The Compulsive Reader: Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton

Friday, February 7, 2014

Interview with Laurie Boyle Crompton

Blaze, Or Love in the Time of Supervillains. Just...take a moment and let that title sink in. Awesome, right? And the cover...completely kick butt, right? The writing and the story totally live up to this awesome cover and title, which is why this book landed on my Favorite Books of 2013 list. Luckily for us, author Laurie Boyle Crompton has a new book out just this week called The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High:

"It's no surprise to Shannon when she is voted least likely to be prom queen at Westfield High. That is until she's selected to co-star in a hidden-camera reality show, The Prom Queen Wannabes, and undergoes a complete makeover.
Now the social hierarchy of the entire senior class is about to be turned upside down. But when Shannon uncovers proof that the beauty business can be awfully ugly, she must find a way to show her BFF and one true crush that underneath the fabulous makeover, she really hasn't changed. 
This prom night is about to shock everyone's corsages off."
I cannot wait to read it (I was all ready to snag the copy that arrived this week at my bookstore, but I sold it before I could even put it on the shelf), but to tide us all over, here is an interview with Laurie!

TCR: What was the hardest part about writing The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High? The easiest?

LBC: As with any book, one of the hardest parts was finding the time to sit down and write it! This is why it’s important to be excited about whatever you’re working on. Life has a way of getting in the way of creative pursuits and writing a novel can be a battle. Once I’m immersed in the world of my characters things definitely get easier but writing is never really easy.

TCR: If you could be behind the scenes of any reality TV show, which one would you choose?

LBC: I think one of the survival ones where all of the contestants are starving and fighting each other would be fun. Of course, I’m talking about America’s Next Top Model! Ha! If I was on that set I think I’d be tempted to order the girls a pizza each night because most of them could really stand to gain a few pounds.

TCR: I loved Blaze, Or Love in the Time of Supervillains. To that end, if you could have any superpower, what would it be?

LBC: Thank you so much! My superpower choice would absolutely be the ability to fly, hands down, final answer. I suppose manipulating time in order to make all of my deadlines would be more useful, but I’d still choose being able to fly.

TCR: I love the humor in your books. Are you influenced by any particular brand of humor or humorous books?

LBC: I love humor and still remember the first time I read a funny essay I’d written to my high school English class. They all laughed and it made me feel invincible. I grew up sneak-watching Saturday Night Live whenever I could and I preferred MAD magazine to the fashion rags most of my friends were reading. I even considered going to clown college for a while, even though I don’t find clowns particularly funny. It just sounded like a really fun school to go to. I ended up going to St. John’s University instead and had a pretty good time with those clowns anyway.

TCR: Can you give us any hints about what's up next from you?

LBC: My next book is titled ADRENALINE CRUSH and it’s being released with FSG in the fall. It’s about a thrill-seeking girl who pushes things too far one fateful day and must deal with the consequences. The quirky cross-section of people she meets in her physical therapy group help her dare to take risks again – including one with her heart. Beyond that, I’m working on a few new projects I’m excited about, but I can’t really share anything just yet. ;)

Thanks so much to Laurie! Be sure to check out The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High, and if you haven't already, Blaze, Or Love in the Time of Supervillains!

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