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The Lockhart Ten with Tara Altebrando

Sometimes I ask fellow authors to come answer ten questions on my blog. Sarah Mlynowski & Sara Zarr both did it recently. Before that I used to do the Dramarama interviews, and author boyfriend lists and I had a Fly on the Wall survey I did as well. 

Those links are chock full of Q&As with your favorite authors. 

Anyway. Tara Altebrando's new book is The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life and she is awesome. Here is all the dirt she cared to share!

1. Where are you from? Tell me a bit of local slang. (I love local slang.)

I hail from Staten Island, New York. Back in the day, if you were sort of regularly kissing a guy, you were "going with" him.

2. Favorite snack while writing?  

Balance Bar. But only the Yogurt Honey Peanut–flavored kind. 

3. Favorite swear word?  

I like fake swear words like "frak" from Battlestar Gallactica and Irish ones like "feck." As in, "Oh, would you feck off!"

4. Tell me a book that gave you nightmares.  

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Still count it among my favorites of all time, though.Tell me a sentence from your new book.

"The Yeti knows about Google!"

6. A great teen book you read recently.

And Then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky. Love-love-loved it. 

7. A word of dating wisdom. 

Be picky.

8. Tell me something embarrassing about yourself. 

Until recently, I thought Stonehenge was in Scotland. 

9. What made you laugh this week?  

iCarly. I'm sorry, man, but Spencer is FUNNY.

10. Give me the movie pitch version of Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life -- ie. Jaws meets Great Expectations.

The Breakfast Club meets Midnight Madness.


I love that the Yeti knows about Google. You have to want to read a book with that sentence in it, right? 

This and that: Pinterest, Scavenger Hunt, a Meme

So, I have been knocking around on my Pinterest Boards, getting them together, and they are now ready to share with YOU!! Come visit. Sign up to follow the ones you like. Repin! Comment! I am into it.

Second, I am in the revision process on my new novel, and that is why haven't been blogging very much. (Curious? There's a Pinterest board about it!)  First because I was writing it, then rewriting it, then rewriting it again, then finally sharing it with two writer friends, now rewriting it another few times.

Eventually I will show it to my editor, but it has to go through a lot of revision and even reinvention before it's good enough to do that.

Here is a meme! I did it years ago on this blog, but I am doing it again. Maybe Pinterest has got me in a mood to do silly interwebs stuff. Or maybe I am procrastinating that revision. Anyhow. It's a fun one.

Q: Type in "[your name] needs" in the Google search.
A: E. Lockhart needs your nomination for a Shorty Award! (No idea what they are, but I think something Twitter related. I am pretty sure no one ever nominated me.)

Q: Type in "[your name] looks like" in Google search.
A: (No results.)

Q: Type in "[your name] says" in Google search.
A: E. Lockhart says: Roxanne, With utmost respect, Akiva is a trained soldier on a mission of assassination… (this was a convo about Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor, which I reviewed on the SLJ Battle of the Books.)

Q: Type in "[your name] wants" in Google search.
A: Booksellers in Dallas and Boston, E. Lockhart wants to meet you. See her blog for details. (This was back when I was touring for The Treasure Map of Boys.)

Q: Type in "[your name] asks" in Google search. 
A Author E. Lockhart asks, "Have you ever felt this rage against expectations? What did you do about it?" (This was from some conversation at Readergirlz.)

Q: Type in "[your name] likes " in Google search.
A: E. Lockhart likes to keep her private life private. (True.)

HOWEVER, you can get a glimpse into my domestic life here on Tara Altebrando's blog. Tara's new book is The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, and it's all about a scavenger hunt, and she did a virtual scavenger hunt with a bunch of different authors. I LOST. BADLY. But it was very fun to do. 

Oh, and P.S.: If you're interested in the Write Faster Project (scroll down the blog to read more), author Caitlin Kittredge went hardcore and finished her novel in ten days. She lived to tell, but barely. A very interesting, detailed report on the method.