"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Interview and Book Giveaway: CHRISTINE MARCINIAK

I'm so excited to have Christine Marciniak, author of the newly released WHEN MIKE KISSED EMMA, here on my blog today!

Here are three things I love about WHEN MIKE KISSED EMMA:

1) Mike
2) The Kiss
3) Emma

Yeah, you get the idea. The story here is fun, clean, and paced really well. If you're looking for a great gift idea for that special tween in your life, I totally recommend this book.

And on to the interview!

But be sure to check the end for a book giveaway.


PJH: So why THE SOUND OF MUSIC as a backdrop? What are some of your other favorite musicals?

CKM: The Sound of Music was the musical my high school did my freshman year. I wasn’t in it, but it stuck with me as a typical musical for a high school to perform. It also has a good mix of parts, which worked well with the story I was trying to tell.

Other favorite musicals include My Fair Lady, Camelot, Fiddler on the Roof, Into the Woods, Chess, 42nd Street, Follies, 1776… I’m sure I’m forgetting some. I guess it’s fair to say that I love musicals.

When I was thirteen my dad took me to see Annie on Broadway and in eighth grade we had two class trips to see Broadway shows, one was a play: Dracula (and oooh, that guy who played Dracula – who says vampires are a new phenomenon) the other was a musical: They’re Playing Our Song. I was hooked on Broadway shows.

Then when I went to college in London for a semester we discovered Student Stand-by Tickets. You show up at the ticket window a few minutes before curtain, show your student ID and get discounted tickets if they have any unsold seats. We saw 15 shows in 13 weeks.

Unfortunately regular trips to Broadway are a little out of my budget right now, but we’ve discovered some great local theaters.

PJH: Tell us five things you collect.


1) Rubik’s Cubes and similar puzzles. (I know this is a fascination we share)
(PJH: great minds think alike)

2) Refrigerator magnets

3) Delft ware – especially small vases

4) photos of my kids

5) old books – especially old history books.

PJH: How closely do you relate to Emma? Do you secretly want to ride on a motorcycle? Have you secretly ridden on a motorcycle? Did your parents know?

CKM: I actually don’t think I’m very much like Emma at all. There was never any danger of me being given the lead in a school musical. And I’ve never ridden a motorcycle. There was a guy I knew in college who kept trying to convince me to go for a ride on his motorcycle, but I turned him down (that had as much to do with the guy as with the motorcycle). Though, I did go to a prom with a guy named Mike.

PJH: What are three books you are looking forward to the release of in the next year (not including mine)?

CKM: Not including yours? Are there other books coming out this year?

I’m a big Jasper Fforde fan and he has a new book coming out: SHADES OF GREY, so I’m looking forward to that.

MARE'S WAR by Tanita Davis came out about a month ago, I really want to read that, I haven’t ordered it yet, though.

Oh and SHELF DISCOVERY, by Lizzie Skurnick, that looks like a great book. It also just came out, but I haven’t ordered it yet. Looks like it’s time to place a book order!

Two of these are already out, so I didn’t answer your question too precisely, but they are books I want to read, so that counts!

PJH: If an apocalypse came, would you still find a way to write (even if this meant paper and pen)?

CKM: I’d absolutely still write with paper and pen. My kids and I once made ink using walnut shells, and a pen from a goose feather we found by the creek. Believe me, I’d find a way to keep writing.


OK, now the fun, fast part. Keep your answers as short as possible! PJH: Fantasy Island or Love Boat?
CKM: Love Boat

PJH: Guilty Pleasure?

CKM: Butterfinger Bars

PJH: Favorite Scooby Doo character?
CKM: Who’s the girl with the glasses? I like her.

(PJH: That would be Velma :) )

PJH: Computer or hand written
CKM: Computer

PJH: First Draft: Revise as you go or just get it down?
CKM: Just get it down.

PJH: Favorite natural wonder?
CKM: Great Barrier Reef in Australia

PJH: Favorite myth?
CKM: Achilles


Now for your chance to win the following THREE books, leave me a comment telling me your favorite musical.

The books are:

DRAGON WISHES by Stacy Nyikos (autographed and hardcover no less)
LIFE IN THE PIT by Kirsten Landon

The contest will be open until midnight Monday, 31 August, 2009!

Happy Wednesday, and thanks again, Christine!


Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, 15 shows in 13 weeks, sounds like heaven. Thanks for the interesting interview.

Christina Farley said...

What a fun interview. I loved all the interesting side questions. This sounds like a great book too. My favorite musical is of course Beauty and the Beast! Love, love, love it!

yellow_gin said...

my favorite musical? that's easy! Marry Poppins! I've watched it well over 200 times. :)

Working Mom said...

My favorite musical is Les Miserables. Saw it on Broadway 3 times (and read the book).

Carrie Harris said...

My favorite musical will always be Working. And now I will have songs from it stuck in my head all day long!

Cannot wait to read this book (and the new Jasper Fforde too)! Thanks to both of you for a fabulous interview.

Christine M said...

PJ - Thanks so much for the chance to be on your blog! You rock!

Tricia, 15 shows in 13 weeks was incredible. We even sat in the 5th row and saw Charlton Heston in A Man For All Seasons.

Christina - I love Beauty and the Beast - but I have a side reason, one Valentine's Day my then boyfriend and I watched it on video after going out to dinner, and when it was over - he proposed. I said yes.

Yellow Gin - Mary Poppins is great. For my daughter's 10th birthday I treated her to a Broadway show and we saw Mary Poppins. This year my kids theater camp did Mary Poppins. So much fun!

Working Mom - I never saw Les Miserables, but I love the music from it.

Carrie - I'm not familiar with the musical Working. Now I'm going to have to search it out!

Thanks again, everyone!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Royal Wedding. Definitely.

Not only is Fred Astaire always awesome, but that musical has some of the most classic dance scenes of all time. (Like the dance-on-the-ceiling one)

Plus the music is terrific.

Anonymous said...

Great interview--sounds like a wonderful book. Being someone who never thought she'd ride a motorcycle and did...I think I have to read this!

Favorite musical: Jesus Christ Superstar.

beth said...

Wow! Great interview...wish I could do some of those student stand-by tickets! :)

My favorite musical?

Probably MY FAIR LADY.

Kim Baccellia said...

Great interview, Chris!

My favorite musical has to be BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

Tess said...

Has to be Wicked.

And, great interview....I love a clean, straightforward, fun read and I bet my daughter will, too! I'll keep an eye out for it.

PJ Hoover said...

What fun musicals, everyone! I'll play along too. My favorite musical has to be BRIGADOON. I loved the movie and we saw it on stage once when I was much younger!

MG Higgins said...

Has to be My Fair Lady, since that was the musical we did in my HS senior year. Thanks for the interview to both of you!

Robyn Campbell said...

Great interview. I am definitely going to buy the book. (unless I win a copy):)

Oh and my favorite musical? The Wizard of Oz and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I'm a KID, I know it! And I couldn't choose my most fav out of those two, so I picked both of them. Does this mean I'm penalized? :)

PJ Hoover said...

MY FAIR LADY is a popular one!
And I love THE WIZARD OF OZ, too!

Kelly said...

Fun interview!

I also loved Donny Osmond in Joseph's Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

PJ Hoover said...

Love GREASE, Kelly!

Aik said...

Phantom of The Opera.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

PJ Hoover said...

Love PHANTOM, Aik! It is the best!

T. Anne said...

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor dream coat! That was a blast, loved the interview. The book sounds cute. We too did the sound of music (I got to be a dancer in the way, way back ;)

Trisha Pearson said...

What a fun interview! I'm currently shaking my fist in Amazon's general direction for taking so long to ship When Mike Kissed Emma. I ordered it almost a week ago. And it's a good thing I did order it because I can't enter the contest - I don't like musicals!

PJ Hoover said...

Way to go on the dancing role, T. Anne!

No musicals at all, Trisha! Wow!

Jim Danielson said...

Wicked on stage.
Grease and White Christmas on the screen.

PJ Hoover said...

I have to check out WICKED sometime, Jim!

Christine M said...

Miriam - I love watching Fred Astaire dance!

Becky - Jesus Christ Superstar is a good musical. There are some songs I really like from that. And, I want to know - what did you think when you finally rode a motorcycle? Did you like it?

Beth - Student Stand-by tickets were awesome. I don't know if they still do that or not. And My Fair Lady is a great musical. "I Could Have Danced All Night" (now I'm singing to myself)

Christine M said...

Thanks Kim! And there is something special about Beauty and the Beast.

Tess, I love the music from Wicked, but never had a chance to see it on stage.

PJ - Brigadoon is awesome. I am such a musical junkie. I love them all!

MG - My Fair Lady is great!

Robyn - There are parts of the Wizard of Oz I love - but some parts have always kind of freaked me out (the trees with arms for example - my kids think I'm weird) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is very cool. Did you know that the book was written by the guy who created James Bond?

Kelly - true confessions, I had a total crush on Donny Osmond when I was little. I even had purple socks. And I saw Grease like six times in the movies the summer I was 12.

Christine M said...

Aik - Phanton is haunting, but beautiful

T. Anne - Thanks! I hope you get a chance to read the book!

Tricia - I hope your book ships soon - I thought Amazon had been shipping fairly quickly, sorry you're having to wait!

Jim, White Christmas is good - but what about Holiday Inn?

Shelli said...

i love sound of music too :) great interview

Christine M said...

Thanks, Shelli! And there is something kind of special about The Sound of Music.

PJ Hoover said...

There really is something special about TSOM. What is it?

Christine M said...

Maybe because it's a story that can be appreciated on different levels. It's safe for kids to watch, but not too simple for adults to enjoy.

cpullum said...

Mary poppins and we are going to see it in a couple of months and we have tickets!!!!

Christine M said...

Carla - Mary Poppins, on stage, was an awesome show. So much fun. Enjoy!

Keri Mikulski said...

Great contest!!

GREASE!!!! :)

Christine M said...

Keri: "Grease is the word!"

Kelly H-Y said...

What a FUN interview!! I'm definitely going to have to snatch this one up for my nieces!!!

Christine M said...

Kelly H-Y, I hope your nieces enjoy it!

PJ Hoover said...

Grease is totally the word!

Solvang Sherrie said...

I have three favorite musicals: The Sound of Music (I have it on DVD and keep trying to make my kids like it), My Fair Lady (Audrey Hepburn is my all time favorite actress) and Annie (I always secretly wanted to be Annie!)

PJ Hoover said...

Man, I wanted to be Annie, too, Sherrie! She was definitely "it". But isn't it kind of funny she was an orphan and no way would I have really wanted that.

lotusgirl said...

Ok. How can I pick just one?!!!! If I must, I guess I would have to say The Sound of Music because it is the basis of so much of my musical beginnings. But if I can go farther you know I will. I'm going to give the close 2nds. Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Annie, Oliver, and Wicked. There are many others following right on their heels.

PJ Hoover said...

Love how you nail it as the basis for so many of our musical beginnings, Lois! This is so right!

Christine M said...

Sometimes I think my favorite musical happens to be whatever one I've listened to most recently.

(my word verification is expubber - makes me think of pub crawls in England, and that I haven't done one in a very long time)

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, favorite Broadway musical? Les Miserables (seen it seven times) Favorite movie musical? Sound of Music (too many to count!)

PJ Hoover said...

I must see Les Mis, Corey. I'm adding it to my list!

Christine M said...

Corey - 7 times for Les Mis? Wow! And as for The Sound of Music, I've lost count as to how many times I've seen it on TV/video too.

Vivian said...

Without question, Les Miserables. Simply beautiful, haunting, incredible.

And congrats to Chris for When Mike Kissed Emma! Mike is a total hunk and the kiss! Swoon.

Christine M said...

Thanks, Vivian!

PJ Hoover said...

Wow, another vote for Les Mis, Vivian. Must see it!

Angela said...

Great interview! My fav...and don't laugh...is Evil Dead the Musical!

I can't wait to read these books, especially when Mike Kissed Emma!

PJ Hoover said...

Evil Dead the musical! Nice, Angela!