It’s the weekend, gang, and I thought I’d start it off with a bang with the amazing Lilith Saintcrow! She’s a writing machine, ya’ll, one of my favorite writers,and she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions!
*Also up for grabs is a )*signed* copy of Defiance (Strange Angels 4) to one lucky winner (see deets at the bottom of this post). Don’t forget to check the My Favorite Things Event Schedule for anything you might have missed, and also for what’s coming your way in the next couple of weeks!
Please welcome Lilith to the blog!
You’re the author of several very successful urban fantasy series (Jill Kismet, Dante Valentine, “The Demon’s Librarian”), as well as the wonderful YA series featuring Dru Anderson! Did you always want to be a writer?
What were the challenges in writing YA as opposed to “adult” urban fantasy?
I get asked that a lot. There really isn’t any difference between writing YA and writing adult—one is simply seeking to tell the truth, tell the best story one can. The biggest thing about writing YA is remembering what being a teenager was like: hormones, no sense of perspective, feeling incredibly trapped because adults had control of every aspect of my life. Putting myself back in those emotional “shoes” was very difficult and draining, mostly because I had such an awful adolescence.I think a lot of times people ask this question and they’re really asking “what about swears and sex?” My answer is that sometimes kids cuss, and sometimes kids experiment, and if I try to pretend those things don’t happen I’m lying to my audience and being unfaithful to what I remember about being a teenager. That lie, that unfaithfulness, is the kiss of death for a story. It’s not my job to censor. It’s my job to tell the damn tale.
If you weren’t a writer, what do you think you’d be doing for a living?
I’m not proud. I’ve got kids to feed, so I would be doing whatever was required. If I couldn’t write and I had to choose something to support us…well, maybe I’d go back to school and be a paralegal. The law fascinates me. It’s also a very detail-oriented and word-oriented field, both things that agree with me.What I would like, of course, is to go back to school and get a Classics degree and be a Latin teacher. That’s my deep dark secret: if I couldn’t write but I could do anything else, that’s what I’d do.
Who did you look up to the most when you were growing up(literary or otherwise)?
I know many authors use music to set the mood while they write. Do you, and if so, what’s on your playlist?
Oh, my goodness, everything except rap and modern country. It just varies. I do build playlists for specific books; my writing partner is an audiophile and is always exposing me to new stuff. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of trance and ambient, and a lot of old, old blues and gospel.
In your free time, I know you like to work out. What’s the hardest sport you’ve ever tried, and what is your favorite?
What is the most dangerous or daring thing you’ve ever done?
If the Jill and Dante books were made into movies, who could you picture playing them on the big screen?
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