My beloved book worms!!! Joining us today is a very talented YA fantasy writer, whose book absolutely amazed me! Please give a warm welcome to Patricia Williams, author of fantastic debut novel, Wasteland!
PW: Patricia Williams
E: Welcome to Bookish Patricia! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
PW: Hi, Evie! Thanks for having me. I wish I had something dramatic to say like I wrangle tigers or know 10 different languages, but I'm a pretty average chick. I graduated from Meredith College with a B.A. in sociology. I spend my free time watching way too much Supernatural, hogging the mic when I Rockband, and writing sci-fi/fantasy and paranormal romance.
E: Who or what inspired you to write Wasteland?
PW: Sci-fi/fantasy are my favorite genres...the ability to build, create, or shine a light on social problems is really awesome. So from the get go, I knew I wanted to do a coming-of-age/fantastical/urban fantasy-ish hybrid thingamajig. When a close friend confided in me about being bullied when she came out, I knew that I wanted to do a story about a girl that felt like an outsider/dealt with being bullied, but didn't pine for the limelight. Someone vulnerable, with real issues but deals with it with wit and snarkiness and just oozes awesomeness.
E: Do you mind telling us how long did it take for you to write it?
PW: Wasteland took me about a year to write, and editing/the dreaded chop and rearrange etc., an additional month or so.
E: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life?
PW: While I know loads of kick ass women and guys with bikes, all the characters in Wasteland are figments of my imagination.
E: If your book was made into a movie who would you cast for it?
PW: Good question!!! I think Emma Stone (Zombieland, Easy A) would make a really good Becca. She has a quiet beauty that isn't pretentious at all and her snarkiness is perfect. I also think she could really nail Becca's vulnerability. Patrice is SO Nikki Blonsky. I would seriously fly out in person and beg her to do the role haha...Nikki has sass and presence. Mya would be played by Naomie Harris (28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean). Did you see her hack off that guy's head without batting an eye? But at the same time, she can be so emotive and passionate. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) may be a little old for it (thought I still think he could pass for 17-18), I think he'd be perfect for Luke. He's so dark and mysterious but when he smiles, I melt inside. I actually pictured Josh Holloway in my mind when I was crafting Charles. He oozes sex appeal and confidence. I would watch Josh Holloway read the phonebook.
E: What's next in line for you, are you working on a new book now?
PW: I'm working on a couple of projects actually. I'm wrapping up the next book in the Kin Trilogy, Outlaws and it's due to be out in late May/June (fingers crossed). I'm working on a new paranormal romance novel about a fledgling necromancer who is both enchanted and terrified by the supernatural world she's discovering (with a sizzling vampire beau, yum), and I'm working on a zombie novelette series called The Dead Novelettes. The first two, Hunger and Hunted, are out on Amazon and Smashwords.
E: What genres do you like to read in your free time?
PW: I devour sci-fi/fantasy and paranormal romance. Anything that gives me a vacation from reality, really. :)
E: Which of your favorite books would you recommend everybody to read?
PW: So many books! Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice-it's so poetic and haunting. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is really good as well...I still reread it every now and then and get chills. I'm a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books, though the last couple have been somewhat disappointing. I just recently discovered Gail Carrier and the awesomeness that is Alexia Tarabotti-if you like steampunk, you'll love Soulless.
E: Do you have any role models?
PW: No, not really.
E: If you could have a dinner with three people/characters (real, imaginary, famous or not, even dead!) who would you choose?
PW: Joss Whedon, Joss Whedon, Joss Whedon? Or maybe Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, and Gina Torres? Or Joss Whedon, Nathan Fillion, and Summer Glau? How about the cast and crew of Firefly? :) The three peeps I would want to meet would be Joss Whedon (if my fangirling wasn't obvious enough), Octavia Butler, and Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Whedon because I think his work is epic and I'd want to hear more about his favorite moments in various shows and his creative process. Octavia Butler because she is such a pioneer for women of color in sci-fi/fantasy. Tankian because his voice is awesome sauce and the inner super liberal in me loves how active Tankian (and SOD) is in social issues. .
E: What are your biggest pet peeves?
PW: My biggest pet peeve is when people talk on the phone when they're trying to check-out at the store. As someone that's worked in coffeeshops/registers etc., that always irked my nerves. It's just so rude and inconsiderate. Also, when my boyfriend doesn't put the toilet seat down. Falling into the toilet in the middle of the night=very mad Patricia.
E: Tell us five random facts about yourself.
PW: My favorite color is pink. My love for rock music began when I listened to "Chop Suey" on the radio many moons ago. I cried when Syfy canceled Caprica. I have three tattoos. The first song I learned to play on the guitar was, "A Horse With No Name".
- white or dark chocolate? White chocolate
- coffee or tea? Coffee. With a dollop of cream and two splendas.
- favorite fictional character? Such a hard question! I'm gonna have to say Dean Winchester from Supernatural. Those dimples, those quips, that car! [yay for Dean!! -Evie]
- favorite movie? Another tough one. 28 Days Later. I love post-apocalyptic movies and brainsss.
- favorite song? "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- favorite TV show? Ever? Probably Firefly, but Supernatural is a really, really close second.
- Spring or Autumn? Spring
- printed copy or eBook? Printed book. Which is ironic, because Wasteland is currently only in e-form. :) Paperback is coming soon, though!
Patricia, thank you so much for joining us today!
I'm looking forward to reading and reviewing your next book!
I hope you guys enjoyed the interview, for more information about Patricia and her book, please visit her website: Patricia Williams or/and read my review of Wasteland.
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Patricia generously provided us with an eBook copy of her wonderful book, Wasteland! It's a MUST READ for every YA Fantasy/Paranormal fan!
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