Hi everyone! I’m very excited to be interviewing Linea Gear today as she’s the first illustrator that I’ve ever interviewed!!! 🎉🎊 Check out the interview to see some of her gorgeous artwork!
BROODING YA HERO: BECOMING A MAIN CHARACTER (ALMOST) AS AWESOME AS ME BY CARRIE ANN DIRISIO
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you’re just really confused about what “opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs” actually are?
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a “self-help” guide (with activities–you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.
Q. What would you say are your greatest influences in your art style?
A. Definitely Disney and Studio Ghbli! I love the whimsical look of their movies.
Q. Could you describe for us a typical day in the life of an illustrator?
A. Drawing all. Day. Long. Then getting frustrated because I didn’t like anything I drew! A lot of coffee is also needed. But at the end of the day, I feel productive and more confident in my skills then I did at the start of the day.
Q. What’s your solution when you’re feeling uninspired?
A. I watch animated movies, they help a lot with giving inspiration! Ponyo and Howl’s Moving Castle are my go-tos.
Q. Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?
A. Yes, I think I did. Since I can remember I’ve always liked drawing! I played the violin and did gymnastics but I always seemed to like drawing the most. It wasn’t until I saw what other artists could do – animate movies, draw comics, get great jobs at art studios, that I realized their was no ceiling to what I was capable of. So I worked hard and now I’ve illustrated a book!! I couldn’t be happier!
5. Can you show us some of your favorite pieces?
Q. What other projects are you currently working on?
A. I’m currently just working on commissions and other freelance work at this time, one of them includes a YA book cover!
Q. What would your dream project be (i.e. coloring book, picture book, stationery, etc.)
A. I would love to do a kid’s picture book – I love the bright colors and simplicity and innocence of them, so I’ll keep practicing and get the courage before doing something like this.
thanks for reading! 💗
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