Monday, January 21, 2013

Libby Heiler: Author Interview/Giveaway

Hello everyone! Apologies for being so MIA, deadlines for graduate school applications and GRE tests have  tormented me the past month or so and has sadly deterred me from writing and reviewing. Luckily, this week I get to host a giveaway for a book in my to-be-read pile that sounds pretty interesting: Libby Heiler's Tough Girl. Here's a blurb and a look at the cover:

Tough GirlDanger lurks everywhere in eleven year old Reggie's world--from the bully next door to the unwanted attentions of a creep at school. Raised by her mentally ill mother, Reggie is left to fend for herself. She escapes in daydreams, battling aliens with her alter-ego, Tough Girl

When Reggie's mother disappears, her fantasy life spirals out of control and starts to invade reality. She is hunted by a creature of her own design, and even Tough Girl is not strong enough to stop him. 

Will Reggie survive long enough for her mother to return, or will her dream world take over?

On top of host a giveaway, Libby was awesome and answered a few questions for us :)

1). What inspired you to become a writer? I have always loved stories. Before I could read, I was addicted to television and cartoons. Once I started reading, it was all over. I was very rarely ever fully in reality. I spent most of my time daydreaming or reading. Writing was just a natural extension of being lost in stories. 

2). What do you enjoy about writing science fiction? I love how you can create your own worlds in the realm of scifi, how you can basically change the fabric of reality but in a very believable way. I think science fiction also gives you a very safe environment to explore your own society and/or thoughts on life. Alternate worlds usually reflect our own.

3). Where did your idea for "Tough Girl" come from? Tough Girl was a long time coming. I always knew I wanted to write a story about a kid that slippedaway into imaginary lands. Alice in Wonderland was a huge influence on me in high school. I also was obsessed with the idea of a story about four siblings from a crime family struggling to get by after their father was killed. I used to think of these two story ideas often while running and slowly they melded into one.

4). Did you model any of the characters and personalities in "Tough Girl" off real-like people? Not exactly, not in the sense that a character is based on a person. I think all my characters are bits and pieces of life, of people I've met or read about or spied on in public places. I love to people watch and eavesdrop (in a writerly, non-creepy way). I really get to know my characters by having them interact with one another and enough writing character journals. Sometimes I'm surprised by who they end up being.

5). Who are your favorite authors? There are so many authors I adore and so many I have yet to discover. In no certain order: Virgina Woolf, August Strinberg, Eugene O'Neil, Muriel Spark, Brock Clarke, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, William Shakespeare, Sarah Ruhl, Dr. Seuss, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Philip K Dick, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, Kurt Vonnegut, Voltaire, JAck Kerouac, and many more.

6). What idea or messages do you want your readers to take home? I don't know if there's a true idea I want to give to readers. My hope with anything that I write is that it creates discussion. I'm hoping to entertain but also to make an audience think and talk. I started off as a playwright, and hearing an audience discuss a play after viewing it is the greatest joy I have ever known. That is the best I can hope for.

7). Anything else you want us to know about you or your writing in general? :) I tend to write about things that scare me. There are many frightening elements to humanity, many moments in life that make me recoil. I write to try to understand these things

Thank you, Libby! Your responses were intriguing and insightful! Ok, folks, the giveaway for Tough Girl is just below this interview. There are two copes that Libby will send from Smashwords in whatever format that works for the two lucky winners! Don't miss it! :)        

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