Hello everyone! I’m so excited to introduce our eleventh author, Ms. Lindsey Klingele. Today she will be answering questions about how her writing process has changed, directing the book trailer for The Marked Girl (which you should definitely check out) and why she chose to write young adult fantasy. I hope you enjoy reading her answers as much as I did! But, before we begin, I’m going to share some information about the book.
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The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele
Genre: YA Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Contemporary Romance
Page Length: 400 Pages
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Publisher: Harper Collins
Summary from Goodreads:
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (Los Angeles)…
When Cedric, crowned prince of Caelum, and his fellow royal friends (including his betrothed, Kat) find themselves stranded in modern-day L.A. via a magical portal and an evil traitor named Malquin, all they want to do is get home to Caelum—soon. Then they meet Liv, a filmmaker foster girl who just wants to get out of the system and on with her life. As she and Cedric bond, they’ll discover that she’s more connected to his world than they ever could’ve imagined…and that finding home is no easy task…
Q.I know that you have a background of writing for television shows and this obviously means that you are extremely talented at what you do so when you started writing a YA novel how did it differ from your usual method of writing?
A.Thank you so much! That’s kind of you to say. I actually think working in the writers’ rooms of TV shows really shaped how I write. I like TV that’s fast-paced and has dramatic cliffhangers for act breaks, and I think I took that style of writing into my books. Writing scripts also helps when it comes to delivering visual information and writing action scenes. There are some differences, though. In writing YA novels, I had to learn how to get a character’s interior life and thoughts onto the page, since in scripts that information is pretty much always delivered just through dialogue and visuals. So having to write out thoughts in a novel — and still make them interesting to read — was a bit of a new challenge.
Q.How long did it take for you to write The Marked Girl?
A.The first draft took about a year, and then there was another year or so of edits…so many edits!
Q.If you could do one thing to make this world a better place what would you do?
What a great question. I think that if everyone in this world had just 50% more empathy, this world would be a much better place. I’m not sure how to accomplish this, however…but I think just trying to treat people right every single day is a good place to start.
Q.Did you help or supervise the production of The Marked Girl’s book trailer?
A.Yes! I wrote the script and contacted the actors to get the whole thing started. A friend of mine who directs comedy agreed to come on board as the director (and he was great!), and together we did all of the organizing and planning, which ranged from buying costumes to making a call sheet to picking up lunch for everyone on the shoot day. It was a challenging, but incredibly fun and rewarding experience overall.
Q.What other projects are you currently working on?
A.I just wrapped up the sequel to THE MARKED GIRL. It’s called THE BROKEN WORLD, and it will be out next summer!
Q.Did you always intend to write a young adult novel?
A.Yes. I’ve always loved YA, and every book I ever started (but didn’t finish) was in the YA genre.
Q.Did you ever find it difficult to write from the mindset of a teen, especially when three of them hail from a different world?
A.Getting into the mindset of a teen has never been all that hard for me — I think because I’m still like, 75% teenaged girl inside. Getting into the mind of teens who have never heard of electricity was definitely a little harder.
Q.Did you have to do a lot of research about time travel theories or did you decide to just focus on the fantastical elements of their journey?
A. I didn’t do a lot of research into time travel theories (although if you count watching a ton of DOCTOR WHO as research, maybe I did…!) I have read and watched a LOT of fantasy over the years, however, and that has seeped into my storytelling in a big way. The challenge actually was in trying to do a fantasy portal story that felt new or different in some way. And in that way, it helped to have a big fantasy background. It’s hard to try something new if you don’t know a lot about what came before.
About the Author:
Lindsey Klingele grew up in Western Michigan, where she read every book she could get her hands on. She eventually moved to Los Angeles (the real land of make believe) and worked as a writers’ assistant for TV shows such as THE LYING GAME and TWISTED. She still loves living in LA, especially since it’s home to great television shows, truly excellent cheeseburgers, and her pitbull, Bighead.
Thank you so much Ms. Klingele for sharing this character interview with us! I’m so glad that you were able to participate in SHTSBR! Make sure to pick up a copy of The Marked Girl at your local library and/ or bookstore and share with the hashtag #SHTSBR!