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 Paula Chase Hyman!
Paula Chase Hyman - paulahy - is the author of So Not the Drama, a fantastically fun multi-cultural YA novel, and Don’t Get It Twisted, the sequel (due out in December). There are three more books in the series scheduled for publication in 2008 and 2009. Wow!
So Not the Drama centers around The Clique – Mina, Lizzie, JZ, and Michael – four friends who have been close since they were children. Three of them are African American and one Caucasian. The book opens with lots of fresh, breezy dialogue about the prospect of starting high school (“I guess both of ya’ll been drinking from the same bottle of hater-ade, ’cause he’s all bummed out about school starting, too.”) … and quickly deepens to address issues of prejudice, affluence, and stereotyping. The dramas of high school are depicted in all of their earth-shattering importance, as the dialogue stays deliciously current. One character wonders if Mina is “sometimey,” meaning a fair-weather friend, and when people in this book are “hot,” they’re angry instead of attractive. The boys call each other “son,” and give each other dap (knocking fists together). I could feel my coolness factor increasing as I read, and I really want to steal ‘hater-ade’ for my own book.
P.S. I'm proud to say my high school peeps and I - back in our southern California neighborhood - were multi-culti before the words 'peeps' and 'multi-culti' even existed. :-)
What's the last song you listened to?
"My Drink N' My Two-Step" by Cassidy. This song is so ridiculously simple that it defies explanation as to how it got made and put on the radio. But I like it.
Snorkeling or skiing?
Funny, I've never done either. I think I'm more of a sitting by the fire looking cute in ski clothing type of gal.
Your five favorite movies.
The Best Man
Legends of the Fall
The Five Heartbeats
Tell us something weird about you.
I'm pen monogamous, I only like to write in black ink, medium point and the pen has to be a certain thickness. Once I find the right pen, I use it until the ink is gone and I do not let people borrow my pen...ever!
If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
I've always loved the indigo crayon.
Rain or sun?
Rain. Good sleeping weather.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Don't let it consume you.
Beach or mountains?
No fair, I love both. But I'll say beach.
Best present anyone ever gave you?
My parents bought me my own Mickey Mouse phone when I was 11 and my own phone number to go with it. A young girl's dream.
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn't refuse! – what would you sing?
"I got my drink and my two step, my drink and my two step. Got my drink and my two step, my drink and my two step - it's on. It's on, it's on. And I'm home, get the Patron and tell 'em that it's on." Told you it was ridiculously simple!
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Paula!