May 30, 2014

Interview with a Misfit: Lyla

It's the last Friday of the month (it's almost June? How did that happen?!) so you know what that means - Meet a Misfit! This time, Lyla is stepping up to the plate:

Hi, Misfit Lyla! Tell us about you and what you're working on!
Hi! I am a wearer of many hats, writing in many different genres of YA (Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternative History, Contemporary, you name it) when I'm not dividing my time being a college student studying Film (with minors in Psychology and Screenwriting) at USC and an intern at one of the many companies in Universal Studios (reading submissions has become one of my favorite past-times). I'm currently juggling a lot of things right now in terms of writing--as usual--but recently finished revising one of my novels and have started querying again!

Your YAMisfits nickname is The Overachiever. What'd you do to earn that one?
Haha, see above. Basically, I was that one kid in high school that did not only all the actually assigned homework but also the extra-credit assignments, the optional reading, and etc. I even skipped a whole semester of required course work--by studying the subjects people normally learn during a semester in a month or two in the summer and testing out of them--to take more AP classes! (Yes, I was that child. Add the fact that I wrote novels in my free-time and you'd probably understand why my parents didn't know what to do with me, most of the time.) Luckily, I've learned to relax a bit more since then...but even so, I'm still prone to doing all-nighters to get everything done.

How do you find your pep on a Monday, or any other day when writing is tough?
I'm sure the Misfit community is sick of me saying this by now but music is definitely a huge help when things get tough, whether in real life or in writing. I have playlists for all my past, current, and future projects, and listening through the playlist for whichever project I happen to be working on at that moment really helps me regain my writing momentum. 

What's your favorite writing tip?
Probably "Keep writing!" and "Kill your darlings!" (<-I also loved the movie with this title that came out last year starring Daniel Radcliffe--sorry, film-geek here.)

In all seriousness, I also really love the advice that Lauren DeStefano gave here about stepping away from writing in order to find your passion for it again and the many great wise tips from Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. 

What bands do you go geeky for, both when writing or just relaxing?
What's funny is that I discovered most of my favorite bands while searching for songs for my writing playlists throughout the years. Some of them include: Muse, My Chemical Romance, Queens of the Stone Age, AFI, The Neighbourhood, The Bravery, Linkin Park, Queen, Radiohead, Two Door Cinema Club and The Kills. 

(Queen and Radiohead are the only bands out of the ones I mentioned above that I discovered outside of my writing playlists, just to give you an idea.)

What's your ideal kind of casual Friday?
Kicking back on the sofa after a hard week with a close friend and marathoning a favorite TV show! And eating Pad Thai. And ice cream.

Who's your dream interview subject for YAMisfits?
Maggie Stiefvater! Not only is her writing amazing and poetic (she's one of the few people that can make me cry just because of the sheer beauty of her prose--please tell me I wasn't the only one that cried in the prologue of The Scorpio Races) but her blog, Tumblr, and even her YouTube videos have helped me in more ways than I can count. (She even got me through my college-freshman existential crisis.) She's also amazingly talented, and can make her own book trailers, compose her own songs, paint her own badass cars, play the bag pipes, and so many other cool things!

What are some of the best books you've read recently, and which ones are you looking forward to?
I particularly enjoyed THE COLD SPOT by Tom Piccirilli, THE EIGHTH DAY by Dianne K. Salerni, and SAND by Hugh Howey. I'm also currently in the middle of THE DREAM THIEVES  by Maggie Stiefvater (I know, I know, I'm late to the party), which has been quite good so far. I'm looking forward to SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater (Cole St. Clair is one of my favorite YA characters of all time) as well as CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE  by Cassandra Clare (which just came out a few days ago. I hope I get a chance to read it soon since this is the last book and I've been following this series since middle school!)

Thanks for taking some time out of your Friday to learn about me, Misfiteers! If any of you have questions you'd like to ask me, feel free to leave them in the comments!


Cortney Pearson said...

I just started City of Heavenly Fire--so far so good! Love your list of bands--and good luck querying!

erica m. chapman said...

Oh! Love your taste in music. We love a lot of the same bands ;o) Also, LOVE Maggie's stuff. RAVEN BOYS is a fave. Great interview!!

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