Today we get to learn a bit about Josie through an interview and at the end there will be a giveaway as well as the info you'll need to enter to win the big giveaway for the Kindle 3.
But lets get to it!
It's great to have you on for your blog tour and for the Favorite Things Event. I'm so glad the timing was so perfect!
When writing Starcrossed what was your biggest obstacle to overcome?
The biggest obstacle was finding a way to make Helen and Lucas sympathetic. I had to do a lot of creative heavy lifting to set up a situation where two likable characters could start a war by falling in love.That's a good point, but you did a great job so I'd say you succeeded smashingly!
Which of the characters is your favorite other then Helen and Lucas?
I love Claire, which isn’t surprising because she’s a mixture of several women who have been my closest girlfriends at different periods in my life.Claire is a very likable character ;) And that's very cool!
The cover is gorgeous, did you have much input in it?
I had a lot of input, but I can’t take credit for how well it turned out. The art department at Harper Teen went all out, and my editor Laura Arnold paid attention to every detail. I’m so happy with the outcome!
In my opinion you certainly hit the cover jackpot. This cover is freaking GORGEOUS! So gorgeous in fact that I happened to have it in my purse when I stopped by a bookstore and ended up showing it to one of the salespeople I 'know'. I think I may have a few people super excited for it who hadn't heard of it yet ;)
Was there anything in particular that inspired some or all of Starcrossed?
I’m going to have to give Homer props right about now! The Iliad is the inspiration and the template. I just tried not to mess up that classic work too much.*Blushes* I don't remember The Iliad though I think I read at least a condensed version in school.
Which character, from any book, do you have the biggest crush on?
Rostand’s play when I was fifteen and I’ve never gotten over him. TLF. is my ultimate crush. I readHmmm... no clue who that is... *runs off to look him up*
What is your favorite place in the world?
At the moment I’m going to say my kitchen table. I like to write here (I’m sitting at it right now). I’m comfortable. There are some flowers, my coffee, and a cat sleeping just behind my computer. It’s all good.There's nothing like the comfort of home.
If you could travel anyplace where would you choose to go?
I’m itching to go to Greece. Wonder why, right?
I'm right there with you! I've been itching to go since I saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Since then I've researched it a bit. One day...
What are some of your favorite things to do outside of writing?
I’m a good eater. I can’t cook, but I like to go out to dinner with friends or family and gab the night away. I also love to look at art. I can’t draw or paint to save my life, but I really admire anyone that can. Music is another big part of my life, although I can’t sing or play an instrument. I love exercise, but I’m really clumsy so I don’t play any sports. Let me put it this way, I enjoy lots of things, but I don’t have many skills outside of writing. I’m sort of a one trick pony.
I gotta say, that makes me feel a bit better. I'm not really good at anything though I like a lot of things. At least you can write fantastically!
If you were to pick actors for a movie of Starcrossed who do you picture playing Helen and Lucas (and any of the characters if you have an idea of who you'd pick)?
I have no idea! Any suggestions?I don't. Yet... But I would like to hear some from the readers!