Thursday, August 8, 2013

Author Interview with Anne Pfeffer

Today we are very lucky to be interviewing Anne Pfeffer, author of Girls Love Travis Walker!
What were you like at school?
Do I have to say? I’ll give you a hint. My mother sewed all my dresses up until I was twelve, and I didn’t have a clue that might be uncool! As a kid,I read a lot, which is why I still love children’s books even now.
Were you good at English?
Yes. I knocked out all these great term papers on people like Virginia Woolf and John Steinbeck. But I didn’t do creative writing back when I was in school.  Very little anyway. For me, the urge to write stories came only about ten years ago.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
At the very least, I want to enjoy writing and feel proud of the books I’ve written.  If readers like my books, I’m thrilled, and if lots and lots of people want to read them and like them, I’m extra-thrilled!
Which writers inspire you?
Many, actually, but I’d have to start with J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl. Imagination, humor, story line, action, suspense—these two had it all. If I’m having a slow writing day, I’ll pick up The BFG or a Harry Potter book and read a few pages. That somehow puts my brain in the right place so I can start writing again.
 So, what have you written?
(*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Besides Girls Love Travis Walker, I’ve written two YA novels: Any Other Night and The Wedding Cake Girl.
 How much research do you do?
A fair amount, usually. I love doing research. One of the fun parts of writing Girls Love Travis Walker was getting to research firefighting. It’s incredible—the training, skills, level of fitness that firefighters have to have. (Meeting cute firefighters was an added perk!)
 When did you decide to become a writer?
I drifted into it. At first, I wanted to be the next Dr. Seuss, who I adore. I spent a couple of years trying to write the next Horton Hatches the Egg, but was advised not to quit my day job.  Not many people can write verse the way Dr. Seuss does!
Then I took a stab at YA and immediately clicked with it. I just started writing and submitting stories and then slowly learned about writing—about story structure and character arcs and so forth. So I think my writing’s been better with each book.
Why do you write?
I enjoy piecing together stories that I love and hope people want to read. It’s like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle, all the while trying to make it engaging and funny and beautiful. At least, that’s what you shoot for.
For the most part, I enjoy reader reactions too. It’s so amazing to me to write a book and to hear from someone that they loved it, it changed the way they look at things, it made them cry. I like to think that my grandchildren and their kids will read my books someday.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I’m more of a “pantser” – I just write along and things seem to work out. Nothing kills off ideas faster for me more than outlining. But I do think a lot about the structure of my book.  I write chronologically and as I get new ideas, I go back and weave the new parts in with the old material. That’s partly so I don’t forget, and also because it helps me later on to have a strong opening with all the pieces in place.

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By: Anne Pfeffer

Book Description:

To nineteen-year-old high school dropout Travis Walker, women are like snowflakes–each one different, but beautiful in her own way.

He can charm any girl he meets, and yet down deep he fears he’ll always be a loser like his jailbird father. As the landlady threatens to evict him and his sick mother, Travis takes a job he hates and spends his evenings picking up girls at a nearby night spot.

When he enlists in a teen program at the local fire station, he finds out he’s amazing at it. Then he meets the smoking hot Kat Summers, enlists Kat’s friend Zoey to help him woo her, and falls in love for the first time ever.

But he keeps the details of his life secret. His girl will never love him back if she knows the truth about him….

WINNER -- Third Place for Fiction    2013 Indie Reader Discovery Awards

FINALIST-- New Fiction     2013 National Indie Excellence Awards


“ ….the title of this book had me expecting something very like a teen romance. While there is romance aplenty in this wonderful novel, Girls Love Travis Walker is far more than that….

“Little did I know that what I was about to read would have such a huge impact on me…. This book hit me right in the heart.”
“I really loved Travis…. I cried and was scared with him.”

“This book will make you fall in love for so many reasons…”


Author Bio:
Anne Pfeffer lives in Los Angeles, California. She likes to write, walk her dog, play poker, and work as a library volunteer at a local school. Her book Any Other Night has been named a Finalist in both the 2012 Indie Reader Discovery Awards and the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.
Author Links:
Twitter @AnnePfeffer1


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