Monday, May 30, 2011

Interview with Josephine Angelini, author of Starcrossed

First of all, happy release day tomorrow, Josephine!  That's right.  You can officially go and buy Starcrossed at your favorite book store in the morning.

I'm so lucky that Josephine took time out of her busy blog touring to stop her and answer a couple questions about her book and writing process.

Genn: What character in your novel do you most identify with?

Josephine: It depends on which one I'm writing at the moment.  I spend so much time doing character bios, and I put so much of myself into all of my characters, that I identify with all of them at different times.  Yes, even the boys.  Even Hector.  In fact, I LOVE writing wise-ass guys that tread the boundaries of dickishness.  It's liberating.

Genn: What are your plans for your next book?

Josephine: My second book in the series, DREAMLESS, is already finished and through all the major re-writes.  I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.  It's darker than STARCROSSED, and it has a lot more action.  Dare I say it's sexier?  Heck yeah, I dare.  It's sexier!  Helen, Lucas, and a new boy named Orion all go through the wringer in this one.  I am not very nice to my characters, but it is an exciting read.

Genn: Do you have any advice for people interested in writing and publishing a book?

Josephine: My advice for anyone interested in writing a book is Make a Good Outline!  I'm serious about this.  I'm big on outlines, and making sure that I know all my major reversals and turning points before I start on Page One.  Knowing where you are going with a story keeps the dreaded "writer's block" at bay as well.  

As to getting published all I can say is that I got soooo lucky.  I got a great agent, and then I listened to her.  The publishing world baffles me and I couldn't imagine trying to navigate it on my own.  :)

Congrats again on Starcrossed!