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Interview over at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd

5 Feb


I’m over at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd talking about Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb. 

 If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
A. I would be a dinosaur.

That’s a true story. And since I know you’re dying to know, I would be a pterodactyl. Because the only thing cooler than being a dinosaur is being one that can fly.

So many thanks to Emily at Mrs. Mommy Book Nerd for letting me blather on like a fool. And when people do nice things like let us blather on like fools, we say thanks. With candy!

Oh and also – there’s still time to sign up to win a free print/ebook copy of Lizzy at I Am A Reader Not a Writer!


Interview at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

27 Jan


I’m over at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer today talking about time travel, goals, what book I would live in and as a kid what I wanted to be when I grew up. Hint: It involves large extinct reptiles.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past. And yes, because I’m obsessed with Shakespeare I would go back to the 1500’s in England and risk getting the plague just to sit next to him in a pub.
Many thanks to Kathy for her awesome interview and Giveaway – one signed print edition and an ebook are up for grabs.
Also I hope all my fellow Bardolators got to see the awesomeness that was PBS Shakespeare Uncovered
As always, when people do nice things for us, we say thanks. With candy!

Guest Post at Consuming Worlds

24 Jan


So I’m over….er Jonathan Muse is over at Consuming Worlds talking about what it’s like to be a muse, what Shakespeare was really like and what that wretched Marlowe is up to.

Here’s a snippet:

 I know that you take being a muse very seriously, but have you ever wished to be recognized for the work that you help produce? It can’t be easy watching others get fame and fortune for what you created.

“…Can a great musician be jealous of his cello? Can a cello be jealous of the hands that play upon her? They need each other and without they are only one half of a potential beauty.”

Read the rest here.

And if you’d like to know what Danielle thought about the book Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb go here.

Many thanks to Danielle at Consuming Worlds. We appreciate the invite. You know what comes next – my never-ending desire to express gratitude in the form of the best candy ever created –  The Starbursts of Thanks!


Over at Word Spelunking

18 Dec


I’m over at Word Spelunking (pith helmet not included) answering some questions about Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb. You can find out who my first literary crush was (warning: he wears tights), who my favorite literary villain is (warning: she drives a sleigh and can make num-nums appear out of ice) and why more people should appreciate my De Niro impersonation.

And with a simple click of a button you can enter to win a free ebook copy of Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb.

Many thanks to Aeicha for having me over.  She’s a cupcake girl but I’m not much of a baker so I’ll offer my Starburst of Thanks.


The Scream and an Interview

13 Nov

The pastel version of The Scream (1895), by Edvard Munch.

I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.

I went to the Museum of Modern Art this weekend. It was the first time I got out of Brooklyn since Hurricane Sandy. Speaking of there are still a lot of people who need your help. The Brooklyn Public Library has some great info on their website about who needs what. Go here. So it was nice to be back in Manhattan and always nice to go to the MoMA. We went specifically to see the Scream which is visiting the MoMA until April 2013. There are four screams, the rest are all in Oslo and since the likelihood of me getting to Norway anytime soon is slim, this was a great second. That’s one of my favorite things about living in New York City. Often, things come to you.

The MoMA set up a fantastic display, the Scream front and center and his other work covering the walls of one of the gallery rooms. Including this, entitled Angst:

and this one, entitled The Sick Child of his sister as she lay dying of tuberculosis:

I’m going to preface much of what I say here with the following – I’m not an Art Historian but I have a deep love of visual art. That said, as I stood gazing at the Scream, the way the head seems like it will float away if the hands let go, the symmetry of the swirling landscape matching the sway of the body – which is all in contrast to the straight hard lines that create the bridge behind him, I was most struck by the eyes. They look just past the viewers gaze, just over your shoulder as if whatever horror he sees is just behind you. It’s a striking painting and I feel fortunate to have seen it. Again, a benefit of living in NYC.

Now that said, I couldn’t help but notice that so many other patrons at the museum that day just snapped a picture of it, and then as if the real thing weren’t right in front of them in all it’s pastel technicolor glory, they instead looked at it on their phone.

Is that the point we have reached? That the digital version is just a good as the real thing?

In other news, I have an interview over at My Pathway to Books with the lovely Tess where I talk about inspiration:

What is your inspiration?

Everything really. Books I’ve read, movies I’ve seen, television shows, my obsession with Doctor Who, conversations I overheard on the subway, people I’ve known, who I used to be, who I am, who I hope I’ll be, the city I live in, the small town I grew up in, the friends I had and have, the seasons, the way a storm blows through the trees kicking up the pale green underside of the leaves, the stories I told as a child, the books I read under the covers with the flashlight, the wardrobe, my travels, the imaginary land I had when I was a kid, my cat, my husband, mythology, summer days, chess games, winter nights, history, magic….everything really.
And she also asks me which characters are based on me and which ones are based on people I know. And I answer honestly. Read it here.
And for Tess….my Starburst of Thanks!

Interview with Rally the Readers

25 Oct

I’m over at Rally the Reader today talking about Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb, my thoughts on Marlowe vs Shakespeare and how if Marlowe hadn’t died, it’s possible Shakespeare wouldn’t have been THE Shakespeare, and how Cole wound up rooming with a crazy like Dmitri. Also a bit of sneak peek on what’s next for Lizzy.

What adventures are in store for Lizzy in the next book?

I’m actually working on the next book right now which is tentatively called Lizzy Speare and the Hall of Hecate. Hecate is the Greek Goddess of Magic and her hall contains every magical object in this history of myth or legend. Looking for the Vorpal Blade that killed the Jabberwocky? It’s there. So is King Arthur’s sword. Once the Hall of Hecate is robbed and all that magic is released, Jonathan realizes that Marlowe’s plans don’t end at destroying Lizzy. They begin there. And all of Mythkind are in trouble.

We’ll see the return of some old friends and we’ll get to meet a few new ones. And few other Muses. Jonathan isn’t the only show in town, you know. And we’ll get to go to Hagsmoor Copse, the land of the satyrs and find out more about Cleo and the war with the harpies.

Read the rest here.

And to Lee and Melissa for the interview (and the very awesome review) my Starbursts of Thanks!

Interview at Picture Me Reading

22 Oct

So there’s this really cool book blog out there called Picture Me Reading where aside from reviewing books and talking about books, the blogger illustrates each post! Every review gets cartoon-ed.

And she was nice enough to do a review of Lizzy there (4 stars! Woot!) and an interview where we talked about things like why maybe writing a middle grade book about Shakespeare was sorta crazy (read: stupid)

3. How did you approach the challenge of incorporating references to Shakespeare’s plays into your story without losing sight of the

That’s a great question. I wrote middle grade because those were the most important books to me when I was a child. So I knew that I wanted to do something for that age group. But incorporating Shakespeare into it? Trust me whenever I told anyone what I was doing I got many quizzical looks. Mythology has always been a big interest of mine, ever since I was of middle grade reading level so I knew that the magic and the mythology could people the story. But what would drive it? How would Shakespeare’s work move the plot? I had a girl who found out she was the last living descendant of Shakespeare. Well, so what? It wasn’t until I introduced Marlowe and the secrets between him and Lizzy that I started to see the mystery behind Rupert’s disappearance. What better way to get Lizzy from place to place, seeking her father than to use clues from the very work of her ancestor! And naturally, it wouldn’t be a tale about the Bard without a play (within a play!).

Read more here!

And as always, my Starburst of Thanks to Alisa for rocking it in words and pictures.

Talking Shop over at Get Lost in Fiction

14 Oct

I’m over at Get Lost in Fiction talking about Lizzy Speare, where my characters come from, (no, they aren’t all me), and what I would pick if I could only have one food for the rest of my life. I’ll give you a hint. It’s cold, occasionally served in a cone and the flavor of a popular breakfast drink.

And this, one of my favorite interview questions ever:

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?
Oh that’s a good question. I’ll say outside of friends and family, the total strangers on Absolute Write were great and helpful and let me complain when I needed to complain. Otherwise, it would be the stories that I read as a child. The ones that buoyed me up then – still do now. That, and my desire to have something to add to the canon. That will always be a driving influence. I just like to tell stories.
Come by to Get Lost In Fiction and say Hi.
And to Crystal, my sincere thanks in the form of Starburst, the ultimate fruit candy. Enjoy!

Interview at Whimsically Yours

10 Oct

Hi folks.

This is a late post since I’ve been knocked on my butt with a bad head cold, which I believe I caught at Hamlet from the woman behind me who wouldn’t stop sneezing and coughing. I get it. I love Hamlet too but lady, if you’re sick – stay home!

So now that I’ve woken briefly from my coma, I wanted to thank Patrice over at Whimsically Yours for the interview that she posted. You can find out where I get my ideas from, what Lizzy’s name was the first time around, where my favorite place to write is and what my spirit animal is. Also things like this:

Why did you decide to write Middle Grade Fiction?

Middle Grade Fiction had the greatest impact on me when I was a young reader. I know a lot of people get into reading when they are older with young adult books but for me it was the Chronicles of Narnia and Mrs. Who, Mrs. Which and Mrs. Whatsit in Wrinkle in Time. Those were the characters that really left an impact on me. Bridge to Terabithia took me to a world that I believed in. To me, it was as real as the one I lived in. So did Narnia. I guess I never stopped checking the back of the wardrobe for snowflakes…just in case. Cause, what if?

Come peek behind the wardrobe….cause, like I said, what if?

And to Patrice – my Starburst of Thanks (they are after all my favorite candy). Upcoming on her site will be a review (fingers crossed) and a Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb giveaway. Stay tuned!

Thanks again Patrice! Okay back to bed for me.

Visiting Novel Reverie

21 Sep

The very awesome Denee invited me over to her place at Novel Reveries to talk about Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb. Prior to, she reviewed my book.

She asked me to write a synopsis in sonnet form.

For those of you who don’t know sonnets contain the following:

1. 10 syllables per line

2. A rhyme scheme that goes a/b a/b c/d c/d e/f e/f g/g – that basically means the last word of each line rhymes according to that structure. So that means that the last word of the first line rhymes with the third and the second rhymes with the fourth. Then the fifth rhymes with the seventh and so on and so forth.

3. Internal rhyme is expected. That means that somewhere in the line a word will rhyme with another word somewhere else in the next line.

4. Iambic Pentameter – this means that you have a tick-TOCK rhythm in each line. There should be five (hence “pentameter”) tick-TOCKS per line. Think of a heartbeat. da-DUM, da-DUM. It creates a rhythm in the line that drives you forward.

Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets that we know of. There could have been more stuffed under his mattress, who knows? He did this 154 times, beautifully, artistically, ’cause he was a freaking genius.

I did it once and it’s a hot mess. Guess how many of the 4 rules I broke? Go on, take a guess. It’s more than one, less than 4, I’ll tell ya.

I’ll give you a couple lines and you have to read the rest of the interview to see the whole thing. Go on, you know you wanna laugh.

When Lizzy unearthed the hard truth about

her own strange and dangerous beginning

T’was true she was a Shakespeare kin no doubt
Upon the Fates wheel, her future spinning.

Yup. It only gets worse from there. Go read it here. And then you can read her review. If you like it, you can buy the book here and decide for yourself. Sound good? I think so, too.

As always, much thanks to Denee for letting me blather on at her blog. Here are my Starbursts of Thanks.

And you know, I never joke about Starbursts. So thanks again Denee. Sorry about my terrible sonnet.

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