Here's part 2 of the interview!!!
April Lindner Interview (Part 2)
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Sitcoms. I watched a lot of them when I was little, and I still find them comforting. I just blitzed through the first seven seasons of How I Met Your Mother and I’m a little homesick for that world and those characters. I also have a weird and abiding love for Italian pop music. I started listening it to practice the language, and now I love it for its own sake.
What do you like to do when not writing?
I love live music. I go to way too many concerts. I’ve seen Bruce Springsteen over fifty times, but there are a lot of other acts I follow. Also I love to travel and am obsessed with learning to speak Italian; I listen to Italian radio stations, read Italian magazines, and dream of living there someday and learning to speak like a native.
Which book boyfriend would you choose?
Though I have a longstanding crush on Mr. Rochester, he would be a difficult and demanding boyfriend. So I’ll say Henry Tilney of Northhanger Abbey. He’s charming, witty, and deeply kind. And he can dance!
What were you like as a teen? And in college?
In high school I was very shy. I had a handful of very good friends and basically never spoke to anybody else. We all hung out in the band room; Mr. Dugal the music teacher rigged it so we could all skip study hall and homeroom and just be ourselves in his orange-carpeted sanctuary. My best friend and I hung out together and went to a lot of rock concerts, but other than that my social life was pretty quiet; I spent a lot of time in my room, writing, drawing, dreaming,and playing guitar.
When I went off to college at the University of New Hampshire, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I moved into a special interest dorm for the creative arts—a bigger and even better version of Mr. Dugal’s band room--and was surrounded by painters, musicians, writers and actors. I took a lot of creative writing class and felt generally thrilled to be in a bubble of young people who got to spend our days thinking about literature, writing, film, art, and music history. Also I met the guy I would go on to marry and people who to this day are among my closest friends.
What would you tell to today’s teens?
I don’t feel qualified to pass on advice to all teens, but to the ones who were shy and nerdy like me, I would borrow the words of that wise campaign aimed at gay teens who are bullied and discriminated against: it gets better. In middle school I was bullied pretty relentlessly; in high school the popular kids were actually kind and polite, but I suffered from a kind of post traumatic stress disorder from all that earlier bullying. I still felt as though I had to hide my inner quirkiness just to pass unharmed through the world. But once I got past high school I saw there were places in the world for someone like me; I just had to get out there, let my freak flag fly, and find my soulmates.
What do you want your fans to know about you?
I guess that the books I choose to retell are all books that have, in one way or another, changed my life. If they like my books, I hope they’ll go back and read (or reread) the originals.
What do you want to tell them?
I’d like them to know that their enthusiasm for books makes my life as a writer worthwhile. YA readers are the best readers!
Oh, and also, I’ve been blogging lately. I’d love for them to visit my blog: www.aprillindnerwrites.blogspot.com.
Any parting words or anything you want to talk about or discuss? Feel free to write anything here.
I just want to say thank you for all the great questions!
YAY!!! How much do you adore her? I know me and Ash love her, and CANNOT wait till the next book comes out!!!