Day seven of the Lakewater Press holiday blog hop: as some of you know the Lakewater team is spread over three continents – Australia, Europe and the US.
We’ve never all been in the same room together so these holiday interviews are proving an excellent opportunity for us to get to know each other a little better, as well as giving our readers a peek behind the scenes–or pages.
Perhaps you’ll even find a new blog to follow, or your next favorite book.
Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway.
Today’s interviewee: Rebecca Carpenter, author of the Metamorphosis trilogy and copy editor for Lakewater Press
Your blog (url): http://www.thecaterpillargirl.wordpress.com
Where do you live? In the state of craziness and senility. But if you must have a physical place, Grand Junction, Colorado (the western slope of Colorado) is where I’ve called home my entire life.
As a matter of fact, the hospital where I was born later became an Alzheimer’s unit where I worked in my late teens.
Is it an omen? I don’t think I can base anything off …where was I going with this thought?
What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? I’d say there’s about a 50/50 chance for snow on Christmas day. But I’d sure like to increase those odds.
If only the weather would co-operate.
So far, Grand Junction is three inches below our average rainfall for the year. Anybody own a cloud-seeding machine? We could use some moisture over here.
I’m feeling pretty scaly and itchy, and I’m sure I’m going to shed my skin any day now. Maybe if we all sing a song, Mother Nature will oblige.
Sing it with me:
Hello Winter, what do you say?
Are you gonna bring us some snow today?
White and pretty and sparkly too.
So we can build a snowman and go sledding too.
Hello Winter, what do you say?
Please bring us some snow today!
One inches, two inches, just won’t do.
We need at least four to close all the schools.
Snow day, hurray!
Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? Opening one present on Christmas Eve, and after we open presents on Christmas day I make a big brunch and we chill the rest of the day watching favorite Christmas movies like “The Family Man,” “Die Hard,” and of course, “A Christmas Story.”
Hubby will inevitably take an afternoon nap, and I sit down with my laptop and write.
Egg nog: Yes or No? Jingle my bells, yes!!! Fill her up!
Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? When I first start wrapping presents, I’m a wrapping-paper connoisseur, so talented I could apply for a position at the North Pole.
And I tape the crap out the gift—no one will peek on my watch.
But by the end of the present-wrapping swaray , I just slap that crap on and say to heck with it. It’s all going to be ripped off in two seconds anyway, so what’s the point?
To be honest, I much prefer gift bags. Simple. Easy. No skill required.
Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? Every year, before we could open gifts, my mom or dad read the story of the First Christmas.
One year I received “Tiger’s Eye” for Christmas. I loved that book and read it over and over and over until the spine broke and pages started coming loose.
What is your earliest book-related memory? I grew up in a religious family, and my parents read the Bible with us every night before bed.
But I also remember my dad reading Great Expectations to us when I was maybe six or seven.
Do you write/work during the holidays? I run a large child care center/preschool and work year round, only closing for major holidays. I use every opportunity to write over the holidays, and I look forward to the large block of time to channel my muse.
Some of my best writing occurs during the holidays because I can write uninterrupted.
Bring on the holidays. Bring on the creativity. Bring on the writing.
Can you share what you’re working on now? Right now I’m working on book three in the Metamorphosis series, a young adult contemporary science fiction, but I haven’t decided on a title yet. I’m continuing the dual point of views from book two, and I am excited to tie up some loose ends, throw in a few unexpected plot twists, and finish the series.
Will Jeremiah and Bethany end up together? Can a first love be forever?
I’m also revising a middle grade contemporary that takes the reader on a journey through a young girl’s interpretation of her grandmother’s Alzheimer’s disease. With humour and heartbreak, this book is one of my favorites so far.
What are your goals for 2018? Release the second book in the Metamorphosis trilogy, Butterfly Blood.
Laugh more. Live more. Love more. And get more sleep.
And I’d like to take a tap dance class.
I also hope to do a better job with promotion and marketing, and finish Butterfly Bones book three, as well as query the middle grade.
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