Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Day 3: Debbie: On writing and reality shows

2k8: We're back with Debbie Reed Fischer, debut young adult author of Braless in Wonderland. Yup. That's her above. What a cutie patootie child model! 

So, Debbie, inquiring minds want to know. Where do you do most of your writing?

Debbie Reed Fischer: We have a wood-paneled library in our house and I love to write in it when I’m home. I also write at Dunkin Donuts, caf├ęs in South Beach, and when my kids are with me, at Chuck E. Cheese. There must be something fundamentally wrong with me because I actually feel relaxed at Chuck E's.

2k8: (whispering) Do ya think she tidied her office for this picture? Because, if not, then the rest of us are just, uh, messy, messy writers.

Debbie Reed Fischer: For writing longhand, I love the beach. The only downside is discovering sand in your notebooks when you get home. Or the occasional seaweed.

But, my number one Mac Daddy place to write is the library. Any library. When I really need to buckle down, that’s where I go. I love the boxy, little study rooms. I even love the arctic sub zero air conditioning when it’s 99 degrees outside. I bundle up in sweats and keep thick, wooly socks in my backpack to wear with my flip flops. It’s sexy.

2k8: Did anything surprise you or catch you off guard when you were writing Braless in Wonderland?

Debbie Reed Fischer: Yes, I was and still am completely gobsmacked by how many librarians watch America’s Next Top Model and all those model reality shows. Teens I can understand, but literary ladies and gentlemen? Any time I mention my book, they tell me how much they love to watch models on TV, but they whisper it, like it’s a dirty secret. They actually filmed an MTV reality show about models and bookers at an agency where I worked. It was called Eighth and Ocean. The photo above is from the show.

2k8: So, dahlings, join us again tomorrow for more scoop on Debbie Reed Fischer...


Barrie said...

Hmmm....I've never tried writing at Chuck E Cheez's. :)

Fun post!

Marissa Doyle said...

Chuck E Cheez...I was SOOOOOO happy when my kids outgrew it. The decibel level at the one we used to go to would probably be illegal by OSHA standards.

Writing on the beach, though...yeah, that's much better. Sand vacuums out of Alphasmarts pretty well. :)

Kristin Tubb said...

I love writing at the library, too. (No dirty dishes or piles of laundry there!) And yes, totally sub-arctic. Will bring my woolly socks next time! :-)

M.P. Barker said...

Debbie, I now have serious office-envy. Boy do I lust after that space of yours!!