Thursday, March 11, 2010

Interview: Rhonda Stapleton

Rhonda Stapleton is the author of Stupid Cupid, which was released in December, and the upcoming sequel, Flirting with Disaster, which is availiable now!

Why did you want to be an author?

I love reading, a lot. And I love making people laugh. So naturally, the two fused together in an unholy union...

What was your inspiration for the Stupid Cupid series?
I wanted to write about a teen with a really weird job. I think this qualifies. :D

How many books are going to be in the series?  What are the ones that you know about now going to be about (if you can tell us)?  Do you plan on ever having any other standalone novels?
There are 3 novels in the series--book 2 released on March 9. Book 3 will be May 18 (and I don't want to say what's in it so I don't give away spoilers!). And yes, I am definitely planning more standalone novels.

What kind of writer are you?  Do you outline?  Do you let it fly?  What's your writing process like?
I'm definitely a plotter. I can't just wing it--I like to know where I'm going. But I still allow time/room for inspiration to hit. When I write, I try to write 3-6 pages a day, 5 days a week. It gives me steady progress.

What's a day in your life like?
OMG it's madness. Up for teaching, then go to work, then come home and eat, clean, write, etc. And in there, try to find time to breathe, LOL.

What was the weirdest time you've ever gotten inspiration?
Hmmmm this is a good question! Probably while driving in the car, or in the middle of a totally unrelated conversation. That's always fun to explain--why you suddenly have to run for a pencil and paper...

Do you listen to music when you write?  If yes, what kind?  If no, why not?
Yes, I do! I listen to any kind of music--I pick it based on what tone and emotion it pulls out of me. It helps me dig into the scene better.

Why did you decide to write for young adults and not children or adults?
I love writing for teens. I think there's more flexibility in what you can write, because teens are open to all kinds of storylines. Plus, I love teen novels.
1) When I was a kid, I used to look for unicorns in the woods. 2) I once tried to rub off my fingerprints, because someone told me that's what thieves did. 3) I ate 6 hot dogs at one time when I was in high school. 4) I love old-school country music. 5) I talk to myself WAY more than anyone could possibly know.

Ask yourself a question and answer it!
Q: Rhonda, why do you hate blue food? A: Because it just tastes wonky to me. Plus, you don't find blue in nature (blueberries are purple, so there! Don't judge me). :D 


Make sure to check out Stupid Cupid and Flirting with Disaster! :]



Morgan said...

Lol, about the blue food thing. This was a really sweet and great interview. I haven't read Stupid Cupid yet, but it looks amazing. I'm planning on picking it up soon.

And I'm really excited that the countdown to The Unwritten Rule now reads 5 more days, I'm super excited.

Tammy said...

Great interview! I've had my eye on Stupid Cupid for a while. BTW I once tried to rub my fingerprints off too when I was little. It made my mom and dad laugh real hard!

YA Vampire Books said...

Great interview! I loved the random facts and the blue food thing!