Today on the Blog Tour I'll be interviewing Leigh Brescia, author of ONE WISH.
About One Wish
Overweight Wrenn Scott desperately wants to be popular and snag a hot boyfriend. Her amazing voice (for once) overshadows her weight when she lands a lead role in the high school musical. Pushing to get thinner by opening night, Wrenn's waistline shrinks as she learns all the wrong ways to lose weight from a new "it-girl" friend in the show. By opening night, the old Wrenn has almost disappeared. After a crisis reveals her weight-loss tricks, Wrenn realizes there are much more important things than being thin, popular, or even dating a hunk.
About Leigh Brescia
Leigh Brescia grew up in North Carolina, spending most of her days playing in the woods behind her home and imagining she was a princess. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Communication from Mount Olive College and her Master’s degree from Fort Hays State University. She currently teaches online English composition courses for three universities, and an online “Writing Novels for Young Adults” course for UC Irvine.
When she’s not grading papers or writing, she enjoys reading and watching movies. She sings when she’s in a good mood and has killed every plant she’s ever owned. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and her three-year-old.
Me: Welcome, Leigh. Thanks for stopping in to chat! First question:
What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?
Leigh: I’m learning that sometimes I just can’t (give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires). I work from home, so it feels like I’m permanently attached to my laptop already, but I also have a preschooler in the house. I spend “working” hours in my online classrooms answering student emails and grading papers. I’ll usually give myself breaks throughout the day to check my personal email accounts, livejournal, or facebook, and then there’s the inevitable interruption for a bathroom break or snack time. If I’m lucky, I get to write during the late evening hours after my little girl is in bed or during her afternoon nap on weekends. There aren’t enough hours in the day, but I try to be as productive as possible with the time I’m given. Somehow the story gets written. . . .
Me: It's so hard with children in the house! What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?
Leigh: In a way, I outline as I go. I’ll usually get (what I think is) a great idea, and I’ll immediately open up a new MS Word file and write it down. For the next few days or weeks I’ll do some brainstorming about the characters and what I think should happen (some major scenes, conflict, etc.). For my main character, I usually fill out a detailed questionnaire, so I can get an idea of who she is. Inevitably, though, these scenes and traits evolve as I’m writing the book. It’s safe to say that my initial outline looks *nothing* like the finished product. Once I get a foundation, I let the story take over and write itself.
Me: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?
Leigh: I like that it’s Everytown, USA. Anyone could have lived there, or be a current resident. I’m not too keen on naming real destinations in my books, so I’ve made an entire world up with my own shops and schools and colleges, smaller towns, and a capital city. Although, after a few manuscripts I realized I should start keeping track of where my novels take place/what schools the characters go to/the name of the local hospital, etc., because I realized how easy it was to confuse things. I figured if I’m going to invent my own little state I should at least be consistent.
Me: What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?
Leigh: Vanessa Hudgens (since she’s already a pro at the high school musical thing). :) Though some slight adjustments would have to be made, since Wrenn has a weight problem.
Me: Oh, good answer! Thanks, Leigh and best of luck with ONE WISH!
o Author Web site: http://www.leighbrescia.com