Saturday, 5 December 2009
Interview with author Luisa Plaja!
I usually think of a title when I first dream up an idea for a novel. It's a working title, though, and it changes as I write. Having said that, "Extreme Kissing" was my original title and it never changed, and "Swapped by a Kiss" was named after "Split by a Kiss" so it couldn't really be called anything else!
Hee hee, that would be great! No, that's never happened, but I have stood near people admiring my books in shops! It's an amazing feeling. I've only once admitted who I am when this has happened, and that was when the girl was about to buy my book. I offered to sign it for her and she accepted. I think she was a bit surprised but she seemed happy, too!
My publishers do that, although they do consult me during the process. They hire illustrators and have designers, too.
Yes, definitely! I never feel like I've finished a book. It's strange to have to stop changing things, in fact - it feels like that moment at the end of an exam when you're told to put your pen down, and you're thinking, "No, please, just one more little change!"
Read a lot of books you enjoy and don't worry about what other people think of your choices. Then write a book you want to read, and enjoy that too.
That's a tough question! I love all my characters and I have lived with them all, really, in the sense of going through stages when I think about them constantly! I tend to get really fond of the more mixed-up and troubled characters I write about, like Rachel in Split by a Kiss/Swapped by a Kiss and Carlotta in Extreme Kissing, so I think I'd like to give them a home and try to chat to them. I bet they wouldn't listen to me, though.
Sure! Swapped by a Kiss is a follow-up to Split by a Kiss, but the main character this time is Rachel. It's the summer after the end of Split by a Kiss and the American Rachel travels to England to surprise her boyfriend at a music festival - but she's the one who gets the surprise. She catches him kissing their friend Jo and she's so upset that she runs off, wishing she was Jo instead of herself. The next thing she knows, she's back with David, and she IS Jo...
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18 year old book blogger who aspires to work in journalism and/or publishing, and dreams of one day seeing her own work on bookshelves around the world. Amber has been running The Mile Long Bookshelf single-handedly since 2009.