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Tegan and Sara, The Princess Bride, and Dying Young

May 31, 2010

First an apology! I haven’t had even a minute to look at last week’s Thursday Night Write entries, but I’ll really try to get to them this week. I’m under a self-imposed deadline to finish revising my new book so it can go back to my agent and am also lining up some awesome giveaways for you guys. It’s all very time-consuming – but fun!!


Also, I have two amazing guest commentators coming to Thursday Night Write in June, starting with the incredibly talented Saundra Mitchell, author of the southern Gothic mystery, Shadowed Summer. Saundra will be here for the June 10th edition of TNW and will be commenting entries through that weekend. I’ll fill you in on my other guest commentator once I have it confirmed!

And now, for this week’s Anonymous Teen Reader, Holga. She an incredibly interesting teen with eclectic tastes in music, movis, and even people. My favorite kind of person!

Interview Code Name (you choose!);Holga

Current country of residence; United States

Male or female? Female

Age; 16


How many books, on average, do you read a month? Oh… shoot. I try to read about 10. It depends on how much homework I have.

Favorite kind of book and why; Realistic fiction, because the stories are so relatable, and so easy to get lost in. I really like authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson and John Green.

Name the single most important factor in your decision to purchase a book. The synopsis on the back cover. The cover itself is also important—I know, I know, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but I do.

What makes you feel like you’re reading or have read a truly amazing book? When I keep thinking about it long after I’m finished, or when I can’t stop talking about it or feel like I have to recommend it to everyone I know.

How important is a friend’s recommendation in your decision to purchase a book? It’s sort of important, though it depends on the friend. I have some friends whose tastes are very similar to mine, so if they recommend something they think I’d like I generally pick it up. I like to find books on my own more, though.

Thing you’d like to see more or less of in the YA genre; I’d like to see more realistic fiction, and more books that deal with issues that don’t get talked about a lot. I’d also like to see some romance where you don’t know who the love interest is in the first chapter—that is, where it isn’t so obvious where the story is heading. I like some surprises—like in John Green’s books, for example. So, so many surprises in there, and they’re all done really well and really funny.

What’s your biggest pet peeve in a book? When the dialogue is stilted—I’m a big stickler for good dialogue. Also, when the story is too predictable or too cliché.

Paperback or hardcover? Paperback—they’re much easier to stow in my purse.

Series or stand-alone? I prefer stand-alone simply because they’re easier to get through and I’m not anxiously awaiting the next book—I can read it, and feel satisfied that I have finished a good book, instead of waiting around wondering what’s going to happen (I’m an impatient person.)


What music do you most often listen to? Um… indie or alternative, and show tunes. Quite a mix, I know.

Name your favorite band; Gosh, so many. I really like Tegan and Sara because they’ve got some seriously amazing lyrics. I’m also a big fan of Belle & Sebastian and this little-known but still really good band called Angus & Julia Stone. If we’re talking show tunes, my favorite is definitely Spring Awakening—it combines theatre (!) with alternative music. What more could a girl ask for?

Best movie of all time? You’re making me choose?! Oh, good Lord. It’s a long list. But I think my favorites are Mr. Holland’s Opus , The Princess Bride, and Mean Girls. Especially the last two—there are so many quotable lines! “Inconceivable!”

Without naming names, tell us a little about your group of friends; They’re all very artsy, and they’re all extremely talented—two of them are amazing singers, one plays guitar, and one takes amazing photographs. Some of them are writers. But we all generally have the same sense of humor, so we all get along really well, despite other parts of our personalities being different. I think we balance each other out really well—I’m rather quiet, as is my other friend, while the other two are extremely loud.

What’s your biggest concern about the world right now and/or the people in it? That we don’t care enough about things that are happening right in our own country.

Someone gives you a million dollars, no strings attached. What do you do with it? Give ten percent to charity/church. Always. Then, buy my parents a beach house.  What’s left over is for books and, yeah, maybe a small shopping spree.

You can live for one year in any place in the world. Where do you go and why? Hmmm… gonna be boring and say New York City. I love the city and I think it’d be great just to live there for a year to see if I’d really like living there permanently. I love how much culture it has—all of the people are so fascinating. There are definitely some good stories there. (NOT BORING! NY is amazing!)

Have you ever “Hidden” someone on your Facebook feed? If so, why? Yes, because they were an aggravating little twit. (Heh.)

Do you get along with your family? Either way, tell us why. We get along really well—it’s just me and my parents. I get along better with my dad more than I do my mom, though—Mom and I are just too alike. We’re both really snarky, sarcastic people, and sometimes that doesn’t mix well.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? That I am actually really quiet and boring in real life. I’d much prefer staying at home and reading than doing anything else. I also hate working in groups.

Name your biggest secret fear. Dying young.

Name something you like about yourself. Ummm… hmmm. I’d have to say my writing. It’s the one thing I know I’m good at, even if nothing else.

What one thing would you like to know about other teens? If they feel as awkward and uncomfortable as I do. I’m sure they do, I’d just like that validated. Also, that I’m not the only one with strange tastes in music. (they DO, hon, and you’re NOT. *hugs*)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Shannon Hamling permalink
    June 1, 2010 11:22 am

    love it! i’m also notoriously sarcastic. and i would rather stay in and read then go out. and i always feel awkward. i’m taller than most people at my school but i also have tht strange feeling tht my soul was born in another era and when i was born it was nestled right into me. blech!…=]]…

    • michellezinkbooks permalink*
      June 1, 2010 12:06 pm

      Well, if it makes you guys feel any better, I’m 40 and I still feel awkward a majority of the time!


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