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Authorial Intrusion - Cynthia Lord

Welcome to Authorial Intrusion! To read any of the previous interviews, just click on the tag “authorial intrusion” on the left side of the page.

For those just tuning in, here’s the history behind these posts:

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 some of my favorite writers.

They answered!

And now, without further ado, please welcome Cindy Lord!

Cindy Lord – cynthialord – is the multi-award-winning author of Rules, a middle-grade novel about twelve-year-old Catherine, who loves her autistic brother fiercely, but cannot help feeling exasperated with him sometimes. In order to help her brother navigate his world, Catherine draws up a helpful list of rules. My favorite is, “Not everything worth keeping has to be useful.”

But the book is not just about autism … it’s about friendship and communication and truth. I think one of the reasons I love it so much is that all of its themes revolve around the importance of words. What could be dearer to a writer’s heart?

Any writer hoping to master the art of the middle grade novel should read this one – it’s perfect.

Cindy’s next middle-grade novel, Touch Blue, is scheduled for release in April 2009. (Yay!) She also has a picture book called Hot Rod Hamster, and a to-be-determined novel under contract. All three books will be published by Scholastic.

Ocean or lake?

First job?
As a teenager, I sold tickets at our local town beach. If it were a sunny day, I was really busy, but on cold, overcast days, I could read. So it was a great first job for me. Though you'd be amazed the great lengths people would go to to try to sneak in past the gate and save that whopping $1.50 admittance fee (going through the woods, hiding in car trunks, etc.).

Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Nicole Kidman and Cyndi Lauper!

Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
Still a dreamer.

Tropical paradise or winter wonderland?
Since you're asking me this in muddy, mushy March … definitely a tropical paradise! I've had enough winter wonderland for this year!

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird.

Rain or sun?
Sun. Though I like the rain, too.

Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Don't flinch before the truth.

Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
New Mexico, because I imagine it would be very different than any place I've ever been before.

What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Goldilocks. I brought the Three Bears with me :-)

What books are on your night-stand right now?
I have a big stack of books that have won the Schneider Family Book Award on my night-stand at the moment. I'm reading through them for a workshop I'm giving in May. On top are: Tending to Grace by Kimberly Newton Fusco, and Hurt Go Happy, by Ginny Rorby.

If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
My grandma used to say, "If you're gonna make a fool of yourself, might as well make a big one!"

So. . . "Midnight Train to Georgia!" and I would do all the parts, just so I could do that cool "whoooo-whoooo!" Pips train whistle action.

“House” or “Grey’s Anatomy”?

Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Arnold Lobel, because I would thank him. Like my character, David, in Rules, my own son would sometimes repeat lines from Arnold Lobel's books when he was little.

Authors don't always realize the tremendous power their words hold … Arnold Lobel’s words (and Dr. Seuss,' Marc Brown's, etc.) were sometimes my child's one and only communication to the world.

Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Cindy!


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Apr. 7th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Thanks for the post, girls! Whenever Cindy mentions Arnold Lobel and FROG AND TOAD, I get chills. I used to read them with my little bro. Nostaligia and the powerful emotion of Toad not having any cookies for Frog and feeling so badly about it. Poor Toad. :)
Apr. 7th, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
I have very potent memories of Frog and Toad too.

And I just read Hurt Go Happy--it was good...the author's passion for her subjects really shone through, which made up for some of the parts that didn't work for me as well.

But Cindy, Thai or Chinese?
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