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And here we go with Day #5, finishing off the week for the Summer Blog Blast Tour. Be sure to check the Master Schedule for direct links (and quotes) for all the interviews this week.

Varian Johnson at Finding Wonderland: "I think both class and race are still important. However, with Rhombus, I was more interested in exploring the differences in social status within an ethnicity than problems solely tied to race. Rhonda, Sarah, David, and even Gail to a degree, are products of their environment. While their race has affected them, it's their (and their parents') different social statuses within the community that really affects how they see each other."

Jincy Willett at Shaken & Stirred: "It's funny—as a reader, I have no problem relaxing into a mystery or thriller and pretending that engaging, seemingly reasonable people who give off not a whiff of madness or psychopathy can just turn on a dime and whale away on some poor soul with a blunt instrument. "

John Grandits at Writing & Ruminating: "Let's take for instance, "Skateboard" from Technically . . . In my little town we have a lot of skateboarders. It's an interesting little subculture. The town wanted to get the kids off the streets and sidewalks and parking lots. Too dangerous they said. So they gave the local YMCA money to build a skateboard park. The YMCA took the money and built a basketball court instead. The boarders got rooked. So that's the idea. I put my character in that situation and searched around my brain for a form it could take. I finally came up with the idea that the text follows the path of of his board. Idea first, shape second."

Meg Burden at Bookshelves of Doom: "I'm terrified of sharks and other Big Underwater Things, to the point that I can't even play--or watch--underwater levels of video games. I'm also freaked out by big inanimate things, like models of mammoths and dinosaurs in museums."

Gary D. Schmidt at Miss Erin: "If there was ever a time in recent history when a strong message of hope is important, it's now. Of course, hope is important for all times, but when we look around us, it's pretty clear that we live in troubled times, with a shocking cynicism in our culture's power centers. Hope for something better is not something tht just happens; it's something that needs to be cultivated."

Javaka Steptoe at Seven Impossible Things: "Rain Play was fun to work on because it reminded me of the rainy day after grocery shopping Dad decided to play with my sister and me in the rain instead of going inside and putting the food away. It reminds me of the Coke commercial with the kids playing in the rain. It reminds me of playing in the Johnny-pump, or sprinklers in the summer time, or having water fights in the pool. It starts with a thought, a spark. It's spontaneous, it's beautiful, it's an experience that we all have and it is so natural. Rain is not all gray skies, it's also refreshing nourishing growth."

Mary Hooper at Interactive Reader: "I think the most fantastical thing about prisons at that time is that, if you were rich enough, you could live the life of Riley and come and go from your furnished private prison apartment as you liked. If you were poor, however, you'd be lucky to survive a hot summer what with dysentery, gaol fever, lice and worms. (Is that grisly enough for you?)"

[Post title from John Grandits at Writing and Ruminating - that interview is just flat out awesome!}


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