I’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.
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.
What’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.
What’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.
Thanks 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.)