Randall Platt is an award-winning writer of fiction for adults and young adults and for those who don’t own up to being either.
Q: How long have you been writing and when did you make your first sale?
A: The first things I ever wrote were teleplays for popular TV westerns. All had a plumb, ripe, juicy, hammy role for a little girl. I was all of 11 and wanted to be an actress so badly that I wrote ‘next week’s episode’ and offered myself as the guest star. I actually mailed them and got nice ‘thank you for writing’ letters back from the studios. So I guess you could say I have been writing nearly my whole life. But I did not make my first sale until I had finally taught myself how to write …. 1991!
Q: What comes first for you, story or character?
A: Character, although I sure wish it was story. I am great with character and dialog but plotting is my weakness. It’s no coincide I don’t write mysteries!
Q: What is the hardest part of writing for you and how do you get past it?
A: Deciding on what to write next. I have so many terrific ‘what ifs’ waiting in the wings. Great characters waiting for their chance to really come alive. Once I got past it by taping about a dozen story ideas to the wall and throwing a dart over my shoulder to see which was got picked!
Q: How do you push yourself to take risks as a writer?
A: It seems the older I get the riskier I allow myself to be. From dangerous settings to dangerous dialog. First drafts are always very dangerous for me. I will over-write knowing that, for me, it’s far easier to cut back than to add.
A: Tell us something most writers would not know about you, but find interesting.
Q: That I make a soundtrack for each novel when I begin it. I fill my IPod with dozens of songs that evoke the time and the emotions of my work in progress. I listen to it constantly while working. By the time I am done with that book, I never want to hear ANY of those songs again!
Q: What do you do for fun besides write?
A: Writing is fun??? I didn’t get that memo! I am an internationally ranked handball player and play three times a week, if time allows. I also run, lift and bike.
Q: Sushi or pasta?
Q: What books are on your night table?
A: My ‘night table’ is the CD player in my car. Having to read so much for research I find that my recreational reading time is limited to my driving time – which is a lot. Right now, I am on an autobiography kick.
Q:What comes next for you?
A: Looking forward to the 2012 release of another historical YA, LIBERTY JUSTICE JONES.