Author Interview: Alexandra Diaz

Today, my special guest is author Alexandra Diaz. Her Young Adult novel, All the Stupid Things, is set to release on December 22, 2009.




Describe your book in five words or less.



Friends, relationships, misunderstandings, school, life

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer, or did you just kind of fall into it?

I started making up stories before I could write, often revolving around things I wanted to happen to me, so yes, I've always wanted to be a writer. There are still many jobs that I find interesting and would like the opportunity to try, but they would ultimately be jobs taken for the experience, but not as a career.

What is your typical writing environment like? Do you have any "must haves" when writing?

Being comfortable is very important and I like ability to move or shift positions if I'm working at home. That said, I can work in cafes or other environments just fine as well. If I'm working for a long time, then I like to have something to munch on (raisins and pine nuts are favorites). I don't think anything is a "must have" though since I've gotten used to writing when/wherever I can through my various jobs.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that you really like about their work?

At the moment I really like Jaclyn Moriarty. Even though her narratives are all through messages, letters, etc, her characters always seem really fresh, amusing, and sympathetic. I think she's quite clever in coming up with different ways of indirect communication like leaving messages on refrigerators or fill-in-the-blank notebooks). She always keeps me entertained.

If you could travel back in time, what time and place would you choose? And if you can only take 3 things with you, what would they be?

Mid 1800s, either exploring the wild frontier on horseback/covered wagon or in a quaint English village where having a full dance card is the highlight of the annual social. LOL, call me a Cinderella tomboy! As for what I'd take, pen, notebook, and the complete Harry Potter series in case I get bored!

If you could ask yourself an interview question, what would you ask? What would your response be?

How would you feel if someone asked to make a film of your book?

I've often thought about this and I don't know how I'd react. Although I'd be thrilled, I think I would find it difficult to let go of it and accept someone else's vision of my story. I always find it difficult to enjoy films made from my favorite books because I want it to be more like the book. On the other hand, if it were to happen, I think seeing my book come to life would be an unforgettable experience.

Thanks Alexandra!


Interview reposted courtesy of my sister site, Other Shelf Tours. We are currently featuring Alexandra's novel for a tour. Deadline for blogger sign-ups is Sunday, December 20th.


Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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3 responses to “Author Interview: Alexandra Diaz

  1. RK Charron

    Hi 🙂
    Thank you for having Alexandra Diaz here and thank you to Alexandra for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about her and I liked her time travel answer.
    Merry Christmas,

  2. misskallie2000

    Thank you for having Alexandra Diaz and thank you Alexandra for sharing. I did enjoy the interview as I learned about your work which I did not know before. I believe I would enjoy reading your work and have added you to my to buy list. Thanks again to both of you.

  3. Liz @ Cleverly Inked

    Very nice. I love that she has such a bond with her books that she isn’t sure about them becoming movies

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