Friday in the Fort with Kimberly Pauley and an EPIC GIVEAWAY

Today in The Fort we have one of my very favorite people. Ever. I was so glad when I found out that this was Author Appreciation week, because I already had Kimberly Pauley on my schedule for The Fort.

I adore her.

Not only because she's an excellent writer with a ridiculous amount of wit, or because she's a critique partner extraordinaire, or because she's a champ at encouraging people, but because regardless of what she says, she's one of the nicest people alive. It's true.

If it weren't for Kimberly, I wouldn't know half the things I do about YA lit. I met her through an SCBWI listserv, and even though I'd never reviewed before, she took me on as a reviewer for Young Adult Books Central. (Let's add risk-taker to that list up there.) I appreciate her beyond what words can express.

I am honored to welcome her to The Fort!!! Read her interview, and then check below for an EPIC giveaway.

Hullo! My really, really quick bio: I read too much.

Not what you meant, right? Okay. I'm Kimberly Pauley, YA author and founder of YA Books Central. I read too much, I like to make people laugh, and I'm much better on paper than in person. Really. Don't listen to all those people that say I'm the nicest person anywhere. (Myra: Are you calling me a liar?) I have snark, I tell you. It's in there and it's just waiting to come out.

My first book was Sucks to Be Me, a kind of anti-Twilight funny vampire tale and my next book, out in May 2010, is Still Sucks to Be Me, the sequel in which there is much buttkicking and talk about cow patties.

And I'm so happy to be here in the Fort. There's chocolate, right?

Favorite comfort food?

Really, really good mashed potatoes. My husband makes some of the best (and most fattening). Think heavy whipping cream and truffle oil.

Favorite game (think snowy, below wind chill day)?

Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit (minus the sports-y questions).

Fleece, flannel, chenille or Snuggie?

Er, hmm. I don't think I own any of the above. Um, how about silk? Like a really heavy, rich silk. Embroidered. Something old too. Vintage. We're talking like robes, right? Or is this more of a blanket question? If a blanket thingy, I'll go with a Victorian crazy quilt heavy on the velvet.

If Snuggie, what color?

I can't actually picture myself ever using something named "Snuggie" or, for that matter, it's competition: the Slanket. But I like red a lot.

Fluffy socks or slippers?

Barefoot. But if I had to pick one, I'd say slippers.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Me (not on a diet) would always say hot chocolate (but the European or Mexican kind, not the weak stuff we wind up with here in America). Me (on a diet) would say some kind of jasmine phoenix pearls / rooibos tea.

Ghost story or Truth or Dare?

Truth or Dare

Truth? Or dare?

Truth. But would it be? Hmmmm.

What singer/musician/band is a must have for The Fort soundtrack?

Kirsty Maccoll. Hands down. With a little bit of Poe for when we want to get our angry female on.

What movie would you bring to watch?

Well, that kind of depends on what we're going for...but, probably the Princess Bride. Or, if I wanted to be cheesy, Earthgirls are Easy.

Who's the ideal male mascot (wow that sounds sexist) for the fort and why?

Just one? One? That's it? That's wrong. Oh, man. I mean, there's the young Roger Moore when he played The Saint (pre-Bond days). Or Hugh Jackman in, uh, everything. Michael Praed from his Robin Hood days. Sean Connery, when you can ignore his general misogyny. Robert Downey Jr. when he's not bombed out of his mind. Ben Barnes...Okay, okay. If there's just one, I have to go with Johnny Depp because he's a man not afraid to wear eyeliner, he looks good in everything, and can *be* anybody. And, you know, he's Johnny Depp.

Marshmallows, lightly toasted or burned to a crisp?

Flaming, baby!

Awake all night or first one to sleep?

Probably awake all night.

If awake all night, practical joke or no (and what kind)?

I would probably be the one cheering Myra on (who, I'm sure, would be pranking someone) and taking the pictures.

(Myra: Heh heh.)

If you could have any YA author visit the fort and tell stories, who would it be and what story would you ask them to tell?

I'd probably have to say Maureen Johnson because if she's half as funny as she is on Twitter, she'd have us in stitches. Or Libba Bray or David Levithan because I have met them in person and they *are* that funny. What story though? Um...with Maureen, I might just have to give her a timer and say "Go!"

Thanks for hanging out in The Fort, Kimberly, and y'all make sure you check out her new website!

Now, because it's Author Appreciation week, and because I want to celebrate Kimberly, I am having an EPIC GIVEAWAY. Follow THIS BLOG and comment for a chance at the following:

1. One winner will receive a paperback copy of SUCKS TO BE ME, along with a signed bookplate and other goodies from Kimberly.

2. One winner will receive my personal ARC of STILL SUCKS TO BE ME, along with a signed bookplate and other goodies from Kimberly.

3. One winner will receive a copy of the hilarious THE VAMPIRE IS JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU.

4. And finally, one winner will score the promotional copy of the first episode of the CW's THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on DVD.


Follow THIS BLOG and comment to win! Tweet it for an extra entry, but make sure to LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!!!

This contest will end at midnight on Sunday, MARCH 28th!


  1. Ooh, The Princess Bride...classic movie.

    Her new website looks great. I laughed when she said "short person" in her description at the top! lol

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/Door2Wonderland/status/10745990303.

    Thanks for the interview and contest!

  2. Aw, thanks Myra! :-)

    Kelsey, I *am* a short person! Or vertically challenged, as some people like to say.

  3. What a great interview and contest.

    Lisa M. Basso
    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  4. YES! I love Kimberly! :) Enter me, enter me, enter me! *crosses fingers*

    Also, that photo of JD? That's the best one I've ever seen, I think.

    *pulls out old 21 Jump Street DVDs*

  5. Great blog post and contest! Please enter me


  6. Found my way here through Facebook =D.
    Kimberly's Book isn't available here on Finland so I am pestering you here...

    And I think I love the book because I love lots of anti-Twilight things.
    And Johnny Depp. =D


  7. I can't believe we haven't read or reviewed her books on Mundie Moms yet *slaps hand to forehead* YAY! Johnny Depp is now in the fort *happy dance* LOL

  8. Yeah Kimberly!! Such a sweet interview. I tweeted about it.

  9. I stopped reading well processing what I read somewhere between Victorian, velvet crazy quilt and Johnny Depp!!! Kimberly, you know how to pick your Fort moments!!

    I can hardly wait to delve into Sucks To Be Me. Love a funnny vamp tale!

  10. Awesome interview,made me smile. :)

    If international (australia) entrants count then count me in.

    Im a follower


  11. I would love to be entered to win! Great interview and thanks for the contest!
    I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/10753166358
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  12. Enter me please!!

    sidebar link

    how weird that i also posted that same picture of johnny depp today?!
    it's a sign. :)

  13. Great interview! Johnny Depp is hawt. :)

    lchardesty at yahoo dot com

  14. Awesome interview and contest!


  15. Nice interview!

    Laurie T

  16. Kimberly Pauley is fantastic!

    That picture of Johnny Depp, is fanastic!

    You know I follow, this is obviously a comment & I RT'd one of your tweets!

  17. I love it!
    I love you Kimberly!

    I would also love to win the contest, which is VERY epic by the way :D

  18. Great interview and contest as always! Love the fort. I follow you baby!

  19. Fun Interview! So entertaining!

    I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/precious_shusky/status/10759850715

    Thanks for the epic contest!


  20. sheesh... that is one hot picture of Johnny......

    Awesome interview!

    Enter me up:

  21. Awesome interview!
    And amazing giveaway! Hope its open internationally:)

    I tweeted: http://twitter.com/AnyaKapllani/status/10771655617



  22. So glad you guys are enjoying the contest!

    Remember to not only comment but to follow the blog as well!

  23. I loved reading the interview made me smile. = ]

    I follow! (uprobdontknowme)
    and tweeted: www.twitter.com/uprobdontknowme


  24. Great interview Kimberly, as usual, you almost made me spit coffee from my nose. Not many people can do that ;) By the way, I just finished reading the ARC of IT STILL SUCKS TO BE ME and I'll be posting a review on my blog next week!

  25. Haha, Johnny Depp = FTW! :D

    I have tweeted: http://twitter.com/StopDropandRead/status/10788028211

    faked_sugartone at hotmail

  26. Great interview. Really Really enjoyed it. Thanks!!

    I am a follower and tweeted - http://twitter.com/DonnaS1/statuses/10790530263

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  27. Great interview! I am a follower
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  29. Great interview and contest! please enter me.

    van p.

    im a blog follower

  30. Yay Kimberly!

    I *highly* approve of your mascot choice.

  31. god johnny is so sexyyyyyyyyyyyy

    im anew follwer and twitter

  32. Thanks for the contest and interview, loved it!

  33. Oh my gosh I love Johnny Depp. Wow that picture was amazing. lol.

    Oh I'm a short person as well. haha. We have to stick together.

    I would love to be in this contest. (:

  34. The Princess Bride is epic and I have to agree about the snuggies and slankets, though I didn't know the last was real.

    That was a great interview and I've definitely gotta read these books.

    Elizabeth Brown

  35. great interview! I'm a follower and I tweeted at http://bit.ly/cKS67i .

    thanks for the contest!

    I always love a good Princess Bride reference...

  36. oh...and email is allison.d.mason(at)gmail.com

  37. Great interview and giveaway.
    I love the Princess Bride.




  38. Fantastic interview!! Is it too late to enter? I'm a follower and I'm tweeting!!!

    Pick me! :)

  39. I'd love to enter this contest! Thanks!

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  40. I tweeted:


    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  41. great interview and contest! Am only just discovering "sucks to be me"- how did I miss this?! Would love to read and review so please enter me! Thank you and good luck to everyone

  42. hey! i wanna read all those books! :D haha
    nice interview AND contest :)

    i don't have a twitter account :/

    Kirsten ;)

  43. i apsalutaly luved reading Sucks to Be Me. it was AWEsome. i also really wanted to look at The Vampire Is Just Not That Into You, it looks funny. I am also quite vertically chalenged too. oh, ya, the vampire diarys ROCK, good book and t.v. show.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE pick me !!!

    thx for that awesom interview and rightly EPIC contest

    Taylor J.
    goobertaylor@hotmail.com or

  44. Oh Roger Moore in "The Saint"...I'd almost forgotten!! What a fun interview -- thanks Myra for letting us know Kimberly a little bit better!!


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