From the moment I found out about Daisy's love, passion, obsession for books, chocolate chip cookies, and most importantly SHOES, I knew we would be friends. What more can a girl ask for?
So, when the chance came about to interview this awesome, purple wig wearing rockstar!, you better believe I jumped on it.
Anyway, without further ado, I give you Daisy Whitney, debut author of The Mockingbirds.
So Daisy, what inspired you to create a secret society of students who help right the wrongs of their fellow peers?
Well I have to agree with you on the intriguing part. And The Mockingbirds surely isn't lacking on the intriguing side either.
I've always been intrigued by boarding school and also by the potential teens have to take a stand for what's important. THE MOCKINGBIRDS--an underground student-run justice system--was born from those twin thoughts as a way to look at what it takes to stand up for yourself and others.
Now, I know The Mockingbirds is your first published novel. Can you share with us about your experience writing, finding an agent, and ultimately getting The Mockingbirds published?
I wrote three chick lit novels that were repped but never sold. When I switched to writing for teens, I finally broke through and landed a book deal! But suffice it to say, it was a long road paved with many rejections and I have the stack of rejection letters to prove it. But I am a big believer in perseverance so I kept writing and I view those first 300,000-plus unpublished words as a writing school in a way.
Um, yes. I think that many words definitely qualifies as writing school. Definitely. Speaking of writing, is there any type of scene you LOVE to write? (Like, maybe, KISSING??)
Well, Kim... I do like writing kissing scenes as a matter of fact! They're like dessert, aren't they? And because they're dessert, I try really hard not to skip ahead and have dessert first! I will often picture the kissing scene but because they are so fun to write (and yes there are kissing scenes in The Mockingbirds!) I don't write ahead--I make myself earn them and write them in sequence! Dessert they are. Kind of like a warm, gooey, fresh out of the oven cookie. When I write, I write in sequence too. It's the only way I get all the non-fun parts written.
So, Daisy, tell us, are you an outliner or a pantser?
I used to be a pantser but then I had to write an outline for my editor's approval, so I've become more of a plotter. I still prefer to wing the first few chapters though and then write a rough outline.
And do you have any suggestions/nuggets of authorly wisdom you can share with all of us aspiring authors?
Write, write and write. Then get your butt in the chair and write some more. Then find a critique partner or two. Then listen to their feedback. Then revise, revise and review. Then revise some more.
Sounds easy enough. Mental note: butt in chair!
We all know that there is going to be a sequel to The Mockingbirds. Can you reveal any deep, dark secrets about the Sequel??
Ah, the Sequel! You'll find more kissing scenes in it! And also many new characters and a ton of new challenges for the Mockingbirds.
Wait! Did you say kissing? I'm pretty sure I missed everything after kissing....
And now to borrow one of my favorite interview questions of Daisy's: In 140 characters or less, tell me why people should buy The Mockingbirds?
The Mockingbirds is the story of a secret society of boarding school students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.
I don't know about you, but definitely buy it. Oh wait! I already did.... Ha!
Now it's time for the fun-facts flash round!
What's playing on your iPod right now? Swim Until you Can't See Land by Frightened Rabbit.
Favorite place to write? Coffee shop with yummy lattes and showtunes playing in my ears to drown out conversation!
Favorite movie? Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Writing outfit? Jeans, sweater, scarf. Hmm, it must be getting cold! (That outfit sound way cute!)
Mac or PC? Mac all the way baby! (Perfect answer! This lady is the one who convinced me I had to have a Mac!) I write on Scrivener and use Mac Freedom Pro too!
The one food you can't live without? I am having a mad love affair with Chocorooms these days.
And lastly, because we both LOVE shoes: Do you have a dream pair of shoes? I dream about Christian Louboutins. Oh, how I love all his shoes. I love the red soles and the colors and the shapes and the designs and I WANT a jewel-colored pair of Louboutin heels. Sigh.
Who could ever resist these lovelies??
You just can't deny a love like that!