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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?

Yell.

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

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Interview with Melissa Walker part two

Today I present Melissa Walker! 😀

1. What was your high school experience like?
I liked high school by the time I was a junior. Everyone had matured a little by then, and I had a great group of friends.

2. What was the craziest thing you ever did while in high school?
Nothing too crazy. One time we rearranged the letters on a Burger King marquee… um… but what we arranged them to say isn’t fit to print.

3. Which was your fave subject back then?
English–shock. I loved reading.

4. What books did you like to read when you were in high school?

I mainly read the required books, and of those I adored THE GREAT GATSBY, A SEPARATE PEACE, and A LIGHT IN AUGUST. Outside of school, I read some Judy Blume and a ton of Sassy magazines… does that count?

5. What was your dream job when you were in high school?
I wanted to be a magazine writer… for Sassy. But it folded before I got into the job world… Sigh.

6. Did you ever have a part time job during vacations when you were in high school?
I had a part-time job at the movie theater (like Violet) always. Well, since the day I turned 16 anyway.

7. Where did you and your friends hang out after school?
At my house–it was really close to the school so it was an easy place to get a snack.

8. What would you usually have for lunch?
I don’t remember! I do remember there was a $2 meal at Wendy’s we could get with some school discount card we had–it involved lots of fries.

9. Ever eaten in a toilet stall like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls?

No! Thank goodness. My heart goes out to anyone who has.

10. Did you like school dances or the prom?
I did. I was a total traditionalist in high school–I HAD to go to the prom both junior and senior years. I’m a sucker for that classic “high school” stuff.

If you want to win a signed copy of Violet On The Runway by Melissa Walker, then comment on this post. I’ll use a random number generator to draw the winner. When commenting, make sure you state what your number is. For example:

Great interview Kate!
Comment: #1

And so the next person who posts will be #2.

Stay tuned for the last part of the interview! Full details on the contest can be found here. Anyone in the world can enter!

If you missed out the earlier interviews here they are!

Part one: books
Stephanie Hale
Melissa Walker
Tera Lynn Childs

Part two: high school experience
Stephanie Hale
(only 5 comments! :()
Tera Lynn Childs

Interview with Stephanie Hale part two


Whee! This interview is so interesting! Check back tomorrow or something, I have a mini contest for you guys. Something about birthday wishes for *cough* Steph *cough* and a *cough* ARC!

1. What was your high school experience like?
High school was a blast. I went to a really small school with about 350 people and everyone got along really well.

2. What was the craziest thing you ever done while in high school?
Probably the time I drove six hours to see a guy only to miss him by five minutes!

3. Which was your fave subject back then?
I enjoyed my psychology class and band.

4. What books did you like to read when you were in high school?
I was so busy in high school that I didn’t read much besides magazines.

5. What was your dream job when you were in high school?
When I was in high school everyone wanted to work at the movie theatre. That was where everyone would go on the weekends and I was so jealous of the people that got paid to see everyone. Plus, they always knew who was going on a date!

6. Did you ever have a part time job during vacations when you were in high school?

I worked at a hardware store the entire time I was in high school. It was a total blast.

7. Where did you and your friends hang out after school?
I usually had to go straight from school to work. Sometimes my friends would come visit me at work.

8. What would you usually have for lunch?
I have no idea why I remember this but I ate barbeque potato chips and chocolate milk almost every single day!

9. Ever eaten in a toilet stall like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls?
Ew, no way.

10. Did you like school dances or the prom?
I loved all the dances, unfortunately I usually ended up hating my dates though! 😉

If you want to win Spring Breakup by Stephanie Hale, then comment on this post. I’m debating between using the random number gen or putting everything in a bag and drawing out the winners. Big possiblity of me choosing the latter!

Let’s add some fun for commentors! Comment and tell me what you like the most about high school! Friends, dances, anything! When commenting, make sure you state what your number is. For example:

In high school, I liked the school the most. It was so big and blah blah….
Comment: #1

And so the next person who posts will be comment #2.

Stay tuned for the last part of the interview! Full details on the contest can be found here. Sorry, only US residents allowed to enter for this book. International people can enter Oh. My. Gods and VOTR. 🙂

If you missed out part one interviews here they are!

Part one: books
Stephanie Hale
Melissa Walker
Tera Lynn Childs

Edit: I bumped up this post because a lot of people missed it!

Contest extended!

Right now, my 3 book contest has been extended!

The final date is April 10 which is two Fridays from now. Why? Because I have a LOT of homework to do, and two projects due and the authors are busy as well. I am so stressed that I want to pull my hair out. I’m not kidding. x___x I left a lot of my assignments till last minute. So now I’m cramming. Great.

Interview with Tera Lynn Childs part two

Melissa Walker was busy this few days signing books for her fans and getting autographs for me. xD So her interview will be later. Today we have Tera Lynn Childs author of OH. MY. GODS.! Sorry for the slight delay.

1. What was your high school experience like?
My high school life was extraordinarily boring. I was a good girl. I went to school, was on the tennis and swim teams, did my homework, got good grades, hung out with nice kids, blah blah blah. My parents had it so easy.

2. What was the craziest thing you ever done while in high school?
My freshman Honors American History teacher was a football coach. Throughout the year he returned our papers really fast and it was pretty obvious that he didn’t read them. He didn’t have time. So, about halfway through my final paper for his class I wrote, “Hey Mr. Pittman, are you really reading these reports?” When he returned the papers a few days later (with my big red “A” at the top) I asked him, “Did you answer my question?” He had no idea what I was talking about. I heard that the following year someone did the same thing and he failed them. I’m still proud of my little freshman rebellion.

3. Which was your fave subject back then?
I was a total science girl. I took two years of chemistry, two years of biology, earth science, and physics. Although, if I had to pick a more specific favorite, it would be biology. I had grand plans of becoming a marine biologist or an environmental biologist.

4. What books did you like to read when you were in high school?
I didn’t read much in high school–between homework and sports and worrying about boys, I guess I just didn’t have the time. But I know that I read a bunch of Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park, Congo, Rising Sun).

5. What was your dream job when you were in high school?
There were so many! I was going to be: a biologist (marine or environmental), a geologist, a geneticist, an intellectual property lawyer, an architect, a movie star, a teacher, a housewife, and tons more. It’s funny that I wound up becoming a writer, the one thing that I never once imagined as my career.

6. Did you ever have a part time job during vacations when you were in high school?
Occasionally I worked for my family. Either helping my dad with a furnace or air conditioning installation or working in the family horse barn (yep, you guessed it–I shoveled out the stalls). My parents weren’t too keen on me getting a real part-time job, since they wanted me to focus on my school work and my sports.

7. Where did you and your friends hang out after school?
After school I usually had practice (tennis in the fall, swimming in the spring, and sometimes basketball). If we hung out after practice, then it was usually at someone’s house. Like I said above, I was pretty boring in high school.

8. What would you usually have for lunch?
I almost always got the school lunch, and my favorite was the spiral pasta with cheese sauce. (I’m a total cheese addict, by the way.) My favorite brown bag lunch was melba toast and cheese because by the time lunch rolled around the cheese made the crispy melba toast go soft.

9. Ever eaten in a toilet stall like Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls?
Haha, no, never did that. There were days when I didn’t feel like eating lunch, though, and I would spend lunch period in the library either researching or (more likely) daydreaming.

10. Did you like school dances or the prom?
Honestly, my senior prom is the only dance I attended. It was fun–mostly because I went with a friend and not a boyfriend–but dances in general weren’t my thing.

If you want to win a signed copy of Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs, then comment on this post. I’ll use a random number generator to draw the winner. When commenting, make sure you state what your number is. For example:

Great interview Kate!
Comment: #1

And so the next person who posts will be #2.

Stay tuned for the last part of the interview! Full details on the contest can be found here. Anyone in the world can enter!

If you missed out the earlier interviews here they are!

Part one: books
Stephanie Hale
Melissa Walker
Tera Lynn Childs

Part two: high school experience
Stephanie Hale (lots of people don’t know about this one)

Give your birthday wishes to Stephanie, get a ARC

If you are Stephanie Hale, stop reading here! DON’T READ THIS POST. SCROLL DOWN AND READ ANYTHING ELSE EXCEPT THIS AND THE SURPRISE ENTRY!!
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Interview with Tera Lynn Childs part one

Yay! I have been waiting for this interview by TLC! Wanna know why? Because she tells us a little about what’s going to happen in Goddess Boot Camp! What are you waiting for. Go and read!

1. How did you get the idea of writing Oh. My. Gods.?
Actually, I came up with the idea while playing around with reality TV show titles. Growing Up Gotti (about the daughter and grandsons of mob boss John Gotti) was on at the time and I thought it would be fun to tweak it into Growing Up Godly. From there, I just had to figure out a story to fit the title.

2. How long did it take for you to write Oh. My. Gods.?
I wrote the first draft really quickly, in a little over a month. But between that and then multiple revisions it took me about four months altogether.

3. Was it a difficult process getting your book published?
Everything about publishing is hard. (Except for getting fan mail. That’s awesome!) OH. MY. GODS. was actually my fourth book. I’d written three other complete manuscripts and had been trying to get an agent for about two years before I finally found (the perfect) one. After that, it still took several months and many rejections before we finally sold the book. But in the end I think it’s like having a baby–not that I have any experience with that! I know there was a lot of hard work and tears along the way, but it was worth it because I wound up with the best possible agent and editor for me.

4. Can you tell us what to expect for Goddess Boot Camp? More drama between the sisters?
Oh, definitely! Actually, it’s the following summer and Damian and Valerie are headed off on their honeymoon, leaving Phoebe and Stella home alone. There’s more yummy Griffin, kick-butt Nicole, and sweet Troy. And, yes, even more Adara. This time there’s also a little more adventure in the story, both at Phoebe’s Boot Camp and in the form of anonymous messages about her Dad.

5. How can you relate to your main character, Phoebe?
It’s not hard because there is a lot of me in Phoebe. Just like her, I was an athlete in high school, I had stick-straight, blah-brown hair and a nebulous social status (not popular, not unpopular), and my standard uniform was pretty much jeans and a t-shirt. There’s just one really big thing we don’t have in common, but I can’t exactly give that away, now can I?

6. Which character did you find the hardest to write?
I have a hard time writing bad characters. I mean, I can write baddies like Stella and Adara, but I have a hard time keeping them bad. Take Griffin, for example. When I started the book he was supposed to be the bad guy and Phoebe was supposed to end up with Troy. (Shhh, don’t tell her!) But, since I can’t keep my bad characters bad, he soon turned into Phoebe’s hero. Basically, if you hate a character in one of my books, it’s a good bet that at some point I’ll probably redeem them.

7. What did you research on while writing Oh. My. Gods.?
Beautiful white sand beaches and turquoise seas–oh how I wish I could have researched them in person. Obviously, I did a lot of research on the Greek gods, finding minor ones like Troy’s ancestor, Asklepios, and uncovering their characteristics so I could use those on their descendants. I also did travel-related research on flights from L.A., the Athens metro, and ferries to the Greek islands. Research is one of my favorite parts of writing, so I always wind up doing more than I need. But you never know when that one tiny obscure fact is going to be just what you need.

8. What do you do when you have a writer’s block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. That doesn’t mean I’m a page-producing machine, but in general there are two reasons why I might not write on a given day. 1) “I’m not in the mood.” Which really means I’m being a slacker. This is definitely my most frequent excuse. 2) “I’m stuck.” This happens when I’m missing a puzzle piece. If something about the story isn’t working or I haven’t pinned down an important element, like my character’s goal or motivation, then I have to spend some time figuring it out before I can move forward. Sometimes that means just staring out the coffee shop window for a couple of hours, but I promise you that I’m really working.

9. If someone made a movie of OH. MY. GODS., who would you cast?

Phoebe- Amanda Bynes
Phoebe’s a jockette cross-country runner with little patience for fashion if it’s not Nikes and a pair of sweats. After playing soccer stud Viola in She’s the Man, she is my perfect choice.
Griffin Blake- Tom Welling
Griffin is a descendant of Ares, which makes him really athletic. His sport of choice? Cross-country, of course. He’s a little bit tortured and a lotta hot, so how could I not choose Tom with those chiseled cheeks and piercing blue eyes.
Nicole- Kristen Bell
She’s the girl who knows the lay of the land, who’s going to show Phoebe the ropes at the Academy. And she’s way kick-butt, just like Veronica Mars.
Troy- Chad Michael Murray
Cutie-pie, boy next door, best guy friend. He comes from a looong line of doctors, but has his own dreams.
Stella- Ali Larter
Evil stepsister? Check. Stella is a descendant of Hera, queen consort and head chick on Mount Olympus. Ali in vixen mode is the perfect Stella.

10. Currently what book are you working on?
Right now I’m working on the revision of FORGIVE MY FINS, the story of a half-mermaid princess attending high school on the mainland and the adventure that ensues when she accidentally kisses the wrong boy. This will be a Summer 2010 release.

If you want to win a signed copy of Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs, then comment on this post. I’ll use a random number generator to draw the winner. When commenting, make sure you state what your number is. For example:

Great interview Kate!
Comment: #1

And so the next person who posts will be #2.

Stay tuned for the next two parts of the interview! Full details on the contest can be found here. This is opened internationally!

One more thing, look out for my review coming soon! The book was a delightful read, you won’t regret reading it. Enter away!