Here's a nice article in the PW Children's Bookshelf about me and the other four National Book Award Finalists. I am very honored to be in their company.
Kelly Parra, on the GCC with me, is the author of Graffiti Girl and her new book is INVISIBLE TOUCH. And it's a great Halloween read.
Kara Martinez has been trying to be "normal" ever since the accident that took her father's life when she was eleven years old. She's buried the caliente side of her Mexican heritage and tried to be the girl her rigid mother wants her to be. Not even her best friend has seen the real Kara; only those who read her anonymous blog know the deepest secrets of the Sign Seer.
Because Kara has a gift -- one that often feels like a
curse. She sees signs, visions that are clues to a person's fate, if she can
put together the pieces of the puzzle in time.
Check out the trailer! Or buy it here. Also, this month Kelly is hosting a "secret fates" extravaganza -- where lots of authors share secrets and prizes -- so you might want to check it out before Halloween.
I got Kelly to answer the usual Disreputable questions:
In honor of her new book BLISS, which is scary scary scary, my friend Lauren Myracle (author with me and Sarah Mlynowski of How to Be Bad, plus on her own TTYL, TTFN, L8R G8R, and more)is challenging people to a scare-a-thon -- by which she means:
Over at YA for Obama there are PRIZES every day for stuff you can easily do to help in the last two weeks before the election. Go see!
A couple things;
The Department of Self-Aggrandizement (Sp?) suffered malfunction today -- possibly because the universe perceived a need for more HUMILITY on the part of your less-than humble correspondent. In any case, I could not log in to my blogging software all day, and am therefore the last to tell you that Disreputable History is a finalist for the National Book Award.
Anyway, naturally mystery writers are a sneaky bunch (read her blog to know more about her adventures!), and I got LInda to submit to my Disreputable History interview:
1. Tell me the sneakiest thing you ever did.
Don't tell my mom… when I was in 9th grade, I climbed out my bedroom window onto the garage roof, down onto the fence and into the waiting car of some boys I met from a neighboring high school. More than once.
2. Tell me the sneakiest thing that happens in your new book.
Aphra tells her dad she's going to visit a friend in South Carolina has that friend cover for her while she goes to Seattle instead.
3. Are you a prankster? Tell me a story.
I'm not by nature a prankster, so when I do pull one, people believe I'm serious. When I was getting married, my husband's friend worked for the printer who was doing our announcements. We had a few fake announcements with some rather… informal verbiage printed up in the same style as the regular ones for some family and friends . When my now-MIL got hers in the mail and saw the other faux information in the announcement and that we had included her middle name (which she hates), she shut herself in her bedroom and wailed, thinking this was our real announcement and that it had gone out to all her friends. My FIL was not amused because it took him a long time to calm her down. *giggle* Oh, I mean, the poor dear.
4. Were you in any clubs or societies in high school? Did any of those club activities make it into your novels?
I overdid clubs in high school, especially my senior year because all my friends had graduated and I really didn't want to be in HS anymore, so I reasoned that if I got reeeeaally involved, it would make the year more palatable. It didn't. So far, none of those clubs have made it into any of my books.
5. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why, or why not?
Absolutely – if we define feminist as believing in, fighting for and sticking up for equal opportunities for women. I'm not part of any feminist organizations.
6. How does your answer to question 5 show up in your new book?
Both Aphra and her mom are strong female characters and it's them, not the men, who do the majority of the thinking and solving.
7. The club in my book is called The Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds. If you were to found a secret society, what would it be called, and what would its mission be?
My secret society would be called Congregatio Chocolata, dedicated to seeking out and testing the world's finest chocolate.