Update: contest has been extended till August 24! Scroll down for more details on how you can win LINGER!
Hi Maggie, great to have you on the blog today!
Thanks for having me.
First off, could you describe what The Wolves of Mercy Falls series is about in 150 words or less?
Oh I can do better.
Efficiency. I haz it.
If you were spending a day with Sam and Grace, where and what would you do?
We’re all introverts and we all love books. Sit around and read.
Sitting around and reading is a good way to spend a day! Would you rather be part of a band like Cole or work in a bookshop like Sam?
Can I not do both? When I was in college, I worked in a little shop that sold touristy Virginia things (www.madeinVa.com) and when I wasn’t selling giant salted hams to tourists, I was playing gigs all over Virginia and Maryland with my band Ballynoola or playing the with college pipe band I was a part of.
Maybe not as exciting as rocking it out like Cole, but I think I had most of my cake and ate it too.
In Linger, Sam would fold paper cranes out of everything. Do you fold paper cranes as well?
I actually had to teach myself how to fold them for Linger. I’m still kind of slow. I had a brief fantasy of folding them for people at book signings, but my sluggish folding would turn most events into slumber parties.
If you could go back in time and tell your 16-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t take yourself so seriously. You will be much happier in life if you aren’t published by age 18. Man, grow some bangs.
BookPage called Shiver “…Beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” Ultimately, what would you like people to take away from your Mercy Falls novels?
*blush* I’d really love, most of all, to write books that stick under people’s skin — something that they carry around after they’ve shut the cover. And ultimately I’d like teens to realize that you choose what you’re going to be, no matter what your circumstances are.
Wonderful questions. Thank you!!
Thanks for stopping by, Maggie!
GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the lovely people at Scholastic, I’ll be giving away a finished copy of LINGER to one lucky commenter.
TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me if you’d rather be part of a band or work in a bookshop!
Giveaway ends 15 August. Opened to US residents only.
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+1 if for each comment made on my review of Shiver, Linger and 10 things I like about Linger.