March 28, 2014

Interview With A Misfit: Gina

It's the last Friday of the month (seriously, how is March almost over already?!) so you know what that means - time for the Misfit Bot to have its way with yet another Misfit (umm... creepy much?). This time, Gina is stepping up to the plate:

Hi, Misfit Gina! Tell us about you and what you're working on!

Oh hey, Misfit bot, heeeey! So glad you asked! I am a writer of contemporary YA, repped by John Cusick at Greenhouse Literary. Romance between dynamic characters is my favorite thing to write ever, and I do so while my almost 8-month-old son is sleeping. And, *hangs head,* sometimes when he's not. I just finished a brand new manuscript, and am now turning my attention to revising an older one, and also converting a short story I wrote into a full-length novel. All while juggling out-of-state visitors from my former home state, Connecticut, and keeping my house from exploding with baby paraphernalia.

Your YAMisfits nickname is The Catholic School Defect. What'd you do to earn that one?

I went to Catholic School from 1st through 8th grade, and let's just say I came out way less religious than I went in. Oops.

How do you find your pep on a Monday, or any other day when writing is tough?

Sometimes stepping away from the computer and distracting myself with something else is the best thing I can do. I'll re-read a passage from a book I adore, not uncommonly a kissing scene. Or, and this is going to sound horrendously cheesy, but I'm saying it anyway: I'll go on YouTube and re-watch some of my favorite scenes between Clark and Lana from Smallville.
'Cause you're all I want, you're all I need
you're everything, eeeeeverthaaang...

The way they looked at each other, coupled with the Lifehouse songs blaring in the background (plus Tom Wellings eyes. And arms. And abs. And lips. And... I'm sorry, was I saying something?) never fails to make my heart melt and my inner teenager come roaring to life. Which reminds me of another muse - music. If I'm feeling disconnected from a character or a story, I'll find a song from its playlist and blast it until I'm back in the groove. Taking long walk on a sunny day never hurts either.

What's your favorite writing tip?

I have several. Do your research, don't be afraid of critique, surround yourself with topnotch CP's (hiiiiii girls!), and write even if you're not totally feeling the love for what you're putting on the page. To quote myself, Let Your Suck Flow.

What bands do you go geeky for, both when writing or just relaxing?

I LOVE Lifehouse. I have tried three times to see them in concert, but the universe keeps foiling me. When my book gets published, I am going to personally petition them to write a song for it. I'm only half kidding. I also love Maroon 5, and I'm a huge fan of 80's music and 90's hip hop. I grew up in Bridgeport, CT, so the amount of rap songs I know the words to would probably blow your mind. I'm also a total pop tart. Britney Spears will forever be my girl crush and Katy Perry and Taylor Swift are all over the place on my Ipod.

What's your ideal kind of casual Friday?

I'm a stay-at-home mom right now, so every Friday is casual Friday for me - yoga pants, hair in a bun, no makeup. Friday nights are all about homemade pizza and watching a movie with my husband and son. Terribly unexciting!

Who's your dream interview subject for YAMisfits?

V.C. Andrews. Sadly, it can never happen, since she passed away in the 80's, but I've re-read FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC and PETALS ON THE WIND at least three times, and every time I just want to ask her how she came up with such deliciously dark and twisted stories. The fact that they hired a ghost writer who, in my opinion, could not hold a candle to her writing still burns me to no end.

What are some of the best books you've read recently, and which ones are you looking forward to?

Unfortunately, I haven't had nearly as much time to read as I would like, but now that the little guy is napping like a champ, I have a TBR pile that I can't wait to get my greedy little hands on: A MAD, WICKED FOLLY by Sharon Biggs Waller, FAULT LINE by Christa Desir, BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand. I am currently reading TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins and really enjoying it. I also can't wait to add a copy of each and every Misfit book to my shelves!

Thanks for listening to me ramble, Misfit Bot! If any of you Misfiteers have questions you'd like to ask me, feel free to leave them in the comments!


Stephsco said...

I love the Clark/Lana days of Smallville. I'm watching Beauty and the Beast because of Kristen Kreuk (I'm probably the only one since I think it's about to get canceled...).

Leandra Wallace said...

*sigh* Why can't I write kissing scenes that read as well as that pics looks? Lol! Fun interview, and your Fri night sounds like the best kind, Gina. =)

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