The Novelista Asks Me 10 Questions … and I answer them

sisterhoodblog[1]Many thanks to Briana Morgan of The Novelista, who nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Which means I have to answer her 10 awesome questions. I heart questions. Here goes:

What’s your fondest book-related memory?

Some of my most cherished childhood memories are of my mother reading to me at bedtime. Our favorite book was Cat in the Hat. The more we read together the more I wanted to create my own stories and in second grade I “officially” made the decision to be a writer. That’s when my dad became my first publisher. He would staple the loose leaf papers of my stories together—sometimes even with book covers made of cardboard marked with “Kelly Publishing”—so I could have a “real book” like a “real writer.” Those are still some of my favorite stories.

First novel you remember reading on your own? How did it make you feel?

I can’t remember the first official book I read on my own, but it was probably Judy Blume. Halfway Down Paddy Lane by Jean Marzollo was also a favorite. I’d check it out of the library again and again.

What’s your favorite time of day?

Mid-morning. Like, 10-ish.

Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what kind?

It depends on what I’m working on. When I wrote BLACKBIRD FLY, I listened to the Beatles on repeat (for obvious reasons). Most of the time I listen to classical music. I love quirky, upbeat bands, like the B52s or They Might Be Giants, but I can’t listen to peppy songs when my characters are being introspective. And when you write coming-of-age, that’s pretty much all they do.

What’s one of your pet peeves when it comes to writing? What errors or quirks make you cringe whenever you come across them?

I don’t like self-indulgent writing—when it’s more about the writer than the reader. I can’t cite a specific example, but I know it when I see it.

If you could hang out with any author for a day, living or dead, who would it be? What would you do together?

My first instinct is to say one of the Bronte sisters, but I kinda like how they’re mysterious to me. So I’ll go with Kurt Vonnegut. He seems like a cool dude. I’m not sure what we’d do. He’d probably smoke cigarettes.

How do you feel about writing in multiple genres?

I love it, because I do it. I’ve written MG horror, a YA thriller, and I write lots of short stories and flash fiction. And I read in many multiple genres, as well—fiction, non-fiction, MG, YA, adult literary, horror, Gothic, whatever.

What’s something you need to do right now that you put off to answer these questions?

Writing! But this counts as writing, right?

What’s your favorite quote? Who said it?

That’s tough to say. It depends on my mood. Right now the quote on my Facebook page is from Rod Serling: “To the wishes that come true, to the strange, mystic strength of the human animal, who can take a wishful dream and give it a dimension all its own.”

What’s your favorite Disney movie?

The Sword in the Stone.

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