Get To Know: Josie Bloss

February 4th, 2014 • Kate

thumb_JosieBlossI’m delighted to post another in my continuing series of blogs about my amazing clients, this time about YA contemporary author Josie Bloss. From her website:

Josie Bloss grew up in East Lansing, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan, where she was a member of the best college marching band in the country and a staff reporter for the Michigan Daily.

After obtaining a degree in Political Science, she tried to decide if she wanted to be a lawyer while wrangling paper in several large Chicago law firms that are attempting to take over the world. Finding herself uninspired by global domination, she decided to relocate to somewhere more quiet and write instead.

When not mining her high school journals for material and wishing there were marching band options for adults, Josie enjoys obsessing over various TV shows, karaoke and all things theater.

She lives in Bloomington, IN.

Josie is the author of Band Geek Love, Band Geeked Out, Albatross, and Faking Faith, and kindly stopped by to answer my “Get To Know” questionaire!

What are you working on now?
I’m working on several very different things. One is a sort of murder-plot psychological thriller, the second has the evocative working title of ALIENS!, and the third is a paranormal girl-with-super-powers story. I love them all equally and can’t fully commit to just one! I’ve recently started a low-residency MFA program as well, so I’m working on a lot of critical craft essays that analyze other people’s books, which has been very interesting and helpful for my own writing.

What was your favorite book as a child/teen?
Beauty by Robin McKinley, hands down. It’s still my Comfort Book, and I reread it at least once a year.

What are you reading now?
I just finished up Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn, which was extremely compelling and disturbing. And I’m on the last book of N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy, which I am literally unable to put down. Like there might as well be super-glue on the cover.

Do you work with a critique group/partner?
I have a fantastic group of fellow YA authors that I work with online (all of us are kt literary clients!) and I also now have a fabulous mentor through my MFA program.

Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Half and half, I guess. I know the important points I want to hit (plot) but I rarely know exactly how I’ll get to those points (pants). Every writer’s process is different, and my experience has been that it can take a lot of time and a lot of experimentation until you really figure out how you work best.

FrenchCoverWhat’s your memory of how we started working together? How did our first submission go, etc.?
I finished Band Geek Love back in 2007 and started the whole traumatizing query process. You were so excited about the story and seemed like such a lovely, positive person that I knew I’d found the right agent. I believe I did some revising based on your suggestions, and then you sent it out. Within a couple of months, Flux wanted to buy it. And just last week Band Geek Love came out in France! Publishing is kind of a surreal experience sometimes.

What other hobbies to you have?
I’ve recently become completely obsessed with yoga. It’s turned out to be a wonderful thing to counteract all my hours of sitting like a lump while I read or write. And if you can call Netflixing an entire season of a show in one day a “hobby”, I’m pretty into that as well.

ahnu bootsWhat’s a random weird fact about you?
Prince William held the door open for me once. I studied abroad in Scotland and we attended the same university! He was very polite.

And, of course: favorite pair of shoes?
Sort of out of necessity in this time of polar vortices, my awesome purple snow boots.

Plus, bonus lightning round!
Dog or cat? Dog!
Coffee or tea? Tea!
Coke or Pepsi? Neither! (I’m weird.)
Wheat or White? Is there a way to say “voluntarily gluten-free” without being completely annoying? Probably not.
MG or YA? YA!
Morning or night? Morning!
Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars!
Hogwarts or Narnia? Hogwarts. Like most of the rest of the world, I’m still waiting for my letter. Any day now. I can feel it.

bank-geek-love2500band-geeked-out2500albatross-smThanks for joining us, Josie! My careful readers may also notice that while I usually link my clients’ books to their IndieBound page, in this case, all the links to Josie’s titles and the books she mentioned go to Amazon. That’s because we’re working EXCLUSIVELY with Amazon to offer Kindle editions of Band Geek Love, Band Geeked Out, and Albatross for the low price of $4.99 each. One lucky commenter below will win all THREE titles for their Kindle (or Kindle app). Just leave a note below with your high school activity. Were you a band geek? Drama nerd? Football player? Cheerleader? Let’s geek out together! (For the record, I was a drama nerd, literary magazine geek, AND cheerleader. It was a VERY small school.)

And not to leave Faking Faith out, which is still available as a paperback as well, check out this great blog review from the Queen of Teen Fiction.

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9 Responses to “Get To Know: Josie Bloss”

  1. Krista Van Dolzer Says:

    Josie, you grew up in East Lansing but went to the University of Michigan?! How shocking. πŸ™‚

    Don't count me in the drawing, but I was on the debate team in high school. (That's actually where I met my husband!) And though I ran for student government five or six times in high school, I didn't win once. It was good practice for querying/submitting. πŸ™‚

    Great interview, ladies!

  2. Abbe Hoggan Says:

    Thanks for the interview, Josie.

    I was a drama nerd until our teacher decided he'd had enough (tired of five hour rehearsals, five nights a week, five weeks at a time, three times a year? Inconceivable!) and quit. He wasn't replaced, and the drama program died (a lingering, ugly death) before it could carry me to stardom.

  3. Amelia Says:

    Thanks for sharing this interview! I was a cadet in J.R.O.T.C. We took ourselves soooo seriously. Meanwhile, the rest of the world called us pickles…because we dressed all in green.

  4. @kylefree Says:

    I was the only soccer player in the choir. And I was only in choir for social reasons. I was so bad that there were songs that the director (tactfully) asked me to lip sync.

  5. Kate D Says:

    Awesome interview (I'm jealous that Josie got to sort-of meet Prince William)!

    I was in debate, German club, and a very small club that went to local rivers to test for chemicals. Even in the winter. In Colorado. We were pretty dedicated.

  6. DaphneUn Says:

    Congrats, Kate! You win the ebooks! I've sent you an email with the details.

  7. Meghan Says:

    I was a choir geek who minored as the yearbook photography editor. Funny how you can be the geek/out cast of the school until you are behind the camera to take yearbook photos. I am so glad my teacher incouraged me to take the postion. 21 years later and I can still be found behind a camera at most events.

  8. Leigh Hutton Says:

    Thanks so much for this post! Really enjoyed ‘meeting’ Josie and reading about her books. I’d love to win them as I’ll definitely be reading!

    In high school, I was a volleyball and softball player, until my dirt bike racing and *I cringe* partying pretty much took over my life. The racing was a good thing, the partying, not so much. I feel I could have used my high school years much more wisely and wish I’d spent more time in the library and less time at the mall or at the bar (I’m afraid mine was a small town that did indeed welcome underage drinkers into its establishments). Thankfully, I embraced my need to write and discovered my love of reading in my early twenties and I haven’t looked back.

    Thank you again for the wonderful post and chance to win these exciting books πŸ™‚

  9. Heidi Belanger Says:

    Great interview Josie! I will definitely be reading your books.

    I was the girl twirling the gun in front of the band, I was also in the choir. I love reading and writing so should have done something with those interests. At least I write now and read everything I can get my hands on.