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 fortand 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?
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!"