Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Five -- Anne Greenwood Brown

Anne Greenwood Brown is the author of LIES BENEATH, published by Random House/Delacorte on June 12.  Anne is a whip-smart member of the Apocalypsies, and I've realized, looking at her novel playlist, that we listen to a lot of the same music.  Who knew merpeople and Tudors had so much in common?


1. What is your guiltiest pleasure?

My guiltiest pleasure is buying a “Medium Skim Latte, please” at a coffee shop drive-thru. Notice the verb. I am so in love with the luxury of buying a coffee while sitting in my car that sometimes I pay for it and drive off, leaving the coffee behind. It’s very embarrassing.

2. Who are your writing heroes?

My writing heroes are Markus Zusak for his word play, John Irving for his mastery of the absurd, Maggie Stiefvater for her lyricism, and Judy Blume for her flexible voice.

3.  What is your favorite word?

Well, judging by my first drafts, the word I must love best is “just” because I just can’t help myself. If my fingers had their way, “just” would show up in just about every sentence. But that’s probably not what you were asking. Here are some faves: cling, haphazard, semblance, and token. I just like the way they sound.

4.  What word do you like the least?


5.  What other profession would you like to learn?

I would have loved to have been a movie star. I think that’s where writing comes in. Playing a role on screen and creating a character on the page are very similar creative processes, but as a writer you are not only the actor, but the script writer, director, make up artist, costumer, set design, and prop master.

I might have also liked to have been a party planner.


Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of merpeople obsessed with killing Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death. To lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the lake, the mermaids charge Calder with the task of seducing the man’s daughter, seventeen-year-old Lily Hancock. “Get close to the daughter,” they tell him, “and you’ll get close to the family. Get close to the family, and you’ll get close to the man. Get him out on the water. We’ll take care of the rest.”
But Calder screws everything up by falling in love. Now he’s in the unenviable position of trying to love the girl while simultaneously plotting her father’s murder. Suffice it to say, his sisters aren’t pleased with his effort, and Calder’s running out of time (and excuses). 


You can find Anne on her website.
On Twitter.
And on Facebook.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Anne! I enjoyed your interview answers! I think your book will be hit! A mystery thriller, but one with a twist...underwater...and who doesn't like mermaids! Fun story. I love your webpage BTW - So bright and colorful (or perhaps it's your incredible red hair!) and full of great info about you and Lies Beneath. It is interesting to learn how most of you "YA authors" have a playlist! I think that is so cool! Your YA bookshelf is impressive! How do you find the time to read?!