Revenge of the Geek | NAL Trade | Young Adult | November 2, 2010
Please tell us your latest news!
I'm very excited about the recent release of my latest Piper Banks book, REVENGE OF THE GEEK. I think old and new fans alike will enjoy Miranda's latest escapade.
I'm also hard at work on my latest adult novel (which I published under the name Whitney Gaskell).
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I'm thrilled with how REVENGE OF THE GEEKS turned out. I've really enjoyed Miranda's evolution over the four books in the series.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have so many favorite authors, it's hard to chose. I love P.G. Wodehouse for his humor, E.M. Forester for his evocative prose and L.M. Montgomery, for creating the most memorable female young adult protagonist of all time (Anne of Green Gables, of course!). I'm also a rabid Harry Potter fan, and very much looking forward to the newest installment in the movie franchise.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I write stories that emphasize the characters -- nothing is more interesting than people, and why they chose to make the choices they make.
Do you see writing as a career?
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was a reader before I was a writer. Whenever I'm contacted for advice from aspiring writers, I always tell them to read, read, read. Different genres, different authors. Reading helps you to learn the rhythm of storytelling.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
My family is very proud of me! And yes, of course, they always read my books.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
I do write full time. Before I was a writer, I was a lawyer. The law and me were not a good match, so I'm much happier now.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
A combination of both. I outline at first, but as the characters stretch and develop, the story can often veer in an unexpected direction. When it comes to storylines, it's important to be disciplined and yet flexible.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
The one thing I absolutely must have is chilled water, preferably ice cold. When my late pug was alive, I always wrote with her under my desk, usually resting her head on my feet. My new pug snores, though, so I often have to escape to the bookstore to work!
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
Mostly I try to stay off the Internet. I have a terrible habit of shoe shopping when I'm under deadline!
What main genre do you write in?
Teen / Young Adult
Thank you for reading my interview with Nigh Owl Teen! I invite you to read about Miranda Bloom's latest adventure in my new book REVENGE OF THE GEEK.
All my best,