Local Blogger and NYMBC bestie RAVENOUS READER interviewed David and Andrea when they came to visit us last month. You can check out her blog here (because it is the awesome) and follow her on the Twitter here.
RR: I believe that Invisibility is a wonderful collaboration between two of
my favorite authors. How did the genesis for this project come about?
AC: It happened in the Summer of 2010, the year that NIGHTSHADE was coming
out and penguin sent me out on a bunch of pre-publication tours. One of the
things they did was put me on a panel at the American Library Association annual
meeting with two seasoned authors, David Levithan and John Green. Both of
which happened to be writing icons for me. So, I show up and all of a sudden was
thrust into this world of OMG!! I can't believe that I am on a panel with
DL: So, we all hit it off and we spent about an hour together and maybe
another half hour the next morning and that would have been that, except that
the universe pointed out to me that Andrea had blogged that she had a great time
and very jokingly said "David Levithan, when are you going to write a book
DL: So, I thought "you know what? I've known her for an hour and a half
and I've not read a single word that she has written, but we had fun so this
would be cool. Also she sorta had taunted me for not having written anything
paranormal. So, I thought "What paranormal would be interesting to me?" and
Invisibility had always been interesting to me both for it's metaphorical
possibilities as well as just being invisible. So, I wrote a chapter and out of
the blue I found her email address on her website and sent it to her. Alright
the gauntlet was thrown. Bring it on.
AC: I could not believe that all of a sudden there was this email from David
Levithan in my inbox saying you wanted to write a book together, here is a
chapter and you can send one back. Yeah, that was the beginning and now we have
the book. It was awesome, crazy and wonderful
RR: How was it decided on who would write each character's POV (Stephen and
DL: I find that collaborations always work best if you have your own
character in your own chapters so it became apparent early on that I would write
Stephen and Andrea would write Elizabeth. I will say what surprised and
impressed us the most is that it was pretty seemless when there was dialogue.
When there was Elizabeth dialogue in my chapters it sounded like Andrea was
writing it and when Andrea was writing Stephen's dialogue it sounded like I
was writing it. We were able to inhabit the characters.
AC: It was nice, like we both able to understand and really capture the
voices of each other's characters and it wasn't a jarring switch from
chapter to chapter.
RR: How is it different from working on a duo project to working solo? Do you
enjoy it more or less?
AC: I feel that it is about the same, there is a difference and it is a
really wonderful way to write. When I am writing on my own I enjoy getting lost
in the world. This (Invisibility) went a lot more like an adventure. I would get
a chapter from David and it would be â€œwhere am I going?â€ and have an end of a
chapter and know that I would have to pick it up the story and run ahead with it
and throw the next chapter back at him. I never knew what was coming and it was
very exciting. I really enjoyed it. It almost felt like I was writing to
David and that had a really special quality about it for it felt like I was
getting to know him better.
DL: I would say that I think it is more fun to write with somebody else.
Certainly, it is meaningful to write alone but I like writing with somebody
RR: Invisibility has a little bit of everything for readers. It has great
contemporary issues along with a wicked paranormal edge and a sweet romance.
What are your favorite parts in Invisibility?
DL: Itâ€™s so funny because it doesnâ€™t feel separate to me and I think the
way we did it fits really well and you canâ€™t pick it apart as easily. What is
interesting to me is that I do think the book shifts halfway through which has
never happened to me before, but I thought that was interesting and it kept it
interesting for us. I obviously felt more comfortable with the romantic
character elements because I never written paranormal or fantasy before so I
relied upon upon my co-author expertise to say â€œMAGIC System!â€ and â€œWhat is
a magic System?â€
AC: When you picked it up you did awesome because there were thingsâ€¦..well,
I donâ€™t want to spoil it for anyone. There were a couple times when I got to
scenes that involved magical stuff and David had put something out there and I
was like â€œYES! YES! YES!â€ . This is amazing. So, I agree there is not one
part that I can pick out among all the other things that I love. I felt that in
this story we were able to bring together elements of different genres to a
really well woven narrative. That is was something that I think it functions
differently than most. I like that it is different.
RR: Do you plan on writing more novels together?
DL: I am sure we will
RR: What is on your nightstand now and what would you recommend to
DL: It's rude of course because everything I have brought with me is an
Advanced Readers copy. I cannot express how much I love Holly Black's The
Coldest Girl in Coldtown right now. It is due out in September and it is so so
fantastic. So, so. yeah I am not finished yet but that is what is on my
nightstand right now.
AC: And I also just finished and Advanced Readers Copy of a book coming out
in October it's called Inhuman by Cat Falls and it is AWESOME! I started
reading it thinking I was gonna sleep but I could not put it down and I ended up
staying up late into the evening reading it.
RR: On behalf of myself and NYMBC thank you, for this opportunity. It is not
every day that someone gets to meet their author idols. I hope you have a great
event and please come back again soon.
DL: Thank you!
AC: Thank you!