For those just tuning in, here’s the history behind these posts:
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.
This will be 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.)
And now, without further ado, please welcome Christine Norris!
Christine Norris - christinenorris - is the author of The Talisman of Zandria, and its sequel, Return to Zandria. You can read more about both books, and Christine, on her website: http://www.christine-norris.com/.
Since I’ve started this series of interviews, I’ve been privileged to read at least one book by each of the participating authors. I’m happy to say that I finally fell behind in my reading – which means I have more interested authors than time to read their books! It’s my loss not to have read Christine’s middle grade fantasies yet, but I plan to – these tales of an enchanted land full of mermaids, dragons, and wizards sound like a natural progression, now that I no longer have a new Harry Potter book to look forward to.
Cashier at a seed and feed store. Seriously. Wooden floors, the whole nine.
Which celebrity shares your birthday?
I had to look this up, because I really didn't know, but Annie Oakley (cool!), Alfred Hitchcock (spooky!) and Fidel Castro (ack!) are all born on the same day as I was.
Last book you gave as a gift.
Oh! Mine. I gave a copy of RETURN TO ZANDRIA to my nephew.
Five things you would do with $100,000.
Buy a new car, pay off my student loans, take a vacation, finance a book tour :), get new rugs in my house!
Your five favorite movies.
Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, any Harry Potter movie, Disney's Sleeping Beauty, Practical Magic (weird, I know, but I love that movie)
Furthest you've ever been from home.
England, when I was in High School I got to take a trip. I've wanted to go back ever since.
Rain or sun?
Rain. I love rainy days.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Do your research.
Beach or mountains?
Both, depending on the situation. I only like the beach if I have an umbrella and a place to take a shower afterwards.
What books are on your night-stand right now?
I'm almost finished PTOLEMY'S GATE, by Jonathan Stroud, and then I have some books to review for my 'other' blog, Independent Book Report (http://independentbookreport.blogspot.com )
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Christine!