Judging from her blog, Shannon Hale might really be one of the busiest people on the planet. This is from a recent post on juggling writing and mothering:
I use my brain. Whenever I have some space for thought, I've trained my brain to return to the story. Showers are particularly productive. Driving. Folding laundry. I can keep writing even when I don't have time to sit at my computer because my brain keeps working on the story. This, for me, is absolutely essential. I could not be a writer if I didn't allow (and insist upon) daydreaming about the stories.
But writing fantabulous books (The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, The Princess Academy, Austenland, and the recent Book of a Thousand Days, -- I've loved every single one) and being a mom isn't all -- lately, she's been posting interviews/conversations with other authors at squeetus. AND she's working on a sequel to her upcoming graphic novel, Rapunzel's Revenge, AND there's a fourth Bayern book in the works (hooray!) as well as a second adult novel.
How is all of that even possible?
As usual, though, I'm rambling on about things you probably already know. On to the Super Duper ULTRA Quickie Interview with Shannon Hale:
You have an awesome list of reading recommendations on your website. What were the books that you read over and over again when you were a kid? A teenager?
Hmm, lots of Lloyd Alexander and Joan Aiken, Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley, Homecoming and Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voight, The Riddle-Master trilogy by Patricia McKillip, Jane Austen, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden… I’m forgetting something important…
Books Currently Reading:
Music Currently in Rotation:
Last Movie Viewed:
Uh… I don’t get out much… oh, my sister and I rented Marie Antoinette.
People who speed when driving. They think they’re in control, but they’re blithely putting others in danger, such as my precious children. Slow down, jackwads!
Hot chocolate. Cookies and milk. Reading in the closet after everyone’s gone to bed.
Catastrophic annihilation of all human life, or that my plane will go down. But it’s not irrational! At all! I swear my husband has a fear of bad milk. He freaks out if I accidentally leave it out on the counter for an hour. What’s the worst that could happen? Unintentional buttermilk? Please, catastrophic annihilation of all human life is much more dreadful. And likely.
Buffalo-sized hamsters once roamed the earth. Awesome!
So there you have it. Another author who has inspired me to introduce a new word into my vocabulary -- jackwads it is!
Today's other WBBT interviews:
Lisa Ann Sandell at Interactive Reader
Christopher Barzak at Chasing Ray
Julie Halpern at The Ya Ya Yas
Micol Ostow at Shaken & Stirred
Rick Yancey at Hip Writer Mama
Jane Yolen at Fuse Number 8
Maureen Johnson at Bildungsroman
David Lubar at Writing & Ruminating
Sherman Alexie at Finding Wonderland