chatting with Josephine Angelini, author of Dreamless + GIVEAWAY
We got a chance, thanks to our dear friend at MudieMoms, to chat with the ever-so-funny author, Josephine Angelini! She wrote the hugely popular, Starcrossed, and the soon to be released sequel, Dreamless. With more action and a new character, we are assured you will love it. Read on as we talk mythology, being part of a big family, and what book scared her.
Oh my goodness!! You are hilarious! Have you always been the “funny one” in your family?
I don’t think my family calls me the funny one. I think they call me the annoying one. And the hardest to catch. In a big family like mine, you can’t be the youngest, the biggest wiseass, and be easy to put in a headlock if you want to make it through puberty alive.
Since you live in Southern California, we have to know: Bruins or Trojans?
Neither. I don’t really get into college sports. And if I did I would have to root for a Massachusetts team. I’m a Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics kinda girl.
Your book, Starcrossed, was mentioned in Oprah Magazine! Oprah!! How did that feel?
Scary! I keep waiting for everyone to come out from behind the furniture and tell me this is all a big joke. So I’m paranoid. And deeply grateful.
Tell us about Helen in 5 words?
Tough. Devoted. Loving. Determined. Brave.
How long did you research Orion to be able to write about it so believably? Have you always been interested in Greek Mythology?
I actually didn’t do too much research. Mostly it was just me fact checking to make sure that I remembered certain aspects about the lore correctly. I’m such a big mythology geek I was already familiar with most of the fiddly points. I grew up reading mythology and fantasy and books about dragons and fairies and whatnot (I’m especially fond of dragons) so I have tons of stored-up “geek glossaries” in my brain to work off of when I write. I’m not a classics expert by any stretch of the imagination; I just chose to write about something that I’ve already spent a good deal of time reading up on over the course of my life. It worked out pretty well. So for any budding writers out there my advice is write what you know—especially for your first series.
We love how much action is in Dreamless! Did you ever act out scenes at home?
Ha! That would be hilarious! No, I never acted them out, but I did dream about them a lot. Which wasn’t so cool because half of my story takes place in hell. So, yeah, I didn’t sleep much.
We have to know what you are working on now.
I’m working on a new trilogy. The working title is CRUCIBLE, and it’s loosely based on Arthur Miller’s magnificent play– but turned on its head. Basically, my new series is about parallel universes, alternate versions of one’s self, and a witch-hunt for scientists, which is conducted by (you guessed it) actual witches. And there’s a love story, of course. But I think every story is a love story on some level. If it’s not about love somewhere in there, what’s the point?
What are you reading these days?
Until I Die by Amy Plum. Again. J
Lightening Round!!!!Mountains or Beach - Beach.
A book that made you cry - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Because it was the last.
A book that scared you - The Road by Comac McCarthy. Scared the bejeezus out of me. Still gives me nightmares, and I read it years ago.
All-time favorite movie - It’s either The Matrix, LOTR The Two Towers, The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner, The Princess Bride, or Alien. Or Fletch. I freaking love Fletch. I have a hard time picking favorites, if you hadn’t noticed. I also tend to like movies that dudes like. Oh wait—I just thought of a girly movie! I love Steel Magnolias, too. That movie makes me cry every single time.
Harry Potter, Hunger Games, or Lord of the Rings - LOTR all the way, baby. Not that I don’t love me some Harry and some Hunger Games, but I’ve probably watched the LOTR series about a jillion times and I’m still not sick of it. Damn fine storytelling, and probably the best book-to-move interpretation I’ve ever seen. I think I actually like the movies better than the books, and this is the only time I’ve ever said that. (I probably shouldn’t say it here, either!)
Love Triangles or Soul mate - Soul mate. In my actual life I don’t like complications or drama. I leave it all for my books.
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Josephine is hosting a blog tour giveaway, and this giveaway will end at the end of the tour. She’s giving away a kindle with either the Starcrossed or Dreamless skin on it. In order for blog tour followers to enter, they do need to comment on each blog tour post (only once) as well as follow Josie on twitter. For all the details about the blog tour visit Mundie Moms and for all details about the giveaway visit Josie’s blog.