I just realized that I’ve never done any author interviews in this blog ever since I started it. I remember hosting only one interview with Camy Tang back when my book posts were in my personal blog but I never really did any here. I guess I was really just too busy writing reviews that I never really followed through on my plans on interviewing some authors. Oops, my bad.
But let’s change that. Here’s my first author interview in One More Page! Let’s all give a warm welcome to Holly Schindler, author of A Blue So Dark and recently released Playing Hurt, for this leg of the Playing Hurt Philippine Blog Tour! :)
1. I find it really interesting that youâ€™d write about a female jock. Were you one back in high school?
Not at all! Iâ€™m terribly uncoordinated. I swear, I can fall around corners! Just awfulâ€¦If
you told me a few years ago that my second book would feature a couple of athletes, I
would have laughed in your faceâ€¦
2. Basketball is a really huge thing here in the Philippines, even ifâ€¦well, weâ€™re shorter than other basketball players are. It doesnâ€™t stop us from watching or playing, though! Do you play any sport or would you rather watch? Or both?
Iâ€™ve really come to have a much greater appreciation for athletes as Iâ€™ve gotten olderâ€¦I
realize, now, how mental sports are! My brother likes baseball, so I wind up watching
more baseball than anything elseâ€¦
When I was in graduate school, though, I fondly remember our Lady Bears going to the
Final Fourâ€”so excitingâ€¦
3. What was the hardest part in writing PLAYING HURT? How different was it from writing your debut novel?
My debut, A BLUE SO DARK, wrote EXTREMELY quicklyâ€”I wrote the first draft,
edited it, and submitted it in just about two months!
I did have to rewrite the book several times. But every rewrite went every bit as quickly.
PLAYING HURT was a slower writeâ€¦And it changed the most from the original draft to the final published version.
4. What was the last book you finished? Did you like it?
Some of the last books Iâ€™ve read (and loved) are: JUMPSTART THE WORLD and THE
NIGHTMARYS. I also really, really love Brian Katcher (cool work, cool guyâ€”met him
last summer at a teen lit festival). And Iâ€™m taking the plunge (finally) into THE GIRL
WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.
5. This may sound totally random, but itâ€™s one thing I must always know: whatâ€™s your favorite dessert? :)
Iâ€™m a HUGE cheesecake fan.
6. Iâ€™m one of the Municipal Liaisons for NaNoWriMo Philippines, so in their behalf, I must ask: any message you can give to the aspiring novelists in the Philippines?
First of allâ€”I just want to give everybody who takes part in NaNoWriMo enormous applause! Thatâ€™s the most important part of allâ€”just planting yourself in the chair and getting the work done. Everybodyâ€™s had an idea that would make an incredible book, but actually getting that idea onto paper is excruciatingly hard work.
â€¦Really, though, the best thing you could ever do is just keep going. One foot in front of the other. The thing about writing is thereâ€™s always one struggle after another. First, itâ€™s getting the book on the page. Then, itâ€™s finding an agent. Landing a book deal. Getting through book development, finding a readership, learning what promo methods work, growing a readership, changing genresâ€¦Thereâ€™s absolutely no shortage of struggle in writing. Focus on the small triumphs, celebrate them, and tackle the next struggle with fervor!
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Thanks for dropping by, Holly!
I’m only the second leg in the blog tour — make sure you visit the other blogs participating in the next few days! Thanks to my good friend Kai of Amaterasu Reads for hosting the tour. :)