1. This is your first book—why did you decide to write for teens?
When I think back over all the books I’ve read in my life, none have stuck with me as much as those that I read between the ages of 12 and 17. And I mean that literally. I still have the many of the actual books I read as a teen—not newer replacements. I’ve taken my books everywhere with me. They’ve been lugged up six floor walk-ups in Manhattan or stuffed into the back of my car as I spent some time driving cross-country, getting hopelessly lost while trying to find myself. When I couldn’t afford an apartment any bigger than a broom closet, I built a loft bed and slept over my books. (Just a tip… you might want to hire a carpenter for that one.) I write for teens because I became passionate about stories when I was one, and if I get really lucky, I might write something that someone loves enough to drag around the world.
2. Why is ancient mythology still so exciting to read about?
Myths are epic. Heroes like Odysseus, Aeneas, and Hercules go on fabulous quests full of magic and danger, but the heroes themselves are still relatable, even today. For example, the hero Perseus was just a teenaged guy, trying to save his mom from an evil king that was forcing her to marry him. And he had a flying horse and chopped a lot of monster’s heads off. Perseus in particular reminds me of a modern-day superhero, like Peter Parker or Clark Kent, and I think his story is just as exciting. In a lot of ways myths are the original comic books; the heroes just wore togas instead of tights.
3. Who is your favorite Greek god and why?
My favorite Greek god is Dionysus. Party animal, really into the arts. The guy desperately needed an AA meeting, but he inspired a lot of great plays and a lot of beautiful poetry.
4. What are your favorite books to read?
My favorite books to read are fantasy or sci-fi. It doesn’t matter what age range they are written for—adult, teens, or toddlers—I love anything that has magic, mutants, replicants, or talking animals in it. Basically anything that has an original idea. I like strange things, eerie concepts, and characters that are one step out of step with the world. But no zombies. Zombies scare the bejeezus out of me.
5. How do you get through a dark day?
“When, in disgrace with Fortune and men’s eyes/I all alone beweep my outcast state/And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries/And look upon myself and curse my fate”… and then my husband usually tells me to stop being so melodramatic, gives me a cuddle, and we go out for burgers or something. I get down like anyone else, but as long as I have my friends and family close, I’m really easy to cheer up. All I need is love.
Author Quickfire Questions
What’s the first thing you think of in the morning? I hope that’s a cat biting my toes. Please, let that be a cat.
Favorite food? Lasagna. Hands down.
Most embarrassing moment? Umm…This week? I really couldn’t narrow it down. I’m constantly making a fool of myself.
In the movie of your life, who would you want to play you? Angelina Jolie, of course. But her in one of her action movie roles. I always wanted to be an action hero and drive fast cars and dodge bullets and kick bad guys in the breadbasket. I look absolutely nothing like the ravishing Ms. Jolie, but what the heck? It’s all good in Hollywood.
Guilty pleasure? I’ll never tell.
BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI
STARCROSSED BY JOSEPHINE ANGELINI
- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (May 31, 2011)
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
"A gorgeous, haunting saga. I fell for Lucas just as hard as Helen did. OMGods, I can't wait to read more!"
—Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of FALLEN
"One of the most cinematic books I've ever read. Dramatic and intense! I can't tell you how many times I gasped while reading this book. Starcrossed plays out like a movie in your head."
—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of FIRELIGHT
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