When Cole Gibsen isn’t writing books for young adults, she can be found rocking out with her band, sewing crazy costumes for the fun of it, picking off her nail polish, or drinking milk straight from the jug — provided no one is looking.
Cole’s debut novel, Katana, will be available March 8th, 2012 from Flux. Her second novel, Breathless, will be released on March 27th, 2012 from Crescent Moon Press. Check out her website: www.colegibsen.com
Now on to the FIVE QUESTIONS
1. What is your biggest time drain?
Etsy. Oh my gosh how I rue the day Etsy was created. I can surf for hours looking up anything from cocktail dresses to felt dragons.
2. What has been the most surprising thing that you’ve learned about publishing?
That the publishing contract doesn’t equal instant happiness. In fact, after you sign on the line, that’s when the real stress begins.
3. What do you do when/if you’re suffering from writer’s block?
I love my Write or Die desktop edition. Nothing can make you plow through writer’s block like the fear of having your entire manuscript deleted. Oh, yes. I use kamikaze mode because I’m hardcore like that. Now where are my bunny slippers…
4. Where did the spark of inspiration come from for Katana?
I was sparring in my tae kwon do class—getting my ass handed to me as usual—when I glanced at the poster of Bruce Lee on the wall and uttered a little prayer that his spirit would come and help me. It didn’t. An hour later, after icing my new black eye, I pondered under what circumstance a samurai spirit might manifest itself. It was that moment that the idea for KATANA was born.
5. Finally, Beatles of Rolling Stones?
Led Zeppelin all the way.