Today we're excited to chat with Carrie Ann DiRisio, author of Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me. Read on for more about Carrie and her book, plus a giveaway.
Meet Carrie Ann DiRisio!
In addition to writing and plans for world domination, she also enjoys running, coffee, Krav Maga, and knitting.
Have you ever wished you could receive a little guidance from your favorite book boyfriend? Ever dreamed of being the Chosen One in a YA novel? Want to know all the secrets of surviving the dreaded plot twist?
Or maybe you're just really confused about what "opal-tinted, luminous cerulean orbs" actually are?
Well, popular Twitter personality @broodingYAhero is here to help as he tackles the final frontier in his media dominance: writing a book. Join Broody McHottiepants as he attempts to pen Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide (with activities--you always need activities) that lovingly pokes fun at the YA tropes that we roll our eyes at, but secretly love.
As his nefarious ex, Blondie DeMeani, attempts to thwart him at every turn, Broody overcomes to detail, among other topics, how to choose your genre, how to keep your love interest engaged (while maintaining lead character status), his secret formula for guaranteed love triangle success, and how to make sure you secure that sequel, all while keeping his hair perfectly coiffed and never breaking a sweat.
1.) Who is your favorite character in the book?
Blondie DeMeani! She's the antagonist, and Broody's evil ex-girlfriend. She's also a really fun deconstruction of the "evil girl" in popular fiction. We so often see the pipular girl, or the prety girl, or the girl who likes girly things, be labeled as the villian in a novel, and usually its for very flimsy reasons. I wanted to dig into this interlaized misogyny, but do it in a way that uses humor to educate, rather than insult. Humor can be a very tricky tool to use, but I truly hope others will love Blondie as much as I do.
2.) Which came first, the title or the novel?
For this book, the main character came first. Broody McHottiepants has been tweeting for a few years now, and we decided the time was right to give him the spotlight he so craves. It was really fun turning a parody twitter account into the main character (and co-author) of his own book!
3.) Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
Oh, wow. Well, I've been writing since I was five, so let me think back to the beginning of my more professional writing career, when I was querying agents. I think the hardest, most vital lesson I've learned is that the path to success looks different for every single author. Comparison is truly the thief of joy, as the saying goes. And also, that path can be a long one, full of a lot of heartbreak. Stubbornness is a great skill to have in this industry!
4.) What do you like most about the cover of the book?
EVERYTHING! Not even kidding. Linnea Gear's art leaps off the page, the font is so fun, and the color is beautiful. I couldn't be happier. I smile every time I see it.
5.) What was your favorite book in 2016?
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. I read it when I was utterly exhausted, and creatively drained. The magic found in that story really inspired me. I recommend it to everyone. (And I'm the founding member of the Slate fan club, so if you like slightly dangerous, tough pirates, come sit by me.)
6.) Is there anything that you would like to add?
I'd love to talk a bit about the structure of the book. It's very unusual, because it includes both a narrative (what we would think of as a traditional "story") as well as chapters written by Broody himself, that are full of advice on how to be a main character. So, the book is sort of a really unique, fun hybrid between fiction and nonfiction.
7.) Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Can I say Broody himself? ;) He can be a bit of a challenging character to work with, because everything he does is over-the-top, adverb-filled, and utterly full of his ego. But, he's also got a good heart, somewhere under all that hair gel and smoldering charm.
8.) Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
Drafting for sure! I am a rather impulsive, big picture person. Story concepts come easy to me, but the fine-tuning part always takes me forever. As a teen, I never revised stories, because I was always too excited to get to work chasing down the next big idea. Now that I'm older, I am learning to enjoy the beauty that comes from polishing a draft.
Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me
By: Carrie Ann DiRisio
Release Date: October 3, 2017