I Got Interviewed by Giovanni Valentino

Hi, everyone! Today I got interviewed by Giovanni Valentino, the editor of Alternate Hilarities: Hysterical Realms.

Here we go…

1. Where did the idea for your book come from?

It’s funny, but I don’t quite remember how I came up with the idea for The Coldest Heart. What I do remember, though, is that before I started working on this book, I came to my husband and told him that I had two ideas for possible books, one about ghosts and the other about a girl who loves her boyfriend very much, but when they get in trouble with the all-powerful Queen of New York, she wonders if he has her best interests at heart. My husband said, “Write about ghosts. Definitely.” So, of course, being a good wife, I went and wrote the other story, and that’s what became The Coldest Heart.

2. If you could meet one of your characters, which one would it be and what would you say to them?

If I could meet one of my characters, it would definitely be Ever-Jezebel, the protagonist of The Coldest Heart, and I would tell her that I am sorry for giving her such a difficult boyfriend. I would also ask her how she liked the Queen of New York. I mean, it’s not every day that you get to fight someone so powerful.

3. Who are your favorite authors?

I love a lot of writers, but if I had to stay with, let’s say, only five, then here they are: Shakespeare, Fedor Dostoevsky, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, and Emily Brontë.

4. Can you see your book being made into a movie? If so, who would you want to play the leads?

Yes! I’d love for The Coldest Heart to be made into a movie, but I somehow envision it as an animated one. Ever-Jezebel would be drawn as someone resembling Sen/Chihiro from Spirited Away, and Fox would resemble Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle. I am obviously a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli.

5. What part of the writing process is your favorite?

Writing first drafts. It’s like having wings and flying. So much freedom.

6. What part of the writing process do you hate?

Editing. Since I’m prone to anxiety, the final stage of editing is a nightmare for me. Should I leave this paragraph or take it out? Is this the best word to use in this sentence or could I find a better one? Ugh! Recently, after a day of editing the sequel to The Coldest Heart, I went to sleep and woke up in the middle of the night, and my first thought was, “No, I don’t like this. Let me re-write this and make it so that I don’t wake up.”

7. What is your next book about?

My next book, To Catch the Day Before, is a sequel to The Coldest Heart. Here is a very tentative blurb: Ever and Fox used to be together in a forever kind of deal, but now Ever wants out, and Fox refuses to let her go. So they agree to play a game of cops-and-robbers for one hundred hours with Fox running and hiding anywhere in the world and Ever chasing after him. The winner will get whatever he wants, and Ever plans to win, but can she really catch someone who can twist time as he sees fit?

8. What type of books do your read for fun?

I prefer fiction, but within that, I am open to many genres. For example, right now I am reading Manon Lescaut by Abbé Prévost. It’s a short novel about a very young guy who prefers the love of a pretty woman to becoming a priest. It was first published in 1731 and banned for being too racy and scandalous.