Yesterday’s Intrusion was postponed due to a sunny day. It seems like we’ve only had about three of those since spring began, so I indulged in bike riding and gardening, rather than Internetage.
But we have Lisa Schroeder to brighten our Monday! And I’m especially excited to host her today because she’s not just a rising star in teen literature, she’s a friend of mine in Real Life. We’ve read each other’s manuscripts, had movie dates, and
Okay – back to the boilerplate text:
To read any of the previous interviews, just click on the tag “authorial intrusion” on the left side of the page.
For those just tuning in, here’s the history behind these posts:
I love reading about the Publishing Journeys of my favorite writers.
I love the long, soul-searching interviews that reveal every obstacle and triumph: the author whose agent made her do three revisions before signing her … the author who gets up at 4:30 a.m. to write, because it’s the only time she has to herself … the critically acclaimed author who spent nine years trying to get published … I never tire of this stuff!
Long, luxurious interviews aside, don’t you sometimes find yourself wondering: “But do you like Thai or Chinese food better?”
Reader, I asked them.
I assembled a grab-bag full of random questions and emailed them to some of my favorite writers.
And now, without further ado, please welcome Lisa Schroeder!
Lisa Schroeder - lisa_schroeder - is the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me, a gripping YA novel-in-verse. Fifteen-year-old Ava’s boyfriend Jackson died in a tragic accident, but before she can even begin to imagine life without him, Ava feels Jackson’s presence in her home. She glimpses him in her mirror, hears him whisper in her mind, and holds him close in her dreams. Loving a ghost is not really a happily-ever-after, but how can Ava let him go?
Despite its theme of loss, this slim novel is full of vivid, colorful details about love, friendship, and healing. If you think I’m biased because of my friendship with Lisa, I dare you to try to put this book down once you start reading. And let me know which page gives you goosebumps … I guarantee at least one of them will.
Lisa’s second teen novel – FAR FROM YOU – will be released in January 2009 by Simon Pulse. I’ve read it, and it’s another gorgeous novel-in-verse. This one, too, is a haunting page-turner that will stay with you long after you finish it.
Lisa also has a picture book - BABY CAN"T SLEEP - available at fine bookstores everywhere! And another picture book - LITTLE CHIMP'S BIG DAY - illustrated by the amazing Lisa McCue, is scheduled for release in Spring 2010.
What are you reading right now?
Just finished: My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson. Loved it.
Currently reading The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart. Loving it.
Next in line: Before, After, and Somebody in Between, by Jeannine Garsee. Can't wait!
What's the last song you listened to?
"Where I Stood" by Missy Higgins.
Thai food or Chinese?
I've only had Thai food twice in my entire life. I live such a sheltered life. I think I have to say Chinese at this point.
A cute little black Toyota pickup.
Ever wish you'd studied a different subject in college?
Yes. I wish I'd become a librarian.
I love pie! Apple pie, chocolate pie, banana cream pie – I love them all. But I think my favorite is blackberry. A la mode, of course.
Furthest you've ever been from home.
Don't laugh. Orlando, Florida.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Experiment. Play. Follow your heart.
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn't refuse! – what would you sing?
"Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Lisa!