Q&A with Ophelia London (DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE)
And here we are for part two of today’s spotlight on Entangled’s new Embrace line. DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE is a New Adult, contemporary take on Jane Austen’s PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Author Ophelia London is stopping by to introduce herself a little bit. 🙂
Thank you so much for taking a few minutes to answer some questions for us. Some are writing related, and hopefully at least a little different from what you usually get asked. And some are just fun things to learn a little more about you in general.
When you write, do you prefer quiet, or do you listen to music? If you like music playing, what is your preferred genre? Do certain characters have their own personal “soundtrack”?
Oh, yes! This is always my favorite question to answer, because music plays a huge role in my writing process. I don’t listen to it when I’m writing, or if I do, it’s instrumental with no lyrics. (I’m easily distracted.) But I always create a soundtrack to my stories, sometimes before I’ve even started writing. With my new book, “Definitely, Maybe in Love,” the soundtrack is pretty huge because my two main characters—Spring and Henry—are really into music but they have totally different tastes. So obviously I had to make one for each of them, right? And the really fun part is the playlist I made for Henry is actually a playlist he makes for Spring in the book. The songs are pretty smexy, but…you’ll have to read the story to find out why. And PS: I’ll be giving away an iPod with both Henry and Spring’s playlists as part of the Entangled Embrace launch. So keep your eyes posted for that!
Where do you write? In an office, at the dining room table, at a local coffeeshop? Do you prefer to write alone or with a group?
I write at home for the most part. Sitting on my couch with the TV on mute. Sometimes when I’m stuck, I’ll take my laptop on a field trip. My favorite place to go these days is the art house movie theater a few miles away. First of all, the venue is gorgeous and it’s just distracting enough that I can people-watch for a while if I need a break. And plus, I love art house movies, so I usually go when I know something cool is playing. All of October they’ve been showing Hitchcock movies. That’s been really fun.
What was your first vision of your main character? Was it a scene? A “look”? An attitude?
I had Spring’s personality in my head before Henry. Actually, Spring didn’t start out as witty or sarcastic or driven as she ended up. When I wrote the first draft, I was kind of going through a frustrating time with a guy, so I guess I got out some of my frustration through Spring. Once I knew who she was, I set out to make the perfect guy for her, someone who could stand toe-to-toe with her, make her laugh when she needs to lighten up and just love her unconditionally. I’m extremely happy with how Henry turned out. I dare any girl to not fall in love with him!
What was your favorite Halloween costume?
Funny story. When I was in college, I had to direct a play. I was having a hard time getting in sync with my actors, so that year, I dressed up as an old-timey director who’d been murdered by her cast. It was passive-aggression at its best. Heh-heh.
What was harder to write, the first line or the last line? Why?
Hmmm, good question. Probably the last. I usually know exactly how I want to start a story (though my first chapters often change with edits), but I’m so long-winded that I never want my characters to stop talking. Putting that perfect ending on a story is pretty challenging for me.
Hahaha. Another funny story… In “Definitely, Maybe in Love,” Spring wears her hair in tiny braids. But originally it was dreadlocks…which was fine; I’m from northern California so I saw dread all the time. But when I was researching the care of dreads, I came across an article about some kind of fly or bug that are sometimes found in dreads. Nothing against locks, but I couldn’t allow my Spring the tiniest chance of having bugs in her hair. So I changed it to braids, which actually worked out better—plot wise.
If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would be it and what would you do all day?
Henry Knightly, for sure. And if you read about a certain food fight, you’ll understand why I’ll want to spend the day kissing.
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to learn to do, but haven’t yet?
Chess. It’s been on my list to learn for years.
If you could have one word removed from the English language, from all dictionaries and out of everyone’s vocabulary, what would it be, and why? If you could ADD one word, what would it be?
There are a few derogatory words I hear every once in a while that I can’t stand and wish to never hear again. I don’t want to say any of them here—they’re too terrible. If I could add one word, maybe bootylicious. I use it all the time and think the rest of the world should too. heehee
What is one thing about you that your friends know and you would love your readers to know as well. Or… if you’re in a giving mood… what is one story that your friends LOVE to talk you into telling that you don’t generally volunteer?
There’s one group of friends who love for me to re-re-retell about the time I was in Scotland and my friend and I were talking to a dude playing a bagpipe. He had a reeeeeeally heavy accent and I couldn’t understand a word he was saying, but I was staring at him, concentrating very hard on every word. When he finished, I nodded at him then said to my friend who was standing on the other said of him: “What did he say?” My friend nearly wet her pants laughing, and the same thing happens to her every time I retell it.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I hope this was something different, and that you had fun telling us a little more about yourself.
My pleasure! You asked some really great questions and got me thinking. It was great. Thanks again!
Congratulations on all your successes, and good luck with all you have planned for the future!
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