Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Author Interview: Alyson Noel

Alyson Noel is the bestselling author of Evermore - the first book in the Immortal Series. Blue Moon - 2nd book in the Immortal Series is in stores today! Some of her other works include Cruel Summer, Saving Zoe, Kiss & Blog, Laguna Cove, Art Geeks And Prom Queens and Faking 19. Alyson Noel is an Orange County, CA, native. She moved to the Greek island of Mykonos after high school and later moved to New York City. She now lives with her husband in Laguna Beach, CA.

What inspires you to sit down and write?
Writing has been my dream job ever since I read Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret, back in sixth grade. For me, there’s nothing better than being fully immersed in a story—of becoming one with the world I’m creating—and losing myself completely in the words. Oh, and having pretty tight, back to back, deadlines helps motivate me too!

Do you have a novel outlined pretty much in its entirety when you start writing, or does the plot take shape as you write?
I usually start with a loose outline that lists all of the main turning points along the way and go from there. How we actually get to those turning points is the fun part!

Which supernatural writers have influenced you? Are there any writers outside the genre that have influenced you?
I read all across the board—fiction, non-fiction—it’s all good—and really admire the work of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Christopher Moore, Paul Coelho, Alice Hoffman, Victoria Holt, Rebecca DuMaurier, Emily Bronte, Nick Hornby, Tom Perotta, Libba Bray, Judy Blume, JD Salinger, Neil Gaiman, Malcolm Gladwell . . . the list is endless!

With the success of Evermore what are your expectations for Blue Moon?
I just hope readers enjoy it as much as EVERMORE, and that they look forward to the third book in the series, SHADOWLAND!

Can you share a teaser with us from Blue Moon? What can we expect?
In BLUE MOON, just as Ever’s immortal powers are developing, Damen is growing weaker as his health rapidly declines. Desperate to save him, Ever travels to Summerland in search of a cure but instead uncovers the key to the past—forcing her to choose between going back in time and saving her family, or staying in the present and saving Damen. . .

How many books can we expect in this series?
There will be five—and I’m just getting to work on UNTITLED BOOK #4!

What's next for you after the Immortals Series/What other projects you are working on?
Well, I have a few things brewing right now, nothing I can talk about just yet, but soon—hopefully soon!

Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks so much for a great interview and for all that you do to promote books and reading!


Thanks Alyson!

For more information about Alyson Noel and her books, please check out her website here.

77 comments:

  1. Great review! I didn't know there are going to be 5- How exciting! I like the teaser too. I can't wait to find out about "Summerland". :)

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  2. Great review! Thanks Alyson for sharing your thoughts. Can't wait for Blue Moon, 5 books in total for the series.

    Dottie :)

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  3. Oh I've got Evermore on audiobook... gotta listen to it still! Great interview though... saw @AlysonNoel 's tweet about it and came straight over (am so behing on reader it's ridic!) Good to know there will be 5 books.

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  4. Can't wait till shadowland! I already finished blue moon and it's really good!

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  5. Five books! Cool - Can't wait to get started on this series. Good interview!

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  6. I love the fact that it has a unique premise, and that there are going to be 5 books in the series! :D

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  7. I haven't read her books yet.
    I always find it interesting when people say that they were inspired by Judy Blume. I'm not sure why, but I just don't enjoy her books very much.

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  8. Judy Blume has always been a fave author since childhood too! :)

    bunnybx at gmail . com

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  9. OH My Gosh!! She IS Soooo Nice!!
    I 'd Love To Meet Her!!
    Great Interview!!

    xoxo
    RagDollVampGirl

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  10. I want to know what her other projects are - I've loved all her books so far!

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  11. Great Interview, Judy Blume's Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret was my first personal read as wel!

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  12. I love series! I'm glad there will be five books! I loved Evermore.. Great interview!

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  13. Great interview, I am going to have to look this author up I haven't read anything by her YET but will definatly start with this series!

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  14. Hi, Alyson!

    Great interview, I can't wait to read your books! Especially the Immortal series. :)

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  15. Woow! I didn't know about the five book thing! But that is exciting! Great interview!

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  16. Cool interview. Havve been debating as to whether or not I should start this series. Might be making that decision soon! ;)

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  17. This was a great interview! I haven't read Evermore, but theses books really sound great! I'm glad to know there's going to be 5 of them!

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  18. OMG I didn't know there was going to be five in this series. These books sound so good!

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  19. Nice interview. I love your questions, the authors always come up with well thought out answers to them :D And 5? YAY!

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  20. Five books??? great!!! and great interview!!!! I love the way she writes ^^

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  21. great interview... thanks for the teaser :)

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  22. Great interview! Hadn't realized it was a series with 5 books, but really, all the more, the better. Unless a series drags on for too long... but five is a perfect number. :)

    - Alex

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  23. Interesting interview! I can't wait to read her books.

    -Allison

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  24. Very nice interview. I am really looking forward to reading these books.

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  25. five books that is new. She likes some of the same authors as me, is it weird that I want to read evermore even more because of that.
    Thanks for the interview.

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  26. I would never have the patience to be a writer. Just having to sit down and outline everything would kill the fun for me and I would give up.

    Valorie
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  27. This was a great interview. I had no idea there was going to be 5 movies. i can't wait to read them all. I hope they all come out soon!

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  28. Gah! Five books? That's awesome. Looks like we'll be looking for the third fairly soon. :) Great interview.

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  29. I didn't know there were going to be 5 books in this series...how exciting!

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  30. Been hearing about this series a lot and am glad to hear that there will be 5 books in the series - so many seem to stop at 3 which isn't enough LOL.

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  31. I NEED to read this! I also have Saving Zoe. I've only read two judy blume books, though.

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  32. Great Interview! I love how deadlines Motivate her!

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  33. Thanks for this interview! Can't wait to read the series.
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  34. What a terrific interview! Sounds like an awesome series!

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  35. It's nice to learn how the author works things out. I look forward to her new books. :D

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  36. Alyson Noel is such a great author. love her.
    and your interview with her. kudos to you for that.


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  37. OMG I have been so wanting to get into Evermore - I just have so much on my plate that I haven't been able to stop by a bookstore and pick up my copy. I love that she outlines like I do - only the major turning points so I still have a predetermined destination, but all the fun of not knowing the journey!

    I look forward to seeing all of her glossy hardback covers on my bookshelves!

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  38. Great interview questions! It's so great to learn more about my favorite authors so thank you!

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  39. Great interview! I didn't realize there were going to be so many books in the series. I really need to start reading them!!

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  40. Great interview! Can't wait to see what else Alyson has in store for us! :)

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  41. Awesome interview and I'm so exicted there will be 5 books in this series, though I wish there could be more than that. =) I can't wait to see what other ideas you have brewing for future series. You have most deffinately be come one of my favorite authors. =)

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  42. im not going to say the same as our other readers..im going to say i love youre books and the interview was more than helpful to understand that youre a amazing aurthor
    :)<3jessica<3(:

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  43. This story sounds interesting and I would love to read them.

    Great Interview!

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  44. These books sound awesome, and yay! for Alyson listing Libba Bray as an influence :)

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  45. Hmm, I think I better read some of her other YA books.

    5 books in the Immortals series! Yes! :p

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  46. Great interview! I really want to read this series.

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  47. "Desperate to save him, Ever travels to Summerland in search of a cure but instead uncovers the key to the past—forcing her to choose between going back in time and saving her family, or staying in the present and saving Damen. . ."
    Wow - what a cliffhanger! Now I can wait to read this book!!

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  48. Thanks for asking about outlining, I really like to hear different authors answers to that question...I don't know why exactly but it seems to help give me somethign to think about with my own writing :)

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  49. Five books! This is exciting. I have yet to read Blue Moon, but I can't wait!

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  50. Alyson, I saw too you've read some historical. Do you ever want to write in a historical setting? If so which?

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  51. Oh, goody! A new paranormal series! I love paranormal and series are the best!

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  52. Great interview. Im definitely going to have to check out a few of those other authors too.

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  53. What a wonderful interview. I am always amazed at the writing process. I am stoked that we will have five books to enjoy!

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  54. I could really get into this series, it looks awesome!

    Val
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  55. A good friend recomended the first book to me, it's at the top of my list! (sounds like I better get the second one right away too!)


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  56. What a wonderful interview. :)

    M

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  57. Ooh, five books in this series, yay! So, if [Alyson] is starting to work on #4, does that mean SHADOWLAND is technically finished? =)

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  58. I'm really excited that there are going to be five books in the series -- lots to look forward to!!

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  59. What an interesting interview!
    It's always nice to learn about the person behind the work :)

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  60. Great interview. I really like her other books.

    -mckenzie

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  61. The first book was really good. Great interview!
    JenP

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  62. Looks like I just found a new series to enjoy! Thanks for the interview.

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  63. This was a great interview!
    I want to be an author and tend to do the outline that way too. =D

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  64. Great Interview :)

    I love book series - 5 books sounds great to me!

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  65. I love Neil Gaiman's writing, too!! Lol

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  66. This is a new author for me, although I have seen this cover before. The storyline sounds great, great interview
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  67. Great Interview i ant wait to start reading this series

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  68. My Favorite Author. I luv her books

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  69. I haven't read any of the books yet but want to! Can't wait!
    And I love Judy Blume's Are you there God, It's me Margaret!
    Great Interview!
    Debbie

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  70. Great review . Books sound awesome

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  71. I've been so anxious to start this series! I've heard such good things and I'm thrilled to hear there will be 5. Great interview! I always like to hear where an author gets her/his inspiration.

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  72. Yay! There will be five books. Cool. Great interview!

    ~Briana

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  73. Great interview, awesome news, 5 books. I'm a Neil Gaiman and Dean Koontz fan too!

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  74. Very good questions and interview. My goodness that Judy Blume inspired quite a few people!

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  75. It was great to hear some of A. Noel's thoughts. I'm really looking forward to her new books. Thanks for the interview. Loved it.
    MarionG polo-puppy-fluffy at hotmail dot com

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