Libby Heily, author of Tough Girl, and the short story collections, Fourth Degree Freedom and Twist Turn and Burn. Libby’s originality really caught my attention early on with her short stories, so I’d been waiting with great anticipation for Tough Girl to come out. I wasn’t disappointed. I complained to Libby that she kept me up too late several nights as I had to know what would happen next. There is beauty in the sorrow she writes and the pain she explores. I’m thrilled to read on her blog she’s about to start her next WIP.
MP: So Libby? Libby? Wow she seems out in the ether somewhere. Libby, we’re already in space.
MP: Out here they’re dust clouds lit up by gas. Want a drink to go with your head?
LH: Do I ever. May I have a snarflinger buzzleblast? I’m 90% sure that’s a real drink, but there is a 10% chance I just made it up. Sometimes, I get confused about what’s real and what’s just in my head.
MP: Craze is up to the challenge, aren’t ya? He’s still glowering at me. Oh well. I was telling my Husband Unit the other day how mad Craze is at me over things that happen in Boomtown Craze, and the Husband Unit said I needed to get out more. Is it like that, Libby?
LH: it’s like that sometimes, but also like I get lost in my dream worlds. You know, I’ll be in the office typing but in my head I’m out slaying dragons, or at least teaching them how to fetch.
MP: Fetching dragons would be a nice thing to have in one’s office I think. Do any of these pretendings make it into your stories?
LH: Occasionally a few make it onto the page. Some I hoard selfishly. Tell Craze he did a smashing job with my drink. Where did he find snozberries this time of year?
MP: He’s a resourceful guy. He’s always daydreaming, too, of success. Did any of your imaginings make it into Tough Girl?
LH: Definitely. The Octhmuslan, the octopus-like alien that stalks Reggie, was definitely born of my daydreams.
MP: That was one interesting creature. I liked the one that created life, too. Don’t remember the name of her.
How do you think daydreaming helps you create your stories?
LH: I think daydreaming in general is extremely important to anyone who writes or pursues any creative outlet. It keeps your brain flexible, much like stretching keeps your muscles flexible. When you daydream, you allow your mind to wander. You give up a bit of control. Daydreaming is the perfect state to make connections you otherwise wouldn’t have.
Daydreaming specifically about stories also provides you with a safe haven where you can pursue plotlines or characters with no pressure. Letting scenes play out in your head allows you to try many variations quickly without the burden of generating pages and pages of unusable prose.
MP: You’re right, it does. I often go over pivotal scenes in daydreams and edit and tweak them to see what happens. It’s a great tool. Well, thanks for stopping in and visiting today, Libby. Come back any time.
LH: With Craze as a bartender, expect to see me often! Thanks for having me over to play!
Tough Girl by Libby Heily
Danger lurks everywhere in eleven year old Reggie’s world—from the bully next door to the unwanted attentions of a creep at school. Raised by her mentally ill mother, Reggie is left to fend for herself in a rough neighborhood. She escapes in daydreams, battling aliens with her alter ego, Tough Girl.
When Reggie’s mother disappears, her fantasy life spirals out of control and starts to invade reality. She is hunted by a creature of her own design, and even Tough Girl is not strong enough to stop him.
Will Reggie survive long enough for her mother to return, or will her dream world take over?
This book contains adult themes and adult language.
More About Libby:
I’m a bookworm and a writer, a nerd that’s seen every episode of Farscape and can’t wait for the next Dr. Who Season to begin. I enjoy running and playing sports and am always hopeful the Baltimore Ravens will win a superbowl. I love movies but don’t care about the Oscars. I eat apples regularly but find apple juice bitter and don’t like it.
I’m a foodie and a beer snob. I eat babies. Okay, just baby carrots. I studied acting, video production and creative writing. I’ve had very few jobs that reflect any of those years of study. I am Libby Heily, and it’s nice to meet you.
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