On Wednesday, November 4th, I had the honor of being asked to interview Andrea Cremer for our blog. Of course I said yes because who wouldn’t?! It was an opportunity of my lifetime that I could not refuse and I’m so grateful that I did it.
As soon as I got to the library I was greeted by the Librarian Event Coordinator, Courtney Saldana. She was real friendly and passed me on to Andrea right away. As soon as I saw Andrea, I got real nervous because I’ve read her books for years and she’s kind of an idol for me, haha. Luckily, she was so sweet to me and about my being nervous that it put me a little at ease. So with out further ado here is my interview with Ms. Andrea Cremer.
Me: Hello Andrea and welcome! How are you liking it here in California?
Andrea: Thank you! I’m loving here. My boyfriend got a job here in Claremont and asked me to move with him. I said yes, why not?!
Me: Oh, so which do you like better: East Coast or West Coast?!
Andrea: I love both since the East Coast is where I grew up, it is home. I also like it here because the mountains and beach are so close to each other that I can go to the mountains one day and the beach the next day if I wanted to. I love the outdoors.
Me: Where did you come up with the idea to write a steampunk novel?
Andrea: First, is my love of history. I used to be a history professor so I’ll always have a connection to my history. The second was when I went to the eye doctor. They were putting this huge contraption on my eyes and it made me wonder, what is this thing that looks so ancient but it works here in modern day? From that one little idea my story grew from there.
Me: Who have been your favorite characters to write in this new series?
Andrea: Linnet! I love that she’s so sarcastic and has a mind of her own. She definitely livens things up when it gets too serious. I wasn’t expecting to have her in so much but I can’t seem to let her go. I also like the Ott’s. They’re like an old Grandma/Grandpa figure that are real sweet, but once they get down to business they are very serious and commanding.
Me: Do you like the old or new cover better?
Andrea: Oh that’s a good one. Hmm, I love both of them. They are both dear to my heart because when my book barely came out, Penguin sent me a huge poster of my cover and I love the detail of the mechanical dragonfly. I love the new covers because they’re so vibrant and the colors just pop! It matches the storyline quite well.
Me: If you could travel to another era/century, where would want to go?
Andrea: There are so many places I wish I could travel back to! One that definitely intrigues me is the roaring 1920’s! I love that era because everything was glamorous and vibrant. Even though it was glamorous, alcohol used to be illegal, so people would go off sneaking alcohol into parties. Oh, and I also want to travel back and go on one of those luxury trains! They basically looked like a fancy hotel room but on a train. I would have loved to have been on one of those. Once they made automobiles though, they lost interest and became obsolete.
Me: When did you decide to become a writer?
Andrea: I never knew I wanted to become an author but I have a story that goes with this. I always wanted to ride a horse. So one day in 2008, I decided to go for lessons. I was having a great time with my horse because she was so pretty. Well when I got down, I guess my horse got spooked when another horse whinnied and jumped. As that happened, the horse crushed down on my foot and fractured it. Luckily, I did not need surgery for it but I had to be on bed rest for 12 weeks. Needless to say I was not happy about that. Since I had nothing better to do I figured I would write and that’s when my story of Nightshade came to be.
Me: Why do you write?
Andrea: I’ve always loved writing since I was a little girl. I was always daydreaming and coming up with different stories. My family would make fun of me because they knew I wasn’t paying attention to them and would come up with things out of thin air. I’ve always had my foot in another world.
Me: Do you use any music while writing?
Andrea: Yes! For each book that I write I always have to come up with a playlist first to set me in the mood of what I’m writing.
Me: What is one genre that you could never write?
Andrea: Well, never say never because if I put my mind to it I feel I can write anything if I really tried to, but I think it would have to be Contemporary. For me, it is so hard to stick straight to contemporary. I have to have some kind of paranormal element to it because that’s just the way I think. If I stick straight to contemporary then I have to find more facts that are said in real life. For instance, I wanted to use a bad word that was used back in the Resistance. I thought Poppy Cock was used back then, but when I went to look it up, it was actually used later in the 19th century. I had to figure what I was going to use next!
Me: Are you working on anything new?
Andrea: Yes, I am writing a horror novel right now! When I wrote a short story for Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, it inspired me to continue on that route.
Me: What has been your favorite book this year?
Andrea: Ooo there’s so many. I’d have to say one of them is the person that is moderating me tonight, Marie Lu. I love her Young Elites series! I’m right in the middle of The Rose Society right now and it is so good!
Me: Who are your favorite authors?
Andrea: Another good one! There’s so many and some of them have become such great friends to me. There’s Stephen King, Beth Revis, Jessica Spotswood, Garth Nix, and Kami Garcia.
Me: What is one book you recommend to everyone?
Andrea: Well, I normally say Watership Down by Richard Adams, but this time I feel like changing it. I absolutely love The Firebrand series by Marion Zimmer Bradley. If you love retellings about gods then I highly recommend this one. I love this series so much.
The End! That is all for my interview. I had such a great time interviewing Andrea. She was such a lovely lady that I was honored to interview her. Although it was a very nerve wracking situation for me, it will be a night I will never forget! I even took a picture with Andrea as proof that I did it, haha. Thank you to Rachel Lodi of Penguin, for giving me the opportunity of a life time.