Monday, December 6, 2010
Student of the Month: Kody Keplinger
Student of the Month is a monthly feature here at The Broke and the Bookish in which fellow college students will be in the spotlight with an interview or a guest post about being bookish college students. This month we are talking with Kody Keplinger--author of the YA novel, The DUFF, and full time college student! I know how stressful being a college student is and I just HAD to know how she does both. Welcome to the blog, Kody!
What inspired you to be a writer? Do you have any authors that have particularly inspired you? I have always loved to write, but I think it was JK Rowling and the Harry Potter books that really made me realize how powerful and amazing a good book could be. That made me want to write, too.
What does a typical day look like for you as a college student?
1. Roll out of bed half an hour later than planned.
2. Go to class.
3. Do homework.
4. More class.
5. More homework
6. Eat at some point.
7. Write as much as I can before I fall asleep
It's not very glamorous, honestly.
Knowing what the hectic schedule of a college student is like, what is your writing process like? I write best late at night. Which can be a pain when I start falling asleep over my computer - haha.
How has majoring in Writing been most helpful to you as an author? It's been a great way to learn how to write in other genres. I'm learning how to write in more adult genres. It's good to have those options open.
Favorite class you've taken in college so far? Why? Girlhoods in Literature - we read children's and YA books from 1800s until today, all featuring female heroines. It had the best reading list of any class I've ever taken.
That sounds like an incredible class! How do your professors and fellow classmates respond to the fact that you are a published author? Not all of them know. The ones that do are happy for me and cool. But I don't necessarily walk around telling everyone I meet. I am treated like any other dopey sophomore! Haha.
What genres/authors do you like to read? I like to read mostly young adult books. Too many authors come to mind to name them all, but if it's in the Teen Section of the bookstore, chances are I'll read it.
Do you have any advice for other college students who are aspiring writers? Take chances. Seriously, don't miss out on opportunities now. You'll regret it later.
One piece of advice for college freshman? Take classes in all the subjects you MIGHT be interested in. Pick a major a little later. Trust me, it's so helpful to do it that way. You'll be happier for it.
Dance parties are my favorite! I'm sure you've had your share of late nights and all-nighters! Give us your survival kit for a successful all-nighter. Loud music, Mountain Dew, and Starburst. Best thing EVER at 2:00 am.
Thanks for stopping by the blog, Kody. Good luck with your studies and your writing! I don't know how you do it but I'm thinking back at myself as a dopey sophomore and I know I couldn't have handled it. Make sure you check out Kody's website, blog and book!
What about you all? Are you an aspiring writer? How do you juggle everything? What does your survival kit for a successful all-nighter look like?