Tele-Tubbies and Writing ~ An Interview

1 Feb

Alrighty people so today because I am lazy I have decided to use my crit partner and close friend Carrie today, and make her do half the work on today’s post. She will be conducting a lovely little interview with me about being a writer.

So, enjoy.

If you have any questions leave them in the comments.

Commence Interview:

First off whom would you say got you really interested in writing?

Well, I have to say that I didn’t love writing until I loved reading. The book that made me love reading would have to be Double Identity by Margret Peterson Haddix. I read it in second or third grade, and just remembered closing the back cover and think, “Gee how did she do it? Make all the characters so real? Paint all those pictures like movies in my head?” and as soon as I finished I just knew it was what I wanted to do. I wanted to make an experience for people just through a few words. I still have my copy and keep it up on my shelf for when ever I need inspiration. I still read her newer books. If you have never read anything by her you should!

How many stories would you say you have going on in your mind at one time?

When I here you say story I think of a full formed plot, so that would be one. My current novel. But I have tons of ideas! Flashes of actions. A character sketch here and there. Bits of dialogue. They are all floating around in there. Constantly changing and reshaping. I get new ideas all the time, and to be quite honest I couldn’t count all the little bits! But I have one or two half formed “plots” up my sleeve at the moment, but sadly I have no time to really sit down and work on them because of THE novel. LOL

Do you think that the character you are writing about now…is anything like you. Or have similar traits?

One of the great things about writing is exploring ideas and thought patterns you’d never have yourself. I really strive to “step into another persons shoes” when writing and experience all I can in a different way then I would. For instants my character Violet would have to be my exact opposite. She is very self-contained, and a hard as nails type of girl. I mainly build my characters just using emotions I have felt, that way they don’t have my personality but they do have my humanity. If that makes any sense. Ha ha! But the character who is most like me in my current novel is named Skye, I tried to put a lot of my energy and go getterness (if that is a word) into her, though she is way more bold then I would ever be, and quite cynical.

Do you plan on making books geared mostly to young adults?

Yeah I do, I just love YA. Though I do read adult genre books, and have also delved into the classics I find that YA is where it’s at! Everything is always so fresh in this genre the characters are experiencing everything for the first time (to be a total loser and quote Sheryl Crow) “The first cut is the deepest” and so the most painful and memorable. I love the fact that these characters get to make everything feel “new” to the reader. Plus, being a YA myself I get to experience a lot of these things right along with them.

How long would you say it will be till the book you are writing now is done?

I am really hoping to see the first draft done in April or May, but the final draft… well there is no telling how long it will take to see the novel through since I can already tell only half way through writing the first draft that a lot of plot changes will need to be made.

Do you have a song to go with your book?

I have to write with music! It bothers me if there is total silence. I compile a playlist for every serious long term project I take on. I even listen to music when doing flash fiction pieces for my blog ( !  Since music is really close to my heart and defiantly affects my mood it also affects the mood of my writing. So yeah, I do have a “theme song” my main one is The Call by Regina Spektor and the song for my main character Violet and her love interest is Gravity by Sara Barellies. Gravity is perfect because it’s all about trying so hard not to fall for someone but not being able to help it, because no matter how hard you try you can’t fight gravity. The line that really jumped out at me was “Here I am and I stand so tall just like I’m suppose to be, but your on to me… and all over me… and I fall into your gravity…” it really says everything about their relationship, and the way Violet views it.

Could you maybe give us a little part of the book to read now?!!!! PLEASE!

Well… OK, but I’m warning you. You will be angry with me because you will want to know what happens next! 😀 Read at your own discretion!
“Mast-” Jett begins but stops himself hesitating “Consul, please you see that the girl is very ill please do not put her through it, it will kill her!”

                “The counsel’s punishment is final.” I feel the tears burn in my eyes, built up drops of magma wanting to blaze down my cheeks.

                “No.” the word is hard as it comes from Jett’s mouth. Though I can’t see his face, don’t dare open my eyes and let the magma escape; I can imagine it: the hard set of his brow, the steady line of his set jaw.

                “Do you dare defy the council again?” the voice is harsh and low, wind whistling through the tree branches in a storm.

                “I’ll take it. I’ll take it all.” He says, I crumple then unable to stay on my knees any longer. My cheek presses against the warm stone, so much like his arms…

                Then I realize what he’s said. He’s taking my lashes, all fifty of them.

© Alexandra Sestito

What is the hardest part of a book for you to write?

All the “in between scenes”, a book, for me any ways, always starts out with the idea for a scene with some kind of conflict. I usually have all the main “scenes” mapped out in my head before I start but the transitions just aren’t there. I have trouble getting from A to B. They seem like little things but are a big part of writing. Often I don’t write them in at all in my first drafts, and just make notes in red lettering of things that need to be written. Then I come back in revision for the second draft and figure them out since I usually have a better idea of what my story is about by then.

What are your hopes and dreams of becoming an author?

Well, I think everyone has their little fantasy of going on tour and being published, and those things would be great, but right now I’m thinking short term. I just made my new years resolutions and one of them was to finish my manuscript, and another was to come up with an official title. So, those are my “author” goals right now. Now after that, then comes draft 2 then pier review and then draft 3,4 , and maybe 5. THEN and only then will I start thinking about publishing.  Other wise nothing will ever get done. You can’t start thinking about all that stuff and get side tracked in the glamour, if you do you won’t ever have a shot at it at all.

And Finally (Mostly because no one asks this in an interview EVER) who is your favorite tele-tubby?

HAHA true no one asks this question. I wonder why, maybe because it has nothing to do with writing? HMMM… but in answer I would have to say Dipsy, because lime green is my favorite color, and she looks like a marshin. I had this thing for aliens as a little kid. Don’t ask why, even I don’t fully comprehend my mind at five.

Thanks for the interview Carrie!


4 Responses to “Tele-Tubbies and Writing ~ An Interview”

  1. HaleyWhitehall February 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm #


    I loved your interview and your excerpt! I do want to know more. Can you tell me what your book is about? Do you have a blog?


  2. Aqeel ansari May 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    Some love one some love two. i love one that are you

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