Exclusive Interview: STARCROSSED Author Josephine Angelini
Daemon’s Books recently got a chance to ask STARCROSSED author Josephine Angelini questions about her book and writing habits.
I was attracted to Starcrossed when I heard Josephine Angelini talk about the book in a video we recently shared. As you will read in the interview below, she described it as “Romeo & Juliet set in Iliad“, now how fun is that?
You can find out more about Starcrossed in the interview below and there is even a bit of teasing for what’s coming in the second book of the series, Dreamless.
What inspired you to write “Starcrossed”?
Josephine Angelini: A happy accident! I saw a copy of Romeo and Juliet sitting next to The Iliad on my bookshelf, and it hit me. What if I took Homer’s amazing characters and set it up so that if two teenagers fell in love they would start a war? Then I took the opening line of Romeo and Juliet, which begins: “Two Households…”
What are you hoping readers will take away from the story?
Josephine Angelini: First, I hope they are entertained. Second, if a whole bunch of people started snapping up copies of the Iliad from bookstores I wouldn’t hate it!
What would be your dream goal for “Starcrossed” to achieve?
Josephine Angelini: My dream goal for Starcrossed…hum… the world “bestseller” keeps running through my mind. Dare I say it?
What should we expect from Book 2 “Dreamless”? Any teasers?
Josephine Angelini: Dreamless is darker than Starcrossed, and it has a lot more action. You’ll also meet Orion (I love this guy!) and I can promise that there will be sparks!
What is your writing process like?
Josephine Angelini: I write in 2 shifts. I put down new pages at night, usually from like 6-10 p.m. Then I sleep on it, wake up the next morning and edit what I did the night before and plan what I’m going to write next. Then I go to the gym, do laundry, feed the cats—you know, the usual. Then I sit down again and write. I need to break it up or I go stir crazy.
Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what?
Josephine Angelini: There’s always music on in the background, but I don’t really listen to music while I write unless I have a song that speaks to a specific scene I’m working on. Then I listen to that song on repeat while I write. I don’t like silence, though. I feel like the air is staring at me, watching me type if it’s too quiet.
What is one book you read recently that you would recommend people read?
Josephine Angelini: Die For Me by Amy Plum was really good. She’s also my “sister from another mister” so go buy her book, dammit.