Today, we have the honor of hosting the first of two stops for the 2nd Annual Authors are Rockstars tour!
The awesome Jennifer Bosworth (Struck) stops by today to sit down with me for an awesome Q&A!
Why Jennifer Bosworth is a rockstar to me!
Jennifer's a rockstar to me for two very different reasons!
1) How she secured an agent, and got Struck published in the first place.
In a story that she recounts: here, Jennifer was at a writer’s conference, and more or less pitched Struck without having actually finished the manuscript in the first place. After her soon-to-be agent requested the full manuscript, Jennifer wrote 150 pages in seven days. If that isn’t total rock star behavior, I don’t know what is!
2) Jennifer was my first book signing – ever.
I had always thought of book signings as things other people do, because I’m shy. But when I saw Jenn tweet about her signing at the Mysterious Galaxy in Redondo Beach, I figured - what the heck.
I could barely get a word out the entire time I was there, but Jennifer was incredibly nice. She complimented me on my leather jacket and cheerfully signed my book. I went back to the car feeling a lot more confident about attending other book signings in the future!
Q&A with Jennifer Bosworth
Q: You're standing in an elevator with Guillermo del Toro, and you have ten seconds to pitch Struck as a feature film. What would you say?
As the apocalypse looms, a teenage lightning addict with a destructive, supernatural power is caught between two doomsday cults, one that wants to save the world, another that wants to destroy it, and she’s the key to their apocalyptic visions. Whew! So many dependent clauses!
Q: Hope you liked our ice breaker!
So let's talk about Struck! It's been a little over a year since your book made its way out into the world onto the shelves of unsuspecting (and enthralled) readers everywhere.
Could you share with us one excellent or memorable moment from this past year? And what's been an unexpected obstacle or challenge you've had to face?
It’s impossible for me to answer this question, as I was recently struck by lightning and had my memory erased. I kid! Oh, lightning humor, you never fail me. Now for my serious answer . . . I’ve had a lot of memorable moments, but there’s one that makes me grin every time I think about it. Let me preface this by saying, I don’t consider myself an expert when it comes to writing icky romance. I struggle with romance in every book I write, and I’m never sure if I’ve pulled it off. But I did a school visit last year, and when I showed the book trailer for STRUCK, this girl in the audience screamed, “Jeremy!” when the love interest came on screen. That was a proud moment.
As far as unexpected challenges/obstacles go . . . sadly, those tend to be far more memorable than the good times. The hardest thing for me turned out to be selling a second book. As a writer, and just as a person, I evolved a bit from who I was when I wrote STRUCK, so my follow-up turned out to be more serious and edgy, and not necessarily what my editor was looking for. Since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to reconcile these different sides of me, the ultra-commercial and the edgy, boundary-pusher.
Q: What's been the best (or scariest) part about interacting with readers who've read your book?
(Including the tongue-tied ones, who can't think of anything intelligent to say, when they meet you? Not that I'm referring to myself or anything, *wink*)
I get just as tongue-tied with fans! It’s overwhelming to realize that people respect you and look up to you for telling a story. What a strange thing! I wish I believed I was actually worthy of that respect, but I’m a hot mess. One of my good friends nicknamed me “Chaos,” which is definitely appropriate. So the scariest part of interacting with fans is feeling, as Wayne and Garth would put it, that I’m not worthy. But the best part is knowing that I achieved my goal: I told a story that connected with a lot of people, and that’s a very good feeling.
Q: You have a book coming out in 2014, from Farrar Straus and Giroux. Could you tell us a little about the book, and the main character?
The book is still evolving, so I don’t want to say too much when certain elements might change. What I will tell you is this: The title is THE KILLING JAR. The main character is a girl named Kenna Marsden, and, similar to my lightning addict, she has a supernatural power that has the potential to be used for good or for evil. And the story revolves around a mystical hippie colony that worships a nearly extinct vampire moth. The story was inspired by my dream of one day forming my own hippie colony filled with artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers. The world I’ve created for THE KILLING JAR is a world I want to live in . . . right up until things go terribly wrong.
Q: Finally, since this is the Authors are Rockstars tour, if you could trade places with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I just spent an hour discussing potential answers to this question with my husband. It’s a tough one! But I’m going to have to go with Steven Tyler, in part because I love Aerosmith, and because Steven Tyler survived past 27, despite living like a true rockstar, but also because I have a small mouth and TMJ, and I’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to have a gigantic mouth that I could open wide enough to fit my fist inside without dislocating my jaw.
Q: Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Jennifer!
You’re most welcome!
About the author:
Jennifer was kind enough to donate a paperback copy of Struck, which she's willing to ship to the US. And I'm donating a hardcopy of Struck, which I'm also willing in the US!