Holy Cannoli!! STARR FALL's 1st BOOK BIRTHDAY was Sunday, November 4. I can't even believe it's been a year since STARR FALL released into the world. I still need to pinch myself every time some random fan posts a picture of STARR FALL or writes a review or fangirls over, gulp, me...
As a special birthday treat, Starr was gracious enough to stop running from the Organization for just a few minutes to chat with us!
EXCLUSIVE CHARACTER INTERVIEW WITH STARR BISHOP
Hi Starr, can you tell us a little about yourself?
Honestly, I don’t like to talk about myself. I’m more of a take charge, “let’s do this” kind of girl, but I’m not bossy. I’m not comfortable with small talk. It makes me anxious to sit around and chitchat at parties. I’d much rather be the person handing out punch and delivering slices of cake. Speaking of desserts, have you tried s’mores? They are to die for. I would kill for one right now. (Don’t tell Treadwell. I’d hate for him to get any ideas.)
About a year ago, your life changed A LOT. One minute, you’re the perfect student and everyone wants to be friends with you. The next, well, not so much. You even have enemies. How did you handle it?
In the beginning, I didn’t handle it very well. I sat around, curled up in a ball at the halfway house for three days. Then it hit me. I was done feeling sorry for myself. I was Starr Bishop and I was going to get revenge for my friends’ deaths. I dressed like a Goth and went to Club Black. That’s where I met Christian. Well, that’s where he saved me. In Starr Lost, I thought my life was working out. My friends became my team, my family. Now, I’m sure about anything anymore.
As for the enemies, I had no idea I had so many until the youth group dance. Reality hit me hard that night. Then Frank took a bullet for me.
My life is in complete shambles.
Sounds like you’re feeling helpless. Maybe a little sorry for yourself. That doesn’t sound like you.
No kidding. There are a lot of things that happen in Starr Gone. A LOT OF THINGS. I can’t even mention them to you without spoiling the events, but you know what I’m beginning to realize? I’ve got myself, and in the end, that’s all I need. I can either be a china doll kept high up on a shelf, too fragile to touch or I can manipulate my situation and kick some ass. I’m leaning toward ass kicking.
What friends do you trust?
Frank and Di without a doubt. Frank took a bullet for me. He’d do it again if I asked him. Just to be clear, I would never ask a friend to put their life on the line to protect me. The risks I take and the actions that follow—I accept all responsibility for the consequences.
Di would do anything for me. We grew apart for a few years, but I knew, hell, I know, that I can trust her with my life. Case in point, she didn’t tell anyone that I went to her house Saturday night after my alleged fatal car crash. Well, she did tell Christian, but he was the only one. She didn’t even tell Frank that I was alive. She went to my funeral and watched him suffer. She will always be there for me. I can’t say that for my other friends. If you read the end of Starr Lost and all of Starr Gone, you know what I’m talking about.
I haven’t known Ben and Coda for very long, but they’re so protective of Christian I feel like they would be protective of me too. I can trust them. Even if Christian changed, I know they haven’t.
So… granddaughter and heir to Chamberlain Chocolates. Want to talk about that? And did you bring chocolate?
When I was a little girl, there would be vases of candy all over the mansion. My mom never let me eat any—she was terrified I would leave a wrapper or a chocolate stain on the wall, but I’d sneak treats when she wasn’t looking. My dad would shove handfuls into my pockets. Being heir to Chamberlain Chocolates as a five-year old was pretty fantastic. Now, it’s a burden. I don’t want it. And sorry but I didn’t bring any chocolate for you.
No worries, but don’t forget next time. My stash is running low. If you had one wish, what would you wish for? Absolutely anything is possible.
Well that’s easy. I would wish that my dad wasn’t killed in the car accident. I would give anything to have my dad alive.
Looking back over all that happened, what is the one thing you would change, if you could?
The day I showed up to take the Leadership exam is the day my life changed forever. For weeks I couldn’t get past the idea that if I skipped the test, my life would have remained the same but that’s not true—General Treadwell and the Organization would have found another way to bring me in. They are not going to rest until I become the assassin they want me to be.
But right now, I wish that I never fell for Christian. I don’t know if I can ever forgive him for what he did to me.
Thanks Starr for taking the time to answer these questions. My readers really appreciate it.
No worries, but listen, I know that Starr Fall has a lot of romance and kissing. PLEASE don’t remind me about all the kissing, but Starr Lost and Starr Gone are nonstop action, action, action. Check them out and leave a review so Kim can keep will finish Book Four because I’m exhausted and I want this shit over.
I love fan art. I devour the images of Caleana and Rhysand. I adore anime. I love that Rainbow Rowell’s covers were updated with fan art from her fans. I want fan art of Starr and Christian. I want to see what Di and Frank look like. I want Coda and Ben captured in all their dedicated determination.
At the end of the month, I’ll pick the Top Five, maybe Top Ten (who knows—I’m a Libra. I can be indecisive) of my favorites. I’ll host a contest for my followers to pick their favorite. The winner will receive bragging rights, exposure, and poster of their art work, a signed collection of the Starr Fall series (US only), and I’ll commission them (that means they get $$ to create more art for me!)
Spread the word, tag your friends, and let’s get this Starr Fall fan art rolling! Don't forget to tag me in your pics so I capture the images!!
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This morning I put away my rainbow superhero mask, gold top hat, and banana-on-a-stick. Few things are sadder than closing your banana-on-a-stick into a dark closet. But, I guess it will rise again next month for my next school visit.
Oh, you thought my collection was somehow Halloween related? No, no. Just part of the workshop portion of my school visits. For the past two weeks I had the privilege of speaking to, and then with, students from one of our nearby districts.
Dwight Smith, the founder of My Special Word, joined me for the assembly portion of the event. We were able to share with the children Dwight's vision for the program, as well as my process for writing the books for him.
There was music. Lots of it.
Some singing. (Would you expect any less?)
And shouting! (Mostly the kids, but I got a few words in too.)
We met with over 800 kids during the assemblies and got a sense for how the school district planned to use My Special Word. I'll say,
Dear Alison and friends,
It's that time of year again! Time for the YA Scavenger Hunt!!
This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM--but there is also a red team, a gold team, a purple team, and a blue team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
Saturday, March 25th at the University of Scranton, a small group of children's book writers will meet with educators to discuss mentor texts, writing for children, and the power of the picture book.
What am I saying? You already know this. You'll be there presenting with Linda Oatman High. Your session about the creation of character is sure to be lively with you and Linda at the helm.
I wish I could see the two of you together, but I will be next door talking about my favorite artistic form: the Picture Book with one of my favorite picture book creators, Lindsay Barrett George.
Lindsay and I met yesterday to finalize our talk. Do you even want to guess the number of times I shouted, "I know the perfect picture book for that!" when Lindsay shared design elements like gutters, endpapers, or typography? It was a lot. I was very interruptive...
Just like David Ezra Stein's INTERRUPTING CHICKEN
(I couldn't resist one more interrupting title.)