An Interview with Libby Svenson
by Gina Miller and Callie Svenson
GM: How old were you when you wrote Andromeda's Turn?
LS: I was thirteen years old and in seventh grade.
GM: How long did it take you to write AT?
LS: I'm not exactly sure, a couple months. It seemed like I wrote it really fast, but it probably took at least four to five months.
GM: What made you want to write AT?
LS: I was on this REALLY long car trip to
, and I was bored out of my mind, so I was like "Hey, I should write a book." So I did, and it was a good way to pass the time. ;) Maine
GM: Of all the characters, who is your favorite?
!!!! I wasn't really sure about him at first, but as he developed into a deeper character, I began to really like him. I know he has his issues, but that's what makes him so unique. He seems the most realistic. Adrian
GM: Will there be a sequel?
LS: I'm considering one, or maybe a book from
's point of view. I'm not quite sure yet. Adrian
GM: What is your favorite scene in the book?
LS: I have lots of favorites, but the wedding is probably my most favorite, because what happens there is just so surprising and unexpected. I also love the funeral scene, even though I cried writing it
GM: Is Hillary's a real place?
LS: No, but it would be cool if it was. Online, I found a boarding school called Queen Ethelberga's, in
, Kent , so I used that as a model. England
GM: If there would be a movie, who would be your firsts picks for the cast?
LS: Okay . . . Andy would be played by Jem, a Welsh singer. Taylor Locke, the amazing guitarist of one of my favorite bands, Rooney, would have to be
. Liam Aiken, who was in Lemony Snicket, would be Alex. Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter) for Adrian , Emmy Rosum for Amber, and my favorite: tennis player Jonathan Eysseric for Zac Paris
GM: What are some books that you reccommend?
LS: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, of course; The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton; Dairy Queen by Catherine Murdock; The Lord of The Rings trilogy by J. R. R Tolkien; Holes by Louis Sachar; and A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.
GM: What kind of music did you listen to while writing?
LS: Lots of stuff from my iPod, but my favorites were Death Cab For Cutie, Coldplay, The Beatles, The Ramones, Mika, and Paramore.
GM: Would you recommend self-publishing to other young aspiring authors, or something else?
LS: If you want just a small number of copies for yourself, friends, family, etc, self publishing is really great. It's also easier, because they can do pretty much all the work for you, once you've written the book and edited it. But if you're planning on getting to the bestseller list, try looking for an agent to help you get your work out there.
GM: Are you going to continue working on different writing projects?
LS: Of course! I have so many more plans for different novels, I probably won't be able to write them all. :P Currently, I am working on a new novel with my BFF and colleague, Gina Miller.
CS: Which of the characters in your book would you most like to be friends with and why?
LS: Well, I wish they were all real so I could hang out with them, but to pick a "new best fictional friend" . . . hmmm . . . probably Andy. She's slightly based on me, so we'd have the same interests and all. And we're both musicians -- we could start a band! :)
CS: What was the hardest part about writing a book?
LS: I love writing and wish I could devote all my time to it. But sadly, I can't, so finding the time to work can be difficult, especially during the school year.
CS: How did you come up with the idea for the book?
LS: I don't exactly remember, but I think I had watched the
of Rock recently, and was inspired to combine prep and rock like in that movie. From there, I pretty much added to the plot as I went. movie School
CS: Have you been to
? How did you research the setting, etc. for the parts that take place in England ? England
LS: I've been to
, but haven't been to Ireland -- yet. It probably wasn't the best idea to use it as a setting, but I just thought it would be cool. I used Google and other websites to find things like driving ages and places England would love to go shopping. Hopefully I'll be able to get to Paris sometime soon. England
CS: Who is your least favorite character in the book and why?
LS: He may be totally hot, but Zac is still my least favorite of everyone. I don't think he tries to be like he is, but sometimes his flirtiness gets the better of him. Or maybe the fact that he's based on an old (failed) love interest has something to do with it . . . :)
CS: How did you decide to self-publish the book?
LS: I wasn't planning on doing anything with it, but I have lots of family and friends in other states, and they started wanting to read it. Self-publishing seemed like the easiest way to share it. I never thought it would get this far, but I really like having a book to show people.