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.
To read any of the previous interviews, just click on the tag “authorial intrusion” on the left side of the page.
And now, without further ado, please welcome S.A. Bodeen!
S.A. Bodeen - latteya - is the author of The Compound, a YA novel about 15-year-old Eli, who lives with his family in a modern billionaire’s version of a bomb shelter. The Compound is a huge underground space, designed and stocked with every conceivable convenience by Eli’s techno-genius father. Sadly, in their scramble to reach the Compound during a nuclear attack, Eli’s twin brother and his grandmother were left behind. In the six years since that day, Eli has never stopped missing them, or blaming himself for their deaths. Now, despite his father’s control-freak planning, the family is running low on food. What will they have to do to survive?
This book is a page-turner, and I recommend it to everyone, but especially reluctant teen readers.
In addition to The Compound,S.A. Bodeen has a second YA novel scheduled for release in Fall 2009, and is the author of many award-winning picture books, including the Elizabeti series. Visit her at: http://www.rockforadoll.com/index.html.
Who is your writing hero?
Your overall hero?
Still looking, I think.
What's the last song you listened to?
I just watched “Survivor” online, and the theme song is still in my head.
If you couldn't write in your current genre, what would you write?
Adventure non-fiction like Jon Krakauer.
Thai food or Chinese?
Thai. I love coconut milk.
Dogs or cats?
I have both, but cats require less of everything.
Favorite movie snack?
What's your cure for the blues?
Alas, it tends to be chocolate. Doesn't really help, though.
Camping or four-star hotel?
Whichever has a hot shower and cable.
Where did you go on your first date?
In high school, we went to see “Raging Bull.” But I wasn't allowed to go, so we lied and said we were going to “Coal Miner's Daughter.”
Ocean or lake?
I am not a swimmer or a fan of water. So if I have to go in, a lake. If I can just observe, ocean.
Are you a fan of any reality shows?
Survivor, Amazing Race.
Rock or Bach?
I like both, actually, but listen to rock more.
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
She was cool.
Five things you would do with $100,000.
I'm trying to sell a house in this horrible market, so the overwhelming thing on my mind would be to pay down the mortgage!
Your five favorite movies.
I didn't go to movies growing up, so I am a movie fiend and have tons of favorites.
3. High Fidelity
4. Ten Things I Hate about You
5. Death At A Funeral
Furthest you've ever been from home.
Various countries in Africa.
Tropical paradise or winter wonderland?
After this Wisconsin winter? I'll take the paradise.
Favorite state (not counting the one you live in)?
Early bird or night owl?
Most nights I'm lucky if I stay up until 9.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Do not ever give up.
Where would you like to travel that you haven't yet?
Greece. Ever since we studied mythology in third grade, that remains the one place I want to go before I die.
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Write a spam subject line for us.
Hurry! Write a novel in 24 hours! No risk to you!
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn't refuse! – what would you sing?
Memory from Cats. (And I would suck to high heaven.)
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Bono. (Unless he starts hanging out with Sarah Palin.) Then I'd have to go with Marilyn Monroe.
"House" or "Grey's Anatomy"?
I like them both, but I have to go with McDreamy.
Do you have a favorite writing how-to book?
Stephen King's On Writing.
Is there anything you want to tell us that you wish I'd asked?
Strangest experience ever: when I got altitude sickness and was puking in a snowstorm on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Not my finest moment.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Stephanie!