What are you reading right now?
I am trying desperately to finish THE SWEET FAR THING, the third book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy, because I have an event with Libba this week. I just finished ENTHUSIASM by Shulman, which I loved, and I am about to start SWEETHEARTS by Sara Zarr.
Good luck with TSFT. SWEETEARTS is next for me ... I can't wait! (Oh, and you're not allowed to tell me to get rid of ellipses in this interview. Ha!)
What's the last song you listened to?
Clonie by Nellie McKay.
Of course. It’s like she was born just for you.
Thai food or Chinese?
Hmm - Thai. But really I prefer Nepalese more than either of these.
Last book you gave as a gift.
I gave l'enfant a stack of books last week, including Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears by Daniel Pinkwater, Little Toot by Hardy Gramatky, and the absolutely sublime and incomparable Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by DB Johnson.
Lucky l‘enfant. (Jenn knows a little kid, she doesn’t have a homemade one.) I love the Henry books by Johnson, too.
Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
OMG WTF BBQ
Early bird or night owl?
Rain or sun?
I prefer sunny but cold, or overcast. I like rain if I am cozy inside and I don’t have to go anywhere. I hate extreme heat and I am baffled by snow.
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Don't take any wooden nickles. (I've always wanted to say that!)
Seriously - on how to be a good writer: READ ALOT. MORE. YES, MORE!
When looking for an agent: QUERY WIDELY AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.
Pretty sure Jenn is making ‘a lot’ one word on purpose, to suit her purposes. *is disturbed*
Where would you like to travel that you haven't yet?
What's your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Fried egg -- I can't remember what book I stole it from, maybe a Ramona book? Or Anastasia Krupnik? Anyway, I dressed all in white, and I cut out a sandwich board in a wavy round shape and then put a bright yellow circular pillow in the center.
I knew you would have a good one.
Beach or mountains?
Both, please! I have lived all over the world and I guess I prefer to live near the ocean -- but I always love to see mountains in the background at least. I can't stand flatlands.
Do you have a favorite writing how-to book?
Strunk and White. Bird by Bird. On Writing. Self-editing for Fiction Writers. The Dictionary.
Want to divulge your pick for President?
Best answer ever.
Your intrusions are welcome any time, literaticat!