Merry Christmas Everyone! :)
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1.Where is your hometown? Buffalo, NY. I lived there until I was 17, then went out on my own. I lived in NYC briefly, and in L.A. for 12 years, before moving to the small California town where I now live.
2.Why did you name your dog Ella? (I like your video alot!!) Thank you! I named her after a character, Ella Ginsberg, in my first novel, Funerals For Horses. Not because she's like Ella Ginsberg in any way. Just because I liked the name.
3.I see you like to travel places, Where do you want to go next? I have my eye on Alaska, Yellowstone National Park, and the railroad to the top of Pike's Peak.
4.What are your upcoming projects? I have an adult novel called Don't Let Me Go coming out in the Fall of '11 from TransWorld, my UK publisher. And I'm working on another for TransWorld for '12. I hope to have another YA with Knopf, too, but nothing definite yet.
5.What is your book "The Day I Killed James", about? It's about a teenage girl who blames herself for the suicide of a young man whose heart she carelessly broke. (More info: http://www.catherineryanhyde.com/the-day-i-killed-james/ 6.Tell your fans how to get a free signed bookmark? Sure, You just go to my webpage at http://www.catherineryanhyde.com/swag/ and there you'll find instructions on where to send a self- addressed, stamped envelope. I'll always send free signed bookplates, too, and I'll personalize either on request.
7.In your book "Diary Of a Witness", why is it that everything that happened to his family members was his fault? I'm not sure it really was Will's fault, most of it. I was more indicating that he took it on as being his fault. I think we all tend to do that, and I think Will blames himself more than most.
8.If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Jean Brody, the author of Gideon's House, A Coven of Women and Cleo was my first mentor, and very key in my progress as a writer. I still know some other authors, but it's more like "peer mentorship." We're more at the same level and we sometimes trade places with who is mentoring who.
9.When and why did you begin writing? I was a sophomore in high school. Here's a blog post that tells that story in a way that's probably better than I would do here. And it's a good introduction to my blog, for those who aren't familiar with it. http://www.catherineryanhyde.com/blog/2009/4/3/i-owe-it-all-to-lenny-reprint.html
10. Thank you!! What else would you like to say or have me post? I'd like to say that my newest young adult release is Jumpstart the World, and that readers can learn more about it here: http://www.catherineryanhyde.com/jumpstart-the-world/
A lot! When I originally wrote the book, Mina was 17 going on 18 and a senior in high school, but my publisher wanted me to make her younger. So once that changed, it also changed what would have to happen in the second book. So the second book was really entirely different than it would have been. Also, I used the feedback I got from fans extensively in deciding what questions needed to be answered and what characters needed their stories continued in the second book. If I get to write a third one, I'm sure I'll be doing the same thing.1.What did you see change from your first book to your newer books?
Oh, everything! I know that sounds silly, but you never know what's going to hit you. It could be a news article (I save clippings) or something someone says or someone you see on the street. I play the "what if" game with myself a lot.
2.What inspires you?
The University of Florida in Gainesville. I have a Bachelors in English.
3.What college did you attend?
Well, I guess I'd have to say English since it's my main language, but I think it is SO awesome that the books have been translated into Spanish (and other languages). The second one is coming out in November and I can't wait to see it.
4.What language do you prefer your books to be in, English or Spanish?
Yes, in the second book Mina moves to a small town in Louisiana. I moved to a small town in Mississippi when I was a junior in high school. Some of the things that Mina sees there came directly from my life (like the cow patty bingo).
5.Do any of your books have events you experienced in your hometown in it?
I've just finished a book called "Cat Girl Saves the Day" and my agent has it now. No status on it yet, but hopefully he'll sell it soon! And I hope to make a third Mina book.
6.What are your upcoming projects?
It's about a girl who's parents are vampires and she has to decide (in only a month's time) whether or not she wants to be one too. She has to attend vampire classes. But, at the same time, she's going through all the normal teenager stuff (like stressing about boys and prom).
7.What is your book Sucks to Be Me, about?
The original title was actually "This Bites" but when I was sending it out to agents and editors, a bunch of books came out with similar titles. So once I sold the book, my editor and I tossed ideas back and forth. Ultimately, the credit for the title goes to my editor (she's awesome!).
8.How did you come up with the title to your book ,Sucks to Be Me?
Yes. I've actually got one picture book manuscript finished, but haven't really tried to sell it yet. Maybe someday!
9.Have you ever thought of writing a kid's book?
10.Thank You!! What else would you like to say or have me post?
Interview- October 2010
1.What is your favorite food? I I adore Thai food, the fragrance, the full flavours and the spiciness, a close second is Indian food!2.When you were younger why, did you know you weren't gonna be a writer? As much as I read as a little girl, I don't think I ever made the connection that "real live people" actually wrote those books I was reading and that it was a job just like being a lawyer or a waitress. My early world was almost exclusively made up of hard working immigrants who all had 2 or 3 "jobs" none of which had anything to do with "writing" for a living. I've often said that I thought wanting to be a writer would have been as an outrageous a goal as wanting to be a mermaid.3.In your book Me And The Blondes, Why did Sophie want to keep her crazy family life secret from everyone? I think Sophie was socially savvy enough to know that loud, colourful, crazy ladies (her Aunties and her mother) with loud and crazy opinions about everything was not going to fly in the new world of a "rich" and super cool high school. She certainly knew from painful experience that as soon as anyone found out that her father was in prison, she was dropped and mocked mercilessly. She learned. . .4.What is your book Piece By Piece about? Piece by Piece is a collection of 14 amazing stories by 14 brilliant Canadian writers who were born in other countries. They each write about coming to Canada and trying to "fit in". The stories are funny, heartbreaking, inspiring and absolutely honest. The writers come from all over the world and they each had a very different way of trying to fit into Canada. I truly feel that their stories should be on every classroom shelf in the country.5.What are your upcoming projects? The third and final of the "Blonde books," Beyond Blonde will be out this coming in the spring which is very exciting and at the same time a bit sad for me. I came to love those characters very, very much. Saying goodbye to them has been shockingly hard. After that I'll be writing a book with the very popular and wonderful writer, Eric Walters. It will be called The Taming!6.Where do you hope to take your writing in the future? I always love to do things I've never tried before. That's why I've done 1 picture book (Bright Red Kisses), 1 junior fiction (The Onlyhouse), 1 short story (Father's Day in a collection called Secrets), 1 YA literary novel (the Game), 1 trilogy (the Blonde books) 1 editor experience (Piece by Piece) and now 1 (collaboration)--you get the idea. I think I love being terrified and on a knife's edge throughout the entire writing process. It keeps the writing very alive and fresh and yes, scary for me. I'd like to try my hand at a mystery sometime soon too.7.What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product? Aside from the birth of my two daughters, I have never been more thrilled than I was when I heard that my first book was going to be published. I was crazy with joy! The editor, the marvellous Tim Wynne-Jones called me while I was having a school meeting at my house. All these women were shocked to hear me screaming at the telephone and jumping up and down.8.When did you write your first book and how old were you? I was lucky in that the first book I wrote (The Onlyhouse) was also the first book published. I wrote it while attending a Writing For Children Workshop with Peter Carver as the teacher. I started writing it in my mid-thirties.9.If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? In the brilliant world of children's literature, when I started out, I was inspired by Brian Doyle, Robert Cormier, Kit Pearson, Martha Brooks, Sarah Ellis, Tim Wynne Jones, Kathy Kacer and for sure Susan Juby, just to name a very few! Plus, I love, love, love the calibre and excitement of the most recent crop of new writers in Canada. We really have an exciting wealth of writing talent in this country. I get re-inspired by all the western canon (ie. Tolstoy and Dickens) as well as by modern memoir writers, spare clean poetry and by great television writing. All those writers were and are my mentors, even though they will never know it.10.Thank you!! What else would you like to say, or have me post?Most days, I think I am the luckiest creature in the world in that I get to do, what I do, in the way I want to do it. Being a children's writer is an unbelievable privilege--corny but so, so true!
Check out more about Author Teresa Toten, at her website-http://www.teresatoten.com/!!