J.E. MacLeod is the author of WAITING TO SCORE, a YA novel which comes out in three days!
Here’s what Janet has to say about writing in general, and for young adults in particular:
“You know how some people are really quick witted and clever things seem to just float right off their tongues, like they’ve got a tiny speechwriter living inside their brains or something? Well, I’m totally not like that. Sometimes I’m a little slow on the comeback. It’s one of the reasons I love to write. I can always go back and add things later.”
“For me, being a teen was hard work. My teen years overflowed with angst. Good material for books I guess. Character building as it were. I think I love YA books for that reason.
“My path to becoming an author was a windy one. After college, I worked as an advertising copywriter for radio and then TV and eventually moved on to sales and marketing. I missed writing and after having a son started my first book. I’ve been writing since and once I started writing YA, found like I’d come home. Back to the angst. And the hope of having a whole life ahead of you.”
Zack Chase, new in town, gets a crash course in the dangerous, fast-paced lives of local teen athletes. A good-looking, book-loving hockey star, Zack’s also expected to be a womanizing, alcohol-abusing party animal, but it’s not who he is. As jealous team captain Mac hounds him, Zack falls for Goth-girl Jane and befriends her teammate brother, both with their own secrets. Tragedy strikes and affects them all in this true-to-life debut novel, giving readers an insight into the lives of high school students and athletes.
Thai food or Chinese?
Chinese Food even though I rarely eat it because my son has a nut allergy.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Just Do It. And, Revise.
What are you reading right now?
Right this very second I am reading John Green, Paper Towns.
Dogs or cats?
Dogs all the way baby. No offense to cat lovers everywhere.
Favorite movie snack.
Fave movie snack is frozen yogurt with some sort of yummy chocolate topping.
Cure for the blues?
Ocean or lake?
Ocean - especially if it’s a warm one.
My first paid for it myself car was a Burgundy Pacer. Her name was Pacey. Everyone mocked her but it only made me love her more.
Snorkeling or skiing?
I live right beside the mountains and I don't ski. What is WRONG with me? Oh yeah. I'm a klutz.
Do you speak a foreign language?
I don't like pie. Go figure.
Spring or fall?
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Your five favorite movies.
About a Boy
Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Early bird or night owl?
Early bird. I've had a lot of worms in my day, baby.
Rain or sun?
Sun. Me no like rain.
Yes. One. A rainbow.
Do you use writing prompts?
Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
I don't even know what a snickerdoodle is. But I love chocolate chip cookies. And the dough. Mm. Cookie dough.
Beach or mountains?
Both have charms, but I do love a warm tropical beach.
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
No. I 'd totally refuse. Really, how could they make me?? I'm very stubborn.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Janet!