Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Author Uncovered: Janette Rallison (Author Interview)

Hey guys! I know this is super late, but better late than never right? I'm interviewing Janette today. She's nice, she's awesome, and, of course, she writes UHMAZING books!

How does it feel being a YA author?

Well, I very often feel tired, but that probably isn't what you meant. A lot of authors compare writing a book to having a baby, and I see their point, even if there is a lot less morning sickness involved in writing. (Thank goodness.) It's neat to be able to create characters and stories and see them take on a life. It's also a great feeling to walk into a bookstore and see your novel sitting on the shelf. But in some ways every time I write a book I feel like I've just let readers take a peek into my soul, so there is a lot of vulnerability involved too.

If you could have just one wish, what would it be?

I've always liked the fairy tale about the elves and the cobbler. The cobbler leaves out his work every night and the elves come and finish it for him. I wish I had a few of those elves.

What do you and Giovanna have in common?
Giovanna lets her emotions push her into decissions she later regrets. I'm like that sometimes. Plus we both have really cool guys in our lives. (I've been happily married for 23 years.)

What would you do, if you were in Annika's place in that same situation she was in?
If my little brother was sick and going into surgery, I doubt I'd drive to Hollywood and try to find his idol to come visit him. I'm not that confident in my abilties to track down celebrities. But then, who knows. One of the things that is so frustrating about having a loved one become seriously ill, is that you don't feel there's anything you can do. So it might be tempting to grasp at straws and try to do anything you think could help. I know I would be praying a whole lot.

Book you've faked reading:
The only book I ever faked reading in high school was The Old Man and the Sea. It was just so boring. I mean, it's an entire novel about a guy who goes fishing. So after a few pages, I just read the first sentence of every paragraph. The amazing thing was, I still got an A on that test. Apparently not a lot happened in the rest of the paragraphs.

Book you've bought for the cover:
I have done this, but it's been so long that I don't remember the titles. Now I generally buy books because my author friends wrote them.

Book you're an evangelist for:
Hunger Games. I liked the book so much I told all my friends and family that they had to read it too.

Anything else you'd like to add?
A big thank you to all the readers in the world! Without them, authors wouldn't have a job.

Thanks Janette! It was a fun interview...I especially liked the 'thanks to readers' part. For me, I'd thank the authors! Without them, I'd probably be crazy retarded right now! I can't imagine a world without YA!!!

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Donna Gambale November 24, 2009 at 11:09 PM  

I loved the Books You've Faked Reading Q & A. And can the cobbler spare some elves for me, too?

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