A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Sunday, October 31, 2010

Author Interview with Amanda Ashby

Happy Halloween everyone!!!

(Man, Blogger has such a weak orange color)

Anyway, today concludes the Crossroads Blog Tour!  Have a safe and wonderful night everyone, whether you're out with the munchkins, or out partying.  And send me some of your costume pics!  I love seeing what everyone gets dressed up as :)

Don't forget to check out the Wolfy Chicks blog for the final research question!  You need all 16 correct answers in order to be entered in the grand prize giveaway.

I'm the author of Zombie Queen of Newbury High, which is the story of what happens when a teenage girl tries to do a love spell, but instead she accidentally turns her entire senior year into zombies and then has to find a cure before she becomes next on their new flesh-only diet. But honestly, it could've happened to anyone...

Zombie Queen of Newbury High is now in its third print run and not only did it make the New York Public Library's Stuff of the Teen Age 2010, but it has also been nominated for the YALSA popular paperback of 2011.

Connect with Amanda:

Can you tell readers one unique thing about yourself?
I was in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games when it was in Brisbane, Australia in 1984. We had to wear the most hideous terry towelling tracksuits that have ever been invented. All photographs have since been burnt!!!

What inspired you to write a zombie story?
Vampires inspired me to write about zombies!!!! Seriously though, there were so many vampire books on the market, and I’m such a big Buffy fan that I didn’t want to even think about vampires that didn’t look like Angel, so I started to think about some other cool paranormal creatures! At the time I hadn’t seen any YA zombie books at all and the more I thought of it, the funnier it became. Plus, I had just watched Shaun of the Dead and how can you not want to write about zombies after watching that movie???

Out of all your books (released now, and coming soon) which is your favorite?
This sounds ironic since I swear that I complained non stop while I was writing Fairy Bad Day, but now that it’s finished, I sort of love that book. It’s actually a fusion of all the themes I had in my first two books, plus of course there are invisible killer fairies in it!!!! Plus, I’ve just had a sneak peek at the cover and it’s awesome!!

What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
Sometimes I shuffle, sometimes I do a playlist and sometimes I only listen to music when I’m walking, but it’s always a weird mix! Right now I’m obsessed with Florence and the Machine! I also tend to listen to Muse, The Killers, David Bowie (who seriously has written a song for every book idea I’ve ever had, the man is a freaking genius!!!!!), Nirvana, Michael Jackson and just about everything else in between!!!!

Is there one question you wish bloggers would ask you about but don't? What is it, and how would you answer?
Yes there is actually!!!!!!!! My husband is English and I lived there for a long time so I often wish that someone would ask me who my favorite Premiership team is. The answer, of course would be Liverpool Football Club, because they are the greatest team in the whole entire world!!!! Unfortunately, I don’t think English football is super popular in the US (though perhaps the world cup has changed that since the US team did pretty darn good!!!!) so I’m not really surprised that I don’t get asked that question!!!!!

1 comment:

  1. It's true unfortunately that football/soccer isn't really that big here in the U.S. at the professional level. It's big in schools at least through high school so maybe your zombies could have played with legs falling off and heads falling off when they hit the ball with their heads. That would be funny!

    Thanks to all the hosts and authors and Judith. I have loved every author and added a ton of books to my TBR pile which I will be reading shortly. I'll miss the daily visits.