Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Author Interview: Joseph Boutilier!

Hey everyone! This is the interview with the author of Inside, Joseph Boutilier. Here is the review for Inside!

Author Info: Joseph Boutilier works with youth through non-profit organizations based in British Columbia, Canada, where he has lived his whole life. An avid writer and e-book advocate, he is also the webmaster of of

On with the interview...

Reviewer X: Your book is in e-book format. What, do you think, are the advantages of e-books over actual books?

Joseph Boutilier: I write and read everything on a PDA. I carry it with me everywhere and it means I always have at least 20 books at my disposal, as well as my own works in progress. It's about the size of a Ladybird hardback and I can read it in the dark without extra lighting. And of course, those are only selfish incentives. eBooks are also relatively environmentally friendly - depending on how long we sustain the current rate of development in the Western World, I think ebooks will be a lot more common in the future.

Can you outline what the publishing experience is like for an e-book?

JB: The ebook publishing experience is very different because there's obviously no printing process, which is generally one of the most expensive and tedious elements of production. This means that the turnaround time to release is usually a lot shorter (for Inside it was about 3 months) and is often determined by how fast you and your editor(s) can work. Royalties for ebooks are usually higher, too, because distribution and production are both more affordable for the publisher, but it's hard to market a title you can't wave around in a bookstore or sign.

What's your writing regimen like? How do you get over writer's block?

JB: I don't get over writer's block, which is why I'm always dabbling in other projects. Right now it's film-making and animation. When I am writing it's always a slower process than I'd like - I can only write about 1000 words at a time, so I take a lot of 'breaks' doing other things.

Same question as I threw to Lauren: How do you pronounce your last name?

JB: That depends on who you are, I guess. I pronounce it boo-till-ee-ae, but no one else does.

What advice do you give to aspiring writers out there?

JB: I hear 'read a lot' all the time. Reading is good, but writing is better; sometimes you have to experiment with new styles or voices no one else has in order to be engaged in the literary process. Don't be afraid to start new projects even if you don't intend to finish them, and always be participating in some kind of writing that you consider fun, even if it's not completing your 'masterpiece'.

What are you reading right now?

JB: In adult fiction, I'm reading The Alley Cat by Beauchemins, and in kid lit I'm reading Cotrell-Boyce's Framed. They're both excellent.

Tell us, does writing for young adult rock or what?

JB: Of course it does! In danger of stereotyping, teens are usually pretty open minded, and so is the YA scene. You can delve into deeper, darker subjects than you can with MG but you don't have to give up that childish sense of imagination that writing for kids invokes.


Thanks Joseph!

Next post, which should be finalized for either Sunday or Monday, will be an interview with author Jennifer Echols, who's written the two sensational teen books, Major Crush and The Boys Next Door. Stay tuned.


Amee said...

Great interview! I always wonder how to pronounce authors' last names, lol.

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