Today is the first day of my OFFICIAL BLOG TOUR for The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door, presented by JeanBookNerd.
A BLOG TOUR means I’ll be featured on different YA blogs for the next two weeks, answering different interview questions every day. Here is a sampling of my interview with JeanBookNerd. Check out the whole interview here. Jean is also running a GIVEAWAY for my book, so be sure to enter!
Beyond your own work (of course), what is your all-time favorite book and why?
My all-time favorite book is The Once and Future King by T.H. White. You guessed it, I discovered it as a young reader. In fact, I was in elementary school, and the book was way beyond my reading level, but I worked my way through it slowly, looking up words in the dictionary. I was invited into the world of Camelot and into the world of adult readers at the same time.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Kevin Emerson, author of The Atlanteans series, has been mentoring me in this new world of YA. He told me that sometimes you can’t help reading the reviews, and when you see an unfavorable one, it can stick with you for a long time, even change the way you look at your own work. But, he also told me that a book doesn’t have to be prefect to have worth. While we grow as writers, our books get better. It’s all part of the job.
Tell me about your first kiss.
Don’t I wish it was a better story than this. Ugh. Spin the bottle, middle school, Halloween party. I went as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and I had these pretty white, cotton ribbons at the end of my braids. Except, apparently, everyone at the party thought they looked like toilet paper. So, before the kiss, I heard the boy who the bottle was pointing at say, “Oh great, now I have to kiss a girl with toilet paper in her hair.” For the record Pete, that wasn’t toilet paper, and, actually, I’ve decided not to count you as the first.
What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
I would take the 80s all over again. We got to experience the invention of MTV. We got John Hughes movies. We got Prince, Madonna and Cyndi Lauper. It was a golden age of teen angst.