Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Author Uncovered: Yvonne Prinz (Author Interview)

Hey peeps! Here, I have the fabulous, super musical-savvy Yvonne Prinz, author of The Vinyl Princess and the Still There Clare series! and the author who has the coolest name ever =) The Vinyl Princess is about music and blogging! What more could you want?!?!?

Did you always want to become an author?
Yes, always.

What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses as an author?
We’ll start with the strengths, of course: I’ve got a pretty good head for facts and figures and I think that writing a book is a lot of that. People also tell me that I have a wild imagination. That probably helps. I think I’m organized, although I might not be.
My weaknesses are as follows: I’m way too sensitive, I’m obsessive, and I can be talked out of writing on any given day. All one needs to do is wave the notion of food or anything food-related in front of my face. Also, I’m a terrible typist. While the other kids were learning to type, I was reading poetry and pretending to be Sylvia Plath.

What's the most interesting thing a reader has ever said to you?
A girl told me once that my books inspired her to want to become a writer. That was shocking…and interesting.

Do you have any must-haves when you're writing?
Well, I need quiet and a good beverage, coffee in the morning, I really only write for a couple of hours at a time and then my brain shuts off so it’s not like I’m packing for an over-nighter when I sit down. Also, I need a good outline to keep me on track.

How does it feel like, knowing your books are on those bookshelves in a bookstore?
Oh, it feels great but I think I spend a lot of time worrying that they ARE on the shelves. I make my friends check because I’m afraid that I’ll dissolve if I don’t see them there.

If you had to be any character (any at all!), who would it be? Why?
I always wanted to be ROY from Bladerunner (played by Rutger Hauer) . Even though he’s not human, he shows great humanity in that famous scene at the end in the rain with the dove. (
Pus, he looks fabulous in leather.

What are your ten, most favorite things?
1. Cheese
2. Indie Films
3. Pasta
4. Strong Coffee
5. Reading
6. A cold glass of good French chardonnay.
7. Laughing
8. Road trips
9. Writing
10. Languages

What is your typical day?
I don’t really have typical days unless I’m writing a book, then I usually sit down in the morning and hammer away for awhile until I can’t see straight. I try to get a walk or a swim in every day and I do a bit of yoga. Other than that, anything can happen.

Do you have any upcoming books apart from The Vinyl Princess? Are you working on something else?
Yes, my next book, currently titled “All You Get Is Me” will be out in winter 2011 on Harper Teen. I’m also starting work on another new book soon (ish). It’s going to be called “Lucky, like me.” It’s loosely based on an Andy Griffith episode.

I read The Vinyl Princess and you'll be seeing a review on it right after this post =) I can't wait for Yvonne's next books!!!

Peace, Love, and Music-Savvy Authors,
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Sara December 2, 2009 at 7:28 PM  

Nice interview! I love the honest answer to "Did you always want to become an author?"
I've heard great things about Vinyl Princess and I can't wait to read it!

Stephanie December 2, 2009 at 11:52 PM  

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview. I love the fact that a girl told Yvonne that she'd inspired her to want to become a writer.

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