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Thomas Randall interviewed at Galleysmith

October 8th, 2009 (07:11 am)
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The next-to-last stop on the Thomas Randall blog tour is Galleysmith. Have a taste:

Galleysmith: Is there a character in literature you wish you created? Why?
TR: Harry Potter, so I’d be filthy rich. :) All right, no, I’m joking. But it’s not far off. I wish I’d created Hermione Granger, because she’s made a generation of the world’s kids think it’s cool for a girl to be smart. Thankfully, no one else needs to create her, because JK Rowling’s already done it. Hermione rules.

Galleysmith: What five things do you need when writing?
TR: Arrogance and humility in equal portions. Faith in yourself. At least one other person who loves and has faith in you. A copy of Strunk & White’s THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE. And chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.

Wondering what a day in the life of a writer might be like? Click here to read the Galleysmith interview in full.



Follow The Waking blog tour to learn more about Dreams of the Dead, the first book in this thrilling YA series, and its author, Thomas Randall. The two-week tour wraps up tomorrow!

Monday, September 28th: An interview with Little Willow at Bildungsroman
Tuesday, September 29th: Author Q&A with Courtney Summers
Wednesday, September 30th: The Mind of a Girl, a guest blog about writing from the female POV, at readergirlz
Thursday, October 1st: Strange Girl in a Strange Land, a guest blog about researching Japanese culture, at lectitans
Friday, October 2nd: An interview at Sarah's Random Musings
Friday, October 2nd: An interview at Steph Su Reads
Monday, October 5th: The Cold Open, a guest blog about writing mysteries, at Books By Their Cover
Tuesday, October 6th: An interview with Kim Baccellia
Tuesday, October 6th: An interview with Book Chic
Wednesday, October 7th: An interview at Presenting Lenore
Thursday, October 8th: An interview at GalleySmith
Friday, October 9th: Last stop with Kelsey at Just Blinded Book Reviews

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Interview: Amber Kizer

October 8th, 2009 (07:51 pm)
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Amber Kizer never planned on becoming an author. She was a basketball player with hopes of pursuing a career in law and politics when a serious injury and later diagnosis changed her life forever. Now she has two published novels to her name and more on the way. Read our interview to find out what led her to the path she's currently taking, and where she hopes it leads.

Your first book, One Butt Cheek at a Time, follows the (mis)adventures of a high school girl named Gert. Were any of the scenes or characters inspired by people you knew?

Gert and I have lots in common about how we view surviving HS - I hated most of my high school years, with the exception of the year I lived abroad and went to an International School in Stavanger, Norway.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it would take to have the mythic fantastic HS experience and I pretty much decided it came down to being someone I wasn't and trying out for cheerleading or I had to get the hell out of town. I chose moving to Norway over cheerleading. Now looking back I always feel sorry for the people who think their HS years were the best of their life - that's just sad. I was just ready to get past HS and get on with the rest of my life.

But Gert is fiction, not autobiographical.

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