About TWENTY BOY SUMMER:
While on vacation in California, sixteen-year-old best girlfriends Anna and Frankie conspire to find a boy for Anna’s first summer romance, but Anna harbors a painful secret that threatens their lighthearted plan and their friendship.
Sarah Ockler wrote and illustrated her first book at age six—an adaptation of Steven Spielberg's E.T. Still recovering from her own adolescence, Sarah now writes for young adults. After several years of wandering between New York City and Denver, she and her husband Alex now live in Upstate New York with lots of books and an ever-expanding collection of sea glass. Twenty Boy Summer is Sarah's first novel. Visit her online at www.sarahockler.com.
Thai food or Chinese?
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Don't give up, silly!
What are you reading right now?
HOPE WAS HERE by Joan Bauer.
Your five favorite movies.
Shakespeare in Love
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Foxy Brown AND Jeff Foxworthy. Coincidence? I think not.
1985 Toyota Celica GT with 130,000 miles on it.
Store girl / cashier / window display for a consignment store called Jellybean Junction. I was working off that awesome Celica, which I bought from the owner's son.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
A little bit of both.
What’s the last song you listened to?
Airbag by Radiohead.
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
Probably middle grade.
Dogs or cats?
Favorite movie snack?
Reese's Pieces and buttered popcorn (not together, I just like having both a sweet and a salty option).
What’s your cure for the blues?
Hanging out with my husband.
Camping or four-star hotel?
Where did you go on your first date?
My parent's living room in 7th grade. After Dad answered the door while rubbing his shot gun with a cloth diaper and said, "Ever seen a gun before, Nate?" it kind of killed the mood. Nate and I didn't last very long after that!
Ocean or lake?
Snorkeling or skiing?
Neither. How about snow shoeing? That's much safer I think. *shudders at only memory of skiing*
Do you speak a foreign language?
Not fluently, but I can curse in Spanish and I dream sometimes in French.
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
No, I just wish I tried harder and applied myself more, but it all worked out in the end.
Spring or fall?
Last book you gave as a gift.
Hmmm, I don't remember. Do gifts given to myself by myself count? Cause if they do, boy have I been generous this year!
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
I'll Haunt You!
Tell us something weird about you.
I hate melons of all kinds, even watermelon, even other fruit that was touching watermelon. Yuck! Everyone thinks that's weird!
Early bird or night owl?
I guess I qualify as both, since I go to bed around 5 AM. Maybe that makes me more of a night owl.
Rain or sun?
Rain. I don't often get to see the sun, per above. :-)
I would if I wasn't so afraid of needles! *Shivers*
Do you use writing prompts?
Only when I'm really stuck.
Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
What kind of blasphemous question is this! Chocolate chip of course!
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Raggedy Ann, just like my doll. I was that costume for like 4 years, and then finally I got sick of her. But looking back, that one was the best. Mom made it! I still have that rockin' orange wig, too, but now it has kind of a receding hairline!
Beach or mountains?
Mountains, though I love the beach, too. But if I could only pick one, mountains.
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
Friend of the Devil by the Grateful Dead. I tried to sing that once with my brother's band, but my brother made my mom remove me from the stage!
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Barack Obama and Jack Kerouac.
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Sarah!