re writing?

Diet soda. Well, some kind of snacks in general. I have this hand to mouth thing and tend to chomp rather voraciously when I am writing a difficult scene.:)

And for fun: Peanut or plain m and m’s?

Plain. I am all about plain chocolate.

Myself, Krista, along with all of us here at OPWFT want to thank Aprilynne for her generosity in taking the time out of her VERY, VERY busy schedule to chat with us. Can’t wait to the sequel!!!


Meet Rebecca’s WIP, Mind’s Eye

August 27, 2009
Here’s an upclose and personal look at Rebecca’s WIP, Mind’s Eye
1. For my readers, can you give me a quick summary of your current WIP.

Kearly Ashling is a seventeen-year-old misfit, who also has unique ability to travel via her mind. She can think of anywhere (either real or imaginery) and zap there. When a mysterious messenger shows up unimagined, she realizes her ability just opened a can-of-worms.

2. If you could be any character in your WIP, who would you be and why?
I’d be Kearly, because she’s one of the strongest people…errr, wait…characters I know. 🙂
3. Do you have a writing schedule/set yourself targets?
My goal is to write at least 500 words per day. Some days, I can pump out words like there’s no tomorrow, and other days, I can’t write anything.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think that there’s always going to be the good versus evil message in books. You can’t really have a book without an antagonist. So, with that said, I believe the message in Mind’s Eye is that good can overcome evil. I also think that Kearly deals with a lot of life’s problems, and a lot of teenagers could relate to her.

5. What inspired you to write your current WIP?

I sat on the couch one day, daydreaming about God only knows, and thought it’d be cool to take a vacay by thinking of a random spot and being there instantly.

6. Do you dream about your characters, scenes or certain settings?

Honestly, no. Although, apparently I’m missing out on the Dom dreams. HAHA! I suppose if daydreaming counts…

7. Do you believe you were destined to be a writer?

I do. I’ve been writing since I could form sentences (according to my mom). I never really said, “I’m going to grow up and be a writer,” because writing was always a hobby as a kid. When I challenged myself last year to write a novel, I realized how much fun I have while writing, and knew I’d do it for the rest of my life.

8. There are some pretty hot characters in many of OPWFT + TWFT novels, if you could choose one to be with. Who would you choose?

Oh, gosh. This is a toughie. I was really obsessed with Merrick in Cant Me If You Can, but I find myself falling in love/being infatuated with quite a few others. 🙂

9. If you could choose one scene to live through in your book, what would it be and who would you be?

Oh, that’s easy. I’d definitely like to be couped up with Dom in a cabin. I’d take Kearly’s place in a heartbeat. 😉

10. If you could be any scene in any YA book: what scene, what book and which character?

Whoa. There’s too many to choose!! I couldn’t pick just one.

Oddball Question: What can you not live without when it comes to writing…..
There’s many things. Anything with caffeine usually does the job, though. 🙂

Twifts and Oldsters Unite for interview!

August 26, 2009

Recently, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of being asked for an interview by Amna/GeekPride from the TWFT blog and AW. It was a surreal and exciting moment to say, “I’m giving an interview!” One of those kinda moments that all “would be” writers dream of happening. The interview was for Amna’s own personal blog, but I thought it was such a cool idea that I asked her if we could borrow the questions and do a series on the OPWFT blog. She graciously agreed, so here is the first OPWFT WIP Interview…thanks again to AMNA/Geek Pride. Here’s a link to her blog:

Q&A- The Amna Way…

Posted on August 20, 2009 by Amna


*Cue theme song*

Welcome to another episode of Q&A- The Amna WAY!

*cue applause*

Okay, I know your dying to know who is my guest. And I’m excited to introduce someone I look up to!

Krista! (aka Juneluv12)

Thank you so much for agreeing to be on my show! I’m giddy with excitement. This is a great honour

Okay.. I’ll stop stalling..On to the interview!!

(1). For my readers, can you give me a quick summary of your current WIP

My current WIP is called The War Within. It’s about seventeen year old girl named, Mia, who is banished from home for the summer after being caught in a compromising position with her father’s research assistant. She’s sent to stay with her grandmother, Livia, even though she has only met her a few times in her life. There is bad blood between Livia and Mia’s father, so the relationship has been strained. The catch is Livia is living with Mia’s aunt who married a Mexican dignitary, so she’ll be staying in Guadalajara, Mexico for the summer. Thus, enters a hot, Latino named, Joaquin, to spice the story up a bit! Lol

So, there’s some great WWII scenes and secret revelations from Livia, and Mia also learns a lot about herself and her relationship with her father.

*Jaw drops to the ground* Wow. Just Wow.

2. If you could be any character in your WIP, who would you be and why?

That’s a hard one. I think there are little bits of me in all my characters! I feel I have some of Livia’s survival against all odds, definitely Mia’s snark and attitude, and Joaquin’s strong faith.

3. Do you have a writing schedule/ set yourself targets?

I wish I could say I had a more dedicated writing schedule. I basically write when the mood hits. I completed DHTP within a month, but that was during the summer when I had more time to write. I’d love to get disciplined and set myself a writing schedule…maybe that can be a resolution for me!

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

First, it would be the repercussions of racism and prejudice, both for Livia and for Joaquin’s family. To quote Auden, “We must love one another or die.” I’m really big on teaching tolerance and acceptance. Then, I would have to say the importance of family. Finally, it would be to love yourself and be honest with yourself and those you love.

5. What inspired you to write your current WIP?

About five years ago, I befriend a Holocaust survivor named, Livia Unger Greeson, through my best friend Victoria. She had met Mrs. Greeson during college, and they struck up a fast friendship. Mrs. Greeson came to speak at the school, and when she found out I was an aspiring writer, she asked me to start chronicling her story. Unfortunately, time wasn’t on our side. I was the middle of Graduate School and then she had a stroke. She passed away in January of 2008.Originally, I had the idea of an adult novel using some aspects of her life and fictionalizing. Then this summer, I had what I like to call a “drive by SNI”, and I realized how I could make this a YA. My friend Victoria, who introduced me to Mrs. Greeson, is married to a man from Guadalajara, and I love the Mexican culture. I found a way to interweave both loves into one story.

6. Do you dream about your characters, scenes or certain settings?

Normally, I do not. I have what I call “image impressions” where I’ll be cleaning house, driving down the road, or even in the shower, and an entire scene will come to me. But the other night, I had a dream about Mrs. Greeson. I was telling her about The War Within, and she was very excited. She was also thrilled I was setting it in Mexico for Victoria!

7. Do you believe you were destined to be a writer?

Depends on which day of the week you ask me, lol. Writing is in my blood. My cousin, David Bottoms, is regionally famous poet who was the Poet Laureate of Georgia for a period of time. My mom claimed I wrote my first story when I was four…it was more pictures than anything, but I have been writing all my life.

8. There are some pretty hot characters in many of OPWFT + TWFT novels, if you could choose one to be with. Who would you choose?

Hmm, this is a toughie. It would probably be a tossup between Fairy/Steph’s Mr. Golden in Submerge, and Merrick in Jamie’s Cant Me If You Can.

9. If you could choose one scene to live through in your book, what would it be and who would you be?

I would love to be romanced by a guy like Joaquin. He’s a man of faith and integrity in a world where so many guys aren’t. So, I’d love to be dancing with him at the Quinceneara scene under the twinkling lights….

10.If you could be any scene in any YA book: what scene, what book and which character?

Hmm, I’m probably gonna catch some heck for this, but I’d probably be Bella in the Honeymoon scene in Breaking Dawn….lol

11. Oddball Question: What’s the difference between a novel and a book?

Um, they’re the same thing….unless you’re talking non-fic

WHHOOOOO! Was that not a great interview?!

Yes it was bloody fantastic! Thank your Krista! You truly rock