Today, it's my turn to ask the questions! But first, a recap:
Questions included things that Maurene's learned while writing SYA, and which author she'd like to work with!
Christine asked how life has changes since publication, and what Maurene likes to watch in her free time!
All three of us will be posting our reviews for Since You Asked on the 30th, and we'll be kicking off our seriously awesome giveaway. (Pictures on the bottom!) You may want to pay special attention to the questions we've been asking... *wink*
Q&A with Maurene Goo:
1) What's the one piece of advice you would give any aspiring writers out there?
Just get the writing done—stop with the planning, the networking, the researching and just WRITE! I speak from experience because I wrote SYA in a complete bubble without knowing anything about who was doing what and what the future would hold for me. And now that I'm completely immersed in this YA world, I find myself losing focus and not getting the writing done. And in the end, what makes you a writer is…well…writing, dudes.
2) What's the one dream or expectation that you had before publishing, which has been better in reality?
I was hoping that everyone I cared about would be excited once my book came out—and it is BEYOND excitement. The support and enthusiasm from not only my friends—but friends of friends, moms of friends, my aunt's coworker's cousin, etc.!—has been so overwhelming and wonderful. I can't really properly put into words how it feels to do this solitary weird thing for so long and then get to share it with the world. It's so so special.
3) Are there any other genres you would want to try, outside of contemporary?
Yes, I would actually love to try and write something scary—something supernatural. I can't watch scary movies and am in general a huge wimp—BUT I have an overactive imagination regarding all things terrible, and I've had some insane dreams in my lifetime. I feel like writing a scary story could be a great way for me to channel all that into something positive!
4) Holly loves burritos in the book. What's the one food you can't live without?
I can't live without rice. I KNOW SO STEREOTYPICAL. I might as well bust out a rice paddy hat. But it's true. I get so cranky when my non-Asian husband makes us some delicious meal and he doesn't make rice. I need it.
So on July 30th, we'll be giving away the following:
1 Grand prize: An ARC of Since You Asked (courtesy of Maurene's awesome publicist!), a pair of pink wayfarers like Holly's (courtesy of Maurene!) and a recycle tote from Bungalow 360!
1 second place prize: a hardcover of Since You Asked and a checkered tote from Bungalow 360!
1 third place prize: A fox tote from Bungalow 360. Bungalow 360 is based near San Diego - where Holly's from - so we thought it was appropriate!
Check back for the Rafflecopter on any of our three sites on the 30th!