Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Five -- Joanne Levy

Joanne Levy is the author of SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE (quite possibly the best title of the year for a middle grade novel) and a Class of 2k12 sibling.  I have the great pleasure of being able to hear her wisdom and humor almost daily through 2k12 e-mails and I'm delighted to be able to share her here.


THE FIVE:

1.  What is your guiltiest pleasure? 

I have two – one reading and one food. Let’s start with the reading: J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood books. They are SUCH a guilty pleasure because they’re kind of cheesy (hello, laughable character names, gratuitous product placements and really bad urban-speak) but they are very, very addictive. Seriously. They are like Crahck (if you’ve read them, you get that spelling joke) and I’ve read them more times than I care to admit. But they are my go-to comfort reads when I’m tired and worn out and just want to go to a happy place.  And now, my food guilty pleasure. Um, it is SO GROSS, that I am embarrassed to tell you, but I will, because I really like you and you deserve an honest answer. Okay, here goes: when my mom (a bona fide Jewish Grandmother, who is an AMAZING cook) makes soup, she always throws in some soup bones to make for a richer broth. When we were kids, our favorite thing was to get the bones from the cooked soup and scoop out the bone marrow and spread it onto bread like butter. OMG, it’s so good, but truly one of those disgusting things that you’re kind of ashamed of as a grown-up. But would still do, given the opportunity *calling Mom right now to beg her to make soup*.


2.  Who would play you in the film of your life?

Amy Adams - I think we even have the same nose and the red hair is a no brainer. And how cute is she, right?

3.  If you could edit your past, what would you change?

Probably nothing—every experience, even the stupid mistakes I’ve made or the times when it seemed like the universe was pooping on me, have made me who I am today, and I’m pretty okay with that.

4.  What one word do you think describes you best?

Funny. I hope. Oh, man, now I’m not sure. Can I change my answer? If so, please change it to ‘self-assured’. Thanks!

5.  What is your favorite writing motto/mantra?

Just Do It. Get your butt in the chair and start writing, because you can’t edit a blank page.

ABOUT SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE:

From Goodreads: After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there’s her overopinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to—and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with—her crush, Andrew Finkel.

You can pre-order SMALL MEDIUM AT LARGE here.

ABOUT JOANNE:

You can find Joanne at her website.
On Twitter.
On Facebook.
And on Goodreads.


12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the feature, Katherine! I just wanted to jump back in here and tell your readers that I've finished GILT recently and can't rave enough about it! Interesting, historical dishy fun - I loved it so much, I bought my mom a copy and know she's going to love it, too.

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  2. Oh man, you're right about how gross the bone marrow bread sounds! Haha, I could not do it, that's for sure.

    You are funny! :) *hugs*

    Love you both!

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  3. I fully accept that it's gross and I'm embarrassed to even admit it, but what can I say? It's one of those things. BUT, I've seen some cooking shows where they roast veal bones and offer up the marrow as a delicacy, so I'm slightly validated.

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  4. You'd HAVE to be self-assured to share the bone marrow thing, and I applaud that! Besides, I could probably down a giant tub of Red Vines in four days, which sounds pretty disgusting in its own right.

    I agree with Katherine--I think your title wins Best Of.

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  5. Thanks, Beth! Red vines are definitely more widely accepted, but a giant tub might be pushing it. ;-D

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  6. Thanks so much for being here today, Joanne! I can't wait to share SM@L with the world, but for now, I'm off to Beth's house to share the burden of the Red Vines...

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    1. My pleasure, Katherine - it was fun!

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  7. Rats, I didn't even think to bring out the Red Vines. (Or maybe I was quoting Frodo in my head: "No...it is MY burden!")

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  8. GREAT questions!! How fun. I think I'm going to pretend that I am a published author and you are interviewing me with these questions!! LOL!! BTW, Joanne's new book sounds enticing and fun! Such creativity. I am hoping if I hang out at your blog, that some of this creativity will rub off on me! : -)))) Fingers crossed anyway!

    Congrats Joanne!

    Cheerio Katherine!

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    1. Thanks, Dori - where are YOUR answers? ;-)

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    2. Ha ha Joanne - you haven't seen the last of me yet! Katherine is my new found inspiration, and you all are just adding to it!! In fact, you just gave me the idea for a new goal - to be interviewed on Katherine's blog after my first children's story publication! YAY...can't wait.... hope I make the cut!!

      Joanne, your book really does sound fun, and on my list of a read!

      Now get those fingers smokin'!!

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  9. After she’s hit by lightning at a wedding, twelve-year-old Lilah Bloom develops a new talent: she can hear dead people. Among them, there’s her overopinionated Bubby Dora; a prissy fashion designer; and an approval-seeking clown who livens up a séance. With Bubby Dora leading the way, these and other sweetly imperfect ghosts haunt Lilah through seventh grade, and help her face her one big fear: talking to—and possibly going to the seventh-grade dance with—her crush, Andrew Finkel.

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