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Here is your Winter Blog Blast Tour Schedule for Tuesday - do make sure you read Clare Dunkle's interview at Miss Erin. She put an enormous amount of thought into answering the questions and her response about the history of female abduction in human history is really impressive (and provides much food for thought).

Lisa Ann Sandell at Chasing Ray: "I didn't set out to write violence. But, as Elaine's world came to life, and the grittiness of military life became more real to me, I began to realize that violence was very much a part of this story."

Perry Moore at Interactive Reader: "My parents taught me two very important things. One, none of us were put on this great earth to ride on the back of the bus, and two, the pen is mightier than the sword. Write Marvel, write DC, tell them what you want!"

Christopher Barzak at Shaken & Stirred: "Certain places are often used as settings over and over. So I wanted to bring a voice from this abandoned corner of working class Ohio to the pages of books. In some ways, I think it may feel anachronistic to some readers, and it is anachronistic in a way, because this area is a place that was left behind. We're still trying to catch the boat to the twenty first century. Hopefully someone will wait till we can get on board."

Autumn Cornwell at The Ya Ya Yas: "Which brings us to another issue, this time spiritual: do you determine the course of your life or does God? Is there even a God? Dum dum dum DUM! Vassar finds herself in a situation where she has nothing else to do but mull this over. Like many of us, she refused to ponder the big questions in life until she was forced into it."

Jon Scieszka at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: "I miss hanging out and growing up with a group of second graders. It is absolutely mind-boggling to see what those little guys learn in a year. I don't miss faculty meetings. It's equally mind-boggling to see what doesn't change in a year."

Gabrielle Zevin at Jen Robinson's Book Page:"I think we "come of age" our whole lives which is why I find it hilarious that we tend to refer to novels about teenagers as "coming of age" novels.

What is Madame Bovary, for example, if not a coming of age novel? There are only two great subjects for books and for life: the first is how to grow up and the second is how to die."

Judy Blume at Not Your Mother's Book Club: "Don't let anyone discourage you. You write because you have to, because of some burning inside you. Nobody writes because it's a cool thing to do. It's too hard. And it never gets any easier. But you'll get better and better at the craft of writing. I don't think I could have survived without writing, or maybe it was the creative work I needed so badly, maybe it could have been any creative outlet. I don't know. What I do know is how glad I am to have found my way."

Erik P. Kraft at Bookshelves of Doom: "I generally don't feel guilty about the stuff I like, no matter how cheesy it may be (see: ABBA, Barry Manilow, Project Runway). I figure if I like something, it has some merit, and if people think it's stupid, they can get bent."

Clare Dunkle at Miss Erin: "As I grew older, I noticed that the pattern of abduction for marriage has come up again and again throughout history: at times, large populations of women were hauled away into enemy camps or countries, where they were expected to settle down and keep the house for their abductor-husbands. This continues to confuse me. How can your enemy and captive wind up being a friendly companion and the mother to your children?"


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