Welcome to the Sunday Street Team!!! I am pleased to have Charlotte Huang as one of November’s featured authors.
I loved all of the character dynamics in For the Record. Which character could you see being your real life BFF?
Definitely Chelsea. She values keeping it real but isn’t afraid or apologetic about going for what she wants. I also like that she’s sensitive without being a pushover. And she’s refreshingly drama-free—even with all that’s happening around her, she’s smart about putting her head down and doing the work.
Are there any people that influenced your writing style and/or started your desire to write?
No one in particular and everyone in general. I’ve always been a big reader but I’m not terribly analytical about it unless forced to be. I admire so many writers of all different genres and like to think I’ve subconsciously absorbed some of their good techniques.
Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music?
I usually like to write in silence. Even classical music distracts me. I find this strange because I was the type of person who liked to study or do other types of work with background noise, like the TV. However, when writing FOR THE RECORD, I listened to Panic! At the Disco’s Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! on repeat for hours on end. And it was great because when I had to revise it months later, I put that album on again and was instantly transported back to the world of the book. (Note: this is not to say that Melbourne is supposed to sound like Panic!) Occasionally, I find specific music helpful for writing a scene that requires a certain mood. But yeah, in general I like quiet.
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know… 😉
The food I eat most often is sushi. I love it. Great quality sushi is one of my favorite things about living in LA. I also love any and all kinds of sugar, but I try not to go crazy.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how have you gotten past it?
Yeah I’m grappling with it right now as I try to work out the idea for my next book! I have a lot of distractions going on with the release of FOR THE RECORD so I’m not doing what I’d normally do, which is free-write a bunch of stuff and see if anything resonates. If I’m stuck on a scene, I like to brainstorm a few different ways it can go and write each of them fully. Usually that allows me to see the best option.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Hmm, that’s a tough one. Maybe Bea Miller? She has a great voice and an edgier style.
Are you currently working on a book? If so, can you give us any juicy details? 🙂
My second book, GOING GEEK, is currently in the works! In fact, I should be seeing first pass pages soon. That’s when it starts to look like a book so I’m really excited! It’s supposed to come out in fall 2016. It’s about a girl in boarding school who has the perfect life but has to start over at the beginning of senior year when she’s caught in a lie.
On days when you are not reading or writing, what are you doing?
Hanging out with family and friends! I go to A LOT of kids’ sports games. And I see a lot of shows. I also love to travel—I take off any chance I get, even if it’s only an hour’s drive. Being some place different refuels me. I was just in Austin for the Austin City Limits festival and had an amazing time seeing bands and exploring the city.
What is the craziest thing in real life that inspired you for a scene in your book?
Well, I went to a starlet’s birthday party that was much crazier than the one described in my book. If I’d put in all those details though, it would have seemed too outlandish, even for fiction. Many scenes in the book have bits and pieces of things I’ve seen or heard in real life.
*Spoiler* There is a love triangle in For the Record. While writing, was that something that was on your mind, or did it develop naturally?
I didn’t set out to write a love triangle, specifically, but I don’t mind them as a writer or a reader. If done well, I actually really like them! This one was more about wanting to explore the impact of two different dynamics on a band. Is that cryptic enough?
About the Author:
Charlotte Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record (Delacorte, 2015)