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Authorial Intrusion - Jeannine Garsee

I love reading about the Publishing Journeys of my favorite writers.

I love the long, soul-searching interviews that reveal every obstacle and triumph: the author whose agent made her do three revisions before signing her … the author who gets up at 4:30 a.m. to write, because it’s the only time she has to herself … the critically acclaimed author who spent nine years trying to get published … I never tire of this stuff!

Long, luxurious interviews aside, don’t you sometimes find yourself wondering: “But do you like Thai or Chinese food better?”

Reader, I asked them.

I assembled a grab-bag full of random questions and emailed them to my favorite writers.

They answered!

I’m hoping this will turn into a weekly post, as long as I have a supply of bored willing writers.

And by the way, if you’re an author and I haven’t emailed you yet … do not imagine that you’ve escaped my clutches. My curiosity rambles far and wide! I will get to you. Also, if you have a book coming out (or already published), and you want to play along, feel free to contact me at my LJ email address. (For now, I'm limiting the interviews to writers of MG and YA, since that's what I read and write. I may open it up to PBs later.)

And now, without further ado, our inaugural author!



Jeannine Garsee - onegrapeshy - is the author of Before, After, and Somebody in Between, a teen novel. The main character is Martha, a 14-year-old whose home life has become desperate. Martha thinks she has found the perfect substitute family to take the place of her depressed alcoholic mother … but she learns that even “perfect” families have problems. Throughout, Martha’s voice is compelling and true. I loved it – you should read it!


Thai food or Chinese?
Chinese--hunan shrimp! With chopsticks, of course.

If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
HORROR. Seriously, I've written stuff that'd make your hair stand on end. I subbed a half-finished ghost story to my crit group a couple years back. Two members asked me to PLEASE never send it to them again. They had nightmares.

Your five favorite movies.
The Godfather trilogy (does that count as three?)
Steel Magnolias
PeeWee's Big Adventure
Now Voyager
The Wizard of Oz


Where did you go on your first date?
To see A Clockwork Orange. I went with the biggest geek in school. We were too young to "officially" get in but nobody stopped us.

Ocean or lake?
I have to say lake because I live close to Lake Erie. No sharks. But I only admire it from a distance. I'm not a huge fan of water.

Tell us something weird about you.
I speak in "accents." Swear to God, I'll be having a conversation and I'll suddenly launch into my Scarlett O'Hara act or do a perfect imitation of Queen Elizabeth. Is that a bit "too" weird??? (I'm a HUGE Tracy Ullman fan!)

First car?
A 1965 Ford Falcon dotted with pink primer. I named it "Godspell" because I prayed whenever I got behind the wheel.

First job?
Babysitting, to start with. Then my first "real" job was as a nurse's aide and it was the worst-freaking-job-I-ever-had-in-my-life!

Five things you would do with $100,000.
On the practical side I'd like to remodel my house, pay off my bills, and buy a car. On the impractical side I'd like to take an extended European vacation. What I'd REALLY like to do with 100k is quit my job, live off the money for a couple years, and write a few more books.

Furthest you’ve ever been from home.
Belize.

Any phobias?
Walking on piers. I'm deathly afraid of deep water. I think I drowned in a previous life.

Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
I'm watching you!


Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Jen!

Comments

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lisa_schroeder
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Oooh, love it! You are SO clever.

I wish I knew how to use chopsticks. Sigh.
onegrapeshy
Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't. I make the biggest fricking mess in the world but I INSIST on using them, lol!
robinellen
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
This is great fun, Mo ;) Thanks for sharing!
c_larkins
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:24 am (UTC)
What a great idea! I loved this one and look forward to more!
jennifer_d_g
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)
You are always so full of great ideas! I loved this interview. Jeannine Garsee's book sounds like something I'd like to read.
tamarak
Aug. 23rd, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
Cool stuff. :)
fabulousfrock
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
What a fabulous idea!!
seaheidi
Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:48 am (UTC)
cool!! i'm interviewing my favorite author in a week or so and i'm asking him somewhat different questions too--i think that's fun!!

i love ms. grape. awesome interview.
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jbknowles
Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:03 pm (UTC)
Great interview!!!

I'm looking forward to more! :-D
lkmadigan
Aug. 26th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
You'll be hearing from me, missy.

:-)
carriejones
Aug. 23rd, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
Hee. Hee. I knew J. would do the accent thing! I had you so pegged!
And I love this idea. xo
tracyworld
Aug. 23rd, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
What fun!

Thanks for doing this.
lucky_life
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:18 pm (UTC)
Great! Idea! I'm going to be tuning in!
sruble
Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
This is such a cool idea. Thanks for sharing and for coming up with such fun questions!
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marirene74
Aug. 24th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
So Creative!
Great idea to get to know an author with out the same old boring questions. Kudos!
ophelialaughs
Aug. 25th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
What a great interview. Of course, you had a great interviewee. If you have no objections, I'd like to add you. (No strings attached.)
lkmadigan
Aug. 26th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
Add away - thanks!

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