Tuesday, August 31, 2010
THE REPLACEMENT By Brenna Yovanoff
Brenna was nice enough to humor us with our patented, totally random interview. Proof that she's not only a kick ass writer, she's also a pretty cool person.
1. Tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Mackie isn't human. Also, his town is plagued by baby-thieves. This, plus music, kissing, and dead things.
2. Where did you get the idea for THE REPLACEMENT (as the official idea whores, we have a vested interest here.)
This is tricky, because I'm definitely not a lightning-strikes kind of writer. I think I had the same general idea maybe twenty times over the years, and one day I just thought, "Well, I'd better sit down and write this thing!"
3. Someone has a pair of scissors to your head (oooh, SCARY!) and you have to choose: Awesome title or gorgeous book cover?
You've found my kryptonite! Which is that I hate choosing between things. But if the scissors are hanging over me, I'm going to go with gorgeous cover. A good cover can make a serviceable title into something extraordinary just through proximity. Also, titles intrigue me, but covers make me walk over and pick up the book.
4. When did you know you had to be a writer?
I think I knew forever and just didn't take the possibility seriously. I'd been writing every single day since I was eleven, because I literally could not stop. At twenty, I said, "Self, this is getting ridiculous. If you worked this hard at math, you would be a physicist by now. But you don't want to be a physicist. Also, you don't want to be the fitting-room girl at Ross Dress for Less anymore, so let's get a move on!" (Sometimes I talk to myself.) (Which may qualify as an occupational hazard.)
5. Twizzlers or M&Ms?
This is another hard one. I am a candy fiend and adore them both. (And they are both fun to eat, which is how I gauge candy-quality. Seriously.) But if I absolutely *have* to pick, I'll say M&Ms, because they are chocolate and come in a variety of colors. Also, I like sorting things by color.
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