Your Summer Blog Blast Tour Schedule starting on Monday. This post will be updated with exact urls and interview quotes each day next week.
Monday, May 18th
Andrew Mueller at Chasing Ray: "There really is very little demand for news about the proverbial far away countries of which we know nothing - go to the website of any quality news agency or highbrow newspaper, and look at their most read/forwarded stories and you'll find that celebrity sex and skateboarding meerkats have it all over pestilence, war, famine and death. "
Kekla Magoon at Fuse Number 8: "I've realized in writing this book that the way we tell history to kids is very hero-focused. It's especially true of Black History. How does the story go? There was slavery, then Abraham Lincoln. Segregation, then Rosa Parks. Then Dr. King came along, and now we're all living happily ever after. Ummmâ€¦.simplified much?"
Carrie Jones at Writing & Ruminating: "Girls deserve stories where the butt-kicking and the saving isn't ALWAYS done by the guys. They deserve stories where the female isn't always the damsel in distress. She can be in distress sometimes, but not all the time."
Amber Benson at Little Willow: "In the end, I decided that it would be kind of cool to model the trilogy on Dante's "Divine Comedy" - not that what I'm writing is literature, per se. It's really more of a fun, fast read. So, the first book takes place in Hell, the second in Purgatory and the third in Heaven."
Greg van Eekhout at Shaken & Stirred: "Right there, you've got all these questions about predestiny and free will and making the most of your numbered days. These are very human issues, which means the gods and the mortals in my book are dealing with the same stuff."
And a bonus interview of Lisa Yee over at Into the Wardrobe as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This one is worth reading for the picture of Lisa's office alone! "I had been every other sort of writer there was--journalist, copywriter, screenwriter, etc. Everything but what I wanted most: author. So finally, I realized it was something that was going to plague me for the rest of my life unless I gave it a shot."
Tuesday, May 19th
Maya Ganesan at Miss Erin: "I'm still surprised that one day I just sat down on the couch with a diary my mom had given me and a pencil and started writing. Somehow I knew about line breaks...don't ask me how."
Amber Benson at lectitans: "A good story is a good story, whether you're reading Dostoevsky or Heinlein. "
Carolyn Hennesy at Little Willow: "I have been entranced by Greek mythology since I was about 11 years old. I started studying it in a summer school program taught by a big, blowsy, blonde goddess of a teacher who read straight out of Edith Hamilton . . . nothing sugar-coated."
Jo Knowles at Hip Writer Mama: " I really wanted to explore the idea that no story is just one person's story. We're all affected by each other and each others' actions. "
Sherri Winston at Finding Wonderland: "I have had a life-long fascination with twindom. And, too, a life-long fascination with examining how life looks through the eyes of the sibling who is not the focus of the crisis."
Wednesday, May 20th
Barbara O'Conner at Mother Reader: "But the best "life experience" that is reflected in the book is a little boat made out of a Yoo-hoo chocolate drink carton."
James Kennedy at Fuse Number 8: "I mean, there are so many terrible YA covers out there. I don't want to name names, but I think you know what I mean: a slack-jawed, clumsily drawn boy staring vacantly into the middle distance, while some lumpy orc galumphs around in the background. Terrible, terrible."
Maggie Stiefvater at Writing & Ruminating: "However, in a lot of urban fantasy, the female lead has to become a super kick-butt leather-bodice-wearing chick in order to have the same level of coolness as her supernatural hero. I didn't want Grace to be that girl. I wanted her to be a strong, level-headed character who was cool without leather and rivets and Taekwondo."
Rosemary Clement-Moore at Little Willow: "This is why the prom features in so many books and movies: It a single event that focuses all the social aspects -- good, bad and hellish -- of the rest of the school year: the social hierarchy, the fashion police, the kids that drink, the boy/girl drama, the money angst, the putting up a front pressure... all those things that are going on all year sort of get distilled to this one night."
Jo Knowles at lectitans: "Well, like Lucky, my own pony, Smoky, was ornery, old, small and sort of embarrassing. But he was mine and I adored him. "
Melissa Wyatt at Chasing Ray: "Is Remy a hero, with his greasy coveralls and his trailer where the plumbing doesn't work half the time? I think he is. He tries, he cares and he thinks, and isn't that what we hope for any teen? Or any adult, for that matter."
Thursday, May 21st
Siobhan Vivian at Miss Erin: "I do tend to focus on friendship more because, to me anyway, my friendships have always been more passionate and intense than any relationship I had with a boy. I've fallen in love with soooo many guys in my lifetime (ha!) but finding a true friendship seems much more rare."
Alma Alexander at Finding Wonderland: "If the author cannot respect me, the reader, then I didn't see why I should reciprocate."
Laurel Snyder at Shaken & Stirred: "I love other places too, Iowa especially, but the south has a lot of what the midwest has, only warmer. People making up their own kinds of lives. Cheap rent and beautiful landscapes and loud laughs and whiskey and falling-down barns are conducive to art, maybe. To me, the south feels very DIY, sloppy and forgiving, and I could go on forever about this. "
Cindy Pon at The Ya Ya Yas: "When i first began, i got really mired in historical details. Then i finally realized i was NOT writing a historical, i was writing a fantasy. I really needed to free myself. The snake demon is something that is very popular in chinese ghost stories. but the corpse monster is something i created in my own mind. (I won't say much moreâ€”due to spoilers. =)
Thalia Chaltas at Little Willow: "Names of characters are fascinating to me. And they always come first for me, before I know exactly who the characters are and what's going on. When I am writing, a name just comes and it sticks. I very rarely change a name once I start it. Anke's name was simply there as I started writing."
Friday May 22nd
Jenny Davidson at Chasing Ray: ""I had a fairly strong sense of the sequence of events leading up to the medium's murder, but after that, it was pretty much all a blank, except for two things: Sophie's discovery of the zombiefied girls at IRYLNS and the showdown at the dynamite factory. So I had to just write it out and figure out what happened as I went along."
Rebecca Stead at Fuse Number 8: "And one day I just lost my sense of the book's internal logic. I had this sudden horrible certainty that the whole thing could never stand up. I remember being in my bedroom and experiencing a wave of nausea. And I called my dad, who is the person who introduced me to science fiction when I was a kid, and watched lots of Star Trek with me, and who has this great way of enjoying speculative fiction and taking it very seriously at the same time."
Ryan Mecum at Writing and Ruminating: "If for some truly bizarre reason a zombie mutilation forced me to categorize Zombie Haiku, which oddly enough happened about a month ago (swine flu situation, it mostly all worked out [lost a few cats]), I would say that the book is a collection of small poems that are like photographs from a terrible vacation."
Lauren Myracle at Little Willow: "I cannot think of one single book I've written that hasn't made some grown-up or other upset/uncomfortable/afraid. It kind of sucks, but I'm not going to let that resistance push me down. The thing is? Really? The characters in my books (well, not counting the ones that, ya know, commit horrible acts) have strong moral compasses; it's just that the situations they put themselves in are "real" and un-prettied-up by fake adult perspective."
Kristin Cashore at Hip Writer Mama: "Would you care for a lesson in how to construct a bow, tan leather using only natural tools, or make snowshoes? Because I have all that info on my desk here somewhereâ€¦ let's see, I can also tell you the basic principles of martial arts and how long it takes to cross various terrain by foot, horse, and ship. Oh, and how to build a fire."
Rachel Caine at The Ya Ya Yas: "All a writer really has is their readers, and if the readers are enthusiastic and loyal, there's not much benefit in discouraging them, especially in the young adult market. I want to encourage and nurture creativity."
And don't forget the Guys Lit Wire Book Fair for Boys benefiting the male teens incarcerated in LA County's juvenile justice system. The fair continues to run through Memorial Day.