Exclusive Interview: STARCROSSED Author Josephine Angelini

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Daemon’s Books recently got a chance to ask STARCROSSED author Josephine Angelini questions about her book and writing habits.

Starcrossed is part of the Dark Days of Supernatural series and is also now available for you to own.

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.

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