Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Interview with L.A. Weatherly: Author of 'Angel Burn'
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L.A. Weatherly was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA. She now lives with her husband in the UK, where she spends her days - and nights! - writing.
She has written several novels for teenagers, including Child X, which was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award.
Angel is the first in a stunning new trilogy of books.
The second novel, Angel Fire will be available in October 2011, and the final novel, Angel Fever, will be out in October 2012.
Tell us 5 things about yourself
OK, here are 5 random things off the top of my head:
I'm from Little Rock, Arkansas, but have lived in England for almost 16 years now. It's all because of my English husband.
I am never argumentative. Nope. Never. I don't mind not getting my own way, either.
Alone of almost all the writers I know, my desk is extremely tidy. I like having a clear, uncluttered space to work in.
I love musicals with a passion. My favourite is Fiddler on the Roof; I've dragged my husband to far too many productions of it. He complains that all the Tevyes look the same. (He has a point.)
I'm a coffee snob, and ration myself to one mug of very good coffee daily, because otherwise I bounce off the walls. If the only coffee available isn't up to my standards, I'll pass and go looking for some good stuff. (It's the only coffee I'm getting all day! It has to be good!)
What is 'A day in the life of L.A. Weatherly' like?
Right now, it consists of getting up early to write ('early' might be three or four in the morning; I love writing when the rest of the world is asleep), then writing and writing until I've got a few thousand words done. Then worrying about my deadline for a while. Then answering some emails and playing on the internet for too long, then writing some more - lather, rinse, repeat. When I'm not so consumed with finishing up a project (I'm busy writing Angel Fire right now), my day also includes things like walking and cooking, both of which I really enjoy. Oh, and not doing housework. There's always a lot of not doing housework; I'm kind of a stickler about that.
What inspired you to make Angel Burn into a series?
The story and its world always seemed bigger to me than just one book - I knew what direction I wanted to go in, and how I could see the whole thing ending up. Of course, my ideas have actually changed quite a bit now that I've written book one - these things never stay written in stone!
Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."
Books. I live and breathe them.
If you could have dinner with any book character in history, who would it be and why?
I think I'd have to be hugely self-indulgent and have dinner with my own Alex, just because I've so in love with him at the minute (I'm sure he'll enjoy hanging out with a 43-year old - no, really, he will!) For a book character not my own - hmm. I think probably Aragorn from Lord of the Rings, because these books were so important to me as a child - they're really what introduced me to fantasy. And also because I'm picturing Viggo Mortensen, which makes me happy.
What was the best/hardest part of having your book published?
The main characters, Alex and Willow, have been in my head for a long time now - so the best part, without a doubt, was to know that these characters who I love so much are finally going out into the world. The hardest part was probably the stress involved. The book was written on a tight deadline for its initial UK publication, which was both good and bad - writing it was an amazing and intense experience, but it did sort of take over my life for a while!
What books are you looking forward to reading this year?
Oh, lots! I've been NOT reading anything dark or paranormal recently on purpose, out of a fear that it might be vaguely similar to what I'm doing, which can then throw you as you're trying to write. So my reading pile includes such gems as Shiver, The Hunger Games (I know, I know!), Dead Beautiful, Wicked Lovely - on and on. I've got lots of treats in store!
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Posted by Cathy B at Tuesday, May 10, 2011