Sydney’s YA novel, My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, is about seventeen-year-old Jory Michaels, who wakes up on the first day of summer vacation with her same old big nose and her same old lackluster life. Vowing to save enough money for a nose job – which will solve all her problems, naturally! – she takes a job as a driver, delivering wedding cakes and flowers. Along her route, she meets an intriguing new boy … maybe her summer won’t be so boring, after all.
Sydney Salter held a variety of jobs before becoming a full-time writer, including her brief stint delivering pies and flowers, wrecking vans, and destroying wedding cakes in Reno, Nevada. Sydney now lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two big Bernese Mountain dogs. She loves reading, writing, traveling, and, of course, baking and decorating cakes (but not driving them anywhere).
Thai food or Chinese?
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Write the next book. Now!
What are you reading right now?
The Book Of A Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (reading it aloud to my daughter).
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
What’s the last song you listened to?
It's The Nighttime by Josh Rouse.
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
Dogs or cats?
Cats (don't tell my dogs).
Favorite movie snack?
What’s your cure for the blues?
A long walk.
Silver Datsun (not the cool 280Z).
Do you speak a foreign language?
Mangled French, Spanish, Russian--it comes out like bad Esperanto.
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
I would've majored in History over English (but I did go back and do that so...)
Cake and flower delivery driver (lasted a week, but inspired a novel).
Fresh Peach Pie with an Amaretto crust.
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
American Idol Jordin Sparks, and fellow Debutante author Megan Crewe!
Last book you gave as a gift.
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas.
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
Adventurous, Happy, Fulfilled.
Five things you would do with $100,000.
Travel, travel, travel, travel, travel.
Your five favorite movies.
Strictly Ballroom, The Last Days of Disco, Waiting For Guffman, Election, Lost In Translation.
Tell us something weird about you.
I've never eaten bologna.
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
No. (I'm old enough to know that skin sags).
Do you use writing prompts?
Yes. Love them.
Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
So many places, but I'll start with Venice, Italy.
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Chocolate chip (can I eat the dough instead?).
Write a spam subject line for us.
Mind Enlarge Bigger Reading.
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Witch. (Now I host an annual witches luncheon on Halloween.)
Beach or mountains?
Beach. (I get to live near big mountains.)
Best present anyone ever gave you?
A blender with a special attachment (an engagement ring). I DO love receiving kitchen appliances too!
What books are on your night-stand right now?
Mudville by Kurtis Scarletta (I'm a monogamous reader).
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
Baby Got Back, by Sir-Mix-A-Lot. If I'm going to humiliate myself, I might as well do it in a big way!
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Oprah--when I'm sitting on her stage as the guest author for her new teen book club!
Is there anything you want to tell us that you wish I’d asked?
No, thanks for not asking about my nose!
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Sydney!