Book Review: Madonnas of Leningrad and Skype with author

From Amazon.com

Bit by bit, the ravages of age are eroding Marina’s grip on the everyday. An elderly Russian woman now living in America, she cannot hold on to fresh memories—the details of her grown children’s lives, the approaching wedding of her grandchild—yet her distant past is miraculously preserved in her mind’s eye.

Vivid images of her youth in war-torn Leningrad arise unbidden, carrying her back to the terrible fall of 1941, when she was a tour guide at the Hermitage Museum and the German army’s approach signaled the beginning of what would be a long, torturous siege on the city. As the people braved starvation, bitter cold, and a relentless German onslaught, Marina joined other staff members in removing the museum’s priceless masterpieces for safekeeping, leaving the frames hanging empty on the walls to symbolize the artworks’ eventual return. As the Luftwaffe’s bombs pounded the proud, stricken city, Marina built a personal Hermitage in her mind—a refuge that would stay buried deep within her, until she needed it once more. . . .

MY THOUGHTS

 To be frank, I read this book solely because I wanted to join our local book club so I could interact with our adults in terms of reading. I saw the title and was not that thrilled. However, from the start I was hooked. I do not typically read this. Historical fiction is last on my enjoyable reads. The two stories of Marina dealing with losing her memory to dementia and flashbacks to the Seige of Leningrad was amazing. I cared so deeply about both storylines in two completely different ways. The dementia aspect I cared about as my family and friends all know somebody affected. The description was so real. The other storyline of the past with her working to preserve all the art from The Hermitage was really interesting. It is a part of history many don’t talk about, but was a tough period that lasted a long time and was quite brutal.

For the bookclub we Skyped with the author and it made the story even more amazing. She talked about how she pieced the story together like a quilt where she cut all these little snippets of ideas and before her own eyes the story came together. She was working with the character based on her grandmother and watched a PBS special on the seige. She talked about it is risky to write between two time periods because one is interrupting the other story and can be a distraction when the reader really likes one storyline.

Her advice to students interested in writing is to write what you know. She would not talk about her current book she is writing because she said it is not good to do so. When discussing her research for the novel she did discuss how women survived more than men because they naturally have more body fat.
Overall, I am so glad I read this book. It really opened my eyes to many new things. This is a book I would never have picked up in a million years and because I have I have a great reading experience under my belt. Please check this book out.
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Michael Connelly: What I Learned From Meeting Him

This past weekend I had the opportunity to fly out to Los Angeles and meet the author Michael Connelly. I am part of Sony eReader VIP book club that allowed me this amazing opportunity. If you already follow me on Twitter (@coffeechugbooks) or on Instagram (coffeechug) then you have seen more photos than you probably care to view. This post will not be about the trip as that will be another post soon. Instead I want to get down what I took away from listening to Michael Connelly speak.

I am trying to write from memory without going back to Twitter or Facebook. If you want to see everything that he shared you can check out hashtag #sonyreader to back read.

As a teacher what I took away most was that with anything in life you have to have a passion for what you do. Connelly has a passion for his writing and in particular his character Harry Bosch. Listening to him talk I gained the sense that Harry Bosch is as real and important in his life as any real person. I don’t say that like he is crazy or off the beaten path, but as he was written about Harry in real time for 20 years it has played a huge role for him. When I teach and I coach I share these same ideas. The idea that you have to find your passion and once you find it you have to go after it. Connelly spent his life writing from not publishing his first two books that even his mother has not read to improve his craft. As a teacher I bust my butt everyday to improve and learn to become better in my field. This message will once again go back to my students and my players. If you are good at something, then you have to put time into your passion to get better. Does this sound like Gladwell and his book Outliers?

Another thing I really enjoyed was all the back stories to events in the book. When I read crime fiction I don’t go reading them for deep insight. I read them to escape major thinking and to escape life. Connelly shared many things about the details in the book that made me even more impressed with what I read. Whether it was the backstory of a jazz player and how that connected to plots in the story to planting seeds for future stories I found that I gave fiction writers a deeper sense of appreciation after this chat.

Next was finding what works for you. Connelly writes on a laptop, not paper. He writes with the light blocked from the room with no clocks available and the same light shining over his right shoulder that he has used for years. Some may find his weird, but I don’t. I love this. We all have our own systems of operation. I have a routine for drinking coffee in the morning before beginning my 5 am training workouts. It was great that he shared this. It is important that we find out what works for us. I know I am an introvert. I can only handle so much people time before I must enter the nerd cave and be left to my nerdiness with no people. It recharges me to be away from human beings. My son is this way. My daughter is not and feeds off people. I listened to another author speak a few weeks back and he uses paper and takes notes in a blackbook. Completely different Connelly and that is okay.

Three more short things that stood out to me that I shard on Twitter

Cliches are cliches because there is a sense of truth.

John Greens mom likes Harry Bosch 

it is always time to write.
This line about cliches stood out to me. I was not expecting it and when he said it the word stuck. It is true, but I never gave it much thought. I will be coming back to this at some point in the future because it is messing with my brain, but for now I will just share it.
John Green is my hero. He is fantastic or should I say AWESOMESAUCE! To know his mother likes Connelly and that he knows John Green just made him all the more cooler. Plus he played poker on Castle, the tv show. 
The last line connects to earlier ideas, but he said there is always time to write. This goes back to the idea I always share with my students and players. Don’t make excuses. That is easy to do. Rather find the time. If you reallly want something bad enough you won’t make excuses. IT was great to hear that from someone successfully like Connelly.
This was a wonderful opportunity. I would have liked to sit around with a cup of coffee and just talk more, but I cannot be greedy. I thank Sony for the opportunity and would gladly love another one or something similar(not that I am greedy or anything). 
I will share pictures and more thoughts soon. It is now time to enjoy people watching at the airport while I wait to fly home.

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Author Interview and Book Giveaway – Crystal Marcos and her novel Bellyache

I have not actually done an author interview in quite some time. I was all over the interviews last year and this year time keeps escaping. I need more than 24 hours in my day to get everything done that I want to get accomplished.

However, I am back on track and with a wonderful and amazing author Crystal Marcos. I read her novel, Bellyache, back during the Cybils. It is a very fun and entertaining story dealing with candy. You can check my book review here.

In the meantime, Crystal has been so nice to answer a wide range of questions for you guys. Go ahead and check out the interview below.

Additionally, I am giving away a copy of the book along with a bookmark. I want to be able to her out as she is a great person. 


To enter for the giveaway all you have to do is the following:


You have to be a follower in order to win!!!!


Leave a comment with any of the following
1. An email address for me to contact you if you win. +1
2. A list of your favorite candy. +1
3. Any spread of word of the interview and giveaway. +1 for each one such as Twitter, Facebook, blog, etc.
4. Anything else that you think I would enjoy and if I do I will give you some more votes. 


The winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day, February 14th.


Here is the interview. Enjoy!


1. Growing up, when I was reading books I never really even considered authors to be human. I never gave a thought to actually talking to them or sending them letters. Now authors do interviews (like this), Skype conferences, blogs, email, etc. How does the utilization of all the latest technology and internet help you as a writer?

 I really love it! It means more exposure and awareness of my books. It also helps people to get some insight on who I am.

Do you think it helps you or is it more of problem trying to fit it all in?

It definitely helps, although finding the time to do it all is challenging. As long as it doesn’t interfere with me raising my 19 month old, I am fine with it. I do much of my work after she is asleep for the night.

2. Bellyache is a fun and entertaining read. How did you come up with this idea?

I thought about what books I really enjoyed and which ones stuck in my mind from childhood. Oddly enough, all those books featured food and treats. Naturally, I had to go with my sweet tooth. I mean heart.


3. I loved the twist of the story with the candy and vegetable. How did you decided which candy to use? Was it random or a combo of your favorites?

A bit of both really, sometimes I used what I thought would fit best.


5. Looking at your website I read that you like to sing and dance. What songs do you like to dance to and/or sing to?

When music is on, I move. I can’t sit still. I sometimes make up my own little songs. When I was younger, I use to write songs. I still sing some of those today. Now my daughter and I sing and dance together, so I don’t have to do it alone. =)


6. What surprised you most as you were writing this novel?

People have told me I have a vivid imagination, when I was writing this book it occurred to me that I really did.

7. What is your favorite aspect to being a writer? 

If I can touch just one person’s life, that to me is amazing!


8. I recently read a book title, Six Word Memoirs, which has a website. If you had to write your memoir in six words, what would you write?

Never tells a long story short.


10. Do you listen to music when write? If so, what would be a playlist on your ipod?

I can’t listen to music while I am writing. It is too distracting to me. As I had mentioned earlier, I can’t sit still if I hear music.

11. What other books would you recommend young adults to read besides your own?

There are so many wonderful books out there. I say any children’s book that sparks a child’s interest, they should read it!

12. I have a few students who are into writing – any ideas or suggestions for them?

I would suggest reading just as much as you write. Read the type of writing you want to create. Keep writing fun by finding writing activities or make some up yourself. I have some activities on my website that students and teachers like to use. www.CrystalMarcos.com  under the “Treats” section.

Here are some additional random questions that you could answer if you feel like it (though not really necessary, but students always want me to add when I interview authors). These are just a bunch of fun random questions that kids love to read.


3. Favorite Holiday movie or tv special? I love just about all Holiday movies.

4. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? Water, I drink water all day long.

5. Can you do push ups? If yes, how many? Yes, only a few.

6. Favorite hobby? Writing and reading.


8. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment? This interview is fun. What time is it? I am kind of hungry.

10. Dum da dum dummmm what is that? Is that a cell phone ring tone? =)

11. Where would you like to go? Someday, I would love to go to Europe and stay in a castle!

12. Do you own slippers? Yes, but I don’t really wear them I run around in my socks.

13. What color shirt are you wearing right now? Blue.

14. Can you whistle? Yes, but I am not very good at it.

15. Favorite color? Red.


16. Would you be a pirate? I was for Halloween two years ago. We always have a themed haunted garage at our house every year. It is so much fun!


17. What was the last song that was stuck in your head? My daughter’s favorite show is Yo Gabba Gabba. There is this song called, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” It is very catchy.


18. What’s in your pocket right now? Don’t have any pockets.


20. What is your favorite candy? I pretty much like anything covered in chocolate!

22. What are you currently reading? I am currently reading a large amount of picture books with my little girl. I am also finishing out the Percy Jackson series.


23. What is your favorite book of all time? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


24. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why? I would love to meet Roald Dahl. It would be fun to talk children’s books with him.

25. What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Tonight’s leftovers, Spaghetti.

26. What is one fact that readers would not know about you prior to asking this question? I grew 6 inches in one summer when I was 12.

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Guest Post: Graham Parke, author of the award winning comedy/suspense novel "No Hope for Gomez!"

“It’s the age-old tale:
     Boy meets girl.
     Boy stalks girl.
     Girl already has a stalker.
     Boy becomes her stalker-stalker.”

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since I handed in the final proofs. To celebrate this, and the fact that Gomez just became a finalist in 2010’s Best Book Awards, I decided to throw Gomez a birthday party (or a BirdDay party, as we say in the Netherlands). As I’ve had a debilitating fear of throwing parties and no-one showing up since early childhood, I’d be more than delighted if you could come! (Read more about the book here. )

Of course, with every cool international party comes a gift bag. Here’s just some of the stuff attendants will get:

  • ‘Unspent time’ exclusive short story collection
  • No Hope for Gomez: The Lost Chapters
  • Making of Gomez: behind the scenes eBook
  • Signed, hi-res poster + bookplate

(These are all exclusive items and will not be available again.)

Additionally, several lucky attendants will win a Kindle or an iPod!

You can bring as many friends as you like, just don’t bring your crazy uncle who drinks too much and then tries to get me to go to the attic with him to see something wonderful. I’ve fallen for that before and I don’t mind telling you, I came away very disappointed!

Here’s how you become a Party Go-er:
– Simply purchase your copy of No Hope from Amazon on Thursday December 2nd and forward your receipt to nohopeforgomez@gmail.com

(Of course, multiple purchases count as multiple raffle entries so get a few extra as Christmas gifts to kill several birds with one stone 🙂

An additional Kindle and iPod will be raffled among those Party Go-ers who bring the most friends to the party:
– Send your list of invited friends to the same email address so we can match them up with their receipts. You both get an additional entry.

Mystery Prize for Party Go-ers who are Bloggers or Twits:
– If you also Twitter, Blog, or Facebook about this party, your enter the Mystery Prize raffle. Use buttons on this page or the link: www.grahamparke.blogspot.com

Click the friendly buttons to tweet/track this event:


(ps: keep your amazon shipping confirmation to claim your prizes)

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Author Interview: Deborah Kerbel

1.    I read in the back of the book that you were writing feverishly when the idea came to mind. I was wondering if you would be able expand some more on this? I would love to hear how this idea came to mind.
The idea for Lure came at me like a pie in the face.  It was the morning of August 21, 2009 and – on my way to a local paint store – I had parked my car outside a little white clapboard house on a little sidestreet.  Two signs on the house immediately caught my attention.  The first one said: Thornhill Village Public Library.  The second: Mrs. Ellen Ramsden, née Frizzell. 1851.  And just like that (as the title of this novel implies), I was pulled in by a force bigger than I understood.  Although I had no idea yet what the story would be about, I was absolutely certain in that moment this little old building would be the subject of my next novel. 
After a bit of research, I discovered the long documented history of paranormal activity associated with the library.  The building was haunted.  Brilliant.  My book would be a ghost story.
I started plotting the story that same day and for the next month, I put everything in my life aside so I could write Lure ‘in the moment’ – capturing the sights and sounds of Thornhill in the dying days of summer.  I wrote into the early hours of the morning every night, driven by the need to finish the book before the season changed.  A month after I started writing, the first draft was finished. 
2. How did you decide or maybe I should say think of using the alternating narrators of John and Max? I think this format is what really sells the story and makes the novel an awesome read.
To tell you the truth, I don’t remember exactly how it happened.  It was John’s character that came to me initially…I wanted to tell his story and slowly reveal to the reader how he became a ghost and why he was haunting the library.  But to do that effectively, I needed some help.  And that’s where the character of Max came in. 
3. I have been constantly trying to write a novel of my own to no success. What is your writing methods and/or process? What is your schedule like if you have one at all?
Honestly, my writing schedule is a bit of a patchwork.  I’m a ‘stay-at-home’ mom to two high-energy kids – my son is 8 and my daughter is 5 – so I have to search out the little pockets of silence around their schedules and use them for writing.  I usually write for two hours in the morning while my daughter is at kindergarten then another few hours every night after both kids are in bed, my husband is watching TV, and the house is calm.  For me, it’s meant exchanging most of my leisurely evenings for writing time…but until my kids are bigger, it’s the only way I can fit writing into my day.
4. When conducting research on this library and town, what were some of you favorite things you discovered?
Researching this book was a lot of fun and I discovered so many things about the history of Thornhill – the little area just north of Toronto where I’ve lived for the past eight years.  Probably the most surprising discovery was that Oakbank Pond where I set the ‘big’ scene in LURE wasn’t actually there in the late 18th century.   Back then, it was just a small spring on a farmer’s field – not nearly big enough for my…um, evil purposes.  So in the final draft of the book, I had to substitute a common mill pond (which, according to the Thornhill historian, would have been there back then) to keep the scene historically accurate.
5. What are some current books that you have read?
Secret Daughter, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda and Half Brother, by Kenneth Oppel – two excellent reads! I also just finished listening to the audio book of Fire, by Kristen Cashore which was tremendous. And just last night, I started reading Plain Kate, by Erin Bow.
6. Being that we are in the Halloween season, do you have any ideas on your costume?

LOL! I’m way too busy trying to plan my children’s Halloween costumes to think about my own.  And with so many kids in our neighbourhood, I’m always the one who has to stay at home and hand out the candy.  It’s hard work, but somebody’s got to do it…yum!

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Author Interview: Yvonne Prince


Here is my latest author interview that I conducted with the super cool author Yvonne Prince. She is the author of The Vinyl Princess. I sent her some questions via email and she was nice enough to send back some great response. Check out the interview. It is a fun read. Please be sure to check out her novel as well.

I wanted to start off by telling you that I really enjoyed your book, Vinyl Princess, which I have stated to you via email, but wanted to share those thoughts again. I am loving the nostalgia it is bringing back by bringing me down many paths of music. I appreciate you taking the time to answer some questions. As I always tell the authors which I am lucky enough to interview, feel free to answer all or just the ones that you want to.

Growing up, when I was reading books I never really even considered authors to be human. I never gave a thought to actually talking to them or sending them letters. Now authors do interviews (like this), Skype conferences, blogs, email, etc. How does the utilization of all the latest technology and internet help you as a writer? Do you think it helps you or is it more of problem trying to fit it all in?

It’s really not a problem for me to fit them in and I really like the contact with my readers. I was like you when I was a kid, I thought writers were untouchable rock stars. I’m glad that the internet has changed all that. Still, I’d like to go back in time and exchange E-mails with John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemmingway and Truman Capote.

You mentioned in another interview that Frank Portman’s King Dork novel helped you come up with the idea for this book. What are some other books that you have read that others might enjoy?

I don’t read a lot of YA. I find so much of it is filled with unnecessary histrionics that I start reading and then I fling the books across the room. I do like Frank’s new book “Andromeda Klein” a lot. I just recently fell in love with “My Abandonment” and “Last Night at The Lobster” and “A Friend Of The Family”. I read a lot of Cormac McCarthy, Lorrie Moore, Dan Chaon, T.C. Boyle, Tobias Wolfe, A.M. Holmes, stuff like that. Good stories with good dialogue.

This novel leaves the reader with a lot to think about at the end in terms of being comfortable in our skin, remembering what it is like to grow up(or what is like growing up for the younger audience who is still in that phase of life). I remember closing the book and just reflecting on how I always turned to music growing up through middle school(New Jack Rap), high school(Grunge), college(Jam Bands), and even now as an adult(depends on what my mood is). What are some records that you turned to growing up?

My record listening career was launched with the Beatles,

Abbey Road

. Then the White Album, then I got deep into bands like Pink Floyd, The Stones, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, I dabbled in Steely Dan and Little Feat and then I went for singer songwriters like Warren Zevon, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, Joe Henry, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Ry Cooder,

Looking at your website you are busy in the music scene with Amoeba records, your blog, writing, etc. Is your novel that you are currently working deal with music or are you going down a new path?

I think there will always be a music backdrop in anything I write but the next book “All You Get Is Me” is a sort of modern day To Kill A Mockingbird with Mexican Migrant Farmworkers. I’m a food person and you can’t really get into food without eventually asking yourself where it comes from. I became a supporter of family farms and started exploring migrant farmworkers and Fair food. This is a topic I’m very passionate about but the story at the forefront is about Roar, a very reluctant farm girl, and her relationship with her dad, a human rights lawyer, and how it changes after they witness a terrible accident.

What surprised you most as you were writing this novel?

I was surprised at how much I loved writing about music and musicians and music lovers. I’d been away from the epicenter of music for a bit and this book forced me back in. It really was so fun to take a musical journey with those characters.
If one of my students were interested in beginning to enter the vinyl lp world, what would be some introductory suggestions and what should they look for when starting to collect?

They should go to my blog and get everything. Seriously.

I recently read a book titled, Six Word Memoirs, which has a website. If you had to write your memoir in six words, what would you write?

Hand me the bread and butter.

If you had to create a mix tape right now what songs would you put on it?

I just made this for a friend who asked for some music for Demi Lovato to listen to:

1. Frank’s Wild Years- Tom Waits

2. One Note Samba- Bebel Gilberto & Vinicious Cantuaria

3. The Only Living Boy in NY- Everything But The Girl

4. My Number- Tegan and Sara

5. I’m Shipping Up to Boston- The Dropkick Murphys

6. Look at Miss Ohio- Gillian Welch

7. Somewhere Down the Road- Feist

8. Little Wing- The Jimi Hendrix Experience

9. Prettiest Star- David Bowie

10. Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss

11. Run Chicken Run- The Felice Brothers

12. Baby You’re My Destiny- Taj Mahal and The Hula Blues Band

13. Alcohol- Gogol Bordello

14. It’s alright to Fall- Cat Power

15. Brooklyn- Jesse Malin

16- Redemption Song- Joe Strummer

17. I feel Like a Fading Light- Kim Taylor

10- I Walk The Line- LIVE

19- To Ohio- Low Anthem

20- Do The Hokey Pokey- Tom Waits

21- Carmelita- Willie Deville

Coming up in a few weeks I will be posting a new Great Nerd Debate topic for my students to answer. I am curious to hear your response. The Great Nerd Debate is the following question: What is the all time greatest album?

The Clash- London Calling

I realize that many of these questions don’t deal particularly with your novel, but I have to admit that in the book you reference Dave Matthews as not being good music when using it to describe a character. I am a huge DMB fan! Anyways, are there any other artists or music that you just cannot get in to?

VP does not like Dave Matthews. I think he’s fine, a bit boring, but a nice man. Same for Jack Johnson, nice person, good heart. He just doesn’t move me musically. I hate L’il Wayne, most hip hop and anything Miley Cyrus does. I’m not crazy about speed metal.

Here are some additional random questions that you could answer if you feel like it (though not really necessary, but students always want me to add when I interview authors). These come from a new set of questions that students have been crafting for an upcoming challenge on my blog. They thought it would be cool to hear answers from an author.

Answer the following questions with Single Word answers.

Your Cell Phone? quacks

Your Hair? Ridiculous

Your Mother? baffling


Your Father? Musician
Your Favorite Food? French
Your Dream Last Night? Forgotten
Your Favorite Drink? French Chardonnay
Your Dream/Goal? memorable
What Room Are You In? Bedroom
Your Hobby? Cycling
Your Fear? Failure
Where Do You Want To Be In Six Years? EuropeWhere Were You Last Night? Bookstore
Something That You Aren’t? unkind
Muffins? never
Wish List Item? boots
Where Did You Grow Up? Canada
Last Thing You Did? spoke
What Are You Wearing? bathrobe
Your TV? off
Your Pets? goldfish
Friends? good
Your Life? interesting
Your Mood? peaceful
Missing Someone? sometimes
Vehicle? sportscar
Something You Aren’t Wearing? Headphones
Your Favorite Store? Atomic Garden
Your Favorite Color? Blue
When Was The Last Time You Laughed? today
Last Time You Cried? Yesterday
Your Best Friend? Alex

One Place

You Go To Over And Over Again? Movies
Facebook? begrudgingly

Favorite Place

To Eat? Italy

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Author Interview: Jessica Lee Anderson


I wanted to start off by telling you that I really enjoyed your book, Border Crossing. I really felt like I was in the hot Texas heat trying to figure out all the problems in the life of Manz. I appreciate you taking the time to answer some questions. As I always tell the authors which I am lucky enough to interview, feel free to answer all or just the ones that you want to.

Here is a link to an earlier post where I wrote up my review of her novel, Border Crossing.

1. Growing up, when I was reading books I never really even considered authors to be human. I never gave a thought to actually talking to them or sending them letters. Now authors do interviews (like this), Skype conferences, blogs, email, etc. How does the utilization of all the latest technology and internet help you as a writer? Do you think it helps you or is it more of problem trying to fit it all in?

Until an author, Rita Kerr, came to visit my elementary school back in the day, I previously thought all authors were dead. Rita Kerr was very much alive, and her passion for books made a lasting impression. I’m a fan of utilizing the latest technology to become more accessible, and to reach an audience that might be a challenge to reach otherwise. It is especially enjoyable to connect with readers, especially since writing can often be isolating.

2. Border Crossing is the first book that I have read by you and I loved it. Without giving anything away how did you come up with the idea of a protagonist with a mental issue? I think this might be my first book with a schizophrenic protagonist.

Thanks! While taking an eye-opening history class in college, I felt completely shocked when I learned about Operation Wetback. I also felt vulnerable and insecure, even though I’m Anglo. Based on the emotions I experienced, Manz’s voice and story began to develop three years later.

3. This novel leaves the reader with a lot to think about at the end. I remember closing the book and just being grateful for the life that I have. How were you able to understand what Manz was going through? How were you able to get inside the head of a schizophrenic, but at the same time make him still feel “normal” to a certain degree?

I spent a great deal of time researching schizophrenia, and I communicated with many individuals battling the disease which helped me to understand my protagonist and to get inside his head.

4. Looking at your website you are doing a lot of traveling for book conferences and promotion. Can you share a story from your travels that shows that doing what you do is worthwhile?

After a school visit, I received a response from a reluctant reader saying she’d given my book a chance and was surprised how much she liked it, and how proud she was that she actually finished a book in a day.

5. What surprised you most as you were writing this novel?

How real Manz felt to me, and how I got so drawn into his world. Writing this novel was both emotionally exhausting and exhilarating!

7. I was also reading about how you are a teacher the Institute of Children’s Literature. What do you like best about teaching?

My students are wonderful, and it is a joy to be a part of their lives and to see them grow as writers and succeed!

8. I recently read a book title, Six Word Memoirs, which has a website. If you had to write your memoir in six words, what would you write?

Stories in Head, Dreams in Heart

9. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what would be a playlist on your ipod?

I feel somewhat boring to admit I usually write without music since I tend to tune everything out when writing.

10. What other books would you recommend young adults to read besides your own?

These novels from last year made a lasting impression:

ETERNAL by Cynthia Leitich Smith

GOING BOVINE by Libba Bray

ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr

SLOB by Ellen Potter

THE OTHER SIDE OF BLUE by Valerie Patterson

THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY by Jill Alexander

WHAT WOULD EMMA DO? by Eileen Cook

11. Coming up in a few weeks I will be posting a new Great Nerd Debate topic for my students to answer. I am curious to hear your response. The Great Nerd Debate is the following question: What is the all time greatest TV theme song?

Hmm…I vote for Fraggle Rock.

Here are some additional random questions that you could answer if you feel like it(though not really necessary, but students always want me to add when I interview authors). These come from the Teacher Mystery Challenge that I have on my blog. They thought it would be cool to hear answers from an author.

1. What flavor of Kool Aid is your favorite?

Tropical Punch

2. What do you think of hot dogs?

I kind of miss eating hot dogs since becoming a vegetarian and limiting processed food

3. Favorite Holiday movie or tv special?

Hands down: Will Vinton’s Claymation Christmas

4. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

Hot green tea

5. Can you do push ups? If yes, how many?

After two relatively recent shoulder surgeries, I’m limited to wall pushups (about 20 at a time)

6. Favorite hobby?

Hiking

7. Middle name?

Lee

8. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?

1. I hope I can do real push ups again

2. My fingers are cold

3. Hot green tea sounds good

9. Current worry?

My mom has been ill, and I’m anxious for her to get well

10. Dum da dum dummmm what is that?

A sound that makes me want to say, “The legend you are about to hear is true…”

11. Where would you like to go?

Alaska

12. Do you own slippers?

Yes, but I seldom wear them since my dog likes to attack slippers

13. What color shirt are you wearing right now?

Black sweater

14. Can you whistle?

Sadly, no

15. Favorite color?

Yellow is my favorite color for the moment

16. Would you be a pirate?

Only in my imagination since I get seasick

17. What was the last song that was stuck in your head?

Billie Jean by Michael Jackson

18. What’s in your pocket right now?

Cell phone

19. Best toy as a child?

Barbie Dolls—My grandmother sewed me custom Barbie clothes, and I gave many dolls custom haircuts. I loved creating all sorts of doll drama, and learned how to make casts out of Kleenex for “Car Accident Barbie”

20. What is your favorite candy?

Chewy Sweet Tarts

21. Favorite Sports Team?

Texas Longhorns (Hook ‘em!)

22. What are you currently reading?

THE ULTIMATE GIFT by Jim Stovall (audio book)

23. What is your favorite book of all time?

LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott ranks up there since this is the first novel my mother read to me

24. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why?

Mother Teresa since she lived such an amazing, inspiring life committed to serving others

25. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?

A ridiculous amount of fruit and vegetables

26. What is one fact that readers would not know about you prior to asking this question?

I won a car in a random drawing

27. If you were an animal/a can of soup/some other random object, which one would you be?

A grizzly bear…in Alaska

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Author Interview: Justine Larbalestier

Here is my latest interview with YA author Justine Larbelestier. She is the author of the amazing and thought provoking book LIAR. Here is a link to her website.You can read my review here. She is also married to Scott Westerfeld hence the references to Scott in the interview. I proudly present to you, the interview questions.

1. Growing up, when I was reading books I never really even considered authors to be human. I never gave a thought to actually talking to them or sending them letters. Now authors do interviews (like this), Skype conferences, blogs, email, etc. How does the utilization of all the latest technology and internet help you as a writer? Do you think it helps you or is it more of problem trying to fit it all in?

I love it. (Well, not Skype.) It’s very isolating being a writer. Pre-internet it was even worse. Now we have the luxury of as little or as much contact with our readers as we like. I really enjoy blogging and responding to my readers’ questions. Sure, it’s tough to get it all done and sometimes I lag months behind on responding to mail but it’s so worth it.

2. LIAR is the first book that I have read by you and I loved it. Without giving anything away(I am holding true to your request) how did you come up with the idea of a narrator who lies? I don’t think I have ever been lied to as a reader.

Have you ever read Great Expectations or Catcher in the Rye? Then you’ve been lied to. Unreliable narrators are much more common than many readers think. Basically anything from a first person point of view is going to give you a limited view of the world. There will, at the very least, be omissions and a slanted version of events. More is happening than one person can see.

The out and out unreliable narrators are usually trying to trick you, which is a little bit different. Usually, they also try to hide that they’re unreliable, but Micah flat out says from the very beginning that she’s a liar. That way the reader is on their toes from the very beginning.

3. This novel leaves the reader with a lot to think about at the end. As a reader, do you prefer books with a closed ending or ones that just keep you guessing on what exactly happened and/or will happen?

It really depends on the book. Some books need closure some don’t. I prefer a good book with the right ending.

4. How were you able to understand what Micah was going through? How were you able to get inside the head of a compulsive liar where everything was so believable?

I think pretty much all novelists have a very good understanding of being a liar.

5. You have been out and about on your recent book tour. Can you share a story from your travels that shows that doing what you do is worthwhile?

It’s hard to pick just one. I was amazed by so many of the schools I visited. So many wonderful and enthusiastic readers and writers. School librarians are just amazing.

6. What surprised you most as you were writing this novel?

That I finished it!

7. I was reading about how you and Scott are competitive in many things like shooting spit wads and such. What was the last thing you guys competed about? Who won?

Thumb wrestling. I always win. Scott might not back me up on that though. But he’s a liar. (You know, like all novelists are.)

8. I recently read a book title, Six Word Memoirs, which has a website. If you had to write your memoir in six words, what would you write?

Sum my life up? Rather sleep.

11. What other books would you recommend young adults to read besides your own?

Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. Was my favourite book of the year. A tale of a black girl passing as white so she can fly planes during world war II. I could not put it down.

12. Coming up in a few weeks I am starting the great nerd debate for my students on my blog – Would you rather be a pirate or ninja? What would you choose?

Ninja.

Here are some additional random questions that you could answer if you feels like it(though not really necessary, but students wanted me to add). These come from the Teacher Mystery Challenge that I have on my blog. They thought it would be cool to hear answers from an author.
1. What flavor of Kool Aid is your favorite?

I don’t like soft drinks.

2. What do you think of hot dogs?

I don’t think about hot dogs. Sorry. I’m a foreignor.

3. Favorite Holiday movie or tv special?

Don’t have one. They’re not really a thing in Australia.

4. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

Water.

5. Can you do push ups? If yes, how many?

Yes. 10. And they’re proper pushups, no putting knees on ground. I’m working my way up to 50. Slowly.

6. Favorite hobby?

Writing.

7. Middle name?

Don’t have one.

8. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?

Hungry. Need to pee. Hope there’s a ninja movie to watch. (These are my standard thoughts. Though usually I’m also thinking about going back to bed.)

9. Current worry?

Should I go pee or finish these questions?

12. Do you own slippers?

Yes. Well, I own uggies. They’re only worn indoors in Australia. Wearing them outside should be made illegal.

13. What color shirt are you wearing right now?

I’m in my pjs so I’m not wearing a top. But the pjs are blue. When you become a full-time writer you’re always in your pjs.

14. Can you whistle?

No.

16. Would you be a pirate?

No. Not a great life for a woman. Also I don’t like boats.

17. What was the last song that was stuck in your head?

99 Problems

18. What’s in your pocket right now?

Nothing.

19. Best toy as a child?

Evil Kenivel doll with motor cycle.

21. Favorite Sports Team?

NY Liberty

22. What are you currently reading?

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. (The sequel to Leviathan. That’s right I get to read it before you do! *cue evil laughter*)

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Author Interview: Jacquelyn Wheeler

Jacquelyn has been super incredible to work as I have had the opportunity to do so through email over the last couple weeks. She set aside some time to answer some of my interview questions and thought it would only be perfect timing to post these in addition to the book give away contest of her first novel in the Soterian series, Rising Shadow. I proudly present the interview.

Growing up, when I was reading books I never really even considered authors to be human. I never gave a thought to actually talking to them or sending them letters. Now authors do interviews (like this), Skype conferences, blogs, email, etc. How does the utilization of all the latest technology and internet help you as a writer? Do you think it helps you or is it more of problem trying to fit it all in?

It’s been incredibly helpful.. I was dreading going out there and promoting my book, but it’s turned out to be almost as much fun as writing, because I’ve gotten to hook up with cool bloggers like you and meet some pretty amazing people all over the world. I have a day job and don’t have time to get on the road and do a book tour, and if I did, I still wouldn’t meet as many people as I am via email and Good Reads and stuff like that.

Rising Shadows is the first book that I have read by you and I really enjoyed the novel. Without giving anything away how did you come up with the idea for your story line. You have 5 books that you plan to write in the series. What caused you to think up the ideas for the series?

It was kind of like the idea dropped out of the sky, although looking back, it was a perfect convergence of several areas of my life. I had been playing the online game City of Heroes a lot, as well as doing martial arts in the real world, and I was thinking about how much I love the sensation of flying–I dream about flying all the time, and my ‘toons in City of Heroes always have flight as their travel power. I had also been thinking a lot about genetics, as I’m a co-inventor on a patent for displaying and managing your genetic profile. So suddenly, on September first of 2008, the idea just kind of hit me—what if people could develop special powers as a result of a genetic switch that was thrown by an environmental trigger, specifically an imbalance of good and evil? And what if evil couldn’t be destroyed, only brought back into balance? I sat there for about an hour as the ideas just flooded through me and the basic ideas for all five books came to me, and later that day I went home and started outlining the series.

This novel leaves the reader with a lot to think about at the end in terms of what is going to happen next. Do you have each book already planned out or do you just know key elements along the way?

I’ve got each book planned out at a fairly high level. I know what the major crisis is in each book, and how the series ends, and every now and then I’ll get an idea for a scene in a later book and write it down. So I’ve already started writing all of them, which is a really fun approach, because it means I can weave clues and ideas into the early books that don’t make sense until later.

You are involved in a lot of activities with martial arts and triathalons. On average, how much time do you spend each week writing?

I probably average an hour of writing a day. I write on the train going to and from work, which gives me about forty minutes a day during the week, and I often write in the evenings after my daughter has gone to bed. I try to do things in small chunks of time rather than wait for a free hour to present itself, which never happens, although the weekends provide me with a lot more time. I also tend to focus on one sport at a time, so right now I’m just working toward my black belt in martial arts and am taking a break from triathlons.

What surprised you most as you were writing this novel?

The most surprising thing was how much I loved what I was writing, and how it just seemed to write itself at times. I’d be typing away, and an idea would hit me, and I’d be kind of sitting back and watching it unfold as if I were reading it, not writing it. It’s so much fun when that happens!

You donate a percentage of the money you make to charities. How did you become involved with these organizations and/or why did you decided to do this?

I believe very strongly in volunteering your time and money wherever possible, and it occurred to me that I would be even more inspired to write if it meant I could give more to charity. Not the token 1% or 5% that most organizations donate, but 20%. Selecting charities was hard at first. I got the idea that there are really five main categories of human need: water, food, health care, safe shelter, and education. I wanted to select charities within each of these categories, and I wanted to make sure they were international in scope, used their donations wisely, and provided opportunities for volunteering your time as well as money. Thankfully, I found Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/), which ranks and categorizes charities. That made it really easy to find charities that met my criteria.

I recently read a book title, Six Word Memoirs, which has a website. If you had to write your memoir in six words, what would you write?

I have so many different interests, and I tend to get very enthusiastic about things. My family compares me to Mr. Toad in The Wind in the Willows, and they all cringe every time I say “I’ve had an idea!” I love to learn new things and embrace new experiences. So I suppose my memoir would be “I seized life with both hands.”

Do you listen to music when write? If so, what would be a playlist on your ipod?

It’s kind of backwards—I’ll be writing a scene, and a song will come to mind that matches it, and then that song plays in my head as I’m writing it. For example, in the scene where Ashlyn is driving to Santa Barbara, leaving her old life behind her, the ColdPlay song “Viva la Vida” started playing in my head, so I actually wrote that into the scene. In a later scene when her life seems to be hitting bottom, the Mazzy Star song “Into Dust” started playing in my head, so I put that on and played it over and over while I worked on that scene until my family was yelling at me to turn it off.. I seem to have an inner theme song for just about everything. When I’m doing triathlons, my brain plays the Mermen’s “Silly Elephant Who Stomped to Tea” during the swim, Finger Eleven’s “One Thing” during the bike leg, and Juno Reactor’s “Pistolero” during the run. Lately when I’m really stressed out at work, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked helps me through it.

What other books would you recommend young adults to read besides your own?

There are so many fantastic books out there! I’m crazy about the Harry Potter series, and I really like Pretties/Uglies/Specials (didn’t like Extras that much). I love the Artemis Fowl books. Right now I’m reading Snow Crash for the first time and I’m loving it. The best advice I can give is to follow blogs like Coffee for the Brain to hear about what’s out there, and then use a site like Good Reads to share ideas with friends.

Do you know when book 2 will be published?

The second book, Merger, is nearly done. I’m in final edits on it right now, so it just depends on when I feel that it’s ready. Should be about another month. Book three, Fracture, is about 75% written, but I spend a lot of time editing (it took me nine weeks to write the first draft of Rising Shadow and nine months to edit it), so I think Fracture is probably about nine months away.

What type of Soterian would you be?

Definitely a Scout, with strong Empath tendencies. I think I’d be an Alchemist for sure.

Here are some additional random questions that you could answer if you feel like it(though not really necessary, but students wanted me to add). These come from the Teacher Mystery Challenge that I have on my blog. They thought it would be cool to hear answers from an author.

1. What flavor of Kool Aid is your favorite?
I can’t remember the last time I had Kool Aid, but I always loved the red one.

2. What do you think of hot dogs?
I’m a vegetarian, and I love veggie dogs (there’s nothing gross in them like regular hot dogs) with a lot of mustard.

3. Favorite Holiday movie or tv special?
Gotta be Rudolph. As a kid, I remember laughing for hours after hearing Yukon Cornelius say “Bumbles bounce!”

4. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
We’re sort of coffee snobs in my house, so mornings consist of Blue Bottle coffee brewed through a glass siphon pot topped off with Wildwood soy creamer. My husband is taking a break from caffeine, so we drink the Blue Bottle decaf, which is fantastic. If I get coffee with my co-workers in the afternoon, it’s a soy gingerbread latte from Peet’s or a chai.

5. Can you do push ups? If yes, how many?
I can only do about ten full push ups at a time. Pathetic. I’m working on it.

6. Favorite hobby?
I have a gazillion hobbies, but I would have to say that writing is my favorite.

7. Middle name?
Christine

8. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
Is this swine flu or just a regular virus?
Will I ever stop getting zits?
Why are all my thoughts questions?

9. Current worry?
Whether this virus is actually swine flu.

10. Dum da dum dummmm what is that?
Tums! Do they still have that ad on TV? I hardly ever watch TV anymore.

11. Where would you like to go?
Scotland. I’ve had this thing about Scotland for like the last fifteen years. Not sure why, since I’ve never been there.

12. Do you own slippers?
Probably, but I never wear them.

13. What color shirt are you wearing right now?
Blue (I’m still in my pajamas)

14. Can you whistle?
Yes, and I can whistle very loudly through my fingers, which is quite useful at concerts.

15. Favorite color?
Black. No, purple. No, black! It used to be green.

16. Would you be a pirate?
I would be a ninja who can talk like a pirate and sail a ship. Think of the advantage the ninja skills would bring when you’re climbing the rigging.

17. What was the last song that was stuck in your head?
The Tums theme (thanks for putting it there). Before that it was “Defying Gravity.”

18. What’s in your pocket right now?
Kleenex

19. Best toy as a child?
I loved my basketball and my tire swing. And I loved board games like Monopoly, Clue, and Life. We also had a pinball machine, which rocked.

20. What is your favorite candy?
In the non-chocolate category, it’s watermelon Jolly Ranchers. Otherwise, just about anything made of dark chocolate.

21. Favorite Sports Team?
The San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings.

22. What are you currently reading?
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. It’s awesome.

23. What is your favorite book of all time?
I don’t think I could ever get it down to just one favorite. If I had to list the ones I’ve re-read the most, I’d say Pride and Prejudice, Neuromancer, Summon the Keeper, and The Goblet of Fire.

24. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why?
Gandhi. It is absolutely amazing what he was able to accomplish through non-violence.

25. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?
A lot of condiments. Hopefully some kale. I really like kale. My husband does all the cooking, so I really don’t know what’s in there.

26. What is one fact that readers would not know about you prior to asking this question?
I used to be terrified of a lot of stuff—bees, the dark, open water, sharks, heights, etc. And then one day, in my early twenties, I decided I was sick of being afraid and started facing my fears one by one.. I walked through the house with all the lights off until I finally got over it. I hung out next to a flowering bush covered with bees and focused on noticing how cool the bees actually were until they didn’t freak me out anymore. I went skydiving to get over my fear of heights. Training for triathlons got me over the open-water problem. I still haven’t swum with sharks, but it’s on my list. Then again, there’s not much reason to get over one’s fear of sharks–that would fall into the “healthy fear” category.

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Author Interview: Kristina Springer


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I cannot tell you how excited I am to post this interview by the author of the Espressologist (click for my review), Kristina Springer. She is super nice and so wonderful to work with(she very willingly answered my interview questions). Without wasting any other blog space, I present to you the interview.

Hi Aaron,

Thanks! These were so fun! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and I hope your daughter is feeling better!

1. Growing up, when I was reading books I never really even considered authors to be human. I never gave a thought to actually talking to them or sending them letters. Now authors do interviews (like this), Skype conferences, blogs, email, etc. How does the utilization of all the latest technology and internet help you as a writer? Do you think it helps you or is it more of problem trying to fit it all in?

I LOVE IT! Seriously, it’s awesome having all this instant feedback and communication. I like reading all the reviews and chatting with readers via e-mail, facebook, and twitter.

2. How did you come up with the idea to write Espressologist? I am sure that you have been asked this a million times, but how does one shift to the young adult genre?

I came up with the idea while sitting in a Starbucks. I was people watching and it hit me that I could pretty much tell what they were going to order. I thought I’d write a sort of guide book and call it Espressology but then I thought no, I’ll make it a fiction book and have a matchmaking barista who practices Espressology.

As far as making the shift to young adult writing—I never really made a shift. When I first started writing fiction it was young adult. If I ever decide to shift to writing adult fiction I’ll let you know how it goes!

3. How were you able to figure out the what type of person went with each drink? Did you compose your own little study?

Yes! I watched people like CRAZY. Maybe I should say they thought I was crazy. I got so many weird looks while writing this book. I seriously studied every person that came in to the coffee shop (I wrote the whole book from the same table at my local Starbucks) and eavesdropped on their orders and then hung over the counter to watch them being made. Like Jane, I had a good feel for what people were going to order to begin with. But I eavesdropped a lot to make sure I was right!

7. I was on your website and noticed you like to listen to audiobooks. Which audiobook(s) is/are your favorite(s)?

Ugh, that’s hard! I’ve listened to so many since I started listening to them in the car like ten years ago. Stephen King’s audiobooks were always really good stuff. And everything Sophie Kinsella. Jane Green too. The latest one that I really enjoyed listening to was The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

10. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what would be a playlist on your ipod?

Nope! Well, I take that back. Starbucks always has something playing. But I seriously tune it out.

11. What other books would you recommend young adults to read besides your own?

Oh wow, there are so many great great books out there. If you’re looking for the funniest book ever, Kristin Walker’s A MATCH MADE IN HIGH SCHOOL is hysterical (out 2/1/10). Or if you’re into zombies, THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH is awesome. Or if you want a really unique twist on fairies, Aprilynne Pike’s WINGS is really cool. And for another fun romance with matchmaking, check out Rhonda Stapleton’s STUPID CUPID. It’s so cute and the main character is really fun.

12. If I go to a coffee shop I usually order a mocha cappuccino or a peppermint mocha. Do you have any insight on me based on these orders?

I’d say you are a pretty fun and friendly person. Most often happy. Young at heart. I’m sensing you have a He-man, GI Joe, or Star Wars collection (Ok, I may be reaching a bit here but you’ll have to let me know if I’m right! 🙂 ).(She is right by the way, I have all three currently in my basement)

Here are some additional random questions that you could answer if you feels like it(though not really necessary, but students wanted me to add). These come from the Teacher Mystery Challenge that I have on my blog. They thought it would be cool to hear answers from an author.

1. What flavor of Kool Aid was your favorite?

None. I’ve never liked koolaid.

2. What do you think of hot dogs?

Yuck.

3. Favorite Holiday movie or tv special?

Let me just say I’m a Hallmark channel cheesy Christmas movieaholic. I’ll watch them all. Heck, I’m watching one right now while I answer these questions. But as for favorites? I’ll watch the TV show Christmas specials again and again—like the Little House on the Prairie special Christmas one—can’t remember if it has an official name.

4. What do you prefer to drink in the morning?

Are you teasing me? Coffee! 🙂

5. Can you do push ups? If yes, how many?

Yes. Lots of the on your knees pushups. Just tried the regular pushups and got to 8. Ouch.

6. Favorite hobby?

Writing! And reading

7. Middle name?

Marie

8. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?

Fun, hope, pumpkins.

9. Current worry?

Having company tomorrow- need to clean.

10. Dum da dum dummmm what is that?

Monsters! I don’t know.

11. Where would you like to go?

Italy.

12. Do you own slippers?

Yes, but I never wear them.

13. What color shirt are you wearing right now?

White.

14. Can you whistle?

Yes

15. Favorite color?

Pink

16. Would you be a pirate?

No

17. What was the last song that was stuck in your head?

The one my daughter’s high school musical doll sings over and over and over again. Not sure of the title.

18. What’s in your pocket right now?

Nothing

19. Best toy as a child?

That thing you can sit and spin on. So fun. They should make those in adult sizes.

20. What is your favorite candy?

Twix

21. Favorite Sports Team?

I should probably say Cubs or Bears or something but I don’t actually follow sports.

22. What are you currently reading?

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

23. What is your favorite book of all time?

That’s hard! I don’t have one favorite. I have favorite authors though—Meg Cabot, Lauren Myracle, and Sophie Kinsella.

24. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why?

My mom’s mom. Because I never met her.

25. What would we find in your refrigerator right now?

Turkey Burger, grapes, lots of milk, eggs, apples, turkey, wheat tortillas, cheese, ummmm condiments… I can’t remember what else.

26. What is one fact that readers would not know about you prior to asking this question?

I have three brothers.

27. If you were an animal/a can of soup/some other random object, which one would you be?

A Christmas Tree.

Best,

Kristina

THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, *In stores now* from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, Fall 2010, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

www.kristinaspringer.com

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