Thursday, February 19, 2015
7:30 AM | Posted by Emily Alfano |
Pub date: July 29, 2014
Thanks! I’ve always loved multiple POVs. To me, writing is a way to get into other people’s heads, because that’s pretty much what interests me the most. I was instantly drawn by the idea of a road trip story told through the eyes of people not on the road trip themselves, each going through their own thing when this mysterious character comes crashing into their lives.
Where did you get your inspiration for Let’s Get Lost?
Partially from my own road trip experiences, partially from my love of stories with multiple POVs. Since the book is split up into essentially five different stories, each story had its own little inspirations.
Are any of the events or characters in your books based off experiences or people in your own life? I’m exceptionally curious about Stoner Timmy, who was one of my favorite characters from Let’s Get Lost.
God, I wish Stoner Timmy were inspired by a real person. That’d be awesome. There are definitely bits and pieces of non-fiction peppered into LGL, mostly just details as opposed to whole characters or events. Leila’s quirk of putting her bare feet on the windshield, for example, is something an ex-girlfriend used to do in my car. NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES has a bit more inspired by real life, although I always, always fictionalize anyone I draw inspiration from.
I read that you went to college for business before you decided to become a writer. What made you change your mind?
Well, to be honest, I only picked business because I had no real idea what I wanted to do with my life. I loved writing, but wasn't sure I'd be doing it at a young age. Fortunately, circumstances surrounding my graduation pretty much left me with no choice but to pursue my dream of writing.
What does your writing process look like? Do you force yourself to sit down and write each day, or do you only write when you’re feeling inspired?
I do it every day. I've learned you can absolutely force inspiration. Being disciplined and writing every single day is something I learned, curiously enough, when I was training for basketball in high school.
Your new book Never Always Sometimes is set to release this August. This week you released the cover for it, for the first time. Is there anything else you can share with your readers or that you want to say about this book?
Sure! I’ll share the jacket copy that’s on the ARC and now on Goodreads. “Dave and Julia are best friends. On the brink of high school, they made a list of cliches they would never do. Now in their senior year, Dave and Julia decide to try every Never on the list. As they break out of their comfort zone and have many adventures- both together and apart- they learn a lot more about who they are and what their true feelings are for one another.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but Let’s Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes are stand alones. How do you feel about series, and would you consider writing one sometime?
They are stand alones, and I’m pretty sure every book I ever write will be. One of the writing mantras I try to live by is “Tell almost the whole story” (Anne Sexton). I can see why lots of readers love series, and the desire to get more from the characters you love in a book, but I prefer the glimpses offered from stand alones.
In Let’s Get Lost Leila’s mom’s favorite recipe was Jambalaya. Do you have a favorite Jambalaya recipe/have you ever made it before?
I have made it before! It turned out pretty good, and I served it with a homemade Cajun hot sauce, but I feel like I could definitely improve it. I don’t see it becoming anyone’s favorite, so I have to get better at it.
I’m a huge movie buff, so I approve. Yes, the book is almost always better, but that’s probably because you can just do so much more with a book. You have 300+ pages and an unlimited budget (imagination>Hollywood), so there’s going to be more happening, more nuance to your characters. I would definitely consider adaptations to my own books, because I think I’m pretty good at ceding control. I feel like I’d be good at separating what I saw on the screen from the book I’d written.
One last request! On Wholly-Books we like to do what we call a round of ‘this or that.’ All you have to do is pick which one you prefer!
This or that
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Ebooks or print? Print
Beach or pool? Beach
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Pens or pencils? Pens
Dancing or Singing? Singing
Call or text? Text
Beer or wine? Beer
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