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Here you go everyone - the interviews scheduled for the SBBT this week. I will be updating with quotes and direct urls as the interviews go live. ALSO, don't forget to check out everything happening at the 2011 KidLit Con site. We hope to see some of you in Seattle in September!


Tara Altebrando at Chasing Ray: "The idea that it's a club that accepts all members who turn up but which cannot recruit was in part my husband's idea; he was the one who uttered the phrase "safe haven." Spouses are often essential to the creative process, I find."

Shirley Vernick at Bildungsroman: "I remember thinking, I'm screwed - no juicy controversies ever happen in my dinky little town of Massena, New York. So I asked my dad, who also grew up in Massena, if he had any ideas. That's when he told me, for the first time, about the blood libel that happened in Massena when he was a high school senior."

Jack Ferraiolo at The Happy Nappy Bookseller: "But speaking as a 'survivor' of such incidents, 'preteen male hormonal excitement' is as normal as breathing. It's going to happen (usually at the worst possible time), and there's absolutely nothing you can do to stop it.

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen at Writing & Ruminating: "As for vampire lore, I'm afraid I fell back on every Hollywood stereotype of vampires - " the swooping cape, the menacing presence. I just added a pig to it."


Sean Beaudoin at Chasing Ray: "My friends and I were all desperately in love with Phoebe Cates. Or maybe that was just me. And maybe I still am."

Neesha Meminger at The Happy Nappy Bookseller: "I decided I wanted to do that, too. I wanted to write a story that would make teens of colour laugh and relate and delight in seeing themselves within the pages of a novel. So far, the response has been great :)."

Rachel Karns at Bildungsroman: "I wish I could sing, I wish I could draw. I wish I could design. I find artistic ability pretty amazing, since I don't possess it in these forms."


Sarah Stevenson at Chasing Ray: "As a kid, I didn't feel like there were a lot of other mixed-race/mixed-ethnicity kids around, but as I grew older, I realized that some of that is simply the fact that we all blend in so well--either we look racially ambiguous or one side predominates in terms of phenotype. :)"

Emily Howse at Bildungsroman: "Right before college graduation, I interviewed for a job at Seventeen magazine and learned the salary was $15,000. My parents promptly informed me they wouldn't be financing my life in the Big Apple. I certainly didn't blame them. I loved the idea of living in New York , but not the reality of being dirt poor."

Ashley Hope-Perez at The Happy Nappy Bookseller: "For the record, one of the most frustrating responses to What Can't Wait is this 'but that's not what Latino life is really like' reaction. Of course Marisa's family doesn't stand for all Latino experience, but neither is it outside the realm of what some of my students lived with. Marisa's family is her family, plain and simple, and every family has its own quirks and demons. I guess it irks me most of all because no one expects the home life of one white protag to stand for all Caucasians. I'm grateful that this reaction is relatively rare."

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich at Vivian Lee Mahony (Hip Writer Mama): "The more I talked and listened to the 'industry', the more doubtful I became - this wasn't a book that had a 'hook', it wasn't fantasy or paranormal, these were kids of colour who weren't what people call 'at risk' and their race wasn't a PROBLEM...I had quite a few people smile, take deep breaths and almost pat me on the head to tell me essentially that it sounded nice or I was a good writer but wasn't going to sell that kind of story."


Tessa Gratton at Writing & Ruminating: "I hesitate to say that I love Faulkner, but I do love how Faulkner uses Southern settings, and vividly remember being hot and sneezy from imaginary dust when I read the opening of LIGHT IN AUGUST."

Micol Ostow at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "I mostly did my writing first thing in the morning, so that once I was done, I could leave the house and go to the gym to pound all of the darkness out - running was a particularly good antidote to writing "Family". And I wrote slowly - maybe one or two vignettes a day - because, as you say, it was very draining."

Maria Padian at Bildungsroman: "So when Henry was set to go to her tennis camp in Florida, I commented to my teenage daughter, "My editor isn't going to like this. I'm about to abandon Eva in New Jersey!" My daughter, who at age 17 is a pretty incredible "editor" herself, sighed in exasperation, gathered an armload of her own books and threw them on my bed, declaring: "You obviously need a two-narrator novel. Take a look at these." The entire novel changed at that point."

Genevieve Cote at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: "We French-speaking Quebecers have a reputation for cursing a lot. I don't know if it's true or not, but I can certainly curse along with the best or worst of them! Oddly enough, our curses are usually derived from religious words, spelled phonetically. The most common is "tabarnak" but we have quite a few others and often use several at a time."

Vera Brosgol at lectitans: "I didn't have a hard time about being Russian but I was constantly aware that my home life didn't exactly match that of my friends, and a part of me definitely wished it did. Of course it depends on where you live. I went to a high school in Brooklyn where there was a huge immigrant population and being from another country didn't cause problems at most it - just dictated what group you'd be friends with."


Genevieve Valentine at Shaken & Stirred: "I guess the seed of this novel was the cumulative effect of being a film nerd since ever; the circus really lends itself to film, in any form, from the Penguin's circus cadre in Batman Returns to the trapeze bits in Buster Keaton's Allez Oop."

Stacy Whitman at TheHappyNappyBookseller: "And hey, young writers of color: Keep writing! We need your stories! As I read the other day--and I'm sorry I don't have an attribution for it--there have been societies who got along without the wheel, but there have never been societies who didn't have stories. What are your stories?"

Alyssa B. Sheinmel at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy: "I'm a little superstitious about talking what I'm working on. When I began writing, I wouldn't even admit that I was working on anything at all! (My husband used to see me working at the computer, and I'd insist I was just shopping online.)"

Matthew Cody and Aaron Starmer at MotherReader: "When DWEEB came out, I'd tell non-publishing people it was "middle-grade" and I'd get blank stares. Ages nine to twelve seemed a bit arbitrary, so I'd say, 'It's for people who've never kissed someone, but might want to kiss someone someday.' I guess that can cover a wide age range, but I kind of like it as a definition. Innocent but curious. Not quite ready. Whatever the age."


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