Interview with Louise Caiola
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Well, at the risk of sounding trite, when I’m not writing I’m thinking about writing, or planning to get back to writing, or some facsimile thereof. Aside from that, I also help to run a small business during the daytime hours, in addition to editing other people’s manuscripts, and marketing my work. Somewhere in there I manage a bit of mothering, too. Busy, much?
What do you do for leisure?
I always wish I could answer this question by saying, “I’m an avid mountain climber/jet skier/and all-around activity buff.” However, I’m easily entertained by more sedentary means. When R & R is in order I like to do the movie thing, or go outdoors and read beneath the sunny sky.
What made you decide to write?
If only it had been a conscious choice! I think the writing bug bites whoever it chooses. And once it has its teeth in you, you’re basically done-for. I’m convinced that most writers are “chosen” instead of the other way around. Sometimes I think you would have to be a little crazy to volunteer for a gig like this.
What is something that you love to do that someone else may find a little shocking?
I’m a frustrated singing sensation. Especially when I’m on the treadmill with my iPod plugged in and blasting. Let me tell you this – in my mind Pat Benatar has nothing on me, however, in reality, she has nothing to worry about. ;)
What is your current project about? What started the idea?
The Making of Nebraska Brown is a New Adult Mystery novel that revolves around a girl named Ann Leigh, who awakens one day to find herself in Campania, Italy with no memory of how she arrived there. Last thing she knew she was a mildly bored mid-western farm girl. Now she has lost 18 months of her life as she had known it. The story follows her quest to discover the truth about what transpired during those months in question, and how those events changed the course of her life forever.
How long did it take you from concept to finished product?
Well over a year. If not longer.
How did you decide the genre?
I’ve been interested in the New Adult genre ever since it was determined to exist. I knew I would dip my feet into that ocean the first chance I could!
Did you find any drawbacks or snags while writing that made you learn something new or a new method to writing?
This particular novel required my keeping a flow chart to be sure that all of the information that was revealed was done in the exact right order. Typically I don’t have to be so painstakingly precise. Tough I do tend to keep plot notes and such, in this case I really had to step up my organizational game.
Are there any projects that you are currently working on and wish to share?
Yes! I’m currently writing another mystery for the YA/NA audience that I’m having such fun with. The working title is “Counting Snow Doves” and I am totally enjoying working with these new characters. There’s a touch of murder in this book, an element of romance and family and everything I adore so much in literature.
What, if anything, did you want readers to pull from this interview?
I hope that your readers will feel comfortable enough with me to take a moment and sample some of my work. I know that many times readers tend to stick with authors who are more well-known or those whom they have read before. I’d like to suggest trying something new and I hope that something will be my book. They just might find they have discovered a new friend in me and my stories.
Thanks so much for having me here, Samantha!