Lisa Schroeder is the author of I Heart You, You Haunt Me and Far From You. All the of questions she answered were written by me. In a later post, I will post more about changes to Ask an Author (so I can actually get questions sent or scrap the idea). Without further ado, the questions! 🙂
1) Where did you get the idea behind Far From You?
For me, a book often starts with a few seeds of ideas that I sit down and play around with and see what they might grow into. I had been thinking about that book OUT OF THE DUST which makes you feel dusty and hot as you read and I thought, what would be the opposite of that, which made me answer, cold and snow. And I thought of snowflakes and snow angels and realized I could probably do some poetic things with that subject. I had always wanted to do a book where the main character was a singer and songwriter, so I decided this would be that book, and it worked out really well, because the songs worked nicely in the story. And finally, I had wanted to do a book with Alice in Wonderland elements, and decided to make that part of this book as well.
Oooh, good question. I really love Alice. I love that she is a girl full of imagination. And I like that she doesn’t like rudeness and doesn’t tolerate it much in others.
Yeah, people often ask why I chose to write my first book, I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME in verse and really I didn’t choose it as much as it chose me. I sat down to write and that’s how it came out. It created an atmosphere for the story that I don’t think I could have created otherwise. Not all books are going to work in verse, and I know that. But when it does, and there’s an emotional experience for the main character I want to maximize, writing in verse works really well for me.
I think it was in the back of my mind for much longer than I realized. I was at a crossroads in my life trying to figure out what I wanted to do. When I got quiet and asked myself, what’s the dream in your heart, a small voice said, write for kids, write for kids. And so one day I thought, why not try and see what happens? And I haven’t looked back since.
Judy Blume, of course, V.C. Andrews, and that’s about it. I read a lot in late elementary and middle school, but once I hit college, and we were reading things like THE GREAT GATSBY in high school, I didn’t read much for pleasure. If only I’d had the amazing selection of books we have today!!
I read an advanced review copy of Elizabeth Scott’s latest one coming out next month, called SOMETHING, MAYBE and I really enjoyed it. I also read PRINCESS BEN by Catherine Murdock and that was a fun read. I have a huge pile of books here to get through – there’s never as much time to read as I would like!
I love singer/songwriters. I’m a huge fan of Lifehouse, Matt Nathanson, and the Goo Goo Dolls. I also love Taylor Swift and Sarah Mclachlan.
8 ) Hot or cold?
I would much rather be hot. With a cold drink in my hand. And a book in the other.
9) How much do you love pie?
Mmmm, I love pie to the moon and back! Warm blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream is my favorite! I make at least one every summer, usually two or three, picking the blackberries myself and everything!
Thanks for having me here and for your thoughtful questions!!