Not only is Luisa a published author, but she is a blogger and a book reviewer as well. This makes her a perfect addition to the Winter Blog Blast Tour.
You've been writing since you were a child. Now you have children of your own. Are either of them storytellers yet?
Definitely. They're both brilliant at telling stories. Aren't all children? Of course, mine have a genetic predisposition to sticking bits of paper together and 'publishing' their wonderful books.
That's adorable! You were published at a young age. When you were a teenager, you submitted short stories and other writings to magazines. What was the first publication to give you a byline?
Even though I sold quite a few stories in my teens, I didn't get a byline until I was much older, and that was in a magazine called Girl Talk, aimed at younger girls. It was a short story about a girl with a football-playing dog, although it was really about overcoming family prejudice. All in 500 words.
How did it feel to see your name in print?
I loved seeing my name in print, but I was obviously a bit more mature about it than I would have been as a teenager, and I only bought about 20 copies and talked about it non-stop for several months. The true thrill of seeing my name in print came from the moment I saw Split by a Kiss in book form, though. I'll probably never stop talking about that one.
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This is the second of five interviews I conducted for this year's Winter Blog Blast Tour, a week-long series of author interviews being held at various blogs. Read my other 2008 WBBT interviews and consult my complete interview archive.
Tuesday's WBBT schedule:
Ellen Datlow at Chasing Ray
Tony DiTerlizzi at Miss Erin
Melissa Walker at HipWriterMama
Luisa Plaja at Bildungsroman
DM Cornish at Finding Wonderland
L.J. Smith at The YA YA YAs
Kathleen Duey at Bookshelves of Doom