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 my favorite writers.
I’m hoping this will turn into a weekly post, as long as I have a supply of
And by the way, if you’re an author and I haven’t emailed you yet … do not imagine that you’ve escaped my clutches. My curiosity rambles far and wide! I will get to you. Also, if you have a book coming out (or already published), and you want to play along, feel free to contact me at my LJ email address. (For now, I'm limiting the interviews to writers of MG and YA, since that's what I read and write. I may open it up to PBs later.)
And now, without further ado, our inaugural author!
Jeannine Garsee - onegrapeshy - is the author of Before, After, and Somebody in Between, a teen novel. The main character is Martha, a 14-year-old whose home life has become desperate. Martha thinks she has found the perfect substitute family to take the place of her depressed alcoholic mother … but she learns that even “perfect” families have problems. Throughout, Martha’s voice is compelling and true. I loved it – you should read it!
Thai food or Chinese?
Chinese--hunan shrimp! With chopsticks, of course.
If you couldn’t write in your current genre, what would you write?
HORROR. Seriously, I've written stuff that'd make your hair stand on end. I subbed a half-finished ghost story to my crit group a couple years back. Two members asked me to PLEASE never send it to them again. They had nightmares.
Your five favorite movies.
The Godfather trilogy (does that count as three?)
PeeWee's Big Adventure
The Wizard of Oz
Where did you go on your first date?
To see A Clockwork Orange. I went with the biggest geek in school. We were too young to "officially" get in but nobody stopped us.
Ocean or lake?
I have to say lake because I live close to Lake Erie. No sharks. But I only admire it from a distance. I'm not a huge fan of water.
Tell us something weird about you.
I speak in "accents." Swear to God, I'll be having a conversation and I'll suddenly launch into my Scarlett O'Hara act or do a perfect imitation of Queen Elizabeth. Is that a bit "too" weird??? (I'm a HUGE Tracy Ullman fan!)
A 1965 Ford Falcon dotted with pink primer. I named it "Godspell" because I prayed whenever I got behind the wheel.
Babysitting, to start with. Then my first "real" job was as a nurse's aide and it was the worst-freaking-job-I-ever-had-in-my-life!
Five things you would do with $100,000.
On the practical side I'd like to remodel my house, pay off my bills, and buy a car. On the impractical side I'd like to take an extended European vacation. What I'd REALLY like to do with 100k is quit my job, live off the money for a couple years, and write a few more books.
Furthest you’ve ever been from home.
Walking on piers. I'm deathly afraid of deep water. I think I drowned in a previous life.
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
I'm watching you!
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Jen!