Sunday, November 14, 2010

Author Uncovered: Elizabeth Rudnick (Author Interview)

  • Tweet Heart
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Author Bio:

This is the part I'm always the worst at—talking about myself! So as you've figured out, my name is Elizabeth Rudnick and I'm a young adult author. I'm also a Senior Editor at Disney Press in New York City. I've edited books based on movies like
Pirates of the Caribbean and Prince of Persia as well as Miley Cyrus's memoir, Miles to Go, which was a New York Times bestseller (imagine if Tweet Heart was too!) and a total blast to work on.

When I'm not working, I live in Connecticut with a big mutt named Jack Dyson (because he has the ability to suck up anything in his way) and have a habit of watching hours of mindless television. I like to think of it as research!

Who is your favorite character from Tweet Heart?
Hard to pick a fav. But I'd say Bennett. Sci-fi loving smart aleck with a secret sweet side? What's not to love?

Why did you choose to write a book based on the concept of Twitter?
U can blame it on a boy. Guy I was dating once told me I made him feel twitterpaited. Line stuck--boy didn't--and story was born.

What is your opinion of Twitter? What part does it play in your life?
Twitter is what you make of it which is why it's so great. Wanna follow @cnn? Done. Wanna follow @justinbieber? No shame. I use it more for the latter.

What is the message your are trying to get across to your readers with Tweet Heart?
I guess its what I wish I'd known when I was in high school--prince charming doesn't always come in the package u expect.

How did the title Tweet Heart come to be?
It's genius! Thanks! I'm pretty fond of it myself! It was either that or A Case of Mis"tweet"en Identity. Actually, that gives me an idea...

What is the most interesting thing a reader has ever said to you?
That they wanted to read the book! :) That and one early reader told me I should be a playwright b/c format of Tweet is basically a play.

What's up next for you book-wise?
That's a good question! Up in the air. Have a few things working on--all very different from Tweet. But I have to admit, would love to do more with the kids of Watkins Prep!

Book you've faked reading:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I found the characters trite & the plot meandering. And don't get me started on the ending. ;)

Book you've bought for the cover:
Prep by Curtis Sittenfield. I'm a sucker for effects and I couldn't get over the belt!

Book you're an evangelist for:
So many! Blue Bloods, Cowboys Are My Weakness, The Help, If I Died in the Combat Zone, The Fallen...

Anything else you'd like to add?
You know how people say, write what you know. Its the truth! So if u know me and see some of u in my characters--hope u r flattered! Except for that one guy--u know who u are!

Thanks so much Liz! We all loved the tweet-long answers! Perfect!!!

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