Interview with the Alyson

August 12th, 2008 • Kate

There’s an enlightening interview with Alyson Noel up at Vale’s Corner, with my very favorite quote being:

Did you always want to be an author?
Well, first I wanted to be a mermaid, and then a princess, but after I read my first Judy Blume book, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET, I knew I wanted to try to write like that too.

Alyson also talks about a number of jobs she’s held on her way to being a YA author.
So readers, what other professions have you tried on your journey to being an author? Besides literary agenting and general publishing-ness, I’ve been a waitress at an Irish music pub, a lady in waiting to the Queen at a renaissance faire, the PA to the general manager of a huge concert venue in London, and the info desk girl at my college student center. Your turn!

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4 Responses to “Interview with the Alyson”

  1. Kirsten Says:

    I'm a long-time lurker, but this was too fun to resist. My resume, in brief: pet store clerk, barista, car show model, Hooters girl (!!), hostess, waitress (two restaurants, besides Hooters), cocktail server (three nightclubs), substitute teacher, SAT tutor, magazine editor, freelance travel writer, and last but not least, aspiring YA novelist. And I turn 25 next week. Whew!

  2. Scott Says:

    Let's see.
    Before and during college: Restaurant dishwasher and occasional bus boy, filing paperwork for discrepant parts at an electronics company, sheetmetal spot welder, glass factory worker (for about a week–hated it!), convenience store clerk, and K-Mart stockroom dude.
    After college: Technical editor/writer for Atari, followed by other Tech writing and editing gigs, including a management stint, all leading to my current job as a full-time freelance tech writer and editor.

  3. Trish Says:

    Pre-college/college: Pit caller at the National Rifle matches, ride operator at a major amusement park, waitress.
    Post-college: radio personality, staff writer for a small-town newspaper, bookseller.
    I don't ever remember consciously deciding I wanted to be a writer, but after trying political science and business in college, I found my niche in advertising. I always imagined myself as a copywriter, even though I was always writing short stories and novels that I never finished. Now I can't imagine being anything else.

  4. jeanoram Says:

    Well, let's see…
    Beekeeper, mailorder manager, ski instructor, librarian, fund raiser, library tech geek, research assistant and now working on the writer thing.