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Authorial Intrusion - Terri Fields

Welcome to Authorial Intrusion!

To read any of the previous interviews, just click on the tag “authorial intrusion” on the left side of the page.

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.

They answered!

And now, without further ado, please welcome Terri Fields!



Terri Fields is the author of seventeen books for children and young adults. Her most recent is a YA novel called Holdup, published in 2007 and nominated as an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.

The book is told from the point of view of nine different people involved in the robbery of a fast food restaurant, and it’s so page-turning that I was almost late for an appointment one day because I wanted to find out what was going to happen. I recommend it highly.


What are you reading right now?
That's Not My Bear because my granddaughter likes to hear it over and over and over and over again.

What's the last song you listened to?
“The Music of The Night” ... I love Phantom of the Opera turned up really loud!

If you couldn't write in your current genre, what would you write?
I'd love to write an adult murder mystery that wasn't too violent, but really surprised readers at the end.

Thai food or Chinese?
Thai.

Where did you go on your first date?
Hayride ... sneezing, sneezing!

Snorkeling or skiing?
Both are fun, but only if the water isn't too cold or if the slopes are sunny.

Do you speak a foreign language?
I wish I did. I don't seem to remember my school Spanish well enough to use it.

First job?
I was a floater in a large department store. We were told to make sure the customer got good service, but every day, I was in a different department, which meant I was always scrambling to figure out where things were.

Pick three words to go on your tombstone.
Made a difference.

Early bird or night owl?
Definitely night owl.

Rain or sun?
I live in the desert … I guess I'd better prefer sun!

Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
Don't give up! Revise!

Rollercoasters: love em or hate em?
Love em ... especially the ones on which your feet dangle free.

Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
Chocolate chips … forget the cookies.

Beach or mountains?
Beach without a doubt.

Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Terri!

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lisa_schroeder
Feb. 18th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
I need to read HOLDUP! It sounds great!

I always love reading the advice in 5 words or less. I can always use it, no matter what it is. :)
wuggienorple
Feb. 24th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
I always love reading your interviews :o)

HOLDUP sounds awesome - I'll have to go get it!

"I'd love to write an adult murder mystery that wasn't too violent, but really surprised readers at the end."
Terri, please do write that book! Those are my favorite kind!
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