Wednesday, January 14, 2009

BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

Eileen Cook and WHAT WOULD EMMA DO?


While juggling friendship issues (her best friend isn’t speaking to her), a love triangle-turned-square (okay, maybe she shouldn’t have kissed her best friend’s boyfriend…but it was totally an accident!…sort of), and escalating mayhem in her small religious town (uh-oh…what would Jesus do?), Emma realizes she has to stop trying to please everyone around her and figure out what she wants for herself. It’s time to start asking, “What would Emma do?”







Hi bloggy peeps! I'm baaack!. It's ME, the slightly chubby, super sassy and trailer-trashy KELLY Couric! I'm taking over the blog today to interview Author EILEEN COOK who has a fantastic YA out now, WHAT WOULD EMMA DO? I called Barrie and told her Eileen had called in sick with food poisoning. Due to a moose meat burrito. Eileen lives in Canada, you know. Land of ice fishing, toques and moose meat burritos. I've done my research.


(knocks on door, then cautiously opens it) Hello...hello.....Barrie are you here?




(rushes over to Eileen and does the air kissing thing) So, nice to meet you daahling. I'm Kelli Couric. Barrie BEGGED me to do this interview. I loved WHAT WOULD EMMA DO?I could so relate because I kissed all my girlfriends' boyfriends!


(looks momentarily confused, but quickly reverts to cute, intelligent-looking self) Oh, okay.




So, Eileen, now that you've achieved your publishing goal, are you actually working on anything new? Or do writers publish, then chill on the couch, guzzling cocktails and bonbons?



I keep waiting for the cocktail bonbon stage to arrive. I also note that so far I haven't been invited to any fancy literary parties where I hob nob with famous authors and laugh at their stories.

While waiting for my party invitation to arrive I have been working on something else. My next story is a tale of friendship, betrayal, revenge, and a love of classic movies. I hope to have a publication date for it in the New Year. The working title is Black and White.


Keep me in mind if Black and White gets optioned for a movie. I'm all about betrayal and revenge. (hands Eileen a business card) And now a question everyone's been dying to ask. Do you pay for your ideas? If not, where do you get them? Please be honest. And generous.




Target. I find they have the best value for dollar.






(jumps up in excitement) Seriously??? I'm at Target all the time. Good wine prices.




Uh, no, that was a joke. Really I'm one of those people who collects scraps of ideas, stories, conversations the same way clean black pants collect cat hair and lint. I write them down or tear them out of magazines and newspapers and stuff them into a file. I'm pretty sure my brain works like a compost heap. I just keep piling things on top and eventually something new is created.


Do you, like, outline? Or just write whatever?





I want to outline. I envy the outliners, they have such a clear idea of where they are going versus those of us who sort of wander aimlessly around the story until we sort it out. I've tried to outline. I make a great outline. It looks very snappy on the page. Sometimes I use color coding and regimented lists. Tragically, the outlines I create end up having nothing to do with the story I write.


Tell us something weird about yourself. Preferably juicy and scandalous. We're all friends here. Seriously. What's said on this blog, stays on this blog. And if it's something like a unibrow you've never had taken care of professionally, feel free to include a pic.

I can't do a cartwheel. I've tried. My mother even hired someone to teach me how so I wouldn't be mocked in gym class. Can't do it. I start off good. I have the commitment, but in the end my legs sort of flop over. It's pathetic. My dreams of being an Olympic gymnast crushed.

(frowning) You consider not being able to do a cartwheel scandalous?? Remind me never to let you interview me! (licks lips) And now for the most scrumptious question of all... What is your favorite dessert?



I am not a dessert snob. I'm open to a range of fattening treats. Sometimes I go for the simple- a good chocolate chip cookie or brownie and sometimes I want the high end molten chocolate lava cake. In the summer I like things like lemon bars and fresh strawberries swimming in whipped cream.

                 Is it just me or is anyone else hungry now?


Oh, honey, I'm always hungry. Which explains why I'm Queen of the Muffin Tops!





Thank you, Author Eileen Cook for the marvelous interview. And for writing the marvelous WHAT WOULD EMMA DO? And especially for agreeing to giveaway a signed copy of your book.

Here are the rules:
Leave a comment to this post to be entered once.
Link to this interview, then let us know to get entered a second time.
Contest closes midnight Pacific Time, Sunday, Jan. 18.




Now....hop on over to Eileen Cook's blog for her interview with Barrie Summy and a chance to win a signed copy of I So Don't Do Mysteries!

43 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I loved this post. So creative!

Maureen McGowan said...

Great interview, girls!

Vodka Mom said...

That was a great post, Barrie.

:-)

Stacy Nyikos said...

Love the alter ego!

Charles Gramlich said...

Cartwheel education. Sadly neglected in schools these days.

Mary said...

What a brilliant double-act!!

Eileen’s book sounds great. :)

Beth said...

Loved your answer to question # 5 over at Eileen's blog!
And Ned Nickerson always put me off, too.

Lisa Schroeder said...

Your blog is so cute, Barrie! And great interview!

I can't wait to read this book, sounds wonderful!

brian_ohio said...

Good Interview... but I'm not buying this Couric thing anymore. Why?
Because at first it's Kelly... then Kelli... what gives?

Barrie said...

Brian--bad copyediting. Plain and simple. You probably give Santa Claus a hard time! ;)

Stephen Parrish said...

You kill me.

Linda Thomas-Sundstrom said...

What a wild romp, Eileen. Can't wait to read this book (first) before handing it over tomy family. I just love being the middle-man... err... woman.

Cheers-
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom

PJ Hoover said...

It looks great! And I love the cover!
Congrats on the book, Eileen!

Karin said...

I've eaten moose meat--ugh--it's disgusting!

I know that has nothing to do with the interview, but I needed to get that off my chest. Ptooey to moose meat burritos!

susiej said...

Thanks for the advice, Karin (not that I ever planned to eat moose meat.)

As for the book, can't wait to check it out. I found this site from through a post by Rachel Vater. I'm always looking for new authors/books for my voracious 12 year old reader.

Brooke Reviews said...

lol Great interview! :)

Beth Yarnall said...

I love your interviews Kelly!

~V said...

Very cute! I look forward to reading the book. Best of luck to you.

Alyson (New England Living) said...

I loved this interview! Kelli is a hoot and the book sounds interesting.

sandy Levin said...

Hey Barrie,

Love your Kelly Couric interview skills. Maybe CBS would like to hire you someday!
Sandy

Meredith said...

I loved the interview. Too funny! I cannot wait to get my hands on What Would Emma Do?!

~Meredith

P said...

Nice interview! Looking forward to reading the book. Linked! at musingaloud at livejournal

N.A. Nelson said...

Great interview. Great sounding book...two great things that go great together!

Congratulations on your launch, Eileen!

BTW: Even though I haven't read the book, I'm fairly certain I know what Emma would do--she'd award me the signed copy!

:)
N.A.Nelson

Anonymous said...

Loved the interview! and both the books sound so great!

Emily H

Bookworm said...

Hehe! Great interview, KELLI! (Barrie, too). Enter me, please! (:

Eileen said...

Kelli and Barrie- what would I do without you! Thanks for having me.

Jenita said...

lol, very amusing. =]

Jason said...

Awesome interview.

I knew Target had everything.

Alexandra said...

Both books look great!

Larramie said...

Emma is SO wonderful, every reader -- no matter their age -- will LOVE her!

Shana said...

This was great. Thanks Barry for introducing me to Eileen's book!

mindy said...

very creative thanks for the giveaway

divaqueenie said...

Such a cleaver blog...I love it!

Cindy Procter-King said...

What a clever promotional idea. Congratulations to both of you on your books. They both sound great.

liane66 said...

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wendy said...

very interesting way of doing a promotion..good for you!

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ihateveggies said...

That was a great interview! I loved it! =)

cecilia said...

I love old movies too! :) This was a hilarious interview!

Thao said...

Such a cute interview. It's interesting to know Ellen wanted to be a gymnast.

I linked this contest on my sidebar here: serenehours.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for the giveaway. I really want to read this book.

Paradox said...

Great interview!!!

I posted about the contest here: http://paradoxrevealed.blogspot.com/2008/12/official-contest-list.html

kathy55439 said...

Nice have an interview and not just a reveiw

Sepiru Chris said...

In, just under the wire, and the link is forthcoming...

I love reading.

Sepiru Chris said...

Hello Barrie,

OK, its linked to the MTM page,

found here

http://e-cuneiform.blogspot.com/2009/01/sunday-out-in-hong-kong-domestic.html

to get even more readers. Go Lady Luck Go!

Tschuess,
Chris