T.E. Pouncey: I completely enjoyed your novel. Are any of the elements in The Queen Geek Social Club autob...
Ms. Preble is an award-winning teacher, a jazz singer and pianist, and the author of The Queen Geek Social Club and its just-published sequel Queen Geeks In Adore (each offered from Penguin Books). A self-admitted geek, Laura is a science fiction fan and at the moment lives in the San Diego region with her husband, jazz saxophonist Chris Klich and her sons Austin and Noel.
T.E. Pouncey: I completely enjoyed your novel. Are any of the components in The Queen Geek Social Club autobiographical?
Laura Preble: top fiction books Really, the book is sort of like how I would have been in high school if I'd had greater garments and much more self-confidence. Other than that, a lot of it is based on different elements of the schools where I've taught (West Hills High and Mar Vista High in San Diego, CA). I study my students, then take pieces of different little ones, stitch them collectively, and develop new characters. It is sort of like Frankenstein, but with significantly less lightning.
TEP: Do you generate a character and then visualize what they appear like, or do you visualize a character and then create their character?
LP: I believe I typically have a voice in thoughts 1st. For Queen Geeks, I woke up one particular morning at 3 a.m. and just had this thought, and the character of Shelby in thoughts. Her appearance developed as I created her personality the intelligent-ass attitude and wry observations absolutely shaped her look. Plus, she looks a small like me if I'm possessing a really very good day and have access to a foggy mirror.
TEP: The character Shelby Chappelle in TQGSC has a fantastic robot sidekick named Euphoria. Which robot would you rather hang out with, R2-D2 or C-3PO?
LP: Geez. top fiction books That is like asking someone to choose which child they'd abandon on The Titanic but if I had to pick, I consider I'd go with C-3P0 because he actually talks. R2-D2 is considerably far more down-to-earth and really much more intelligent, but given that he just beeps and sounds like static from a faint radio station, it would almost certainly bug me.
TEP: Speaking of films, if TQGSC was optioned as a movie, would you want to write the screenplay?
LP: Yes, and if you occur to know of some actually strong Hollywood mover and/or shaker, please hook me up. I adore to create dialog, so I believe I'd do truly effectively with a screenplay.
TEP: You after stated you grew up in Ohio on a diet of hot chocolate and science fiction. Who had been some of your favored authors?
LP: I used to work at the regional library, and my job was to go to the basement and bring up back copies of old magazines (this was before Internet arghgh!). Anyway, when I wasnt busy, I'd hide in the stacks and study Isaac Asimov and Wonderful Stories, Robert Heinlein, Robert Silverburg, Spider Robinson, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, plus fantasy like Tolkien and Piers Anthony. I'm actually a sci-fi @#! and will study anything anybody puts in front of me.
TEP: Any plans for a TQGSC sequel or do you want to work with a brand new group of characters?
LP: Effectively, I do have a sequel coming out in November of this year, and it really is referred to as Queen Geeks in Love. It follows the exploits of the identical geeky characters (as properly as Euphoria), and tackles the thorny problem of what happens when geeks date. Some highlights: attending Comic-Con as homemade superheroes, and placing on Geek Fest, a celebration of talent designed to humiliate these involved as nicely as those watching.
TEP: You have two sons. How do THEY react to Mom's getting a self-admitted geek?
LP: Ah! They are tiny geeks in instruction. The oldest one, Austin, goes with me to Comic-Con. In fact, we did a singing contest collectively there on a new lip-sync video game. It was also excellent this year, due to the fact Penguin (my publisher) sold the very first book at Comic-Con and gave postcards out for Queen Geeks in Adore, so Austin would go up to individuals close to the booth, hand them postcards, and say "Acquire my moms book so she'll feed me!" Noel, the youngest, is also young to comprehend the true which means of the word 'geek,' but he's obsessed with space, aliens, and Harry Potter (at age four) so I consider it's destiny that he'll be a small geek himself.
TEP: Is your 1st novel, Lica's Angel, nonetheless in print?
LP: Yes I self published it a few years ago when I believed I'd never ever get a publishing contract. It's accessible on Barnes and Noble's site as nicely as Amazon and iUniverse. When I do book signings, they typically have it in the shop also. I began a sequel to that book also, but never ever got to finish it.
TEP: How did you become interested in jazz music?
LP: My dad had a killer collection of jazz, swing, and Big Band music, and when I moved away to college, I stole all his Duke Ellington records. Then I met my husband, Chris Klich, a consummate jazz skilled (sax player), and now we make gorgeous music with each other (yuck! Overt sentimentality!) Our most recent album, Blue Skies, nonetheless sells lots on CD Baby (and you can hear it at his internet site chrisklich dot com). We also had an originals band exactly where I wrote all the music and lyrics, and that album is still floating about out there too, and can be heard at laurapreble dot com, my music site.
TEP: Which is tougher to be: a very good teacher, a good writer, or a good musician?
LP: It really is hardest to be all three at the exact same time, which is what I go for. Plus excellent mom, good wife, and great Olympic discus thrower. (No, that last 1 was just to see if you had been paying attention.)
TEP: Can you tell us about any new projects that will be published prior to the end of the year?
LP: In addition to Queen Geeks in Love, which comes out November six and I am hoping each and every individual in the United States, Canada, and all English-speaking nations will buy a copy I'm also operating on a novel titled Punk Boy Mysterious which is not inside the Queen Geek series, and I am in the method of finishing Prom Queen Geeks, the third book in the Queen Geek series, which will be out in Fall 2008. I've also been writing for Writer's Digest, and will be doing a workshop at the Southern California Writer's Conference. And I am nevertheless hoping for a Tv show, a film, an appearance on Ellen, and possibly a Pulitzer Prize for humorous literature featuring a robot. (Is that a category? It must be!)
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