Lisa was one of the first donors, a signed copy of her latest YA book, for the Bridget Zinn Auction. What would you do with the name: Maybelline Mary Katherine Mary Ann Chestnut, named for two Miss Americas and her mother Chessy’s favorite brand of mascara. Isn’t it fun? You can read about her life in Absolutely Maybe.
Enjoy this interview with her.
What have you recently published and what are you currently working on?
Absolutely Maybe, a YA, came out this past February. And in August I’ll have a story in the Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd anthology. Plus, September marks the debut of a new chapter book series. The first title is Bobby Vs. Girls (Accidentally).
What books are on your nightstand?
What I Saw and How I Lied, the National Book Award winner, by Judy Blundell, The Spies of Warsaw by Alan Furst, The Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee.
Where do you find inspiration?
Anywhere I can. One time it was in Berkeley, CA.
What advice to do you have for a would be writers/illustrators?
Read, read, write, read, write, read, read, read, and write. (Illustrators, please replace the word “write” with the word “draw.”)
What was your favorite book as a child? As a teen? As an adult? Any particular genre stand out?
Child: Katie John series, All-of-a-Kind Family series, Charlotte’s Web.
Teen: To Kill a Mockingbird, Pride and Prejudice.
Adult: Recent favorites include, The Time Traveler’s Wife and Olive Kitteridge. (Those are two separate books.)
Genre: Fond of contemporary-ish fiction.
Writing the first draft or revising? Which is your favorite?
Revising. . . no wait, first draft! Uh, no, make that, er, revising. Yes, revising.
Favorite time of the day to work?
Nighttime between 11 pm and 2 am.
Chocolate: white, dark, or milk?
57% of the time, dark. 43% of the time, milk. 0% of the time, white.
Coffee or tea or —?
Dance: Funky chicken or the tango?
I prefer to watch funky chickens doing the tango.
Thanks, Lisa. I agree about the white chocolate. I am not a big fan. And I really need to pick up and stick with The Time Traveler’s Wife. Too many people have raved about it. I cannot believe I have yet to read it.
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