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:
2) The Kiss
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
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?
Now for your chance to win the following THREE books, leave me a comment telling me your favorite musical.
The books are:
WHEN MIKE KISSED EMMA (of course)
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!