Friday, July 18, 2008

Author Interview: Brooke Taylor

Hey, everyone! Been a while since I did an author interview, huh? I'm so glad to be doing this one because Brooke wrote what I think is one of the very best books this year. So it goes without saying (but actually saying) it's an honor to have her as a guest!

About Brooke: Brooke’s first "real" job was as a Wrangler for a dude ranch in Colorado. Since then she has worked extensively in the travel industry for both ski resorts and cruise lines. Her many overseas adventures include sky diving in New Zealand, scuba diving with sharks, sailing through hurricanes, and having her tent attacked by wild animals in the Mara game reserve in Africa. Due to parental concerns and current health insurance rates, Brooke has agreed to let her characters do most of the risk-taking from now on. Brooke's first novel, Undone, is forthcoming from Walker/Bloomsbury USA on July 22nd. Visit her online at http://www.brooketaylorbooks.com/.


Could you describe your road to publication?

I’d say it was pretty traditional—I wrote Undone then queried several agents, took their advice on rewrites and really worked hard on those and when it was polished I started the whole process over again and signed with one of my top choices. We made some tucks and tweaks and then sent it out to publishers. The thing that was hardest for me was the timing—everything in publishing takes forever. Seriously, years. There is no overnight anything in publishing.

What inspired you to write for teens?

I don’t think anything inspired me; it is just where my interest has always been. The high school years are forever burned in my memory. Writing about them is just a way to attempt to relive them, and hopefully this time get the guys!

What’s it like being a pre-published writer? Is the anticipation of your launch getting to you?

It’s funny, the advanced readers copies started coming out back in January and since I’ve already been receiving fan mail and reviews, it kind of feels like the book is already out there in the big wide world. The part that gets me nervous is wondering if I’m doing everything I’m supposed to—like getting book marks and little “signed by author” stickers. It would be nice if they had one of those “Book Launching for Dummies” books.

What has surprised you most about the publishing industry? As in, what is something in it that you were not expecting?

I really thought I’d be able to design my own cover art and name my book. I was shocked to find out that the publisher could name your book anything they wanted to. Luckily my publisher decided to keep my title for Undone, but I was sweating for a few weeks while they discussed alternative ideas. And thank goodness they didn’t go with my cover ideas, because I totally love the cover they went with. It’s perfect and mine would’ve been horridly boring in comparison.

What is your biggest piece of advice for aspiring writers?

Write what you want to read. It’s really as simple as that.

You’re stranded in the middle of a desert island—what person, food, book, drink, and electronic
device would you bring along with you?

Oh gosh, just one person? That’s tough—I imagine Edward Cullen is too imaginary, I guess my dog—he’s a people in fur. Food would be cupcakes, book would be my WIP (work in progress) so I can actually finish it, drink would be Diet Coke, and electronic device would be my laptop.

Are you a music fanatic? If so, what bands do you enjoy most and want to give a shout out to here on the blog?

I love music, but I’m not fanatical about any one band or type of music. If I had to pick one to give a shout out to, it would be 30 seconds to Mars or Foo Fighters.

What’s the most fun you’ve had to date?

It’s hard to compare one moment against another, but the most I have is when I’m with good friends, doesn’t matter where.

What makes you laugh?

Everything. Seriously, I laugh at horrible things, not because I think they are funny, but maybe
that they are outrageous or ironic. I laugh at the audacity of people a lot.

Who are your favorite authors? What about your favorite books?

I love just about any book from Judy Blume, Elmore Leonard, or Elizabeth Berg. My favorite book of the moment is Twilight, and my first favorite book was Dracula (coincidence?).

What books currently sit on your nightstand? How are you liking them?

I have a lot of dog training books on my nightstand right now. They’re good—my puppy, Roxy, is doing awesome.

Name the most random fact you can think of about yourself.

Yeesh, um I love polar fleece? If that’s not random, I don’t know what is!

Are you working on any forthcoming novels? If so, could you tell us a little about that?

I am, but can’t tell you much about it yet. It will take place at a boarding school and there will be some thrillz and chillz. That’s all I’m sayin’.

Biggest question of the hour: Does writing YA rock or what?

YA rocks big time! I can’t imagine writing anything else.

Now it’s time to see your creative side! Make yourself a question and answer it.

Q: If you were stuck on a desserted island what would you bring?
A: A fork and spoon!

3 comments:

Book Chic said...

Great interview- I loved reading Brooke's answers, and I really enjoyed the question she asked herself, lol.

I'm about to start reading Undone and I can't wait!

ambeen said...

Brooke sounds like a fun person. I really enjoyed the interview! :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Loved the interview. The questions you asked were pretty awesome and i loved Brooke's answers as well. :-)
i really want to read Undone.
I'd take Edward Cullen to an island with me...LOL
and I'm glad they kept her title! It's a good one.

-lauren

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