The totally awesome,
Jo is the author of the Silverskin Trilogy, a superb YA fantasy from Flux, and her brand new novel FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF was released today! Is the cover darling or what?
**Stick around because I'm giving away a copy!
Not only is Jo a friend, she's also a fellow Texas Sweetheart (along with Jessica Lee Anderson). And without further ado, here is Jo...
PJH: Congratulations of the release of FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF! You’ve had a fantasy trilogy published in the past. Why the switch to realistic fiction, and do you plan to make the change permanent?
JW: Honestly, I NEVER thought I’d write realistic fiction because it seemed so much harder than writing fantasy. I have Michelle Andelman to thank for coaxing me to make the switch. She told me my strengths were humor and character, so why not try contemporary? And so I did…and can I say I love it? Is that blasphemous for a fantasy-phile? I don’t plan for it to be a permanent change, although right now it feels like I’m in a realistic fiction groove (though ideas are still buzzing in my brain for speculative fiction).
PJH: Tell us five things you collect.
JW:Let’s see…those souvenir pennies that you squash flat and imprint, hotel toiletries, miniaturized versions of things (tiny is cute!), stuffed bears, and anything Juicy Couture.
PJH: I love the background for FPFO! Why the background of the school paper? Were you an editor back in the day? If not, where did you get the inspiration?
JW:Thanks for the compliment! I actually worked on my first school paper when I was in fifth grade. We had a fantastically successful one-issue run, and at the time, I wasn’t a reporter, I was the cartoonist. Needless to say, I did not have a future in illustration. My comic was also a flop because it accidentally ran in the paper without words in the speech bubbles. Nobody understood it or thought I was particularly hilarious after that.
The next time I worked on the paper went much better. I was in college, and that was where I got most of the inspiration for headline news, hectic deadlines, and brainstorming sessions. I lived them all, baby!
PJH: What are three books you are looking forward to the release of in the next year (not including mine)?
1) I’m a huge Suzanne Collins fan, so Mockingjay
2) Will Grayson, Will Grayson because John Green’s humor cracks me up
3) As silly as it sounds, the graphic novel version of Twilight
PJH: If an apocalypse came, would you still find a way to write (even if this meant paper and pen)? And if yes, then how and why?
JW:Yes, because I’ve always found writing to be one of the best escapes. I can get out of my head and my situation and into someone else’s. Plus, I’m assuming post-apocalypse that all the libraries in the world are destroyed and technology is wiped out, so no literature is available. The people will need something to read, especially the ones who sprout a second head from the radiation.
OK, now the fun, fast part. Keep your answers as short as possible!
PJH: Fantasy Island or Love Boat?
JW:Can I say The A-Team instead? I had a crush on Face.
PJH: Guilty Pleasure?
JW:Doctor Who and my parents’ home cooking
PJH: Favorite Scooby Doo character?
PJH: Computer or hand written?
PJH: First Draft: Revise as you go or just get it down?
JW:Revise as I go
PJH: Favorite natural wonder?
PJH: Favorite myth?
JW:Cibola (Seven Cities of Gold)
PJH: Oooh, like in National Treasure 2 :)
PJH: Thank you so much, Jo! I loved having you here!
And now for your chance to win a copy of FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF, simply leave a comment before the end of day Sunday 3/14/2010!