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Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver, SIBA YA Finalist writes books. Some about werewolves. Some about faeries. Some are bestsellers. She sometimes eats cookie dough at inappropriate times
Favorite book as a child? All books were my favorites as children. I was woefully indiscriminate. When you’re a kid, there are no good or bad books, just books.
What are you reading right now? Michael Scott. I’m clapping my hands in mythological fan girl glee every time a mythical hero or goddess from my childhood pops up.
Share a favorite segment from your book… …he found me sitting in the middle of a sea of splintered wood & snapped strings, like a boat carrying music had crashed on a rocky shore.
Why that title? Why SHIVER? Because ‘People Having Identity Crises And Kissing’ didn’t fit on the cover as well.
Why independent bookstores matter? Because when I walk into the store & shout GIVE ME SOMETHING NEW TO READ I want to be helped, not escorted from the premises.
Favorite part of writing a book? Killing characters. Or making them kiss. Or punching scenes. Basically, nothing has changed from my days of “Let’s Pretend.”
Least favorite part of writing a book? The parts in between killing characters, kissing scenes, and punching. Also, copy-edits. Copy edits are designed to break writers’ minds.
Are you working on anything new? Indeed. A YA paranormal standalone about beaches, kissing, and blood.
Do you have any superstitions, lucky charms, or rituals around your writing? I need caffeine and cookie dough. Also, music. As long as I have those three items without break, I’m good.
Comment on the writing life… Twelve months of insomnia and hearing voices, interrupted by brief periods of lucidity and royalty checks.
Hardest part of the creation to publication experience? Staying objective and patient. Learning my craft. I never found the publishing process hard – it was getting good enough to be published.
Why do you write? Because I love stories about people changing & other places & sometimes I can’t find the stories I want to read already on the shelf.
When do you write? When my editor tells me to. Also, when the voices inside my head tell me to. I’m pretty flexible.
When did you know you were a writer? I believe I was writing stories on my mother’s uterine walls. Sorry, Mom.
What, or Who, will you dish on, as in gossip about? Come now. As someone who makes up stuff for a living, I try to stick to the truth during social events.
What would make you a scintillating dinner guest? I will order everything on the menu, set fire to the table, & then get us thrown out. Actually, no, those were the old days.
Who is your favorite new author? Me. I’m quite good-looking, especially on the left side. Also, Leif Enger. I don’t know if he’s hot, but he sure can write.
What is your drink of choice? Sugar, with a little tea and milk in it.
What is your favorite food? Anything without preservatives. I’m allergic. I prefer round foods, but I’m negotiable.
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Below you will find Batt’s answers to his Twitter Questions for the #SIBA10 Writers Block Auction. But here is some post-#SIBA10 observations from Batt Humphreys:
Writer’s Block SIBA 10
Daytona Beach. Damn.
I woke up in a city that never sleeps. Or perhaps it was just in room 140 next door where the things that go bump in the night, also grind.
It was the Writer’s Block invitation that brought me here, something of a Sadie Hawkins for hack writers who somehow rise to the level of a SIBA nomination.
My name is Batt Humphreys. I write historical fiction.
The evening promised a perfect storm of insecurities, adolescent fears of rejection meets with living adult fears of rejection for this art we attempt.
Wanda met us downstairs, ushered us into our seats then set us straight. She looked at us much like a border collie addresses a field of sheep, with intense eye and perhaps a hint of game. In a warm and supportive way, she drilled us on the events of the evening like a parochial school nun with a half pint of hooch in her and twelve inch piece of good measured hickory for reinforcement. By that to say, she was charming.
“You have a stack of cards in front of you. You wrote the answers, try to read them. By the way, the cards are in the order of the questions as I’ll ask them, do not mix the order.”
Nervous fingers fanned the stacks. One author dropped hers to the floor. A collective intake of breath, with no easy release.
“Let me explain how the dinner works.”
The explanation went on, at one point it began to take on the litany of a calculus class. She could see the collective consciousness escaping, eyes crossed at attempts at concentration.
“Do not try to do the math. You are writers.”
Those waiting exhaled.
“You may now order cocktails.”
We sat up like a Shih Tzu hound.
A short whiskey later we were led into a large room, paraded down a stage and on display like beauty queens without benefit of a push up bra. In front a table of women were looking, their eyes hungry.. yes, like a wolf. I was repulsed, but somehow strangely attracted.
Questions were asked. Questions were answered, mainly. There’s a reason for a script. Writers, write. If we were all blessed with the gift of ad lib, we’d be hosting ‘Dancing with the Stars’.
Sweat ran into my cowboy boots. I wear them to make me look taller because, in fact, I’m 5’2” and weigh just over 300lbs. My eyes were on the back of the room where the bidding was taking place. Offers, for our honor, shameless writers we.
Like a show horse on halter, we were led proudly through the crowd, to a dinner polite.
Back to the bar.
A single bartender facing a room of writers, she could have gone down like Custer but she never showed her fear. What she showed was barely cloaked by a top cut as low as the Grand Canyon, if ever it met the Grand Tetons.
She wore her sex like a Marine wears his tattoo, open and proud. She also wore enough metal to make Cortez march to Kansas. It gave her a gypsy look. Perhaps she stole hearts. But there wasn’t enough bourbon in the bar.
Batt Humphreys, Dead Weight, SIBA Fiction nominee escaped ex-journalist from New York back in the South still chasing headlines, now in Fiction. He’s looking for a little ‘inspiration’.
Favorite book as a child? A fond memory is my mother’s voice reading and doing the dialect from Uncle Remus. Perhaps not politically correct but if re-examined is a true Southern Aesop.
What are you reading right now? Mainly research on my next novel set in WW2. But for a bedside pickup there’s always Raymond Chandler.
Share a favorite segment from your book… In this light she was seductive, a little worn perhaps, a bit past her prime, but still radiating a tangible heat that made you want to fall into her arms.
Why that title? Dead Weight is rather intricate to the story. You see, it’s a particular form of execution used at the time and used on the main character.
Why independent bookstores matter? Without Indy’s I would not be here, as a guest, or an author. Without Indy’s there is no hope, no prayer for an emerging author.
Favorite part of writing a book? After a career in journalism, fiction. Creating characters, killing characters, romancing the characters. Being the god of a created universe.
Least favorite part of writing a book? Dang, sometimes it really feels like work.
Are you working on anything new? Yes. Exciting, based on true story, sexy spy thriller at start of WW2, begins in Charleston, moves to the South Pacific. It’s a huge true story missed by this generation.
Do you have any superstitions, lucky charms, or rituals around your writing? I write in my boxers and cowboy boots.
Comment on the writing life… Love your work, and love people, because sometimes writing is the easy part of the process. If you don’t like going out and really connecting with readers, try WalMart, or CBS.
Hardest part of the creation to publication experience? Ego. Put it in a box. Editors/Publishers-‘send lawyers, guns and money ‘cause the s**t will hit the fan.’
Why do you write? Of the things that I’ve been paid to do, it is the greatest thrill.
When do you write? When forced to. I don’t wake up in the morning with the joy to write, let’s face it, it’s work. My ‘sweet spot’ in the diurnal cycle, after midnight.
When did you know you were a writer? Never thought about it, until Dan Rather turned to me one day after my bon mots made him break-up on air and said, “Humphreys, you’re a damned fine writer.”
What, or Who, will you dish on, as in gossip about? Some fine network correspondents, and a lot of network nit-wits, a few road stories of ignominious authors.
What would make you a scintillating dinner guest? My boxer shorts and cowboy boots.
What is your drink of choice? A Chateau Lafite ’61.. please who can afford that, except Nick Sparks maybe. Bourbon, on the rocks for me please.
What is your favorite food? I like to cook and prefer what I grow (or shoot) at home in the lines of the slow food movement.
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Hester Bass, SIBA Book Award YA & Children’s 2010 Winner; Author of award-winner The Secret World of Walter Anderson, she will sing for her supper!
Favorite book as a child? The first books I owned: The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan by Beatrix Potter, Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne, and Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
What are you reading right now? The Everafter by Amy Huntley, Up Close: Harper Lee by Kerry Madden, and The Cracker Queen by Lauretta Hannon.
Share a favorite segment from your book … Walter Anderson painted to realize his secret world, to bring himself and nature into one thing called art.
Why that title? No one knew what he had in his Little Room. His creative process called realization is mysterious. Walter Anderson truly had a secret world.
Why independent bookstores matter? It’s passion for books and for community, the mind-to-mind, hand-to-hand connection with another human being over a story. That matters.
Favorite part of writing a book? It’s amazing when I’m not thinking about it & the solution to a story problem just bubbles up. Winning awards is awesome; thank you so much!
Least favorite part of writing a book? Printing out a draft that I think is finally there, re-reading it, and realizing that I haven’t actually said what I wanted to say.
Are you working on anything new? Yes! More picture book biographies because I love those, funny picture books, a supernatural YA, and an alternative-history middle grade.
Do you have any superstitions, lucky charms, or rituals around your writing? Mum’s the word until a project is sold, I keep my first-grade picture on my desk & to remind myself who I work for, I wear a kid’s watch.
Comment on the writing life… Invigorating, revealing, sometimes frustrating. I’ve been a singer, actress, radio announcer & game show contestant; writer is my favorite.
Hardest part of the creation-to-publication experience? Waiting! For the right word, to finish the ms, agent & editor response, illustrations, reviews, for the book to publish. Definitely waiting!
Why do you write? If I tried to hold the stories in, I think it would end up looking something like that scene in “Alien” – you know the one I mean!
When do you write? I’m best during early mornings and late evenings. It has to be quiet so I can hear the voices. (Insert sound effect: Oooh-whee-oooh!)
When did you know you were a writer? I’ve wanted to be a writer since 1st grade. I knew I was when a boy told me that my first book helped him learn to read. Cue the waterworks!
What, or Who, would you dish on – as in gossip about? Andy Warhol, Barbara Walters, Dick Clark, Johnny Mathis, the Millionaire Hot Seat, Meredith Vieira – and E.B. Lewis, but he’s a peach.
What would make you a scintillating dinner guest? I live life with a capital L! What happens here stays here unless it makes a good story. (I change names to protect the guilty.)
Who is your favorite new author? Me! (Just kidding!) I’m looking forward to new books by Sarah Frances Hardy, Kristin Tubb, & Leslie Muir. And I just love Lauretta Hannon.
What is your drink of choice? What I should say: Water with lemon. What I really want: hot chai, an amaretto sour, or the Table Wine of the South: Sweet Tea!
What is your favorite food? I love local specialties; Southern Classic meat-n-three especially turnip greens, fried okra & blackeyed peas; & I love salmon & asparagus.
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note from PCH in reference to #SIBA10: I know you will get a million wonderful notes, BUT I want to make sure I tell you what a fabulous weekend this was! I am grateful you include me and I”m honored to be part of the weekend.
My Gratitude. Patti Callahan Henry
Patti Callahan Henry, Driftwood Summer, SIBA Fiction Nominee is a NYT bestselling novelist of seven novels who doesn’t twitter because she can’t say anything in less than three hundred pages. She’s going to try though. Her latest book is a Fall Okra Pick.
Favorite book as a child?
The Narnia Chronicles with Nancy Drew coming in fast behind, and only because I was desperately in love with Ned Nickerson. Even his name is adorable.
What are you reading right now?
My children’s teacher updates and my Senior daughter’s college applications. Oh, you mean books? Emily Giffin’s Heart of the Matter
Share a favorite segment from your book:
Opening line to Driftwood Summer: Bookstore owner Riley Sheffield believed that even the most ordinary life was like a good novel, a tale to be told.
Why that title?
I titled this novel Driftwood Summer because the publishing house made me. Okay, not true. Well, sort of true, but no wholly true. I titled this book after the independent bookstore in the story called Driftwood Cottage.
Why independent bookstores matter?
Indies matter in the same way individuals matter: because if we take out the independent and individualistic soul of our writing and our book selling, we take out the heart. And how awful would that be? Very!
Favorite part of writing a book?
Asking “What if” and then letting it unfold into a story that will take me in wild directions. I get whiplash and wish I were an outliner. and then I discover magic and I’m in love with storytelling all over again.
Least favorite part of writing a book?
Editing; For me, editing is similar to taking a sharp object and poking it into my eyes while trying to read and concentrate jumping on one foot drunk.
Are you working on anything new?
Just finished a holiday novella, coming out October 12th. There’s nothing like writing during the month of July about garland, snow and angels . Sort of like wearing a parka to the pool; it feels wrong.
Do you have any superstitions, lucky charms, or rituals around your writing?
Music. Always music in the background.
Comment on the writing life…
The writing life is a charmed life full of magic and mystery I wouldn’t trade for any other life.
Hardest part of the creation to publication experience?
Marketing. I am not a natural business person; I live in the world of imagination and I like that world.
Why do you write?
Because I’m a ‘wonderer’, always and forever looking around asking, “I wonder what will happen next?” And because I was always a bit of a bookworm nerd.
When do you write?
Whenever I can. Mostly in the mornings when the three teenagers are asleep or at school.
When did you know you were a writer?
I knew when I was too young to remember my age, but I forgot what I knew and then came back to the innate write as a mother of three children.
What, or Who, will you dish on, as in gossip about?
Anything compatriots want to dish on. Well, almost anything.
What would make you a scintillating dinner guest?
I laugh at everyone’s jokes.
Who is your favorite new author?
Susan Rebecca White.
What is your drink of choice?
Depends on my mood. Chardonnay or Margarita — both on opposite sides of the mood spectrum.
What is your favorite food?
Spicy food. Something with a bit of fun in it.
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Karen White, The Girl on Legare Street, SIBA Fiction Nominee is the bestselling and sleep-deprived author of twelve “grit lit” novels and Southern ghost stories.
Favorite book as a child? Time at the Top by Edmund Ormondroyd
What are you reading right now? Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Why that title? The book involves a house on Legare Street in Charleston and a female ghost so I didn’t have to think that hard…
Why independent bookstores matter? They are the sugar in my sweet tea. Knowledgeable, passionate, dedicated—and unparalleled!
Favorite part of writing a book? Typing “The End.”
Least favorite part of writing a book? The middle. That’s about the point in the book where I think to myself, “this sucks.”
Are you working on anything new? I’m currently working on THE BEACH TREES, set in Biloxi, Mississippi, which will be out in May, 2011.
Do you have any superstitions, lucky charms, or rituals around your writing? My dog, Quincy. He’s four years old and since he was a puppy he’s glued himself to my side while I’m writing.
Comment on the writing life… If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.
Hardest part of the creation to publication experience? The copy edits. When I type The End I, really don’t want to see it again.
Why do you write? Because I can’t imagine not writing. Because hearing from readers who have been touched by my writing is the icing on my cupcake.
When do you write? Whenever I can. I love writing early in the morning the best, though, and wake up super early 7 days a week to do that.
When did you know you were a writer? I’m still trying to convince myself… Seriously, until about my 12th book, I thought this whole “writing as a career” thing was a fluke!
15. What, or Who, will you dish on, as in gossip about, at dinner? Wanda Jewell. There is SO much material there.
16. What will make you a scintillating dinner guest? I have the sense of humor of a 16-year-old boy so I’ll laugh at anything.
17. Who is your favorite new author? Kathryn Stockett.
18. What is your drink of choice? Diet Dr. Pepper. I’m addicted.
19. What is your favorite food? Anything chocolate or fried. Both would be preferable.
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Neil White, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, SIBA Non-Fiction Finalist: He lived among the last Americans imprisoned for a disease (leprosy) . . . and could not imagine a greater privilege
Favorite book as a child? The Little Engine That Could
What are you reading right now? Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin and Freedom by Jonathan Frazen
Share a favorite segment from your book… You not only the borin’est person . . . You the whitest man I ever met. You the man they was talkin’ about when they invented the word Honky
Why that title? Because my editor picked it from the text . . . I was thinking Lepers & Cons.
Why independent bookstores matter? The same reason family vacations, intimate dinners, reunions, church and time with friends matters. It’s personal. It’s about relationships.
Favorite part of writing a book? Writing a passage that has more meaning, more importance than I could ever muster. When the words are inspired, in spite of me
Least favorite part of writing a book? Copy editing
Are you working on anything new? Yes, just started a new novel called Outside.
Do you have any superstitions, lucky charms, or rituals around your writing? Yes, I surround write with closed windows, no clocks, no internet, no television . . . with lyric-less music playing.
Comment on the writing life… If it were easy or glamorous everyone would be doing it
Hardest part of the creation to publication experience? Waiting
Why do you write? Well, I had a story I really needed to tell.
When do you write? Early, early morning when others are still asleep so I feel like I’m stealing away time
When did you know you were a writer? Still not sure
What, or Who, will you dish on, as in gossip about? Rick Bragg (he beat me).
What would make you a scintillating dinner guest? I’ll drink just enough to reveal more than I should . . . but not so much as to truly offend anyone
Who is your favorite new author? Lydia Peele
What is your drink of choice? The only drink real men drink . . . Chardonnay!
What is your favorite food? Crab Cakes, Salmon, Filet,
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Laura Hope-Gill, The Soul Tree, SIBA non fiction finalist is the first poet laureate, ever, of the Blue Ridge Parkway for the poems she wrote for The Soul Tree: Poems and Photographs of the Southern Appalachians.
Favorite book as a child? The A.A. Milne Winnie-the-Pooh series.
What are you reading right now? World without End by Ken Follett
Why independent bookstores matter? Free thought requires access to small presses. Samizdat.
Favorite part of writing a book? The feeling of the Spirit of the thing helping me.
Least favorite part of writing a book? No least favorite part. It’s a dream come true.
Are you working on anything new? I’d like to write a book of poems about great architects.
Do you have any superstitions, lucky charms, or rituals around your writing? I am a monk. I’ve given my life to it.
Comment on the writing life… Everything feeds writing. Writing feeds everything.
Hardest part of the creation to publication experience? Getting the words right–then getting them better.
Why do you write? Because the world is made of words.
When do you write? Every free second.
When did you know you were a writer? When I learned about wishes.
What, or Who, would you dish on, as in gossip about? Dead architects. Sorry. That’s where I am in my life.
What would make you a scintillating dinner guest? Stories upon stories. I’m partially deaf so I talk a lot.
Who is your favorite new author? My old favorite: Alice Munro.
What is your drink of choice? Depends on the company!
What is your favorite food? Too embarrassed to say.
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