(NOTICE: This was originally posted in July 2016, but due to blog reformatting purposes, I had to take it down and put it back up. This is a repost, but nothing has been changed from the original. Thank you for understand, and I hope that you enjoy the interview!)
Hello everybody! Welcome back to Becoming Bookish! Today we have the most (hands down, the MOST) exciting post yet to grace this website. An Author Interview with Jennifer.E.Smith!! *fangirls self to death*
Before I jump into the questions, a HUGE thank you to Jennifer! You’re answers were superb and you are so awesome. =D
And without further ado, lets get this an-interview-with-my-favorite-writer-ever party started!
- We all know that your writing is amazing, and of course it makes us wonder how you do it. What is your writing routine like?
That’s so nice of you to say – thanks! I don’t have a set routine, actually. I try to write a certain amount of words per day, but if it’s not working at all, I don’t force myself to sit there and bang my head against the computer for hours and hours. And on the flip side, if it’s going incredibly well, I’ll cancel my plans for the rest of the day and go with it. So my routine tends to be a little haphazard, though most days it works out somewhere in the middle, and I manage to get a decent amount of words down, and chip away at the book a little more…
- Are there any books or series that have really inspired you and your books?
I’ve been personally inspired by so many books across, but my own novels actually tend to be more influenced by movies. I owe a great debt to Richard Linklater, and his “Before” series – Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight. I love the real-time, walking-and-talking feel to those films, and they’ve definitely been a huge inspiration to me. Also, movies from Nora Ephron (You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle) and Richard Curtis (Notting Hill and Love, Actually) have played a big role too. You can probably tell from my books that I’m a sucker for a clever, funny, well-written romantic comedy.
- Are there still plans for a movie for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between or The Statistical Probability of love at First Sight? If so, how has that whole process been?
They’re both still in development, so we’ll see. It’s a long way from the page to the screen, and you never know what will happen, but I’m lucky to have some wonderful people working on them…so fingers crossed!
- In This is What Happy Looks Like, Ellie works at an ice cream shop. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chip! No contest…
- As we see in the dedication for The Geography of You and Me, you were with friends when a real city wide black-out happened? How was that?
Yes! It was a very memorable night, and I’d been wanting to write about it for a long time. It’s really what made me fall in love with New York City. I hadn’t quite moved here yet – my roommate and I were in the process of looking at apartments when the lights went out. As soon as we realized there was nothing more serious to worry about, it turned out to be a lot of fun. Everyone was outside on the streets, and people were helping each other get home. Ice cream shops were giving away free cones, and bars were giving out free drinks. It was like a giant block party. We met up with more of our friends and spent the night drinking wine and telling stories by candlelight. It turned out to be a lot of fun, and it’s a night I’ll never forget.
- Is there any certain moment or memory that inspired your newest release, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between?
There are certain days in life that stand out more than others, and when I think back on the night before I left for college, I’m always stuck by how – even all these years later – it’s still so vivid. I think that’s the case for a lot of people. I’ve always been obsessed with that line between “before” and “after” – those moments when your life changes in a really seismic way. And the night before college is a perfect example of that, so it seemed like an interesting place to start a story.
- What Hogwarts House are you in? (very important 😉 )
I’m a Hufflepuff through and through. I always wanted to be a Gryffindor, but after taking approximately eight thousand quizzes, it would seem I’m pretty squarely Hufflepuff. So my motto, as I’ve come to terms with this, has been: “Hufflepuff is enough-lepuff.”
- Are you working on any new projects? Any hints as to what it is about?
I am! I have a new book that will be out in 2017, and I’m very, very, very excited about it. I’ll have more info to announce soon, so keep an eye out!
So that was the end of my Author Interview with the one and only Jennifer E Smith! I hope you enjoyed this post, and if you did be sure to give it a like, share and follow my blog by email! Also, go check out Jennifer on social media, if you haven’t already!
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