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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Okay, I'd like to do a video blog for my first readergirlz blog post, and following in Beth Kephart's shoes....well, she's Beth Kephart! So I was trying to think of what to do or say and then I thought--hey, why not ask the most awesome people I know????

So, if you knew you were going to see a video blog from me, what would you like to see in it? Are there questions you'd like me to answer? Things I should talk about? Foreign slang I should try and guess the meaning of and get totally wrong? (Kidding on the last one! I've already done it)

Oh, and, a free hardcover young adult novel to the three most helpful suggestions posted by this Friday, January 8th, at midnight EST. Just because I--well, come on! It's me! I can't NOT give book away!

Looking forward to reading your ideas for what the video blog should be about, or what you'd like to see me discuss, or questions you'd like answered, etc!

38 Comments:

Blogger Llehn said...

I'm always curious about an author's workspace so I would love to see a tour of your writing space, hear commentary about the significance of some of the trinkets you surround yourself with there. I would also love to hear about any daily pre-writing ritual you have if you do have one :D

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

January 05, 2010 11:04 AM  
Blogger Elie said...

I agree with Liehn, I would like to learn aboutl your writing process and setting. What do you write on, what kind of program, that kind of thing.

I loved the vlog-all your translations sounded great. Allergic to pumpkin-poor thing. Pumpkin pie rocks.

zenfoxflowerATyahooDOTcom
Elie (Ellz Readz)

January 05, 2010 11:18 AM  
Blogger Book Addict Girl said...

Since I'm a huge fan of yours, I'd want to know what you're currently working on. Are there any stories that you've written, but haven't been published? If so, do you plan on maybe posting them in your blog? Because that would rock!

Lena
longhorn08fan(at)gmail(dot)com

January 05, 2010 12:27 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I'd like to know if you listen to music as you write or if it just distracts you. :)

melanie@melaniesmusings.net

January 05, 2010 12:57 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

I'd love to know not how you get your ideas but how you know which ones will work. Do you outline or write a bit or just have a sixth sense?

Also I'd also be interested to know your top ten YA recommendations for someone new to the genre or as it's a New Year your top ten books of last year.

Finally I'd really love to know how you came up with Hannah's job in Something Maybe. Did you work in one? The idea of a burger call centre just cracks me up!

January 05, 2010 1:54 PM  
Blogger Lorie Ann Grover said...

This is so fun, Elizabeth. What great suggestions so far. Can't wait to see the video!

January 05, 2010 2:04 PM  
Blogger Little Willow said...

Very cool. :)

Would you ever write a companion story from another person's POV - something loosely related, like a supporting character at the same school - to any of your novels?

(Notice I didn't say sequel, because I feel as though all of your novels have conclusions that needn't be mussed or touched... especially LDG.)

January 05, 2010 2:06 PM  
OpenID ksutton said...

I would love to see you talk about how you make your characters different from other characters in other stories. How you come up with them, how they relate to you. It would be neat to know about your writing process, yes, but everyone writes differently, and knowing your method may or may not help me improve mine. Knowing about your "character methods" seemes more helpful, especially since not too many authors give in-depth, specific answers like you usually do!

January 05, 2010 2:38 PM  
OpenID ksutton said...

Oh, dang it, the office space suggestion is a good one, too. And so it the unpublished story one, oh, and the one asking how you know which one of your ideas will work... Ha, good luck with this one, Elizabeth.

January 05, 2010 2:41 PM  
Blogger Beth Kephart said...

But you are Elizabeth Scott!!

:)

January 05, 2010 2:54 PM  
Blogger Reading Rokz said...

Did you ever want to be anything other than a writer? What? We're you always good at writing? Or did you just snap into it one day? If you did, when? High school? college?

and of course...anything about you new book is always interesting =]

Jill_B@comcast.net

January 05, 2010 3:26 PM  
Blogger Bianca said...

Well, I'm not sure if you've already done this, but I would love to see your bookshelf!

As well as you're favorite place to write/read. And any recommendations of books and authors would be fantastic!

infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

January 05, 2010 3:52 PM  
Blogger robby (onceuponabookblog) said...

Writing process, setting, all those things sound brilliant. Also, what's the worst review you've ever gotten? The best? What has been the hardest book for you to write? Which book can you identify with the most? What are you pet peeves? What would you be if you weren't a writer? What do you want to accomplish with your writings?

Wow. I just rambled on for quite some time. :D
~robby
runningforamsterdam @ hotmail .com

January 05, 2010 5:48 PM  
Blogger barbrafl said...

I would really like to hear about what a day in the life of an author is like. What you do, how you write, how you mix your life with writing and how the two blend together.

I would also like to hear you talk about what truly inspired you to write. Was it an event, a person, something someone said? What was it that triggered you to say "I'm going to be an author".

One final note. I would love to hear about what you thought when ...
You first sent out your first manuscript to be read
You first got the deal
You first saw the book on the shelves
Those things, those emotions, I would love to hear about :)

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

January 05, 2010 6:14 PM  
Blogger Morgan said...

First of all, I would just like to tell you that I love your books. Some things that I would like you to answer in your vlog are:

3.)Do you set an amount of pages you have to get done a day?

2.)Do you ever just feel like giving up on a book?

3.) Do you ever get sick of writing?

4.) Do you ever write ten or more pages of a book and leave it and never come back to it?

5.) What influences your writing the most? Ex. people, television shows, food?

6.) What's the best thing about being an author?

7.)What age did you start writing?

8.)Were you a big reader before you started writing? What are your favorite books?

Can't wait to see the vlog!

morgansact (at) comcast (dot) net

January 05, 2010 7:21 PM  
Blogger pepsivanilla said...

In any of your books, is there anything that you changed drastically between the time you started writing it and when you finished it?

Do you find that you react any differently while reading now that you've written your own books?

Oh, and I like Llehn's idea a lot!

pepsivanilla14(at)hotmail(dot)com

January 05, 2010 7:45 PM  
Blogger BrittLit said...

I would be curious about what you absolutely need to write and if while showing us and/or telling us you could be juggling that would be great. Unless, of course you can not juggle in which case all I can say is... I'm disappointed in you. (I can't juggle either I'm just kidding)But things you need to write would be neat and also if you could talk about funny habits you have best book you've read recently (besides your own ;) ) That would be awesome. Thanks.

January 05, 2010 9:05 PM  
OpenID brookesamillion said...

Make it all about you. Like, answer random questions about yourself like...

-Who was your insiration to write?

-What is your favorite book and show?

Questions about who you are. I checked out your website, and I didn't see any personal questions. This video would be a good time to answer those questions. Open up and express the silly unknown facts about yourself. I'm sure your readers will love it. (I know I will!)

Here are a couple of other questions you could answer:

-When were you born?

-What is your favorite color?

-Do you have any pets?

-Who's your favorite band/singer?

-Do you have any siblings?

-What's your favorite food/drink?

-Do you have kids?

-How do you come up with such good ideas to write about?

-When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?

-Which one of your novels are you the most proud of?

-Who or what insires you?

-What were your favorite books as a kid?

-What most do you love to hear from your fans?

-What are you currently working on?

-What advice do you have for young writers?

-Are you a writer who listens to music as you write?

-Which one of your characters are you most like?

-What's your middle name?

-What were you like as a teen?

Hope I helped. Have fun with your video! :)

January 05, 2010 10:04 PM  
OpenID brookesamillion said...

Make it all about you. Like, answer random questions about yourself like...

-Who was your insiration to write?

-What is your favorite book and show?

Questions about who you are. I checked out your website, and I didn't see any personal questions. This video would be a good time to answer those questions. Open up and express the silly unknown facts about yourself. I'm sure your readers will love it. (I know I will!)

Here are a couple of other questions you could answer:

-When were you born?

-What is your favorite color?

-Do you have any pets?

-Who's your favorite band/singer?

-Do you have any siblings?

-What's your favorite food/drink?

-Do you have kids?

-How do you come up with such good ideas to write about?

-When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?

-Which one of your novels are you the most proud of?

-Who or what insires you?

-What were your favorite books as a kid?

-What most do you love to hear from your fans?

-What are you currently working on?

-What advice do you have for young writers?

-Are you a writer who listens to music as you write?

-Which one of your characters are you most like?

-What's your middle name?

-What were you like as a teen?

Hope I helped. Have fun with your video! :)

thewsisterz@yahoo.com

(Oops, sorry for posting this again, forgot my email in the last comment.)

January 05, 2010 10:10 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

I have read Bloom, Perfect You (which is my all time favorite book), and Stealing Heaven. I cannot wait to read Love you, Hate you, Miss you, Living Dead Girl, and Something, Maybe. I have a few questions because I am an aspiring writer, but I always get writer's block.

1. How do you come up with the Perfect Title for your books?

2. What goes into considering using a pseudonym instead of your real name?

3. What do you do to get over writer's block?

I wanted to know if you could discuss how you come up with your characters and their names. Also, about how long does it take you to compose a first draft for a novel? Last quesiton, promise! Are you planning on writing any series? If so, what possibly would you write about?

Thank you so much for taking time out of what I’m sure is, your hectic schedule, to have a video chat with your readers.

Thanks for being a fantastic author,
Elizabeth (Libby) S.

PS: I also entered your Perfect You contest a while back and you sent me Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott and I wanted to Thank you again because that book was quite enjoyable.

January 05, 2010 10:12 PM  
Blogger Libby said...

Just wanted to clear things up, I'm Libby, but my middle name is Audrey. That's my post :)

January 05, 2010 10:18 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

Ooh, I would like to see where you work, if it's a calm and peaceful environment. For me, I can't focus with noisy surroundings so I have to work somewhere quiet. You could also show us some books you own, whether they're looking old, stripped of its cover because of reading it too much...That would be lovely!

And I would like to know if you would ever work with someone to get a book out? Like a collaboration!
I'm also curious about what type of protagonist you prefer. The snappy, stubborn kind? Or the sweet, innocent kind?

The things you can probably talk about are: your upcoming books that are to be released, your other hobbies, your pets (if you have any), or even the weather!
You can also insert some interesting facts such as: Do you know where I got this scar? The one on my finger? It was due to writing too much. :D Or...an interesting fact about your favourite pens or pencils. Haha, those types of things. :)

Anyway, I'm looking forward for this vlog! Have fun creating it!

January 05, 2010 10:46 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Cunha said...

Questions:
*Do you use anything special to get your creative juices flowing to help you write?

*What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

*What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

*If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

*Is there anything your husband does to inspire your writing?

Also, I'd love for you to introduce your husband in the video blog. You talk about him quite a bit and it would be awesome to meet him. =]

-Tiffany
tiffany.cunha@yahoo.com

January 05, 2010 11:28 PM  
Blogger theplaceboeffect said...

Who is your favorite YA author?

In all your books the characters are awesome and realistic, how do you come up with them?

After you are finished with a book do you miss writing about the characters?

Would one of your books turn into a movie someday?

What is your favorite movie?

How does it feel to be this amazing author?

January 05, 2010 11:51 PM  
Blogger book weirdo said...

Some of these questions may have been asked already but here they are:
1) who are some authors you look up to?
2)Who are some authors that you work with and know?(it always seems like all the YA authors know each other which is so cool)
3)do ideas for your books come instantaneously or do you get them from your own experiences?

weirdpanda3@gmail.com

January 06, 2010 2:14 AM  
Blogger DeNiSe MaDnEsS said...

Let's see I would like to know...

-If your working on something right know ?
- Is their a subject that you would never want to write about ?
but like everyone else seem to want
about you writing process.
Do you research before you write ?
Do you have an outline ?

Thanks

Denise
denisemadness(at)yahoo(dot)com

January 06, 2010 10:22 AM  
Blogger Haleyknitz said...

I like to know who a writer is. You can get writer's tips any time from almost anyone and they're all pretty much the same. But who a writer is, their personality, their character--now that's special. I want to know what you would do if you had $10,000,000 to spend, where would you spend it. What's your favorite animal, flower, color, and your most hated food ever. Milk chocolate, white, or dark? do you watch movies before you read the book, or after? what's your favorite scent for perfume and conditioner? tell me about yourself! You're the interesting one!!

January 06, 2010 10:29 AM  
Blogger Iffath♥Ahmed said...

I've also always wanted to know if you have any things that are completely necessary when you're at work e.g. listen to music? have some sort of fragrance burning in the background? how do you REALLY concentrate? And I agree with Beth--you are Elizabeth Scott! Pull yourself together girl and do whatever YOU want! ;D x

January 06, 2010 11:25 AM  
Blogger Megg said...

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January 06, 2010 8:49 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

Do you have any pets (posted about some if I recall?) that play a role in your writing? And, what have any other jobs (besides writing) been like for you. Which ones have you enjoyed/hated?

Also, since you write about teenagers, how was you high school/ collage expeirence? Worst time of your life or best?

And were you insecure about anything in particular? Like, height, hair, voice.

Did you do any sports or do you do any now? How do you feel about running?

How has you books/ sales been published internationaly? Any deals in the making? If you have other covers could you show them..

Thanks!!

(also the writing setting that others mentioned is a pretty great idea too)

And, on a more random note, just wanted to let you know that you writing reminds me a lot of Sarah Dessen. Im's sure you've gotten that before, but I've always thought it so might as well say it..

January 06, 2010 8:57 PM  
Blogger Tiff said...

Wow, great comments here. I love the idea of seeing your workspace as well. To add to that, I personally would love to see original pages from your books (from loose concepts, to writing/typing, to ARC pages, etc), and how they change as they go through the editing process.

Also, as someone interested in publicity and post-production in publishing, I'd love to hear you talk about some of your covers and publicity campaigns.

But I think for me, what would be the most interesting would be taking a walk with you through your favorite spots in town, or even through your photo albums or CD collection, or something. I'm curious as to what inspires you, and maybe how you visualize/conceptualize different characters and scenes in your books. Are there moments or places that have inspired parts of your books? And especially, what inspires the concept of loss that figures in a lot of your work, and how do you write about it so honestly and realistically?

tiff dot ing at gmail dot com

January 06, 2010 9:44 PM  
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January 06, 2010 9:57 PM  
Blogger twentyxfragments said...

ke the author's workspace suggestion. I don't know if it's been mentioned yet, but...

--the most random songs you've listened to when you're writing a book.

--your favorite free online series (You can find really good ones at Fictionpress; here's a helpful link if you want to take a look at a listing of some of the more popular stories)

http://www.fictionpress.com/community/Best_of_the_Best_1000_Reviews/2077/

*The top ten things you like about your characters (or qualities you wished you had that they have)

*Authors that you think should be as popular as movie stars (basically authors that you admire very, very much. I know Judy Blume will be on the list. ;) )

running-with-skissors(at)hotmail(dot)com

January 06, 2010 9:59 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

I write stories for fanfiction and sometimes when I'm out and about, and when something interesting/intriguing happens at find myself thinking of somehow putting that moment in my life in my story. Do you ever get those moments in your life where you're like, 'hey, that'll be a good scene for a story' or something along the lines of that?
I also sometimes just have a sudden flow of ideas flood my mind and I'm not able to concentrate on anything else except for the scene that played in my head for my fanfiction story. I just have to sit down at my computer and write the scene out. Do you ever have the need--as if you have to get the scene/idea down on paper before you forget?
And I would like to know who inspires your characters. Are they just made up, inspired by a certain person and then that character sudden evolves into his/her own person?

Can't wait for your blog!! I'm so excited.

jacquelinel0@yahoo.com

January 06, 2010 11:23 PM  
Blogger Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I teach 7th graders, and I'd like to see a post directed towards them. You could talk about what they should do now if they want to be a writer. How you did in English in school (kids LOVE that), what books you read at that age. Anything along that lines would be great!

foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

January 06, 2010 11:38 PM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

Talk about the change of publishing moving toward a more digital mindset. Whether you like or dislike?

http://www.sparksflyup.com/weblog.php

like here.

Brittany
Britx333x@aol.com

January 07, 2010 12:50 PM  
Blogger loreleimarsh said...

I think you should talk about some of your characters. Would you suggest being friends with them in real life? Are they actually good people?

You could also always discuss your take on the publishing world in general. You post a lot of links on your blog, but you might be able to give us insight into why you do that.

Just a thought. Have fun!

January 07, 2010 1:14 PM  
Blogger Just_Me37 said...

If you could take the place of a character in a novel would it be a: girl or boy? protagonist or secondary character? one of your novels? And if you have already thought about this question do you have somebody in mind already?

crazy_canadian_chick37(at)hotmail(dot)com

January 07, 2010 1:30 PM  

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