Trish Doller, author of SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL (reviewed here), stops by to play along with our Twitterview series, which celebrates being two years old today (and you can read the full archive of Twitterviews here). Along with talking about the Marine back story, her favorite moment in the book, and, of course, her favorite ice cream, you have a chance to win a finished copy of the book at the end of the post. Without further ado, Trish.
Travis is a Marine, and he's inspired by those who do serve. Care to talk about the influence?
What's your favorite moment in the book?
What should readers walk away with from Something Like Normal?
What was the road to publication like for you?
Bumpy. My first book was cancelled by the publisher, so my second book is now my debut. Seems to have turned out for the best, though.
I write because to not write would be unimaginable. I've just been very fortunate that others think there is value in what I write.
S. E. Hinton. She was a huge step away from middle grade favorites like George and Wilder into something more unsettling and raw.
Who are your top three writing influences?
Kirsty Eagar, Melina Marchetta, and Cath Crowley. Wonderful voice, wonderful writing, and a bar set very high.
What's the best writing advice you ever received?
I asked Maureen Johnson when you know your book is ready. She said sometimes you just have to jump. I think that applies to all things.
What's your best writing advice to give?
Trust your instinct. So many times I've second-guessed a scene that's already written as it's meant to be. Don't fiddle too much.
Fly-by-the-seat of my pants. Some days I'm on fire. Other days, I spend the entire time on twitter and tumblr. I really need a routine.
What gets you jazzed to write?
An empty house, plenty of Coke & snacks, and the right music. Since that's a rare and perfect storm, housework avoidance works, too.
You use visual inspiration for your stories. Give us a peak at your Something Like Normal inspiration.
Do you have a writing soundtrack? Share a bit?
What's next for you?
Writing, writing, and more writing.
Favorite ice cream?
Chocolate almond chip.