About Hate List:
People, listen up: this book is going to be a Printz nominee. Mark my words. It’s gripping and beautiful and I couldn’t put it down, even when I sometimes wanted to. Don’t miss it!
Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saves the life of a classmate, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things they hated. The list her boyfriend used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
Jennifer Brown is a two-time winner of The Erma Bombeck Global Humor award and weekly columnist for The Kansas City Star, as well as Saturday Featured Blogger for Mom2MomKC.com, thus she spends a lot of time dressing up her dog for laughs and thinking of new ways to works words such as "Puh-lease" and "Ch-yeah!" into sentences. Jennifer grew up in the Kansas City, Missouri area, where she still lives with her husband, three kids, and whole herd of uncooperative pets.
Thai food or Chinese?
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Risk-taking almost always pays off.
What are you reading right now?
The Juvie Three by Gordon Korman.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
Plunger... but not the toilet kind.
What’s the last song you listened to?
New Prince CD.
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
Dogs or cats?
Cats, but I love my doggies, too!
Favorite movie snack?
I don't eat during movies. I chew on a straw instead. I know... weird.
What’s your cure for the blues?
Hanging with my family.
Camping or four-star hotel?
Where did you go on your first date?
To a Pop & Jazz concert at my high school.
Ocean or lake?
1982 Blue Chevette.
Snorkeling or skiing?
Do you speak a foreign language?
I took Spanish in high school and college, but I'm rusty.
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
No, I like my degree -- it's pretty all-encompassing.
Busing tables at a biker pizza joint.
Spring or fall?
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
Natasha Richardson (*sad sigh*)
Last book you gave as a gift.
The Time Traveler's Wife.
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
Insert Joke Here (no, really, that would be cool to have on my tombstone).
Five things you would do with $100,000.
Can I just go to Disney World five times?
Your five favorite movies.
Dumb and Dumber
Stranger than Fiction
My Best Friend's Wedding
The Nightmare Before Christmas
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Early bird or night owl?
Rain or sun?
Do you use writing prompts?
When they interest me.
Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Aw, c'mon! Both!
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Casper the Friendly Ghost.
Beach or mountains?
Best present ever gave you?
What books are on your night-stand right now?
Too many to list.
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
Something from Wicked.
Who do you wish you could meet, living or dead?
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Jennifer!