Even though my blogiversary was on the 24th, we will be celebrating it for an entire week! Exciting, right?! I have an amazing line up of authors that will be participating on the blog with either an interview/guest post or even just a giveaway!
Today, I am very excited to feature YA author, April Lindner on the blog today! She has also offered a signed hardcover copy of her book, Love, Lucy, so don't forget to enter the massive giveaway below and show April some love in the comments! :)
Author: April Linder
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: January 27th, 2015
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While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse have to be, does it?
In this stunning novel, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.
Hi April! I am so happy to have you stop by the blog today! Before we get into our interview, would you like to tell us a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I’m a college professor, and the things I love most (besides writing) are travel, live music, and classic British novels. (In Love, Lucy, I’ve combined all these passions into one story.) I’m a college professor at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and I’m a wife and the mother of two sons. I’m also crazy about animals, and I’ve got two rescued dogs—a cockapoo and a Labrador retriever mix—and a rescued guinea pig.
1. What gave you the idea to write Love, Lucy?
When I was 22, I was given the chance to backpack solo through Europe, and I’ve wanted to write about the experience ever since. After writing Catherine, I was looking for another novel to retell, and E. M. Forster’s A Room With a View has long been one of my favorites. Reimagining it as the story of two American backpackers who fall in love seemed like a wonderful way to finally get around to writing about travel and backpacking.
2. What was the writing process like for writing it? Did you have any special writing rituals to get you motivated?
Writing Love, Lucy was a slow process; I had to do some pretty significant rewriting before the book was ready to see the light of day. But it gave me an excuse to dig out all my old travel journals and photo albums from various trips to Europe. It also gave me the excuse to make a research trip to Florence and Rome, where I took about a thousand reference photographs and plenty of notes!
My ritual is the same with every book. I start out the day with coffee. I write with my dogs nearby for company. And I try to get as much on the page as I can between the hours of nine and five.
3. What was the most difficult part in writing it? The easiest?
The blank page makes me nervous. The rough draft is always the toughest; sometimes it’s hard to choose from the many possible ways a story can go. Some days it goes really well and it feels as though my characters are speaking through me—as though I’m taking dictation. Other days are harder, and the real challenge is to keep going. I always feel like I might not be able to make the story work out the way I want it to—like I might hit a wall and have to give up.
Rewriting is my favorite part—going back through the story and polishing up the prose. I started out as a poet, and I’m very comfortable with the close, word-by-word attention to writing that poet’s specialize in. And by then the scary part is behind me!
4. If you had the chance to visit any place in the world and live there, (real and fiction), where would you go and why?
I’ve had a longstanding fantasy about living in Verona, Italy—the city of Romeo and Juliet. It’s a lovely, charming, small city, and just a brief train ride away from Venice—the most magical place on earth, but maybe not an easy place to live with all the floods and tourists! I love all things Italian—the art, the architecture, the food, the people—but most of all, I love the Italian language. I’ve been practicing it ever since college, and my dream is to stay in Italy long enough to learn to speak it fluently.
5. Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like your fans to know about?
I’m finishing up a reimagining of Jane Austen’s Persuasion set on a study tour to the Greek Islands. And I’ve got another YA novel in the works, but it’s too soon to say much about it.
Once again April, thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and congratulations on your amazing book!
You’re very welcome! Happy Blogoversary!
I'm April Lindner, author of three young adult novels: Love, Lucy, a retelling of A Room With a View; Catherine, a contemporary retelling of Wuthering Heights; and Jane, a retelling of Jane Eyre, all published by Poppy/Little, Brown Young Reader. I'm also a poet, with two collections in print: This Bed Our Bodies Shaped, from Able Muse Press, and Skin, winner of the Walt McDonald First Book Prize from Texas Tech University Press. I write literary criticism and edit poetry anthologies too.
By day, I'm a mild-mannered English professor at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. By night, I attend way too many rock concerts and travel wherever and whenever I can. I also lavish attention on my rescued pets--two wonderful mutts and two exciteable guinea pigs. I'm a wife, mother, a lover of all things Italian, and a New Yorker at heart though I haven't lived there in quite a while.
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