Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Inside The Author's Studio with Lena Roy

Okay, duckies, it is time once again to get to know a fabulous author and this month we are featuring Lena Roy whose powerful book EDGES knocked my socks off when I read it. If you are interested in details, click the book on the sidebar. And don't forget, one lucky commenter will receive their own copy of EDGES (leave your email address so I don't have to hunt you down).

Welcome Lena!
Q: What is your favorite word?
Lena: I love the sensuality in sounds, so there are many words I love. Take BOOMS for example. The Buh sound feels so good, and the OOOOOOO feels delicious. Then there’s the MMMMMM which make your lips vibrate, and do I need to explain how cool the ZZZZZ sound at the end is? That being said, it is a word I use very sparingly, because it is indeed so powerful.

Q: What is your least favorite word:
Lena: Adverbs. Didn’t Stephen King say they are the devil? I have to choose one?
 If I have to choose one word, it would be CAN’T. Say yes people! Believe in yourself!

Q: What turns your MC on?
Lena: From Edges: two main characters, Luke and Ava. Story is told in alternate points of view.
Luke: Australian hosteler Tangerine, hiking, red rocks
Ava: doesn’t think that anything can turn her on anymore after quitting drinking

Q: What turns your MC off?
Lena: Luke: Frank, hippy dippy spirituality
Ava:  her drinking, her boss, Frank

Q: What sound do you love?
Lena: My kids laughing and having fun.

Q: What sound do you hate?
Lena: Whining. My kindergartner stops when I sing (to the tune of Lady Gaga’s Telephone): Stop whining, stop whining, I don’t think I can take anymore/ Your complaints will get me off the dance floor.

Q: What is your favorite YA quirk?
Lena:Taking pictures of gnomes in Libba Bray’s Going Bovine, and the gnomes’ justified outrage.

Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Lena: Lounge singer, hands down. (Yes, another financially feasible line of work!)

Q: What profession would you rather bathe in a vat of urine than attempting? 
Lena: Bounty hunter. I’d be too scared!

Q: If John Green exists and sits at your table at a SCBWI conference, what would you like him to say to you? 
Lena: I got to sit next to him on a panel, and pal around a little bit at LeakyCon in Orlando. He is the real deal. I found the courage to ask him to read EDGES and he very graciously said “I would love to,” AND then when I gave it to him, he said: “I need a book to read once I’m done with my revisions: this is perfect.” Now of course, I would be ecstatic if he really did read it and gave it a shout out!

I came home and read Looking for Alaska which I hadn’t read before, so next time I see him, I would love to talk about theology and the complicated relationships we have with God.

Thanks, Lena for making it here today!  I bet I see John Green reading EDGES at the SCBWI conference this week.  

Readers, hit us with your comments for a chance to win your own copy of EDGES. 


Unknown said...

Great interview! I loved this!!! I have to say the turn off both being the name Frank (yes I'm aware it's referring to the same person) has me intrigued!!!

I would love to snag a win... to make it easy (so you don't have to hunt me down) here is my email: jenniferdaiker(at)gmail(dot)com.

Corey Schwartz said...

Hi Christa,

Saw your Truth over at Lisa and Laura's blog and just wan tot tell you I CAN TOTALLY RELATE! I have had an agent for two years now and feel like a complete idiot every time I get off the phone with her!

KatOwens: Insect Collector said...

Great interview-- thanks for sharing!

Jennie Bennett said...

LOL! Great questions and hilarious answers!!

Heather said...

Lena sounds like so much fun that I've got to read her book!

h mccorkle (at) wildblue (dot) net

Emily R. King said...

Great interview, Christa and Lena! I agree with Lena about sounds. They're my favorite sense. erittelking@gmail.com

Stina said...

At first I thought Lena meant we can't use can't, period. Then I got it. It's hot in my room. My brain is fried. ;)

Jus Accardo said...

Great interview, Lena :) Seriously looking forward to reading EDGES!

erica and christy said...

You guys are so silly. No WAY John Green actually exists...

Anonymous said...

Great interview! Thanks for sharing!


AliyaPM said...

Hah! That is a wonderful quirk.
Great interview!

ali cross said...

Ha! Thanks Christa - Lena sounds awesome! I'm off to "meet" her!

Alexis Bass said...

Great interview! Edges is now on my to-read list! Pretty sure Lena is amazing for having the guts to talk to THE John Green. :)

Leah said...

Cute interview! :-) definitely interested in reading Edges!

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