Interview with Tera Lynn Childs!!!
Tera Lynn Childs is no fish out of water, she has several other books out and several on the way!!! To find out more about her check out her website here, where you can also find access to her blog!!
1. Are you sure you aren’t a mermaid in some distant land?
If I were, I’m sure I couldn’t tell you. *winks*
2. When did you realize you wanted to be a young adult writer? Have you
ever dabbled in writing books for adults?
Actually, I started off writing adult books. First, historical romance, and then chick lit. But then I got this idea that could only be a YA book, and I haven’t been able to look back since. That was the summer of 2005.
3. How many books do you currently have published?
I have three books out. Oh. My. Gods., Goddess Boot Camp, and Forgive My Fins.
4. Do you have any other books currently in the works?
Yes, four. First up is the sequel to Forgive My Fins, called Fins Are Forever. Then, next Fall, I’m starting a new (untitled) trilogy about triplet descendants of Medusa.
5. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Read as much as you can, write as much as you can, and become a keen observer of life. Also, finish the %$ book and find a good agent.
6. Were you ever discouraged through the writing process? What did you do
to work through it?
Always. This career is such a rollercoaster. I was on the phone with my mom, bawling because I was afraid I would never become a published author, just two weeks before I sold Oh. My. Gods. I think you have to let those moments go through your
system, go see a movie or go shopping while they work their way out. Then, you take a deep breath and say, “Okay, this is what I want to do. And I am going to keep working as hard as I can to achieve it.”
7. How about when you heard your story would be published?
I was in Florida for the summer, and I was going to see a movie (see previous question for why). I was on the phone with my mom, whining about my non-career, when a New York number buzzed in. When my agent told me about the offer, I said, “Hold on, I’ll pull over.” She said, “You’re driving? Don’t be driving!”
Silly questions –
Favorite spot to write. Starbucks
Favorite song right now. Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Favorite ice cream flavor. I’m vegan now, so no more ice cream. But if Ben & Jerry’s ever brought back White Russian I would totally make an exception.
Dinosaurs or dragons. Dragons, because they’re magical and because
my critique partner has a dragon book coming out this fall (Firelight by Sophie Jordan)
Chocolate or Gummy Bears. Chocolate, but only certain types
Favorite drink. Pineapple Fanta
Rain or snow? Both, but if I could only have one, then rain
Computer or notepad? Alphasmart (but, given the choices, notepad)
Chick flick or horror? Chick flick (but I prefer action/adventure)
Bicycle or rollerblades? Bicycle, maybe (I’m about to buy one)
Book you are currently reading (if any?) The Making of a Duchess by
Shana Galen (historical romance)
Favorite Author. Jaclyn Moriarty.
Favorite Book Series. The Hunger Games (gah, where is Mockingjay?!?)
Isn't she the best!!! If you haven't checked out her novel Forgive My Fins you must! It was the cutest story and one for the shelves!!! Sophie Jordan's novel Firelight coming out in Sept 2010 is another wonderful read (I know you've seen my review!!)