Friday, April 25, 2014

Cupcake Stickers and Surreal Moments

I'm pleased to be with Ms. Amy Newman today for an interview, wherein I discuss cupcake stickers and my publishing journey.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Madonna Stuck In My Head: Homecoming Edition

As many of you know, one of the contests responsible for my finding an agent was Like A Virgin. (You can read all about my first time here.) A year later, the contest is back - and I'm incredibly honored to be participating from the other side of the fence as a Critique Angel. I look forward to working with one of you on a 5 page + synopsis crit!

(BTW, if you follow me on Twitter, I do random query/first page crit giveaways - so even if you don't win now, you could win later...)

(Also, I'll confess I'm reusing some of my answers from last year.)

How do you remember your first kiss?
I remember being surprised. Then panic-admitting that I'd never kissed anyone, then freaking out because I was a freshman in college and thought that was probably a weird thing to admit and that I'd scare him away. Impressed by my overflowing confidence, said boyfriend later went on to marry me.

What was your first favorite love song?
It would have to be "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls.

What’s the first thing you do when you begin writing for the day?
Coffee. Two cups, sometimes with chocolate mixed in.

Who’s the first writer who truly inspired you to become a writer?
Patrick Ness. I admire a lot of writers, but the way I click with his voice and the way he tells his stories is something surreal. I was writing before I found Ness, but the way I approached my work radically changed after I finished his brilliant novel A Monster Calls. Also, I will never forgive him for Manchee.

Did the final revision of your first book have the same first chapter it started with?
Nope. It went through four completely different beginnings before I found the right place. Which is still a trend, even though I'm on my fourth manuscript.

For your first book, which came first: major characters, plot or setting?

What’s the first word you want to roll off the tip of someone’s tongue when they think of your writing?
Honestly I'd be happy they're thinking of it at all! But if I had to pick something ... original. I would want them to feel like they've experienced something new. Fun fact: this is last year's answer, before I had an agent, before I had a book deal. Recently, I was lucky enough to receive praise from author Roland Smith ... who used that exact word. (See? SEE?)

And that's it for the questions! Looking forward to meeting the rest of you and learning about your "firsts." Good luck everyone!

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