Happy Friday, Misfiteers!
We over here at the YA Misfits are starting a new feature for the last Friday of every month: Interview With A Misfit. Which, I say that, and I immediately start thinking about Lestat and get shivers. But not to worry! We may be misfits, but we don't bite. Really.
So! The way this works is that we have a set of standard questions that we can answer (kind of like having a YA Misfit Bot to interview us), OR we'll have another misfit interview us. Since I volunteered to play guinea pig, we're just going to roll with the Misfit Bot. Sound good to you? It sounds good to me.
OK, here we go!
Hi, Misfit Cait! Tell us about you and what you're working on!
Well hi, Misfit Interview Bot! Have I mentioned you sound like GLaDOS? You're not going to tempt me with cake and science, are you? Let's see, I write YA and NA in just about every genre, and my first book, Eyre House just came out in July. It's a NA gender-swapped retelling of Jane Eyre set in the South. Southern Gothic Romance FTW.
Right now I'm finishing up a NA post-apocalyptic paranormal called ParaWars: Uprising. It's the first in a trilogy, and will be out in October. And I'm really excited about it, because while I loved writing Eyre House, contemporary isn't so much my thing. SpecFic, however, definitely is! So I'm stoked to get to share it with everyone.
Your YAMisfits nickname is The Tomboy. What'd you do to earn that one?
I was born? Hahaha. Actually, I'm not kidding. I've always been a tomboy, always played harder than the guys. And I have 4 brothers, so that takes some doing. It pays off, though. I have all kinds of experiences that I can use in my writing, from sailing to shooting guns to riding horses.
How do you find your pep on a Monday, or any other day when writing is tough?
Ugh, Mondays. I cram as much writing into the weekend as I can, but since Monday is back-to-the-day-job day, sometimes I just can't get the mojo to write. I've learned, though, that sometimes it's ok to take the day off. I'll work on a formatting job, or design something, or I'll just read. It's amazing how reading can recharge you for writing.
What's your favorite writing tip?
I know, it sounds stupid. But in the insanity of the endeavour that is publishing, we sometimes forget what it is about writing we love. So take some time to relax. Recharge the writing batteries.
What bands do you go geeky for, both when writing or just relaxing?
HIM. 30 Seconds to Mars. Adele. I like a wide variety of music, and it all depends on my mood that day.
What's your ideal kind of casual Friday?
One where I don't have to day-job? Ha. Really, if I can sleep in and spend the day writing, that's my perfect casual Friday.
Who's your dream interview subject for YAMisfits?
You know what, Misfit Interview Bot? If we're talking dream here, I'll go big. Diana Wynne Jones. And now I'm going to go reread all her books because I miss her writing so much.
What are some of the best books you've read recently, and which ones are you looking forward to?
I'm going to tell you a secret, Misfit Interview Bot. I haven't read a lot of YA lately. I know, I know. But my library doesn't get new releases for ages, and well, yeah, you don't want my excuses. I've been reading a lot of NA and Adult lately, which happens. I go in cycles. I will say I'm really looking forward to the Misfit books coming out soon, like Jamie's Ultraviolet Catastrophe - there's a book to look forward to. Science, romance, it's got it all. And Jenny's The Extraordinary Art of Falling. Talk about a fantastic contemporary! You guys want that when it comes out. Trust me.
And that about wraps it up! Thanks for spending a little bit of your Friday with me, Misfiteers!
Have a question for Cait? Leave it in the comments!
August 30, 2013
Happy Friday, Misfiteers!