TBF 2010 is growing closer and closer each day! Over the next three days I have some awesome author interviews for you guys … first up is Alyson Noel!
C: Are there challenges that go along with writing in two different genres (fantasy and realistic fiction), as you do?
AN: At the moment, I’m mainly just concentrating on writing fantasy with both with The Immortals series, and it’s spin-off series, beginning with Radiance (in stores 08.31.10). And, since I’m so mired in that world, it seems that all of my new ideas are fantasy based as well, so, yeah, I guess it is hard to write in the two as I seem to be only concentrating on the one!
C: Do you prefer reading one genre over the other? Do you prefer writing one genre over the other?
AN: As for reading, I don’t really gravitate toward any one genre in particular—I love ‘em all—as long as the story is intriguing and the characters interesting, I’m in. As for writing, well, my first seven books were all realistic fiction, so Evermore was definitely a departure for me, but since then, I’ve really come to enjoy writing fantasy—the world building alone is a total blast!
C: “Saving Zoe” and “Evermore” both prominently feature the relationships between sisters. Do you have a sister? If so, are the relationships between Zoe and Echo and Ever and Riley based on your relationship with your sister?
AN: I have two older sisters, and I can definitely say that the way Echo and Riley sort of idolize their older sister, is in direct relation to how I felt about mine. There’s a bit of an age gap between us, one is ten years older, and one is five years older, and they just seemed so incredibly glamorous and sophisticated that I did my best to emulate them.
C: What was the last book that you read for pleasure?
AN: Oh, how I hate to admit this, but I’ve been reading so much non-fiction for research for The Immortals that I haven’t read a book strictly for pleasure in a really, really long time. Though that’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed the non-fiction I’ve been reading, because I have, but it’s a totally different experience from immersing yourself in a fictional world. But as soon as things slow down, I plan to hit my TBR stack, hard!
C: What author are you most looking forward to meeting and/or seeing at the Fifth Annual TBF?
AN: All of them—it’s such an amazing line up, I’m sure to have more than a few major fan girl moments!
Thanks so much, Alyson, for taking the time to allow me to interview you. We can’t wait to meet you at TBF in only 18 days!