Monday, January 18, 2010

Quick Qs and As with Alexandra Diaz

Alexandra Diaz is the debut author of a book titled Of All The Stupid Things which I enjoyed reading. (You can read my review here, if you would like.) Though, without a futher ado, here's my interview with her.


Can you describe Of All the Stupid Things in three words?

Friends, relationships, and misunderstandings.

Of All the Stupid Things is told in three different girls’ perspectives- Whitney Blaire, Pinkie, and Tara. So, which one are you most like in real life?

Originally I thought that was Pinkie, though I don’t worry quite as much as she does. But as I developed the girls further, there are certainly bits of me in each one. Like a mother, I don’t think I can play favorites now!

What was the inspiration behind Of All the Stupid Things?

The idea came with Brent and him being such a jerk. From there I thought about what he did to become such a jerk and what the consequences of said actions were. The rest just flowed on out; through the course of a year or two…

How did the title Of All the Stupid Things come to be?

My original title didn’t work and I had to come up with something different. I had the line “of all the stupid things” already in the first page so it seemed like it would work for the title.

If Of All the Stupid Things had a theme song, what would it be?

I’m sure there are other more appropriate songs, but the only one that comes to mind is “One week” by Bare Naked Ladies.

Was there a specific moment where you went, “I want to be an author.” or was it something that involved over time?

Making up stories is something I’ve always done so writing just seemed to be the natural course. Give me a “what if” scenario and I can go crazy with it! I think technically my mom knew I was going to be a writer before I did because at a young age she saw where my creativity would go.

What made you choose YA as the genre you write in?

 I started reading YA by the time I was 9 or 10 and I’ve never stopped. It is my choice genre to read, probably because it often includes kissing! Because it’s what I love to read, it makes sense to write what I love.

What type of setting do you usually write in?

Mostly in my room, though I can technically write anywhere. I’ve been known to scribble on scrap bits of paper while at work or in the car.

What is your typical day like?

In my life there’s no such thing as a typical day. Because I’ve always had jobs with varied schedules it’s each day for its own, writing whenever I get the chance. I’ve never been one to write at the same time for the same length of time each day.

If you could choose any career besides being an author, of course, what would it be?

I’m not sure. I’ve had many jobs, but there’s never been one that grabs me like writing does. It would have to be something that allows me to travel and has me interacting with people of various cultures.

What’s up next up for you book wise?

I have a few things I’m working on but I don’t know for sure which one will be next.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
Thanks for interviewing me and I hope you enjoy the book!
Thank Alexandra! Also, be sure to check back later for a contest!
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  1. Great interview, Alex. Your book sounds like it will be a great read.

    Julie S.

  2. Excellent interview. I loved getting to know the author a little better.

  3. What a wonderful interview. She sounds like a great author/person! I so want to read her book!

  4. Great interview!! I wanna read this book sooooo badly!!

  5. Great interview!! I wanna read this book sooooo badly!!

  6. This is a great interview. I like the questions you ask and would love to read this book.

  7. This is a wonderful interview with an amazing author...I can't wait to read her book! :)

  8. Great interview! I love the describe your book in 4 words question.


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