Thursday, June 23, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway: Josephine Angelini

Please give a warm welcome to the wonderful Josephine Angelini, debut author of the internationally bestselling Starcrossed!
Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. A real-live farmer's daughter, Josie graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband... and she can still drive a tractor.
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
There have been tons of people who encouraged me to write, from schoolteachers to next-door neighbors, all the way to my husband, but I guess I would have to say that my sister Mary Francis was the first person who really inspired me to write.  On my tenth birthday she gave me a journal, it was called “A Writer’s Journal” and it had lots of wise messages written at the top of every page.  She told me to write in it every day—and funny enough I did. 
     I kept a journal for years, even though it never dawned on me that I was a writer.  I just thought the journal was to keep me sane and help me grow as a person.  It took me years, but I finally figured out what Mary Francis was trying to tell me.  Better late than never, right?
3LB: Do you share personality characteristics with any of your characters? Did you put part of yourself in them as you they were being created on paper and ink?
All of my characters have a little bit of me in them—even the boys and the bad guys.  I also borrow from people around me.  I use funny phrases or interesting tics from friends, family, people I used to wait on when I was a bartender… you name it.  I think that if a character isn’t based in real life he or she won’t feel real to the reader.
3LB: What were your first thoughts when you saw the gorgeous cover for Starcrossed?
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  A book can live or die by its cover in a lot of ways.  I got so fortunate.  Harper Collins pulled out all the stops with this one. 
3LB: Was there any scene or part in Starcrossed that was difficult to write? If so, how did you get through writing it?
It’s not that any scene was particularly hard to write, but a few were difficult to re-write, and I still wish I could have another crack at them.  But I guess writers always feel this way.  They’d love to be able to tinker with a story forever, but then it would never get published!
3LB: What plans do you have for the future?
I still owe Harper Collins a third book!  I’m a few chapters into it now, but I still have a long way to go.
3LB: If your characters had a Twitter, what would they be Tweeting?
Well, Hector would be trying to pick up girls.  And succeeding, I bet.  Matt would be asking techie problems ab
out his computer, and Claire would be yammering away about the difference between regular lattes and soy.  She’s a soy girl. 
3LB: If you were a god or goddess, what domain would you rule over?
Haha!  Funny you should ask that.  I’d create my own domain and rule it with an iron fist!  (You’ll see what I mean in book 3)
3LB: Biggest pet peeves?
When my husband tells me to hurry up, it’s time to go, and then spends the next ten minutes making sure every appliance is shut off, every curtain is closed, all the doors are locked, the garbage is taken out, the cats are all visible and not locked in a closet somewhere, the mail has been picked up… shall I continue?  There is nothing more annoying than “hurry up and wait” and it happens to me every time my husband and I leave the apartment.  Dios mio!
3LB: This or that…?
Chocolate or vanilla? If it’s ice cream it’s got to be coffee with toffee pieces. If it’s frosting it’s got to be vanilla. If it’s a candy bar it’s got to be chocolate with caramel. 
Tea or coffee? Coffee. And lots of it. 
Fair hair or dark hair (on a boy)?  Dark. I love a TDH. (Tall, Dark, and Handsome) 
Winter or summer? Both. All. I like seasons in general. Unfortunately I live in LA, and it’s never quite anything here, which is a bummer. 
Flight or foresight? Flight. If I knew the future I’d probably go bananas, because with my luck I’d be like Cassandra—doomed to always know the future, but never to be believed.
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.

  1. I’m the youngest of eight kids and I have six sisters.  
  2. I can make Spock’s V-sign that means, “live long and prosper” with my fingers.  
  3. I can juggle.  
  4. I can tie a knot with in a cherry stem with my tongue in less than ten seconds.  
  5. I snore (allegedly).
3LB: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Nope.  I think the cherry stem thing was my last “bullet in the chamber”.  :)
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Thank you, Josie! For more information about Ms. Angelini and her books, visit:

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