Monday, March 28, 2011

Alyson Noel

Let me tell you a little about the lovely Alyson Noel who came to talk to us last week about Ever’s little sister Riley. She’s the author of the wonderful Immortals series, as you know, and the Immortals spin off series about Ever’s little sister Riley. She’s also written Faking 19, Art Geeks and Prom Queens, Laguna Cove, Fly Me to the Moon, Kiss and Blog, Saving Zoe, Cruel Summer, First Kiss (the Tell), and Kisses from Hell. And she has a new YA series coming out in the summer of 2012 called Soul Seekers.

You probably also know that she was she was raised in Orange County, lived in Mykonos, Greece, then Manhattan before returning to Laguna Beach. She’s had many jobs, from jewelry maker and t-shirt painter to front desk hotel clerk and flight attendant. And she spends most of her free time traveling.

But you might not know that Alyson’s hair has been brown, orange, red, blonde, black and purple, that she got a perfect score on singing Wanted Dead or Alive on Rock Band (twice), and that if she could go back in time she would travel to Renaissance Florence.

Alyson was charming and voluble. She told us that Ridley Scott bought the rights to Fly Me to the Moon 6 months ago (wow!), that she writes a book in 3-4 months, that it took her 15 years to write her first book, and that she swears by two books: Story by Robert MccKee and Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. That she was a flight attendant living in New York but after 9/11 she decided to seriously try to write. Can’t wait to read her new series.