June 4th, 2007

Lucy Woodward, happy

Playlist: Readergirlz

At the readergirlz forum, Justina put forth a question that someone had recently asked the authors: "If readergirlz were a movie (no specific book), what might be on the soundtrack?" I answered with the following playlist.

The Sound of Your Voice:
a readergirlz soundtrack

Just a Little Girl by Amy Studt
On Her Mind by Duncan Sheik
32 Flavors by Alana Davis
For Wowser by Jessica Riddle
Fall Away by Velvet Chain
Sharada by Skye Sweetnam
Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson
Teachin' Myself To Dream by Katy Rose
Free to Be a Woman by Jennifer Love Hewitt
Who We Are by Hope Partlow
Rinse by Vanessa Carlton
(There's Gotta Be) More to Life by Lucy Woodward
All Will Be Forgotten by Holly Brook
Futures by Jimmy Eat World

Interview: Alex Richards

Back Talk by Alex Richards takes a teen girl out of a small town and puts her in posh Manhattan brownstone with two sophisticated socialites. When Gemma comes to New York for an internship at a popular daytime talk show, she has no idea how much drama happens behind the scenes. As she learns about the city and its social scene from her roommates, she also deals with backstabbing and lies at her workplace and learns how to stand up for herself.

In a matter of days, Alex Richards will be a newlywed. In a matter of months, she will be a published author. While preparing for one live-changing event, she found the time to talk about another.

How long have you been writing stories?

I've been writing YA novels since I was about 10, but back then I didn't have enough life experience to follow through with any of them. I've probably started 8 novels, but lost interest or focus. One time, I even left my half-finished manuscript on a plane, and it was gone forever! I'm still mad about that.

When I wrote the last sentence of Back Talk, I practically flew out of my chair. I was so excited to finally have a completed book. And then selling it -- fuggedaboutit.

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Talk with Alex Richards at her website + blog.

(1) Rom-com: romantic comedy