April 7th, 2010

wings, believe

Interview: Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams have teamed up to write a new series for kids called Goddess Girls. Giggles abound when youthful versions of the Greek goddesses you know from classic mythology have enrolled in Mount Olympus Academy. The first two books in the line, Athena the Brain and Persephone the Phony, hit bookstores just yesterday. The authors are having a blog tour, and today's stop is right here at Bildungsroman.

Little Willow: Welcome, ladies! Joan, in our previous interview we discussed how you and Suzanne sent drafts back and forth via email since you live in different states. Did you appreciate the ease of editing and communication that the Internet provided? What do you think is the hardest part about collaboration?

Joan: Good questions, Little Willow, and thank you for having us visit your blog today.

Little Willow: You are welcome! Thanks for coming by.

Joan: I think there was an adjustment period during which we learned not to tiptoe around too much. You start out saying everything so politely, but then things get hectic, and there's not really time to explain all the reasons you want to change something. We pretty quickly realized that we weren't going to hurt each other's feelings if we rewrote each other's work. The more we revised things, the more the stories began to sound like a single author wrote them. Getting it done on deadline wasn't a problem because we have similar work habits. We both do what we promise. That's huge. In any partnership, you have to be able to trust your partner to do what they say they're going to do. As for email, I don't think we could have made our deadlines without it.

Little Willow: Who is your favorite Greek goddess?

Suzanne: Persephone. We all have light and dark sides to our personalities. :-)

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Follow the Goddess Girls Blog Tour! Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams are doing Q&As at the following blogs. Other special surprises will be popping up, such as book giveaways and interviews with the Goddess Girl team at Aladdin, editor Emily Lawrence, book designer Karin Paprocki, and cover artist Glen Hanson.

April 4th: Bookmuncher
April 5th: readertotz, Suzanne's Place, and Joan Holub's blog
April 6th: Cynsations
April 7th: Bildungsroman
April 8th: Zoe's Book Reviews

Want to get the first two Goddess Girls books for free? Leave a comment below with your email address, and tell us who your favorite Greek goddess is and why. The first person to do so wins!
Update: The winner is Jenna, who will be sharing the books with her class. Thanks, Jenna!