I was able to catch up with Emily Lange, author of Eighty-Sixed: Life Lessons Learned and I felt considerably lucky she was able to fit me into a time slot considering how busy her life has become up in the Windy City.
So, without further meanderings from myself, here’s my questions and her answers.
Myself: Got five questions for your interview from yours truly. You have any time?
EL: Sweet! I’m gonna knock it out now since I’ve got a million things circling. (Told you her life was busy now.)
Myself: Your genre is obviously memoir with your first book. What else can we expect from you in the future?
EL: My next book is going to be a work of fiction. I think of all the crazy things that happened to me in Eightysixed and I wonder: how I can trump that by making STUFF (edited for a family blog site) up. So, stay tuned for something fictional, but frenzied.
Myself: Congratulations on getting married! If your future involves kids, what is your thoughts on raising kids?
EL: I always thought I would want kids and have kids, but I think for now my 2 pitbulls and everyone else on Facebook smearing my wall with pictures of their kids is good enough. In fact, last night when it was storming, my 75lb pitbull – Mr. Jarbles – was up all night pacing and having a freak out. The thought ran through my head: if this is anything like having a newborn, tie my tubes now.
Myself: With respect to your answer to question one, how do you generate ideas for a plot?
EL: I never really sit down to brainstorm or storyboard. I’ve been lucky that plot idea just hit me. Sometimes, I’ll have to stop whatever I’m doing, wherever I am, to open up my laptop and get the idea out so I don’t forget it later. People have seen me do this on State Street in Chicago, but hey … nature called?!
Myself: Characters vs story. Which part holds the key to your creativity?
EL: I’m a natural born storyteller, so I have to go with story on this one. There are so many great characters in Eightysixed (Boris, Logan, Floris…), but they are nothing if you can’t make them sound as colorful as they are in their respective ways.
Myself: Do you see your style and voice changing with your life changes?
EL: I see the things I write about changing (getting more boring) as I get older and start to figure out life more. I’m no longer getting into limos with pimps, but rather…white washing a picket fence in my free time. C’est la vie when you start to settle down, right? But no matter what, my style and my voice are uniquely mine and I’ll hold on to those for the rest of my writing life.
Thanks a million for the visit Emily. It’s always a pleasure to speak (okay type) with you. Fair winds my fellow Pandamoon author! Eighty-Sixed is still one of the best books I’ve read. Top Ten for me.