I met TL this year at the RWA booth at BEA and talked her through her very first book signing. It was a bonding experience for both of us! I am so very proud to present today’s MoAA interview with TL Costa!
Alethea Kontis: What’s the best thing about writing?
TL Costa: Being able to experience the world through other people’s eyes and subtexts. I like to think of it as method acting on paper.
AK: What’s the worst thing about writing?
TLC: Forcing myself to finish the project I’m working on when all of my new ideas seem so bright and shiny.
AK: Finish this sentence: “Writing is like…”
TLC: Hmmm. Writing is like singing a new world to life. There was one project I was working on where I had to do a lot of research into Kabbala and read the Sefir Yetzirah. In it I read that rabbis could essentially create a golem by singing it to life. The image has always stayed with me, and when I write a story I like to think that my words sing this work into being.
AK: If you could write anywhere in the world, where would it be?
TLC: Spain. Give me some paella cooked over a fire pit on the beach and a glass of good Spanish red and I am one happy writer.
AK: Pick five words to describe your latest work.
TLC: SAY ANYTHING meets ENDERS GAME
AK: Pick five words to describe you.
TLC: Stubborn. Compassionate. Funny.
AK: What’s your favorite type of tree?
TLC: Japanese Maple.
AK: What were you like in high school?
TLC: A bad-ass, nerdy, stage-diving mama.
AK: If you could give one piece of advice (writing or otherwise), what would it be?
TLC: As cliché as it sounds, never give up. It’s never too late to try something new.
AK: The Colin Harvey Memorial Question: What are 3 things you’d like to do before you die?
TLC: Go to Carnaval in Rio De Janeiro, see the Taj Majal, eat sushi in Japan.
TL Costa lives in a house in the suburbs but tries her best to make it more of a farm. She loves writing, and her first book, PLAYING TYLER, is out now from Strange Chemistry Press.