I'm sure you all have your favourite authors whom you stalk...er...follow. You want to know everything about him/her, who they are, where they grew up and how they got the idea for the book you just could not put down!
The infinite www has made it possible to get a lot of "writerly" information about authors. But what about the stuff totally unrelated to books? The quirky stuff that makes them the quintessential writer?
I've wondered the same thing about a lot of writers I've greatly admired and so, was born the idea of asking them questions mostly unrelated to the world of writing. Fun stuff that makes them come alive for me!
And so I've started this series with none other than Cynthia Leitich Smith of the ETERNAL and TANTALIZE fame. She loves to help new writers and maintains a fantastic website and blog.
Without further ado...here's the quick and quirky on a wonderful writer:
1) In one word, who are you?
2) What is your deepest desire?
An old-fashioned, claw-footed bathtub.
3) Your greatest fear
4) Your favourite colour?
5) A song you can't help singing along with, every time you hear it?
6) A movie that made you cry?
"The Spiderwick Chronicles."
7) A book you have read more than five times? Or a book which influenced you the most?
The Witch from Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear (Houghton Mifflin, 1958)
8)From your own oeuvre; your favorite child?
9) One thing you hate about being a writer?
Saying "no" to so many people and opportunities to protect my writing time, and the fact that folks so often do not understand.
10) One thing no one knows about you (and now will)?
My toe aches when it's about to rain.
So there you have it, folks. Head over to Cynthia's website for some more information about her and on writing!
And watch this space as more authors agree to share quick and quirky deets...