Friday in the Fort with EGMONT Assistant Editor Alison Weiss

Today in The Fort we have the spectacular Alison Weiss, assistant editor at EGMONT USA (my publisher)! If you are a Twitterer, you know her as the face behind @EgmontUSA, and you also know she's generous and funny and all around amazing. 

Egmont USA is a children’s book publisher based in Manhattan, and is part of the Egmont Group, one of Scandinavia’s leading media groups, with activities including film, TV production, and interactive games. Egmont has activities in more than 30 countries. Alison has been with Egmont USA for almost two years.

Check below her interview for EXCELLENT giveaways from Egmont USA! 

Five Fun Facts About Alison: 

1) People tell me I make the best chocolate chip cookies ever. I don't know that I agree, but they are yummy, and I don't make them often. 

2) I grew up in the Sleepy Hollow in which Washington Irving set his famous short story. No, the Johnny Depp movie is not an accurate portrayal of the legend, and Sleepy Hollow looks nothing like that.

3) My favorite words are "sesquipedalian" and "brindled." If you can work both into your manuscript effectively I will be extremely impressed.

4) When I was in second grade, I wanted to be a paleontologist. Now I work in children's books. Yeah, that sounds about right.

5) Gilbert Blythe was my first book crush, and I have never quite gotten over it.

Favorite comfort food? This should be easy, right? I keep waffling on this. (Yum, waffles!) Either spaghetti pie, which is sort of like lasagna, but not, or grilled cheese with tomato soup.

Favorite game (think summer, flashlight tag, Marco Polo)?
Night-time kick the can. I was part of a club. We were cool.

Sun worshipper, spray tan or SPF 50?
SPF 50 with self-tanner to fool the world. I do not tan. I turn into a tomato. It is not pretty.

Beach or lake? Boat or shore? 
I like both. I think I’ll say the lake, though, because I usually just get burned at the beach, and end up looking like a tomato. (I see a pattern forming, here.) I haven’t been on a boat in ages, but I like them very much. 

Air conditioning or open windows?
Open windows.

Favorite summer drink (lemonade, iced sweet tea, Kool Aid)?
My mom’s lemonade-iced tea. (Sneaks to the kitchen to get some—Oh, more interview. . . .) 

Ghost story or Truth or Dare?
I’m a total chicken, but I’d rather ghost stories. 

Truth? Or dare?

What singer/musician/band is a must have for The Fort soundtrack?
Umm . . . I’m going to embarrass myself so, Pass. 
(Myra: I find this answer unacceptable. I WILL get an answer, readers. I WILL.)

What movie would you bring to watch?
Rear Window. You never know what’s happening right across the street. . . .  

Who's the ideal male mascot for The Fort and why? It’s Friday, so it’s a Merlin night (I am a dork!) --  Bradley James because he can protect us from rival pranksters with his sword. But Arthur (his character) is just a total idiot, so he’ll have to bring along Colin Morgan, just in case.

Marshmallows, lightly toasted or burned to a crisp? 
Burned to a crisp.

Awake all night or first one to sleep?
First one asleep. (I’m obviously not the fun one at this slumber party.)

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’m wondering if Ally Carter could stop by to teach us super sneaky spy techniques and then lead us in an absolutely flawless and diabolical heist. . . . if you can wake me up first.

I adore Alison, and you will too, as she brought a SWEET stash of Egmont USA ARC's to give away! Be a blog follower and comment for a chance to win:
Siren by Tricia Rayburn
Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
Things I Know About Love by Kate le Vann

USA Addresses Only, Please 

Thanks Alison, for visiting The Fort!


  1. Normally I do not speak in sesquipdalian sentences, but this enormous brindled boxer knocked me to the ground to lick burnt marshmallow from my fingers while we were telling ghost stories by the lake.
    I follow. I comment. I love Friday in the Fort with Myra and Alison. I lust for ARCs, although I could rent Rear Window from Netflix and give myself a thrill.

  2. Great interview! I'm a follower. And I want those books really bad! :)

  3. My grandpa made the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. I once asked him for his recipe, which he gladly turned over to me. Imagine my surprise when I found it was the exact same one as on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag. So, it truly is in the hands of the baker and I would like to petition Alison for some cookies as well as those books.

    Then again, I'd like some lemon bars. *clears throat and glances around innocently*

  4. What a fun interview! I am a follower and I would love a chance to read those great titles!

  5. I loved grilled cheese & tomato soup. I also turn into a tomato. Lucky for me, they have way high spf now. Like 80 or 100. Wow. That is a nice collection of books.
    Thank you for another fabulous Friday in the Fort!

  6. I've always had a thing for Gilbert, too.

  7. YAY Allison! You know you won't leave now, the fort is so fun to play in. I love that Author is our Mascot! I totally love grilled cheese and tomato soup. I actually craved it yesterday.

    Mrya-thank you for another fun interview! Can I request Kaleb to be the Mascot?!?! I mean, it's only fitting *coughs*

  8. I luuurve burnt marshmellows!!

    Thanks for the great interview!!

    kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

  9. yummo, chocolate chip cookies...too distracted to think of an intelligent comment. *drools*

  10. Ooh, sesquipedalian is one of my favorites! And I adore Merlin as well.

  11. I'm just now hopping on the Merlin train thanks to Myra, and now I see mentions everywhere. This makes me happy.

  12. Just happened across your blog, after seeing you in YAlitchat last night, and I started following you.

    Alison, I say this: Oh, Gilbert Blythe, you have a hold on me too!

    This a great way to interview; I loved the questions. You know what I also love? Books, definitely. Free books, bonus!

  13. I've never heard anyone talk about spaghetti pie except our fam! It's my men's favorite thing I make (except the middle son who doesn't like to see the perfection of plain ol' spaghetti too messed with). And it's so wonderful to meet fellow adorers of Gil. I'm re-reading as we speak and loving every minute with him. I'm off to find Alison on twitter. Thanks for the great interview and contest, Myra!!

  14. Another wonderful Friday in the Fort interview. So fun!
    Pass me some of those chocolate chip cookies!

  15. Ha! Love it! How cool is it that she actually lives in Sleepy Hollow? And I get to meet her in May. Yay!

  16. This was great! Alison is hilarious! It really seems like you 'get' each other and that is priceless. Makes me ache to read HOURGLASS even more. Speaking of which, I'd love to get my hands on any of those ARC's your giving away...

  17. Nice interview! I must at some point write a blog post on the relationship between people in the publishing industry and also Cake/Cookies/Insert sweet stuff here.

    I'm fast becoming a huge fan of Egmont as they have some fantastic titles - would LOVE to win these books, they're all on the "to get" list. Thank you to both of you for the giveaway and as always, good luck to everyone! :)


  18. I'm already a follower..and I would also like to know about the music :-)

    Great giveaway!

  19. MMM...now I want to try your mom's lemonade-iced tea.

    Great interview! And yes, I'm a follower :D


  20. Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup FOR THE WIN!!

    Pick me! Pick me! =)

  21. Oh, great interview! I follow and I comment :) And now I want to eat chocolate chip cookies....and maybe some waffles.

  22. I am a follower and can I request some of the chocolate chip cookies:) They are my favorite:)

  23. Gilbert was my first book crush too. love the interview -and I'm so looking forward to reading those books :)

  24. Great interview. Ever consider a one on many chat option for your followers. Not so much a fan of any chocolate chip cookie but luv grilled cheese and tomato soup with Lemonade in a colored tin glass that sweats from the heat while sitting in the shade of a big tree with a good book catching the breeze off the lake. I've read your blog often but didn't realize I never hit follow, but I do now.

  25. Ha, I would totally love Ally Carter to teach me some super-spy moves too! Thanks for the interview/talk it was very enjoyable to read! :)

    I'm a follower! And I am dying to read all those books! :)


  26. So, you have to know that I am going to show some love for Egmont USA titles. It's almost like you post these things just to see if I'll bite.


    Paul W. Hankins

  27. That is indeed a lovely stash. Thanks for the very fun interview and giveaway!

  28. Been a follower for a couple of months, and I loved the Merlin mention!


  29. Yay, Alison! Thanks, ladies! :)

  30. Awesome interview....wanted to comment earlier today but had bloggy stuff to do. What I wanted to say was.....

    I also turn into a tomato but I will not use self tanner. I tried it once and looked like an orange. It's a lose/lose situation.

    I also eat burnt marshmallows.

    That is all....

    Seriously though, fun interview!

  31. Great interview! I'd love to win because I want to read Raised by Wolves sooo much.

  32. What a great interview. And so many great books. *drools*

    Please count me in.

    -Lisa B.
    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  33. I love burnt marshmallows!!!


  34. Fun interview! Ah, Gilbert... I still love him so. I can totally relate to the SPF 50. My skin only has two color options - ghostly white or tomato red. The mention of lemonade-iced-tea makes me wish it was summertime already. :)

  35. I love Friday in the Fort! And I love lemonade-iced tea, too. In fact, I think I might need to make some today...

    Great book giveaways! *crosses fingers*

  36. Great interview, would love to win any one of these awesome books :)

    blog follower

    van p.

  37. That was a fun interview! Spaghetti pie? I think I'd have to see it before I pass judgment, though I do love my pasta...

    I am a follower of this blog.


  38. Wow. All this yummy food thought makes me hungry. Chocolate chip cookies? Tomato soup and grilled cheese?

    Haha, I turn into a tomato too. I just eventually tan over afterward. But seriously, I'm red foreverrrrrr before it does.

    GET THE ANSWER MYRA! We do not make fun of people in the fort (usually). She shouldn't feel embarrassed.

    I am a follower and would love to have a chance for the books! :)

  39. I've never gotten over Gilbert either...

    Fun interview! I enjoyed it. :-)

  40. ooooh, great interview and great contest :) I'm a follower, I'd love a chance to win! Thanks :)

    allison.d.mason AT gmail DOT com

  41. Still laughing at the "Merlin" comments. Yes, I am so there, it's Friday night and in our house at 7pm...mutterings of "Shhhhhh, 'Merlin' is coming on..." are echoed. Great choice. I agree -- the magical idiot who is far too brave and the prince sworn to duty who rushes into danger in spite of his own second thoughts. They would so be beneficial to The Fort!

  42. I am following, and commenting :) Thanks for the cool contest!

  43. Cool interview! I am also a fan of lemonade iced tea. And lemonade Diet Coke. And lemonade lemonade. While reading new books, which I need, because I only have 2 left in my TBR pile.

  44. Oooh so cool! Loved the interview and now I'm a follower! Yeah! I agree whole-heartedly on the Rear Window thing. I actually had a professor in college who did his dissertation on Hitchcock and that movie specifically. Very interesting stuff. I believe I learned quite a bit from that class...

  45. What a great interview! I am so hungry now for those cookies and waffles! YUM!

    Thanks for the interview and contest! Keeping my fingers crossed!

    Amy J

  46. ZOMG lol! Great interview, I've been following both of you and you guys are hilarious on twitter!

    Those ARCs sounds so good! I've been lusting after them ever since each announcement. *squee!*


  47. Great interview and awesome giveaway!

    careyfasano at yahoo dot com

  48. Awesome giveaway!


  49. What awesome books. Two snaps for the fabulous contest.

    I love Alison and Elizabeth. Yay for Egmont! :)

    (Oh, and please enter me :)

  50. Loved the interview! I stumbled across Merlin a few weeks ago on a SyFy marathon and I lurve it!!

  51. Great interview! I would love to win these ARCs. Who doesn't love Alfred Hitchcock??? I need to watch North by Northwest. My favorite is Notorious with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant...fabulous!


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