Friday, March 23, 2012

Friday Five - Stasia Ward Kehoe

Our Friday Five this week is with Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of AUDITION, a novel in verse that was published by Viking last October.  I'm very pleased to call Stasia a friend as well as a colleague.  We share the same editor AND agent, but more than that, she's given me support and advice and friendship as well.


1.  What would your super power be?
Cooking gourmet meals with lightning speed. Also, I’d love to have the power to enjoy doing laundry. Sigh.

2.  If you could go back in time, where/when would you go?
I’d travel to 1930s London and have a nice hot cup of Earl Grey tea at Harrods with my dream besties, Agatha Christie and Noel Streatfeild.

3.  What is your guiltiest pleasure?
I love going to spas for a good massage and a pedicure complete with ridiculously bright, sparkly nail polish.  If I could afford it, I’d go to a spa every week J

4.  What one word do you think describes you best?
Enthusiastic (some might say over-zealous!)

5.  What is your favorite writing motto/mantra?
“Most people go to their graves with their music still inside them.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes.  This quote is written on a scrap of paper beside my computer.  Whenever I am tempted to skip a day of writing, those words recommit me to the keyboard.

From Goodreads:
When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she's deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem's muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she's chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.

You can order AUDITION here.
And throughout March you can enter to win a signed copy of AUDITION on Goodreads.


You can find Stasia on the web.
On Twitter.
And in the DEAR TEEN ME Anthology in November.

You can enter to win a signed copy of AUDITION throughout March on Goodreads.


  1. Ooh, what a great writing motto, Stasia! Scribbling that down for my own inspiration....

  2. Glad you like it, Beth. I've had it by my desk for years. Happy writing!

  3. Yes, that's a terrific quote to keep at one's side. And your book sounds fascinating.

  4. Thank you for answering, Stasia! And Pat, AUDITION mixes two of my favorite things, neither of which I can do myself - ballet and poetry. I loved it!

  5. Thanks for your comment, Pat. And thanks so much for having me here at your blog, Katy. Loved answering your questions!