Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Author Interview: E. Van Lowe

Yesterday I reviewed Boyfriend From Hell by E. Van Lowe and today I am excited to have him here for an interview!

1.     Where did you get your idea for Boyfriend from Hell?
The idea for Boyfriend From Hell didn’t come from one specific thing.  When I sold my first YA, Never Slow Dance With A Zombie, I decided my next book should be paranormal as well.  I got the idea to write about the devil from an animated short I saw on YouTube. Lucy, Daughter of The Devil.  I also wanted to write about a close mother/daughter relationship that mirrored the close father/son relationship I had with my son.  I threw these two seemingly unrelated thoughts into the blender and, voila! Boyfriend From Hell.
2.     Megan is a great character and I love her relationship with her mother. What inspired this amazing character and her relationship with her mother?
I think I answered this already, but I will elaborate here.  I always try to put something personal in my writing—tell some story that a reader might say “yeah, that’s how I feel.”  I had a very close relationship with my son.  He referred to me as his best friend.  As a Dad, that’s got to make you feel extra special.  And then one day when he was well into his teens, without warning, we weren’t best friends anymore.  I only know how it went down from my side, but I wanted to explore it from both sides—hence Megan and Suze.  By the way, we’re close once again.
3.     What inspired you to have Megan fall in love with a “bad boy”?
When I was in middle and high school all the girls liked the bad boys.  I wasn’t a bad boy.  Sometimes I’d fake it, but the girls saw right through me.  Again, I was writing what I know—good girls like bad boys. Since I wasn’t a bad boy, writing Guy Matson allowed me to experience what it felt like vicariously.  I could be cool and suave and dangerous—all the things I wasn’t in high school. LOL.
4.     What do you hope a reader will come away with, reading Boyfriend from Hell?
I hope they enjoy it.  My main goal as a writer is to entertain.  I’m not trying to accomplish anything too deep here: read my books, hopefully identify with some of the characters, and come away feeling entertained. If that happens, I am successful.
5.     Have you started writing the third book in this series yet?
Yes, I have started the third book in the series, Heaven Sent.  The book picks up eight weeks after Earth Angel—the last week of school. And it starts with a bang. Recently, however, I received edits on the first book in a new series from a new publisher for me.  So now I am working on the edits before going back to Heaven SentHeaven Sent is due to come out in December. 
6.     What is your favorite book that you wrote?
That’s like asking a mother who’s her favorite child.  And you know you can get in trouble answering that question. LOL. I guess the one I’m working on right now.  It’s the first book in the Hollyweird series.  It’s about a fifteen year-old necromancer living in Hollywood.  The title of each book is a spin on an old movie title.  The first book is called: The Zombie Always Knocks Twice.
7.     What is your writing routine? Do you dedicate time to writing or do you write when you feel inspired? Do you like to outline your books before you write or go with an idea and see where it takes you?
I am a fulltime writer.  It’s how I earn my living, so I go to work every day like everyone else.  Like any job, some days are better than others, some days I write more than others.   I am a great procrastinator, too, so that can slow things down ;-)   I do write an outline, but I keep my outlines sparse, and I am constantly going back as I discover new things about the story or the characters. Here’s my daily routine: I either workout or walk in the mornings. Shower and go to work.  I still do the Hollywood thing, so sometimes I have meetings to attend or a script to work on.  My entire work day is built around creating new content.  I also spend time working with young writers who are trying to break into movies or TV.  It’s part of giving back.  I quit around six.  If I’m on a deadline, I will pick up again into the night.
8.     Who are your favorite authors?
My all time favorite author is J.D. Salinger, hands down.
9.     What is your number one favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger.
10.  How is writing for tv different from writing a novel?
TV writing is not for everyone—especially if you’re writing sitcoms.  There are lots of hands in the pot in TV.  It’s never all yours. You have to develop a thick skin about your work, or you will not survive.  The best thing, though, is you learn to write quickly, and to come up with lots of ideas.  I can sit in a room with TV writers and we will come up with 20-30 story ideas in a day—not all good, mind you.  My greatest lesson from TV that helps me as a novelist, is that ideas are cheap—execution of the ideas is everything.  I do my best to execute my ideas in a very entertaining fashion, so people will like my books and want to come back for more.
Thanks for having me, Kathy.  If your readers would like to know more about me they can visit my website: http://evanlowe.com/
Or thay can follow me on Twitter @evanlowe.

Don't forget to check out the rest of his books: Never Slow Dance with a Zombie and Earth Angel.

Thank you so much for doing this interview with me!

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