Andrea Cremer: Friday in the Fort

About Andrea: I currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota but I spent my childhood in the Northwoods of northern Wisconsin. I have a Ph.D. in early modern history and I’m a professor at Macalester College. My work as a historian played a key role in the world-building involved in Nightshade.

About Nightshade: Nightshade is the story of Calla Tor - on her upcoming eighteenth birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves who have fought for centuries on the front lines of the Witches’ War. But her predestined path veers off course when she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a human boy. Startled by her own violation of the law she’s sworn to uphold, she hopes the stranger will soon be a distant memory. When the boy turns out to be a new student in her school, Calla’s random act of kindness spirals into a whirlwind of deceit, hidden histories, and forbidden love.

Favorite comfort food?
Spaghetti and Meat Balls

Favorite game?
My favorite fall game is leaf pile jumping! Also leaf-fall dancing (twirling around with your arms out beneath a tree whose leaves are falling rapidly).

Flannel, fleece or Snuggie?

If Snuggie, which color?
No Snuggies! They scare me!

Fluffy socks or slippers?

Favorite fall drink?
Coffee. Black and strong as possible.

Ghost story or Truth or Dare?
Ghost stories!

Truth? Or dare?
Truth – I get grossed out really easily.

What singer/musician/band is a must have for The Fort soundtrack?
Florence and the Machine

What movie would you bring to watch?
Oh, that's so hard! I Can I bring my Buffy DVDs (I own all seven seasons)? If not, I'd bring Ghostbusters. I never get tired of that movie.

Who's the ideal male mascot for The Fort and why?
Sam and Dean from Supernatural. They’d get all the mythology I’m writing about, plus they’d be awesome company.

Marshmallows, lightly toasted or burned to a crisp?
Lightly toasted and with chocolate, but no graham crackers

Awake all night or first one to sleep?
First one to sleep. I need about 10 hours to feel like a human being.

If awake all night, practical joke or no?
If I’m awake all night it’s usually because I have a story I can’t get out of my head, so I’m up and clacking away on my computer.

If you could have any YA author visit the fort and tell stories, who would it be and what story would you ask him/her to tell?
Brenna Yovanoff’s debut, The Replacement, came out in September 2010. It’s a gorgeous and frightening book that I loved! I’d like to sit around a campfire with Brenna and tell ghost stories.


To celebrate the fact that Andrea and NIGHTSHADE hit the New York Times best sellers list at number seven this week, I am giving away a copy! It's open to anywhere Book Depository ships! Fill out the form below!


  1. Great interview :) LOVE Florence and the Machine :D I want to read Nightshade so badly :)

  2. Supernatural is soooo amazing! I LOVE DEAN!

  3. I'm pretty sure Sam and Dean should be the mascot for pretty much anything amazing :-D
    Sounds like an amazing book.
    Great interview.

  4. I totally vote for the Winchesters and "Ghostbusters!" Awesome choices for the fort. :)

  5. Great interview! I've been dying to read this book!!

  6. DEfinite must read. I loved her CP's book, PERSONAL DEMONS. And I think if Lisa loved this, it must be fab!

    Thanks for the contest!

  7. great interview! i love sam and dean! and thanks for this awesome giveaway!

  8. Awesome interview! And even awesomer giveaway! I've been DYING to get my hands on a Nightshade copy! *sighs longingly*
    And... Sam and Dean... I don't even have words! *squeak* LOL

  9. I looooved Nightshade, and have you seen the cover for Wolfsbane? (I'm sure you have.) Omgosh, so pretty! :D

    Fantastic interview -- snuggies scare me too. But I'd probably end up getting one because I'm ALWAYS cold whenever I'm writing in fall/winter/spring!

  10. I feel bad for the snuggies, always getting overlooked...Nightshade was really good and I can't wait for the next book in the series.

  11. I adore NIGHTSHADE!!! Easily in my Top 3 Books of 2010. Black coffee, ghost stories...when does the Fort become reality????? 'Cause I'll be there!!

  12. Woah, she has a PhD?! She's looks so young in the picture that I've seen of her.
    I squee'd at her Buffy answer ^_^

  13. I'm dying to read this book! I have been ever since I first heard about it. Now that I know Andrea is a Supernatural fan, I want to read this even more! Someone with that good of taste is bound to be a fantastic writer!

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  15. Great interview! I'm always the first to sleep too :D Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Wow! The best Friday in the Fort answers so far! Buffy, Sam and Dean, Florence and the Machine.....so much awesomeness! Great interview.

  17. Wow, she has a PhD? That's so amazing. I'm really interested in reading this book now. I thought it looked like a typical paranormal romance but knowing that about the author, I definitely want to pick this up now!

  18. Awesome giveaway. :) I want to read this so bad!

  19. Great interview. Love the pic of Sam and Dean. I ♥ Dean! Thanks for the giveaway!



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