I’ve had a cold for the last few days and so my brain isn’t quite up to speed. Therefore, I figured it was a good time to answer some questions you’ve been asking, yes? Okay. Here we go.
The Paper Crowns books seem a lot different than what you usually write – what gave you the ideas for them? They are quite a bit different, but I never just get slammed with a complete idea for a book. I trip over various ideas and puzzle pieces, and so my ‘process’ goes something like this – “A shape-shifting cat is a cool idea.” “That paper crown is pretty, I wish I could fold those.” “I like the name Ginger, I think I’ll use it in a book.” “Hey, a guy with a scarf on his wrist, I could use that.” And then a few days or weeks later, I go “Hey, this would make a cool book!” The only constant in the way books come to me is that they drift to me in pieces over a period of time.
Are you going to self-publish Paper Crowns, or look for a traditional publisher? I’m working on the pitch (and by “working” I mean staring at the paper waiting for the right words to magically appear) in order to submit it to a traditional publisher. I think it will be accepted by a much broader range than Monster due to the non-offensive storyline. *wink*
Are you ever going to write a sequel to Monster? I’ve given it a lot of heavy thought and have come to the point where I can tell you I Have No Idea. Every time I think ‘probably not, it’s a standalone’ I get another idea, and every time I begin to seriously consider writing a sequel, I think ‘probably not, it’s a standalone’ again. We’ll just have to wait and see.
What are you going to write after NaNo? Good question, that. I have several ideas – I was hoping to finish Paper Hearts and This Mortal Coil before November but since I caught the cold and my brain has frozen, I don’t think it’s going to happen. So after I finish those two objects, I’m probably going to write This Curious Madness (an Alice in Wonderland spinoff), Painkiller (my modern Beauty and the Beast rewrite) and The Alphabet in Cell Seventeen (which is the working title for a book with an asylum, four boys, one girl, a twin, a curse, and a creepy alphabet. Happy ending optional. It’s probably part of a duo.)
You seem to collect a lot of quotes – What’s your favorite? Currently? “Being a hero means ignoring how silly you feel.” (Diana Wynne Jones, Fire and Hemlock)
What are you reading right now? Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman and The Archive by Victoria Schwab.
I wish you’d post more of your sketches! So this wasn’t really a /question/ but it gives me a good excuse to post my latest sketch of Theodora and her wysling, Asterope. I left her leg out on purpose. I totally did.
Why are they looking so forlorn? Well, it’s because ————-. I know, sad, right?
Who is your favorite character to write in Paper Hearts? That question is both excellent and evil. I love writing Azrael (who also happens to be my mother’s favorite character) because he somehow manages to be both endearing and a total blaggard.
Can I get a signed copy of Monster? Sure; I have stacks of copies here, and all you have to do is send me a check for $22. Voila; you shall have a signed copy. (Curse shipping for being so expensive!) If you prefer a cheaper way to read it, it’s also available on Kindle. 😉
How do you make your characters witty? I try to make mine funny like that but it doesn’t work. Um…I was born in a family with the biggest sense of humor of any family I know. I had the good fortune of being raised in a funny, witty, sarcastic environment. So, if you haven’t had that opportunity, I suggest you read books with the sense of humor you want to portray or watch movies and tv shows with witty characters. Things like that DO rub off on you, I promise.
Will you critique my work? I’ll critique up to three pages of your work. Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like me to – I don’t bite. 😉
This is a weird question, but what are your favorite movies? It’s not weird. I ask people this question all the time. Since I have a LOT of favorite movies, I’ll just list a few of the special, less heard-of ones. My favorite movies tend to be a little cheesy, just so you know. They are: The Secret World of Arietty, Labyrinth, The Secret of Moonacre, The Road to El Dorado, Alice in Wonderland (the Tim Burton version), The Court Jester, Stardust, Galaxy Quest, and The Thin Man movies.
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Any other questoins, feel free to ask and I’ll answer them in a while with another post like this.