Best of Amazon 2009? Check. Wall Street Journal Best Books to Give as Gifts List? Check. American Library Association William C. Morris YA Debut Award Finalist 2010? Check. Optioned by Warner Brothers? CHECK. Seriously. And the official release date was just December 1!If you’re a publishing nerd like me, you know I’m talking about newly released Beautiful Creatures from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. In the current literary climate, hearing about another YA paranormal romance could make your eyes roll. But we ain’t talkin’ vampires and werewolves, people. We’re talking…well, I’ll get into that tomorrow when I post my review of Beautiful Creatures. For now, you will just have to check out the taglines on the book’s website:
“Some loves are meant to be…others are cursed. There were no surprises
in Gatlin County. At least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, I couldn’t have been more wrong. There was a curse. There was a girl. And in the end, there was a grave.”
Cool, right? When I saw the ARC offer, I requested a copy. Since then, I’ve had the chance to learn more about the authors, Kami and Margaret. Margaret has written everything from video games to screenplays. She was educated at Yale, Stanford…need I go on? First and foremost, she’s a WRITER. Kami has always felt an affinity for the American South (the setting of Beautiful Creatures). She has an MA in Education, and she could easily live on pizza and Diet Coke. Together, these women created this debut novel, already receiving multiple awards and rave reviews.Tomorrow, I will post my review of Beautiful Creatures. Now, I would like you to meet Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
An H and Five Ws with Beautiful Creatures Authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
How easy was it to share writing responsibilities with Kami/Margaret…or did you ever get frustrated?
Kami: Margie’s a workhorse. We edited BC while she was stuck in bed, waiting for back surgery. The only time I get frustrated is when there’s no ice at Margie’s house. I need ice with my Diet Coke.
Margie: We fight like sisters, but never about writing. We’ve always had this weird, perfect agreement about the Caster world.
Who was your favorite author when you were a teenager?
Kami: S.E. Hinton & Judy Blume
Margie: I was sort of a classics/classic fantasy girl. There was on the one hand Jane Austen & the Brontes, and on the other Susan Cooper, Ursula LeGuin, Ray Bradbury, Diana Wynne Jones…
What was it like writing from the perspective of a sixteen year old boy?
Kami: I have four brothers, and most of my friends growing up were guys, so a sixteen year-old boy wasn’t a stretch. But Ethan is really special. He’s the boyfriend we all wish we had in high school.
Margie: It’s not really so much the perspective of a sixteen year-old boy as the perspective of one sixteen year-old boy. We know Ethan so well, he’s easy to write. We always know what he’s thinking.
Where is your favorite place in the American south?
Kami: New Orleans, LA, but I’m also in love with Charleston, SC.
Margie: Charleston, with Savannah running a close second.
When have you been most frustrated with the publishing process?
Kami: We have had the best experience at Little, Brown. Our editors, Jennifer Hunt & Julie Scheina, are geniuses, and LBC has been behind BEAUTIFUL CREATURES from the beginning. They couldn’t have done more for us.
Margie: I think we’ve only ever been frustrated with ourselves in the process— when we get stuck trying to figure our way out of some corner we’ve written ourselves into. Revising is so much harder than drafting, especially for me.
WHY are you a writer?
Kami: As a teenager, I filled notebooks with poetry, and in college, it was short stories. But truthfully, I’m a writer because of Margie. She knew I used to write and pushed me to start again.
Margie: I don’t know why I’m a writer, but I’ve always known I was one – probably since I was five years old. Whether I was writing academic papers or videogames or screenplays, I was always writing. But Kami isn’t just a writer, she’s a finisher, and that’s something I’ve learned from her.
Tomorrow, I will post my review! Thanks for the interview, ladies! And keep working hard promoting your award-winning, movie-making debut!
PS: Random shout out. There’s an interview with me at Lost in Books. All about BOOKS. Check it out… http://imlostinbooks.blogspot.com/2009/12/sara-dobie-answers-20-questions.html.