Every odd Tuesday (because Tuesdays aren't odd enough), I feature a different young adult fiction author YOU should know - from best-sellers to debuts. And what better way to do this than asking them TWO fun questions. Short, sweet, and sassy - just the way I like interviews.
Alexandra Diaz is a Cuban-American spending her time between Bath, England, Santa Fe, NM, and the rest of the world. She has an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University and has led various workshops since she was fourteen. As a result of being homeschooled for most of high school, she’s fascinated by teenage school life and the drama that occurs in those quarters. One of the reasons she writes is to experience life in someone else’s shoes. She is a “jenny of all trades” having worked as a nanny, teacher, film extra, tour guide, and dairy goat judge (seriously) among several other jobs. In addition to traversing the world, she enjoys hiking, swing dancing, and performing circus arts.Alexandra has several titles available for your reading pleasure:
When I first thought of writing Of All the Stupid Things in multiple points of view, I thought it was going to be quite a challenge. Once I got into the novel and knew my characters, I didn't find it nearly as taxing as I has initially thought. Part of the secret of writing in multiple POVs is knowing your character well: what they would do, how they think, how they react to situations.
The easiest character for me to write was Pinkie. She's the worry-wort of the bunch. Her brain is overactive, insecure, and she double and triple guesses everything. I found it very easy to get into her head (don't know what that says about me!). The hardest character was definitely Whitney Blaire. She a bit of a bitch and it was hard to make her into a likeable character. By showing what really went on in her head and her family life, I was able to show (hopefully) how and why she acted the way she did. It's a great and useful exercise to know and understand what factors makes a character who or what they are.
As a result of writing in different POVs for my first book, I feel I'm able to write new and diverse characters better because I know how to get their heads.
I was fortunate to work with a great editor who listened to my ideas and allowed me to add extra scenes where needed. It was a paid writing job, which allowed me to work under deadlines and guidelines, but still flexible enough to add my own personal touches. It also gave me the discipline and confidence to work on future projects of my own. I'm glad I had the opportunity to do it.
Thanks for stopping by the blog, Alexandra! Want more Diaz? I knew you would. Check out her website and like her on Facebook.
Without further ado, I welcome young adult fiction author, Christine Duval as the very first feature for Take Tewes.
About her novel (from her website):
My debut novel was inspired by two events that were happening at the same time a couple years ago: my best friend announced she was expecting her first child and one of my babysitters was going off to college. I got to thinking given the typical college calendar, a girl, newly pregnant and away at school, could feasibly conceal a pregnancy from everyone at home for the entire nine months if she wanted to. Then Laurel began talking to me and a story was born.
Everyone warned me about Colman College. The workload is heavy, the professors don't mess around. To say I am overwhelmed is an understatement. I have a math class, a writing seminar, a phys.ed. requirement that's being fulfilled by taking a class in Swedish massage of all things, a course in molecular biology that I like, plus a lab to go with it, and an Intro to Legal Ethics class that I can't stand. I also have a positive pregnancy test - two, actually. Way to get things started.