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Friends with Books

Lots of my friends have had exciting book happenings the past two weeks, so I wanted to share all the good news.
 
First: Happy Book Birthday to my critique partner Rebecca Petruck! Her middle grade novel Steering Toward Normal officially releases today. I joined her critique group after the novel was sold, so I sadly can’t claim any credit for its awesomeness, but the book is so fun and charming. There are pranks and bad horror movies and model rockets and cow poop. You know you want to read about the cow poop! 
 
If you live near Wilmington, NC, Rebecca is having her launch party on Saturday, May 17th at Pomegranate Books at 3pm. She’s going to have two actual steers there to greet people – how cool is that?!?
Steering Toward Normal
Eighth grade is set to be a good year for Diggy Lawson: He’s chosen a great calf to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, he’ll see a lot of July, the girl he secretly likes at 4-H, and he and his dad Pop have big plans for April Fool’s Day. But everything changes when classmate Wayne Graf’s mother dies, which brings to light the secret that Pop is Wayne’s father, too. Suddenly, Diggy has a half brother, who moves in and messes up his life. Wayne threatens Diggy’s chances at the State Fair, horns in on his girl, and rattles his easy relationship with Pop. What started out great quickly turns into the worst year ever, filled with jealousy, fighting, and several incidents involving cow poop. But as the boys care for their steers, pull pranks, and watch too many B movies, they learn what it means to be brothers and change their concept of family as they slowly steer toward a new kind of normal.
 
 
Second: Kami Kinard released her second middle grade novel The Boy Problem two weeks ago. It’s a companion to her first novel The Boy Project, which I adored, so I can’t wait to read this one. 

The Boy Problem

Kami’s going to be at the SC Book Festival in Columbia, SC, on May 16-18, so stop by to see her if you are in the area. Megan Shepherd is going to be there, too!
 
Tabitha "Tabbi" Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara (star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own "project" in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect "next step" for fans of DORK DIARIES.
 
 
Third: Medeia Sharif released a new YA novel a few weeks ago called Snip, Snip Revenge. With the recent discussions about the lack of diversity in kidlit, it’s great to see this book hit the shelves, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Medeia is participating in a blog tour all week, so catch her at some of the stops
Snip, Snip Revenge
 
Beautiful, confident Tabby Karim has plans for the winter: nab a role in her school’s dramatic production, make the new boy Michael hers, and keep bigoted Heather—with her relentless Ay-rab comments—at bay. When a teacher’s lie and her father’s hastiness rob her of her beautiful hair, her dreams are dashed. The fastest barber in Miami Beach has made her look practically bald. 
 
With all her pretty hair gone, Tabby doesn’t believe she fits the feminine role she’s auditioning for. Michael is still interested in her, but he’s playing it cool. Heather has taken to bullying her online, which is easier to do with Tabby’s ugly haircut. Tabby spearheads Operation Revenge, which proves satisfying until all of her problems deepen. After messing up, she sets to make things right.
 
 
25 RosesFourth: It’s cover reveal time for Stephanie Faris’s new middle grade novel 25 Roses. I think it’s adorable! It won’t be released until 2015, but I’m already looking forward to it. 
 
Valentine's Day means one thing at Stanton Middle School: students will send each other chocolate roses. Each year, Mia Hartley watches while the same group of students gets roses and everyone else is left out. This year, she decides things will be different. As the student assigned to write names on the cards, Mia purchases 25 roses and writes her own cards, designating them to 25 people she's personally chosen. But she soon learns that playing matchmaker is much more complicated than she thought it would be.
 
 
Congrats, ladies, on all these wonderful book happenings! 

Release of Fevered Souls Season Two

S.K. Falls is one of my local writing friends, who is not only sweet and talented but also mind-bogglingly productive. While I've been limping along with the rewrite of my WIP, she’s been producing novels left and right, like Secret for a Song and World of Shell and Bone. She has also been working on a serial novel, releasing new episodes every few weeks. Once the first part of the story came to an end, she released the season 1 omnibus; now that the second part of Fevered Souls has concluded, she’s releasing Season 2. Fevered Souls is a paranormal romance about the journey of Cara and Dax as they traverse friendships gone awry, sinister visitors from the past, and everything in between.
Fevered Souls
Since S.K. is stopping by the blog at the same time as the YALLFest authors, I thought I’d have her answer some of the same questions. 
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
A big cup of coffee! 
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
Oh man, definitely the first. Sometimes they come to me without hardship and other times…yeah. Let’s just say I might have a few first-line-induced bald patches.
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
Have a writing schedule and stick to it even when you don’t feel like it.
 
Where's your favorite place to write?
Definitely at my desk facing my window. It puts me in the right mindset.
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel
Usually when the idea won’t leave me alone. I have the central idea, and then key scenes will keep popping into my head. At that point I’m usually ready to begin plotting.
 
Thanks for stopping by to answer a few questions, S.K.! You can find the omnibus here.
 
S.K. FallsHere's her official bio: A huge fan of spooky stuff and shoes, S.K. Falls enjoys alternately hitting up the outlet malls and historic graveyards in Charleston, SC where she lives and imbibes coffee. Her husband and two small children seem not to mind when she hastily scribbles novel lines on stray limbs in the absence of notepads.
 
Since no writer’s biography is complete without mention of her menagerie of animals, you should know she has one dog that doubles as a footstool, a second that functions as a vacuum cleaner, and a cat that ensures she never forgets that her hands are, first and foremost, for pouring cat food.
 
Visit S.K. Falls: 
 
Have you read any of S.K. Falls books? Have you ever read any serial fiction? If so, do you prefer reading episodes as they are released or waiting for the omnibus?

YALLFest Interview with Jocelyn Davies

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
I’ve only met one other Jocelyn in real life (at college), so preparing today’s blog post has been making me twitch every time I see Jocelyn because I keep thinking it’s me. I only hope I have as much success with my books as Jocelyn Davies has had with hers. Jocelyn was born in New York City and still lives there, where during the day she works as an editor for YA fiction. At night she morphs into a YA author and writes about a teen torn between the light and the dark. Her first book is A Beautiful Dark, the second is A Fractured Light, and the last book in the trilogy is A Radiant Sky, which was released on September 24th.
Jocelyn Davies A Radiant Sky
And now for the Q&A with Jocelyn:
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
COFFEE! And a cocoon of silence.
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Girl has angel blood, torn.
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
It differs from book to book--really, it's anyone's guess! Sometimes, the first line is hardest, because I'm just getting started and I'm not warmed up yet, and by the time I get to the end, I've got the momentum of an entire book to propel me into that last line. Then again, sometimes a first line just pops into my head, and the whole idea unfolds from there. Theres usually no way to know what is going to happen until it's happening, which is often the approach I take to writing.
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Create interesting characters, give them an excuse to meet, and the story will write itself.”
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I'm a dog person--cats kind of freak me out.
I was a theater kid in high school. I used to dream of being an Oscar-winning actress.
I love everything about autumn.
I live a few blocks away from my best friend from high school.
In my day job, I'm also a children's book editor.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I love magical realism—a novel that's set in the real world, but ever-so-slightly different.
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
I usually have a pretty strong sense right from the moment the idea comes to me. I start writing knowing I’m embarking on a novel.
 
You can learn more about Jocelyn at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Jocelyn’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale
Lisi Harrison                                     Michelle Hodkin

YALLFest Interview with Lisa McMann

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
We have yet another New York Times bestselling author with us today. Lisa McMann grew up in Michigan, but currently lives in Arizona, so she uses writing conferences and book tours to escape the worst of the summer heat. The Unwanteds is her middle grade fantasy series, and the third book Island of Fire was released in September. She also has two YA series, Wake and Visions, and the second book of the Visions series, Bang, was released on October 8th. 
Lisa McMann 
And now for the Q&A with Lisa: 
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Silence.
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
“Think of the one thing your main character would never, ever do. Now make her do it.”
 
What are you working on now?
We’ll be ramping up the releases of books 5, 6, and 7 in the Unwanteds series, so I’m working on Unwanteds book 5 right now. 
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
I really enjoy writing in a variety of genres, from realistic to paranormal to dystopian fantasy. At the moment, fantasy is winning, but that could change at any moment. My favorite genre to read is memoir. 
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
As soon as I have a one line concept that gives me a little shiver. 
 
You can learn more about Lisa at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Lisa’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale
Lisi Harrison                                     Michelle Hodkin

YALLFest Interview with Michelle Hodkin

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today we have New York Times bestselling author Michelle Hodkin, who grew up in South Florida. Michelle was a lawyer who never considered being a writer until a conversation with a stranger during a work trip inspired the idea for a story she just had to write. That story became her first novel, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. The second book in the trilogy is The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and the third book, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, will be published in mid-2014. 
Michelle Hodkin The Evolution of Mara Dyer
And now for the Q&A with Michelle:
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Romeo and Juliet meets Hitchcock
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
I spend a lot of time thinking about my first lines. A lot of time. Too much time. Luckily the last lines usually come to me as I write.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What I love about YA is that I don't have to choose a genre. I can blend elements and mess with conventions from all of them—horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, whatever. I'm not sure I could choose a favorite, if I were ever told that I had to. And my reading is all over the place, but right now I'm reading a lot of old school sci-fi and fantasy, with some literary fiction thrown in.
 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Magicians by Lev Grossman. It's not YA, but it is about a teenager who reminds me of my teen self. And maybe also my adult self. Anyway. I basically push the book into the hands of everyone I meet. It's just that good.
 
What are you working on now?
A secret project that is secret. But I'm wildly excited about it, and I think my readers will be too.
 
You can learn more about Michelle at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Michelle’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale

YALLFest Interview with Lisi Harrison

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today’s New York Times bestselling author is Lisi Harrison, who has written over thirty novels. She was born in chilly Toronto but now lives in the always-warm Laguna Beach, CA. Lisi worked at MTV for twelve years, working her way up to Senior Director of Development, where she got to create new shows like Room Raiders. Her books include the series The Clique, Alphas, and Monster High, and Pretenders - the first book in her new series about five popular students whose secret journals get released to the school - was released on October 1st. 
Lisi Harrison Pretenders
And now for the Q&A with Lisi:
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
A scented candle. Each book has it’s own scent.
 
Describe your book in 5 words. 
Popular freshmen’s secret journals revealed.
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
First. 100%
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
Stop writing in the middle of a chapter instead of the end. It will be easier to start up again the next day.
 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
Stargirl.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I can’t run. I have a tattoo with a type-o. It’s supposed to say, “creativity” but it says, “dry.”
In college I thought it would be cool to get a tattoo written in Chinese characters.
I was supposed to be on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. I changed my reservation at the last minute. Now every time I look at a clock it says 9:11.
I can’t stand being asked about my “favorites.” I don’t have favorites. If I did I’d forget what they are the minute you asked and would remember them the minute you leave. It’s maddening.
I prefer to give 6 random facts.
 
Where's your favorite place to write?
My office.
 
What are you working on now?
Pretenders #2: License To Spill.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
What did I just tell you about “favorites?”
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel?
When I can describe it in one sentence. And do it without cringing.
 
You can learn more about Lisi at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Lisi’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia
Melissa de la Cruz                             Shannon Hale

YALLFest Interview with Shannon Hale

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today we welcome Shannon Hale, who is not only a New York Times bestselling author but is also a Newbery Honor recipient for her book Princess Academy. Shannon was born in Utah, where she still lives today. Austenland is one of her books for adults that was recently turned into a movie staring Keri Russell. Shannon has a new series called Ever After High about a boarding school for the children of fairytale characters, and the first book The Storybook of Legends was released yesterday.
Shannon Hale Ever After High
And now for the Q&A with Shannon:
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Boarding school for children of famous fairytales
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
People remember a story for its characters.
 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. It’s smart, engaging, and discusses so many things I was struggling with.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I have 4 kids (including identical girl toddler twins).
My husband likes to wear masks and hide around the house to scare me.
I like to read while lying on my belly.
I love the sky.
I’m not a very good speller.
 
What are you working on now?
The third Princess Academy book.
 
You can learn more about Shannon at her website, on her blog, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Shannon’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous YALLFest interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia

YALLFest Interview with Melissa de la Cruz

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Up today is Melissa de la Cruz, another New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, who has written a bunch of acclaimed books for both teens and adults. Melissa grew up in Manila before moving to San Francisco for high school and now lives in LA. Her latest book is Frozen: Heart of Dread, the first of a trilogy set in a dystopian world blanketed in ice. But Melissa’s exciting news is that her book Witches of East End has been turned into a television series by Lifetime and will be premiering this Sunday (Oct 6th) at 10pm, so tune in for witchy fun!
Melissa de la Cruz Frozen
And now for the Q&A with Melissa:
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
Fear. Sometimes rage. I find that to truly focus I need to feel panic, and then suddenly everything in my manuscript becomes clear. I work best under duress, which is something my editors have learned and they're quite good at instilling fear in me. :-) I appreciate that! I also work well with many distractions, I think it's because I had a day job for nine years and had to write my books in the middle of doing my real work.
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Post-apocalyptic. Zombie. Dragon. Pirate. Fantasy.
 
What is the hardest line to write - the first or the last?
The first, definitely.
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
To introduce the love interest in the first 30 pages, not that specifically but learning that there was CRAFTING involved in writing a novel, not just voice.
 
What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
Harry Potter. Because! I don't think I have to explain.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1. I was a child model.
2. My favorite One Direction guy was Harry, but now it is Louis.
3. I have a Maltese named Mimi. She is not named for Mimi Force, our kid named her.
4. I learned to drive at 34.
5. I like savory treats better than sweet.
 
Where's your favorite place to write?
In a cubicle, surrounded by softly ringing phones and people murmuring. Sadly this is no longer possible for me.
 
What are you working on now?
My new series THE RING AND THE CROWN coming next spring from Disney-Hyperion.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
YA Fantasy and Paranormal. My favorite genre to read is "literary" fiction, but I would have to say I really enjoy bestsellers just as much, I like popular fiction, no matter what genre, I like to read what a lot of people are reading and take the pulse of the culture. But for my own taste, I love smart angry women writers like Lionel Shriver and Kate Christensen. Also cookbook memoirs.
 
At what point in the development of an idea do you know that it will become a full-length novel? When we've sold it!
 
You can learn more about Melissa at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Melissa’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous interviews:
Cinda Williams Chima                       Lauren Oliver
CJ Lyons                                          Sean Williams
Rainbow Rowell                                Ransom Riggs
Veronica Rossi                                  Kami Garcia

YALLFest Interview with Kami Garcia

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today’s author is extra awesome because she is actually one of the founders of YALLFest, so we give a hearty welcome and a giant THANK YOU to Kami Garcia for creating such a fabulous festival. Kami is also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling co-author of the Beautiful Creature series – the books have been on all kinds of ‘best of’ lists and the first one was made into a movie that released in February. Kami is currently working on her new The Legion series about a secret society of ghost hunters formed to protect the world from a vengeful demon. The first book Unbreakable is releasing tomorrow (Oct 1st), so happy book birthday!
Kami Garcia Unbreakable
And now for the Q&A with Kami:
 
What one thing do you need to have when you write?
I need three things: my laptop, my headphones, and Diet Coke.
 
Describe your book in 5 words.
Paranormal. Ghost-hunting. Intense. Romance. Secret Societies.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1. I don’t know how to ride a bike.
2. I used to be an artist (a painter).
3. I won’t fly without my huge charm necklace that I believe will keep the plane from crashing.
4. I believe in ghosts.
5. Every time I write a book, I worry that everyone will hate it.
 
What are you working on now?
I am working on the second book in the Legion Series, the sequel to Unbreakable. Like Unbreakable, the sequel is very intense and has plenty of paranormal elements. But I think it’s even more romantic and surprising than the first book.
 
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
My favorite genre to write is definitely urban fantasy/paranormal romance. I love to read paranormal, but I am also a huge fan of horror, crime fiction, high fantasy, and science fiction.
 
You can learn more about Kami at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Kami’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
Previous interviews:

YALLFest Interview with Veronica Rossi

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details and follow them on twitter @yallfest. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
YALLFest
Today’s interview is with the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi. On her website’s bio, the first random fact she lists is “I’ve never met a dog I haven’t loved,” which automatically makes her good people in my book. Because dogs are awesome. Veronica was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and now lives in Northern California. Her bestselling trilogy started with Under the Never Sky and is set in a world where the very air can kill you, and continued with Through the Ever Night, and the final installment will be Into the Still Blue releasing on January 28th. 
Veronica Rossi Under the Never Sky
And now for the Q&A with Veronica:
 
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
Yeah, those. And all the ones in between!
 
Best writing tip you ever received?
$5. Just kidding. Um… tip… I think it’s probably to allow yourself to suck when writing early drafts. It takes away a lot of the fear of generating good material. It’s not easy to be creative when you’re judging your work.
 
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1. In the past year, I discovered a deep love of Brussel sprouts
2. I talk to myself. Heck. Sometimes I argue with myself.
3. I’m arguing with myself about including that last point at this very moment.
4. My favorite animals are elephants.
5. Dresses with pockets make me happy.
 
Where's your favorite place to write?
I usually work in my home office, but I love working in hotel rooms. No distractions!
 
What are you working on now?
Something I’m very excited about! Can’t divulge any details yet, but it’s an idea I’ve been mulling over for years.
 
You can learn more about Veronica at her website, on facebook, and on twitter.  
 
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Veronica's books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
 
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
 
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