April 22nd, 2007

books

Interview: Debra Garfinkle

Debra Garfinkle's first novel, Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl, featured a teen who was trying to find his place in high school. In her new series, The Band, those that make music together also make drama. Let's find out what she thinks about bylines, books, and music.

The byline of Storky used your first and middle names as initials. Was this your choice or your publisher's decision, and was this because the book has a male protagonist?

It was my idea to use initials instead of my name, but the publisher readily agreed with me. I worried that if boys knew the book was written by a woman, they wouldn't want to read it.

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Interview: Mary Wilcox

Sixteen-year-old Eva Ortiz dazzles viewers every week on a hit television sitcom. Her younger sister, Jessica, does not have any acting aspirations, preferring to lead an average life off-camera. When accidents start happening on the set and things start to go missing, Jess decides it's up to her to solve the mysteries.

Such is the life of The Hollywood Sisters. This book series will keep young readers them giggling and guessing. (Learn more about the series at my booklists But I Don't Want to Be Famous! and But I DO Want to Be Famous!) Author Mary Wilcox was able to avoid the paparazzi long enough to answer a few questions here at Bildungsroman.

Jess and Eva have a good relationship, and their differences compliment one another. Do you have any siblings?

Yes, I have a younger sister -- and some of our history is in the books. There is a photo of me rocking a Mickey Mouse guitar while Julie shakes a rice box that I straight-up lifted for the book. More than specific incidents, though, I think what I've taken from my real-life relationship is that sense of my sister always being there in some way -- whether or not we are actually spending lots of time together; whether we even want the other one there! -- and how she is the other person with an inside view of how my family works. That just seems to get more meaningful over time.

I also have a younger brother who was born when I was about Jessica's age. He hasn't shown up in the books...yet. :)

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Visit Jess and Eva (and Mary!) at hollywoodsisters.com

Bonus! At the close of On Location, Eva gives Jess the following playlist:

Songs for Getting Over Boys
You Had Me by Joss Stone
Hole in the Head by The Sugababes
Fighter by Christina Aguilera
I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
All I Have by J.Lo (Jennifer Lopez)
How You Remind Me by Nickelback
These Boots are Made for Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra