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Archive for April 6, 2009

Interview with Stephanie Hale part three

Finally, Part Three: get to know the authors. Let’s welcome Stephanie Hale. -applauds-

1. As a child, who was your fave cartoon character?
I had brief, but intense, love affairs with Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake (Blueberry Muffin was actually my fav), Care Bears, and the Smurfs. But my favorite cartoon to watch was, and still is, Scooby-Doo!

2. Which subject were you least good in, in high school?
I flunked Geometry. I just totally hated it and wouldn’t study. Then I had to redo it in summer school which was HORRIBLE!

3. Did you love or dread Valentine’s Day in high school?

This is an awesome question. Valentine’s Day in HS was more stressful than taking the ACT’s. If you got a delivery they would call your name to come to the office and get it. Then you could parade your over-priced flowers/balloons/candy through the halls like a giant trophy. I’m pretty sure I put the fear of God into my boyfriends so I always got something!

4. How were your grades like in high school?
You know I always thought with the exception of Geometry I did pretty good. But recently I came upon my old report cards and there were a lot more B’s and C’s then I remember. I got straight A’s in crushing boys though, although there isn’t much demand in the job market for that one.

5. How did you cope with homework?
Osmosis. You have to remember that when I was in high school, we didn’t have near the demands that today’s students face. I do remember having a study hall period and I could get most of my homework done during that. But now, even my kindergartener has homework every night.

6. What do you do when you are very stressed?


7. If someone told you 10 years ago that you would be a writer, what would your reaction be?


Just One Wish by Janette Rallison

Seventeen-year-old Annika Truman knows about the power of positive thinking. With a little brother who has cancer, it’s all she ever hears about. And in order to help Jeremy, she will go to the ends of the earth (or at least as far as Hollywood) to help him believe he can survive his upcoming surgery.

But Annika’s plan to convince Jeremy that a magic genie will grant him any wish throws her a curveball when he unexpectedly wishes that his television idol would visit him. Annika suddenly fi nds herself in the desperate predicament of getting access to a hunky star actor and convincing him to come home with her. Piece of cake, right?

Just One Wish was on my ‘dying-to-read’ list. My expectations for it were high, as I loved My Fair Godmother. I would say the book was pretty good but I was disappointed that it wasn’t long enough. It had some funny moments and I just loved how Annika fought with the greedy Teen Robin Hood man. This book had me wanting to know more and wanting to know what will happen to Jeremy. It is a sweet and heartwarming book. In my opinion, Just One Wish is a ideal for Chirstmas gifts or gifts to friends/family with cancer or anyone who has experienced a loved one dealing with cancer. 🙂 Be sure to pick up your copy of Just One Wish the next time your in the bookstore or the library. And look at the sparkles on the cover. They’re so cool!

Just some additional info. On the front cover, there’s a picture of a girl blowing the dandelion. Here is what dandelions symbolise.

Dandelions stand for wishes coming true. The dozens of seeds released by each flower head represent fertility and abundance. The seeds’ journey illustrates a time of clothing the past and a symbol of hope for starting something new. When we blow away the puffball with it’s seeds, we make a wish for something better. It also symbolize faithfulness and happiness, affection returned, desire, sympathy, Oracle of Time and Love.
Dandelions are rich in symbolism and some of these symbols are very different and opposed to each other; in some traditions dandelions symbolize flirtation or grief.

Want to know how the cover for Just One Wish came about? Melissa Walker has a awesome story on that!

This week the 3 author interview contest is ending (Apr 10) and winners will be announced the next day.