Subject- Roxanne Smolen
Hi! I’m Kaitlyn, aspiring journalist and writer extraordinaire. Today I am interviewing Roxanne Smolen, author of twelve books. So let’s get to it.
Ms. Smolen, what emotions do you feel when you are writing?
When I write, I become part of my character. I feel what they feel. If I can’t get into my character’s head, I feel frustrated.
What was your first book? Where did you get your inspiration?
Mindbender was my first book. I got my inspiration from watching television—the TV show Babylon 5.
Is there a message in your book(s) that you want your readers to recognize, or was it used strictly for entertainment?
My basic message is to believe in yourself and never give up. The message in the book I just finished writing is some secrets are too dangerous to keep.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
JK Rowling. She inspires me because not only is she a good writer but she breaks all the rules. She stuck to her guns and wrote big books with big words even when she was told kids wouldn’t read that stuff. She also gave a lot of her money away to charity. She’s such a wonderful role model and person.
Do you have any advice/suggestions for people who wish to become authors?
READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! You can’t be a good writer unless you’re a good reader.
Many people picture writing as a form of art. What is your opinion?
Yes, because it’s creative. The basis of any art is creativity.
Do you have a specific writing style?
It took me a while to realize that I like to write in a humorous style. Not total death and doom. I think if I wrote a zombie apocalypse book, I would find a way to make it humorous.
Are any of your characters based on real life people?
Yes, in the book series I’m writing now, the character ‘Brittany’ is based on my granddaughter Nicole. The character started out as a vegetarian but soon changed things up and started to eat meat.
Do you have any strange writing habits? (Like standing on your head, or writing in the shower)?
I pace and talk to myself. I become all of my characters and have an argument. If anybody saw me, they would put me in a looney bin!
Is there a certain type of scene that is harder to write than others?
Action or fighting scenes. You have to have your timing just right so the reader doesn’t get bored but can still picture everything clearly.
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You have the ability to spend the day with 5 famous people. Who are they?
JK Rowland, Stephen King, Lemony Snicket, Nathan Fillion, and Alexander Skarsgard.
You have the ability to travel anywhere you want for a week for free. Where would you go? What would you want to see first?
England to see Kings Cross Station.
There is a zombie apocalypse. Who would you want the zombies to eat first?
Barack Obama. I hate to be political, but that’s my opinion.
Would you rather have fingers for toes or toes for fingers?
I think fingers for toes. Then I can play in the trees.
If you were a kind of food, what would you be?
I would be mashed potatoes.
Coke or Pepsi?
Favorite type of cereal?
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Brown. It’s my favorite color.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I hate the way female news broadcasters and female meteorologists dress on TV. They are supposed to be professionals! They dress like they’re going on a date to a bar instead of going to work! Not all of them do that, but some do. Be yourself!
Ketchup or mustard?
Well, that’s all the time we have for today. Thank you for the interview, Ms. Smolen.
Thank you, Kaitlyn, and good luck in your writing career.