I am super excited to have Stasia Ward Kahoe here for an interview on her blog tour!
Stasia Ward Kahoe is the author of Audion, which comes out October 13, 2011. You can find her on the web at http://www.stasiawardkehoe.com/.
If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would you choose and what would you do?
I would choose to spend a day with Lisette because I actually think she’s a nice kid. I’d want to hear her talk about about her dreams and find out how she maintains such steady discipline and dedication to ballet. I’d also like to go a little bit under the surface and see how aware she is of her “best-in-class” status and how much it means to her. It might also be fun to go somewhere cerebral, like a library, to learn more about the non-ballerina Lisette.
If the characters from Audition got stuck on a deserted island, who would fare the best? The worst? And who would be the one to get them off the island?
Ballerinas stranded on a desert island—now that’s the start of an interesting dystopian novel (heehee)! Seriously, though, I think Bonnie would fare the worst because she is so thin she doesn’t have much in the way of reserves for a rough outdoor environment. Rem would manage the best because he is comfortable putting himself first. And Simone would get everyone off the island because she is sharp-eyed, practical and a definite survivor!
Which of your characters would you say is most similar to you?
Although AUDITION is not autobiographical, I grew up a dancer and identify a great deal with Sara. I could easily imagine myself getting swept away by Remington’s charisma, talent and general hotness without seeing with any clarity where the relationship was going. And I do love to read–a quality I shared quite intentionally with my main character.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
That’s easy. I’d go back to Dublin, Ireland. I love the landscape and the storytelling culture. And the Abbey Theatre in Dublin is, in my opinion, one of the world’s best places to see a play.
What was your favorite part about writing Audition?
Writing is hard, so to choose a “favorite” part is rather tricky. I will say that, once I decided to write Audition in verse and not prose, I found the challenge of trying to capture ballet movements in poems exciting.
Thanks so much for hosting me here at The Book Cellar, Erica! I had a great time answering your questions.
Make sure to check out the trailer for Audition!
Also, make sure to check out my review of Audition, which will go up a little later today! :)