Monday, 27 May 2013

Interview to Anita Grace Howard

Anita Grace Howard

Anita Grace Howard is the author of the novel Splintered. It has been translated to Spanish and recently published by Oz Editorial, a new publishing house.

I invite you to read this interview and get to know more about the author and her book.

Question: How do you feel about your book Splintered getting translated and published in a foreign country?

I’m thrilled that my characters and story will live on in other languages! Not only is it launching in Spain, but at present it’s also sold to Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, and Turkey.

Q: How did Oz Editorial, a new Spanish publishing house, contact you?

My agent has foreign subagents, and Oz contacted them.

Q: In Spain, when an author wants to publish his/her book, they usually send the manuscript to publishing houses. What did you do get published?

We get literary agents who act as the key keepers to the publisher’s golden gates. They get us priority so we’re on the top of the publishers’ read piles.

Q: Which novels or writers have influenced you as a writer?

There are more than I can list, but here are my top six: Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Charlotte Bronte, Melissa Marr, Christina Rossetti, and of course Lewis Carroll.

Q: What kind of books do you like reading?

Mainly dark fantasies, gothic horror, and fairytale adaptations. It’s very important for writers to read. Reading other writers’ work helps you realize what genres you're drawn to, what kind of story telling appeals to you, and how story arcs unfold. Reading makes you a better writer, and in turn shapes what kind of stories you write.

Q: and when do you like to write?

I write best when I’m in my office at home, listening to music. I can write any time, but late at night is my favourite since the house is quiet and there’s nothing I need to do for anyone. When I’m under deadline, I often write 8-12 hours a day, and that includes weekends.

Q: Where do you get inspiration from?

I'm a visual writer, so I'll see something intriguing that spurs a story idea--whether it be a live scene, a picture, a movie, or even an unusual arrangement of words.

Q: There are people who sit down in front of the computer screen and start typing but everything they write they end deleting it because they do not like it. What would you say to these people?

FINISH SOMETHING. ;) That’s the best advice I can give any aspiring writer. One of my favourite sayings is: “In writing, the journey is the destination.” You’re never going to get anywhere if you keep erasing all of your tracks.

Q: And what would you recommend to those people who used to write and enjoyed but have lost their inspiration?

Find other artistic venues. Sewing, gardening, painting, drawing, reading, decorating, anything that keeps your creative juices flowing. As long as you don’t let the well dry up, you’ll be able to return to writing again someday when something triggers that passion again. Just don’t stop imagining and creating.

Q: Which Young Adult novels are your favourite?

That’s hard to answer! I have so many. Here are a few: Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr; Stardust by Neil Gaiman; The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis; The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff; Beastly by Alex Flinn; Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer.

Q: What makes Splintered different from the ones you have already mentioned?

Throughout the book, Alyssa often turns to her mother’s copy of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) to help her solve riddles. I’m hoping this will set my book apart from other fairytale spinoffs. From what I’ve seen, Splintered is one of the few YAs that attempts to be a companion novel/continuation to its original literary predecesor.

Q: What will your future readers find inside the pages of Splintered?

Morbidly vivid settings and memorable characters including:
  1. Alyssa Gardner, great great great granddaughter of Alice Liddell -– a skater girl who can talk to bugs and hear their whispers. To keep herself from going crazy like her mother, Alyssa does the only thing she can to silence them: capture and smother them in bug traps then turn their corpses into artwork.
  2. Alyssa’s best friend/secret crush, Jebediah Holt -- a bad boy with a knight’s heart. He rides a souped-up Honda CT70, wears a lip labret, and is a painter of gothic faeries.
  3. Morpheus, Alyssa’s sexy-but-enigmatic guide through Wonderland’s warped landscape -- a fae-like creature whose wardrobe, and smug sneer were heavily influenced by two of my favorite anti-heroes in fantasy movies: Jareth from The Labyrinth, and the Crow from, you guessed it … The Crow.
  4. Last but not least, creepy, warped counterparts of familiar characters from both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat, to name a few.

Web of Anita Grace Howard

Web of Oz Editorial

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