Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Q&A with Lisa Schroeder!

Lisa Schroeder is a native Oregonian which means her childhood summers were spent camping, fishing, reading books (of course!) and playing in the sun, when it finally came out. These days, Lisa spends her summers, and every other part of the year, sharing all of the wonderful things Oregon has to offer with her husband and two sons. She is the author of numerous books for kids and teens, including CHASING BROOKLYN (Simon Pulse, 2010) and IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES (Aladdin, 2010).

Q and A with Lisa Schroeder

1. What is 'A day in the life of Lisa Schroeder' like?

Oh boy. I think my answer to this might put people to sleep. After I get up, I check e-mail and try to do a blog post if there's time. I get my kids off to school, and then it's some social networking time, answering e-mails, and if I'm in the middle of a draft or the middle of revisions, I tear myself away from twitter and I dive into that for a couple of hours before lunch. After lunch, I try to do more, but I'm such a morning person, that my energy level starts to fade. My kids come home and then I take my dog for a walk if it's not raining. I make dinner, help with homework, and hopefully get in a little TV time after that. The days fly by, but I love being a full-time author! It's only been a year and a few months that I've been doing the author thing full-time.

The longer I do this, the more non-writing things there are to do - like interviews, guest blog posts, mailing postcards and bookmarks out, answering fan mail, etc. etc. Some days it feels like I'm trying to juggle 25 balls in the air. It's fun, but challenging too.

2. Do you have any writing must haves (ie music, food, etc)

If a song inspires a book, which it has, I will listen to that song a lot. Sometimes I need music while writing, other times I need silence to really focus. It just depends. I drink a lot of tea while I'm writing - I find it soothing, and writing can be hard some days, so I need all of the soothing I can get.

3. Writing in verse is so unique and refreshing, is their a specific reason you chose that as a writing style for some of your work?

I wrote a number of novels *not* in verse before I wrote I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. None of those books were published. So when I started writing I HEART YOU, it wanted to come out in this sparse, poetic way and it scared me. I thought, I'm not a poet! But I went with it, because I liked what I had. And maybe I had discovered what I was supposed to be writing? I mean, how do we know until we try, right? What I've come to realize after writing four books this way now, is that for me, it's all about the atmosphere. Verse creates an atmosphere for the story that I can't get with regular prose. And it allows me to get at the emotional core of the story too. Some people write beautiful prose - paragraphs and paragraphs of prose that you want to wrap yourself in. I'm not one of those authors. Sometimes I envy that, but I think to be happy in this business, you have to figure out where your strengths lie and embrace them. For a long time, I thought of my books as weird. I don't think that way anymore. Yes, they are different, but different isn't necessarily a bad thing.

4. Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."

I can't live without books. Right now I literally have stacks and stacks of books waiting to be read. I can't imagine my life without them. I have learned how to be a writer by being a reader.

5. If you could only recommend one book to me, what would it be?

FLASH BURNOUT by my dear friend, L.K. Madigan. I miss her everyday. But I still have her book here and will share it with people as often as I can.

6. What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

Wow, so many! All of the books on the Contemps site ( because I'm a contemporary YA lover at heart. BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys came out last week, and I've been dying to read it for a long time. A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL by Suzanne Young, which comes out in June. DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor. IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma. Too many books, too little time!

Thank you so much, Lisa! It was a pleasure having you!

Thanks so much for having me!

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  1. Love Lisa's thoughts on the verse form--especially that scary experience of writing the first book in verse after writing in prose. Also really enjoy cupcakes :) Thanks for the interview!

  2. I write and maintain a spiritual blog which I have titled “AccordingtotheBook” and I’d like to invite you to follow it.


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