I hope your day was good, and we can start with a bright smile to this interview!
1. To begin with we would like to know something about you and your book. So, could you please describe your book with 5 words and yourself in SMS length (140 characters).
Book: Sad boys, death, and music
Me: Author, writing teacher, recovering lawyer, poker player, and more…
2. How did you get the idea for a YA Novel about death and how to live with it?
Michelle: I’d read a couple of terrific books on the topic of suicide (13 REASONS WHY and LOOKING FOR ALASKA), but both were about boys dealing with the loss of girls, and I wanted to write about a friendship between boys.
3. „Playlist for the Dead“ is a contemporary YA Novel , is this your favorite genre? When you read books is this your favorite genre too, or do you prefer other genres?
Michelle: When I think of genre, I think of mysteries versus fantasies versus literary fiction, that sort of thing. I’ve always written literary fiction, and I’m very into mysteries, so I’ve always written hybrids of those two genres in some way. When I think about YA versus adult fiction I think more about category, so in terms of category, I started out writing for adults (or at least I thought I did), but I’m finding that I enjoy writing for teenagers more at the moment, so I’m going to stick with this for as long as the teenagers will have me.
4. How do you choose the songs from the playlist in the book? Do/Did you have a favorite song?
Michelle: It was hard! At first I had all songs about suicide and death, but it was too depressing and the music wasn’t all very good. Then I chose songs that had a couple of really perfect lines for each chapter, and that made things a little easier. We weren’t able to use the lines themselves, but even just the feeling of each song helped me figure out the chapters.
5. And for all the fangirls out there the hottest question: are you planning a new project?
Michelle: Yes! I have a new book coming out in the US in October called PUSHING PERFECT, about a high school valedictorian who gets blackmailed into being part of a prescription drug ring. I’m very excited about it.
6. Now we would like to know something more about you in a special way. For the following catchphrases please make up a book title as an answer:
a) best childhood moment: QUEEN OF THE SPELLING BEE
b) most embarrassing moment: PINK BIKES CAN’T RIDE TRAILS
c) most boring job: I FELL INTO THE GAP
d) your all-time favorite book: too hard! I’ll go with THE SECRET HISTORY here, if you mean a real book.
An dieser Stelle nochmal vielen Dank an Michelle und Nicole für die Möglichkeit dieses Interview führen zu können. Innerhalb der Blogtour gab es noch einige weitere tolle Beiträge rund um das Buch „Playlist for the dead“, daher hier nochmal für euch der Blogtourfahrplan:
24.April 2016 – eine Buchvorstellung hat Nicole für euch
25.April 2016 – alles über Nerds gibt es bei Claudias Gedankenwelt
26.April 2016 – dem ernsten Thema des Suizid widmet sich Denice von Leseratten lesen
27.April 2016 – Musik und welche Bedeutung sie hat zeigt euch Julia von Büchersalat
28.April 2016 – das Interview mit Michelle Falkoff hier bei mir