Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Author Interview: Lorraine Zago Rosenthal

I was born and raised in New York City, where I went to high school in Queens at St. Francis Prep: www.sfponline. I graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa: with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Education. I also earned a Master's degree in English, with a concentration in American and British Literature, from Northern Kentucky University: which is located just across the bridge from Cincinnati.

In addition to writing, I enjoy reading, exercising, and spending time with my husband. I'm also a  movie buff and an amateur film critic.

Other Words for Love is my first novel. I'm currently working on another YA novel that is also set in NYC.
*Bio taken from Lorraine's website
When did it hit you that you're going to be a published author and other people will be able to walk into a bookstore and buy your book?
I don’t know if it’s hit me yet! Even though I’ve been writing for many years and always aspired to be a published author, it’s still rather surreal that it’s actually happening. But I’m really happy to have reached this point!
What were your first thoughts when you saw the cover for Other Words for Love?
I loved it! I think the cover is beautiful and that it effectively captures both the NYC setting and the intimacy of the story.
If you could live in one book for a day, what would it be?
I recently saw—and loved—the movie TRUE GRIT, which is based on a novel. I’d like to spend a day in that story and meet its characters because they’re all very interesting and complex. I’d like to tell the protagonist, Mattie Ross, how awesome I think she is for being so clever, outspoken, and brave, and for never giving up no matter how many obstacles stood in her way. I couldn’t stay there for more than a day, though—the Wild West era is a little too rough for me. And I’m pretty sure there wasn’t any reality TV.
I saw this because of Lorraine's answer and it was awesome. Mattie Ross is now my new pick for Katniss in The Hunger Games movie.
Do you have a specific place where love to write?
Yes—I always write in my office at home.

Is there anything you absolutely need while writing? (Drinks, snacks, music, etc.)
I need the internet when I’m writing! When I’m working on a manuscript, I often stop writing to research factual details that I reference in the story. I also listen to music through my computer—before I begin writing, or when I stop for a few minutes to listen to a song that will help me get into the mood of a scene. I also need YouTube! I often visualize actors in my characters’ roles, and sometimes I’ll watch interviews or movie clips of those particular actors to study their physical characteristics, speech patterns, and mannerisms.
It's so rare to hear about authors who need the internet to write. I'm surprised you can get any work done without being completely distracted.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
Wow, that’s a tough question! I’ve had many crazy things happen to me, and they frequently involve traveling. The most recent crazy thing was when my husband and I were visiting New York. It was one of those situations when everything goes wrong. There was a huge rainstorm and flights were delayed for several days. We live right outside of Cincinnati and had to get back the next day, so we went to LaGuardia Airport at 1am to rent a car and drive home. When we reached the airport, all the computers were down—of course! After a long wait, we finally got a car and headed out of NY, and another car nearly hit us when we were entering the Holland Tunnel. We also got screamed at by a police officer at a toll booth (not our fault, I swear!) Then we drove all night through rain and thick fog in a car that was making suspicious noises. We were sure we were going to break down in the middle of nowhere. Fortunately, we made it home safely—but completely exhausted. It was definitely a crazy experience, and I am never going on a long drive like that again!
That does not sound fun at all!

And the most important question last: What is your favorite kind of cookie?
Chocolate chip, without a doubt!

*All photos link back to sources
Find Lorraine Zago Rosenthal Online

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brandileigh2003 said...

Traveling usually makes for interesting stories, but none top that :)
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

I Read Banned Books said...

Great interview! I so loved OTHER WORDS! One of my fave's of the year by far....


Cass (Words on Paper) said...

I NEED to read this one! Thanks for the interview. :)

Bere said...

Wonderful interview, Nikki! I'm really looking forward to reading Other Words for Love. The cover is just so beautiful! And now I'm craving chocolate chip cookies and I want to watch True Grit hehe =D.

~The Book Pixie said...

I love how she uses the internet to actually help herself progress while writing versus getting off track! Lovely interview Nikki!


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