In Which the Author Catches a Wave

Recently Google introduced a new chat/email thing called "Wave," that was really cool for a few minutes because you had to get invited to join, which made it like one of those hot clubs you see on TV with a long line of people and a bouncer who checks to see if you’re on the list. Then suddenly everybody had access to Wave, but nobody knew what to do with it, and Wave invites (to steal a joke from Kris) were the zucchini of the Interent. Now you can’t find anybody who wants one. (If you do want one, use the contact me form above and let me know — I have some to give away. If I don’t know you, tell me who you are first. I don’t want to be the guy who buzzes the salesman into the building, if you know what I mean.)

Anyway, I "waved" with some writer folks I saw among my contacts and did this Wave interview. participants include myself, Josh Berk, Steve Brezenoff, Jon Skovron, Sarah MacLean, Saundra Mitchell, Deva Fagan, Megan Frazer, and Laurel Snyder. Here are their responses… feel free to answer any or all of the questions yourself in the comments.

What is one book that made you want to become a writer?

  • Me: Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars
  • Josh: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Steve: Catcher in the Rye 
  • Jon: The World According To Garp
  • Sarah: Word!! Mine is A Prayer for Owen Meany  
  • Saundra:The Outsiders
  • Deva: Anne of Green Gables  
  • Megan: [Megan did not answer this, but given her answer to question two, I assume she would have said Toby Tyler: Or Ten Weeks with the Circus – Ed.]   
  • Laurel: Emily of New Moon.  

What’s your favorite thing to do that doesn’t have anything to do with reading and writing?

  • Me: Cooking.  
  • Josh: Guitar!  
  • Steve: Cycling, but I am woefully out of shape.  
  • Jon: Music!  
  • Saundra: History; I love studying history. Also cooking and trying random crafts. (I make paper, I make soap, I make my own sausage…)  
    • Jon: I do a little crafting myself now and again. decuopage plain cover journals with old bits of comics is one of my favorites. also the boys and I make lots of stuff with cardboard. i’m insanely skilled with a boxcutter.  
  • Sarah: I’m with Kurtis. I LOVE cooking.  
  • Deva: LARPing. And gardening. But not at the same time.  
    • Jon: LARPing??????
      • Deva: Live Action Role Playing. Like Dungeons and Dragons crossed with interactive theater. Addictively fun, if geeky. But I am already a geek by plenty of other measures… 
  • Megan: When I was a hip, young, urbanite in Boston it was the trapeze. Now it’s probably cooking or outdoor stuff. 
  • Laurel: Gluing stuff to other stuff. [Laurel, see Jon’s comment for what I think is the fancy word for this. -Ed.]

Name a song that’s on your head right now or that you’ve heard lately?

  • Me: If You Could Read My Mind by Gordon Lightfoot. Beautiful song. Was playing on readio as I drove home and has been going through my head ever since.  
  • Josh: Phineas and Ferb theme song. It’s really a pretty good song.  
  • Steve: "never forget you" noisettes
  • Jon: First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes  
  • Sarah: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. Since the last time we played Beatles Rock Band. I love the idea of Plasticine Porters with Looking Glass Eyes  [Thanks, Sarah, for naming a song I’ve heard of – Ed.]
  • Saundra: Uh, "Dad is Great, Gives us Chocolate Cake" by Bill Cosby.
  • Deva: Poker Face by Lady GaGa.  
  • Megan: I get Stupid by Charlotte Kendrick. Although now thanks to Deva, I also have Poker Face in my head.     
  • Laurel: Frank Mills, from the HAIR soundtrack.

What’s your most recent book, publisher, release date, and three words that relate to it? 

  • Me: Mamba Point, Knopf, July 2010. Liberia, Snakes, Courage  
  • Josh: The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, Knopf, Feb 2010, Deafness, murder, sarcasm     
  • Steve: |-1|, Carolrhoda, 9/2010. Love, death, and taxes
  • Jon: Struts & Frets, Abrams, 11/2009. Music, love, family
  • Sarah: [Sarah missed this question, so I will field it: The Season, Orchard, 2/2009. Balls, murder, Regency London -Ed.]
  • Saundra: Shadowed Summer, Delacorte Press, February 2009, southern gothic, secrets, haunts
  • Deva: The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle, Henry Holt, May 2010, witches, spookiness, and giant alligators
  • Megan: Secrets of Truth & Beauty. Disney-Hyperion, 2009. Pageants, goats, singing   
  • Laurel: Penny Dreadful, Random House, summer 2010. Relocation, co-operative living, Tennessee

4 thoughts on “In Which the Author Catches a Wave

  1. This is an awesome example of a use for Wave that I hadn’t thought of. I hope you all do more of these and post them…alternatively, you could be a panel and open the wave to questions from other wave participants who aren’t authors…

  2. Oh boy — I just couldn’t think of only one book that made me want to write. But, if I were going to choose a favorite circus book, it would Circus Galacticus by Deva Fagan. Coming soon!

  3. Thanks for running this experiment Kurtis! It was fun, and I agree with Hannah’s suggestion of an open Wave that would be sort of like a panel discussion.

    And thanks Megan!

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