Friday, July 30, 2010

"Guess Who?" Q&A Week 19

Can you please share 3 things (weird, funny or embarrassing) about yourself that your fans probably don’t know?

Weird--I made up the spelling of my first name (I know this is a pretty big hint in itself, but it can't be helped.) Having made it up, I was fairly confident that no one else would have my exact same name. But once at a science fiction convention I got a message from someone which read: I don't know if you're the person I met at Some-other-con last year, but you must be, because no one else spells XXX like that. Would you meet me at the SFWA booth? I'll be there…

I knew it wasn't me, because I'd never gone to that convention. But at that point I was really curious so I went to find note writer. Turns out there's not only another person who spells her name like I do, but this other person also has my life! She writes books in the same genre I do, for the same ages, and she's also a librarian! The only difference between us that was that I live in Colorado and she lives (or lived) in Michigan. It really felt weird.

Funny--well, maybe it wasn't ha ha funny--unless you were watching me, in which case some of these things probably looked hysterical. I recently drove from Utah to Alaska to research a couple of books--the first of them will be coming out this year. And by way of research, I had to do, or try to do, a lot of what my heroine does. This entailed hiking into the lava tunnels at Craters of the Moon with a completely inadquate flashlight over slippery ice. Wading into an ice cold lake in the early morning hours. (My traveling companion was certainly laughing here.) And in Glacier, sneaking out of the sight of the ranger on guard to scramble under the Don't-Cross-This-Line tape in order to actually touch the glacier. (I didn't try to climb up on it, but I had to touch it. When it comes to my novels, I get lawless!) In Alaska, where the second book takes place, I became totally obsessed with these gorgeous yellow lillies that grow in the ponds there. I just had to work them into the scene where my hero learns to cast nature magic--but being a writer, I needed to know how they smelled. I stopped at half a dozen ponds where it looked like the lilies were close enough to the shore for me to grab one, but when I reached the shore they were always about ten feet of icy mucky pond too far. Finally, on a road near Ketchikan, I screeched to a stop on a too-narrow pullout, grabbed a way too small branch for an anchor, and leaned precariously out over the icy muck with a dead branch in my other hand, and managed to fish out a lilly and haul it in. It smelled sort of piney and resinous, and was full of small black ants. I just finished writing the first draft of that second book about two weeks ago--there is no mention of those lillies anywhere in it.

Embarassing--I'm generally not a superstitious person, but I have developed a writing ritual that my writing group teased me about a lot when I confessed to it. I have a very old, soft, peach sweat-shirt that used to belong to my mom. When I'm writing a first draft, which I do in longhand over a period of about two months, I put on that sweat shirt when I write page one and wear it whenever I'm writing until I've finished that draft. And I don't wash it once during that time, so it gets dark patches on the elbows, and over my stomach where the eraser shavings fall. (I've got some mild back problems, so I lie down on the floor of my bedroom to write with the pad propped against a lap board.) But despite what you hear about blood, sweat and tears, I don't shed any bodily fluids when I write, so it doesn’t get stinky or gross. As I told my laughing writers group. Repeatedly.

Hints: Fantasy is her thing and she was awesome enough to donate her whole series to the Grand Prize Pack.
List of Participating Authors to chose from:
Hilari Bell - Knights & Rogue Series
Sarwat Chadda - The Devil's Kiss
Eileen Cook - Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood
Andrea Cremer - Nightshade 
Melissa DeLaCruz - Blue Blood Series
Alexandra Diaz - Of All The Stupid Things
Kimberly Derting - The Body Finder
Bonnie J. Doerr - Island Sting
Simone Elkeles - Perfect Chemistry
Kami Garcia - Beautiful Creatures
Adele Griffin - The Julian Game
Teri Hall -The Line
Alyxandra Harvey - Hearts at Stake
Karen Healey - Guardina of the Dead
Jennifer Hubbard - The Secret Year
Shaun David Hutchinson - The Deathday Letter
Denise Jaden - Losing Faith
Lauren Kate - Fallen
Jen Nadol - The Mark
Chloe Niell - Firespell
Sarah Ockler - Twenty Boy Summer
Julie Anne Peters - By The Time You Read This,I'll Be Dead
Carrie Ryan - The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Lisa Schroeder - Chasing Brooklyn
Elizabeth Scott - The Unwritten Rule
Rachel Vincent - Soul Screamers Series
Any Brecount White - Forget-Her-Nots
Sara Zarr - Sweethearts
You can only guess once!
You must be a follower to participate!!
That means when I click on your picture or name this blog must be listed in "Blogs I follow". If A Book Lovers' Review is not there your entry doesn't count.
Leave your ONE guess and your extra entries for the Grand Prize Pack as a comment.
Remember to leave your email address and links or your entries will NOT count.
Suggestion!! You should check out the authors websites and blogs. You might find what your looking for.
The correct answer gets you into the lottery for this weeks prize but you can earn entries into the GRAND PRIZE PACK by tweeting, posting, and putting contest on your sidebar. 
Please click HERE to see details on the contest.
As of righ now the 2nd prize pack will contain
$50 gift card for B&N

-Pride & Prejudice book and movie + candy & popcorn

-Signed bookmarks donated by Lisa Schroeder

-Signed bookmarks donated by Jen Nadol

-Bookmarks donated by Shaun David Hutchinson

-Copy of The Last Knight, Rogue's House and Player's Ruse donated by Hilari Bell

-One Devil's Kiss audiobook donated by Sarwat Chadda

-One signed book by donated by Julie Anne Peters

-One signed copy of My Soul to Save donated by Rachel Vincent

-The Drake Chronicles tote bag donated by Alyxandra Harvey



  1. I'm guessing Hilari Bell.

  2. My guess is Hilari Bell
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  3. Im going to say Hilari Bell.

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  4. I'm guessing Hilari Bell as well. I'm not familiar with her but her books sound good!

  5. My guess is Hilari Bell.

    -Lisa B.
    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  6. My Guess is Hilari Bell....

    alifeboundbybooks at hotmail dot com

  7. I'm gonna say Hilari Bell!

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