Friday, December 10, 2010

Stripping Down

Dude, get your mind out of the gutter. Totally not that kind of stripping down. But today, I'm doing something I swore I'd never do. And I'm terrified.

See, I participated in the Debutante Ball, and several people said they were glad to get to know more about me. I was like, "Wha--? Everyone knows everything about me!"

I mean, it's not exactly like I hold back here on the blog. So yeah.

But then I realized that there are probably many things that my blog readers don't know about me. (The world doesn't only revolve around bacon. True fact.)

So today, one chance only, you can ask me a question. Or two. Or whatever. And in the future, I'll answer it.

Questions can be about me personally, or about Possession, or about writing, blogging, or whatever you want. I reserve the right to pretend like I didn't see your question if I don't want to give away things about my book and/or how much I weigh.

Deal?

Ooo-kaaay. *cringes* This is so like stripping down to your bare bones and having people really see inside you. Really, really see inside.

But the comments are open...

Ask away.

And holy squee! You can win some Possession-related things on The League blog today. (Surely you've entered to win ALL FIVE of our books, right?) And Holy Mother of All Contests! Have you been to Beth Revis's blog? No? GO NOW.

59 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Be prepared! I did this a few weeks ago and was deluged with questions.

My question - besides YA, what genres do you enjoy?

Tez Miller said...

Did you originally want to call your group blog "League of Robots", but Futurama had beaten you to it? You all write futuristics, after all... ;-)

Jessica Bell said...

Um ... How messy does you house get when you are on a roll with writing? You know, coz I just need some company here ;o)

Natalie Aguirre said...

What are your top five-ten author blogs and book review blogs that you read and recommend I follow. I'm a middle grade, maybe someday YA, fantasy writer. I'm feeling like that's where I should be focusing my blog reading to make more friends.

Theresa Milstein said...

What do you feel you need to sacrifice in order to work and to make time to write? You may have more than one answer.

Stripping? I was thinking of home improvements.

Pk Hrezo said...

How do you keep up with everything? I mean, really? Do you forget things? Or is your day all planned in Outlook??

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL I'm about to delve into a genre where stripping is the norm, but I still didn't think it THAT way when I saw your title. I must be still asleep. ;)

Hmmm. Questions. Are you going to the LA SCBWI conference next year? (I'm going to you better be.) ;)

What's the one thing you can't live without in the morning?

Hannah Kincade said...

How do find the time, energy, skill, extra arms to do all of the things you do? I imagine you're like a Tasmanian devil just spinning and drooling in front of mutiple computers. Am I close? I mean, I want to see an actual daily plan.

Magan said...

WAIT...Let's go back to the real meat of the story here... You were in a debutante ball? LORDY MISS ELANA! I tried to write a southern love story and actually went to a debutante ball and wow... can you put up pictures? This I would really love to see!

Matthew Rush said...

Okay, here goes. You're at your local Dungeons and Dragons group and you are getting ready to play an adventure. You need to pick a character to play with.

Do you pull out you Wizard, your Warrior, your Cleric, or your Rogue?

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

How the heck do you manage kids, writing, and being a social web butterfly? You must be superwoman! Yup, gotta be.

Regular bacon, thick slicked or maple? I go for maple lol!

Jess said...

No question from me, but I just saw an article on msn.com that I think you might like...it's about bacon gifts!

http://www.bing.com/shopping/bacon-gift-ideas/r/137?FORM=MSNHED&crea=hpbacon&gt1=37003

Enjoy :)

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Who's winning Survivor? ;)

E.J. Wesley said...

This is not what I came to the blog to see! False advertising, I say. :)

Fact: Some us WISH the world revolved around bacon. Think of how the wind would smell of smoked apples, and the raindrops would be salty! Mmmmmmm .... bacon.

Jess of All Trades said...

What's your sign?

Also, what is one thing you wish (for real, now) that you could change about the publishing industry?

Melissa Sarno said...

Hope this is not too personal but I always love to hear about people's childhoods and where they grew up and what they were into. So, what were you like as a little kid?

Jennie Englund said...

Thanks for the links!

lynnrush said...

You're so funny. Your blog tag lines crack me up! Most of the questions I would have asked have been asked about schedule and time and genre.

But then, I did think of one....

I like to wear one of my most favorite sweatshirts while I write. It's totally old and faded, but it's just something I love to wear while writing. Anyway, do you do anything like that? Like clothing, or maybe a special spot to write, or whatever. . .

Thanks!

Jill Kemerer said...

So my mind was in the gutter--sorry! Do you write more than one genre?

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I totally came here because of the title. Go me.

Ok, so here's a question.Feel free to ignore me. (If you don't like this one you can answer, "what's you're favorite way to eat bacon?")

Have you quit? I mean, have you ever just said, "I can't do this anymore," and stopped writing? At least for a while?

lotusgirl said...

It's like a contest-a-palooza these days. Wow. It's like presents all around for Christmas.

My question: What's your favorite time of day and why?

Carolyn V. said...
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Quinn said...

I can't really think of a real question, so here goes:

If some virus or something caused all the pigs in the world to die -- meaning, no more bacon -- what would you do?

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

okay, I didn't look at the other questions, so sorry if I'm repeating...

Do you have a book(s) that you absolutely loved and had to shelve to move on to the one you are publishing? How did that feel and why did you end up coming to that decision? Do you think you will ever go back to that/those books?

Thanks! I was actually thinking of asking you that question anyway, so I'm glad you are doing this.

Falen (Sarah Ahiers) said...

ok, here's a question i stole from Kiersten White. It's a great question, though, and i wish more authors were asked it.

Did you always know you would end up a published author? I mean, i know you've been trying and working hard, but did you know it would pay off for you?

Shari said...

When you need some peace from your crazy life, what do you do?

Carol Kilgore said...

Brave, brave woman.

Question: On an average day, how much time do you spend blogging and how much time do you spend writing?

Have a fun weekend.

Sara B. Larson said...

Hmmm... this does leave so many, many options. What to pick. Okay, how about this:

If you only had one week to live, what would you do and who with? (money is no issue)

Joanna St. James said...

Why do I get the feeling that you are not answering these questions publicly? That is not my question by the way, but I would really like to know the answer 2 carol K's question.
Now my question Will you do me the honor of being my first YA author in my interrogation room? (Wolf Blitzer won't be present)

Lisa_Gibson said...

Do you think bacon flavored jelly bellies would be good? (I don't think they have them do they?) Would you try them if they made them? Or even bacon flavored Twizzlers (okay that's kinda too weird).
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Girl! I wanna know what's up with the Dove chocolates in your giveaway at the league? Where's the Bacos or Bacon-flavored toffee or something?! You aren't caving to chocolate peer pressure are you? *gasp* :-)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

LOL--I know exactly what you're feeling. I feel the same way when I put out a call for questions. So I'll go easy and refrain from asking about your most embarrassing experience. ;)

Instead I'll go with a question where--in my opinion--there is no wrong answer: Captain Jack Sparrow or Will Turner? :)

Katie Ganshert said...

When did your love affair with bacon first begin? Could you explain it for us. Was it love at first site? More of a falling in lvoe as you get to know each other better type of thing? Have you ever gone through rough patches?

The Golden Eagle said...

You have courage to do this!

My questions is: why do you use words as your way of getting out that creative energy, instead of something else, like another art medium?

Elana Johnson said...

You're all trying to kill me, aren't you?

Seriously??

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Do you believe all writers are just a wee bit crazy?

~ Wendy

L.T. Elliot said...

My question? Someday, can we do lunch again? ;)

Amber Argyle said...

Two questions (tricky, I know):
1. What's your most embarassing moment?
2. The world as we know it is ending, you can take one "thing" with you to live underground for the next who knows how long. What do you take?
Amber

Lydia Kang said...

Okay, writing-wise, what is your biggest fear?

Susan R. Mills said...

Okay, so I'm dying to know... do you like your bacon burnt and crispy like I do?

Tina Lynn said...

Hmmm...how are you so amazing? Come on, confess. Launched here in an escape pod by your parents during a nuclear apocalypse? Bitten by a radioactive spider? Given a ring that gives you the power to create anything you can imagine? It's only fair that you tell us mere humans so we can stop beating ourselves up for being less than...you know?

Colene Murphy said...

What is the best thing you ever brought to show and tell as a kid?

Nicole L Rivera said...

What book did you read that made you most want to become a writer?

Marsha Sigman said...

When you first started sending out queries for Possesion, did you get many requests for partials or fulls? I know you never gave up and sent out quite a few queries, so how did you keep from getting discouraged and going on to the next project?

This is technically two questions. And I think you and your blog are totally awesome.

Jodi Henry said...

I've noticed a trend on published, (and about to be published) author's blogs.

They include everything: about me, what color socks they wear to the kind of ice cream they eat, and everything to do with writing and getting published, but one teeny tiny little thing...

otherwise known as the BIGGEST obstical between an aspiring writer and getting an agetn...the query letter.

So, did you keep a copy of the query that landed you an agent? and if so would you share it with all of us aspiring authors?

I guess that's two questions, sorry.

J

Jodi Henry said...

Oh, ugly. 'agetn' should be 'agent.' sorry

Julie Wright said...

do you ever get like crazy jealous of other authors who "seem" to have it easy with publishing? Don't name names. :) I get crazy jealous sometimes and wish I could stifle that evil part of my being.

February Grace said...

I apologize if someone else already asked this, but I can't read through all the comments right now...(eyes are giving me fits and telling me to get off the internet already...)

What makes you so happy that you could, or do, cry over it?

~bru

Paul Greci said...

Question time...hmmmm....When you started your journey down the path to publication is there one or two big things you didn't know then that you wish you had known that would've made it less stressful or is it all water under the bridge? (I'm totally assuming there was some stress involved.)

Jemi Fraser said...

You're a brave one!

I'd like to know 2 things...
1 - what was the book that really hooked you into being a reader as a kid?

2 - what is your favourite book to read aloud to kids?

Carolyn V. said...

Okay, I need a better question that no one has asked.
If you had to write a different genre what would it be? (That question is so much better than my last one.)

Julie Hedlund said...

This isn't a question so much as I implore you to give yourself the gift of the "Bacon of the Month" club through Zingerman's Deli (it's based in Ann Arbor, MI but they have a mail order catalog). It really is a must for every bacon lover. I gave it to my husband for Christmas one year, and we're still reeling. Expensive but worth it. Funny that when I went to college there I couldn't afford to put a toenail across the threshold of the actual, physical place. Now, however, I indulge from time to time. It's sort of me flipping the bird to my former poor self.

But I digress... Just get the bacon of the month club for say 6 months. I promise you won't regret it. Then you can tell us about the experience on the blog! :-)

Donea Lee said...

Ok, I'm refraining from bacon-related questions... :)

Hmmm...I would like to know this: What kind of sci-fi/futuristic/ dystopian novel or tv world could you see yourself living in?

Debbie Davis said...

Elana I just have to say that I totally love the new look of your site. I also love how it goes with your book cover...which I think is so beautiful and can't wait to read! I am so excited about your book being published. I really look to you as an example in not giving up or giving in. It helps me hang on when I think that my goal to be published is just too big to come true. I then realize that you held on and it happened. thanks for being a beacon of hope! If you get over to colorado again soon, let me know... I would so love to take you to lunch!!!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I know I'm late...but I have to know...

Twizzlers or M & M's?

Abby Minard said...

Okay here is my question: with all the blogging, writing, emailing etc you do, how do you find a balance between that and your personal life?

Jeanne said...

Thanks for joining up over at The Raisin Chronicles. My question has to do with that.

I notice (with pea-green envy) that you have a boatload of followers. And not a small boat, either. A veritable cruise ship of followers.

I know that publishers want authors to have blogs. I can check that box, but did it come up during negotiations that you have such a well-followed blog?

Stephen Tremp said...

Do you drink vino when writing in the evenings, and if so, what is your preference?

Taffy said...

Do you have a favorite brand of bacon?
Which Oreo is your very favorite?

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