In addition to the dozens and dozens of fabulous giveaways, Best I've Read 2010 will also include dozens of interviews and guest posts from many of your favorite authors.
Here's a small sample of what's coming.
Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Nah. Just need my fingers and my laptop. I often credit Raisinets as being my muse, but I pretty much write every time I'm near my desk. And awake. (A couple times, I have fallen asleep while sitting bolt upright with my fingers on the keyboard. Not recommended.)
One food you would never eat?
Brains. Unless I were turned into a zombie, of course.
Mean people. Also, the sound of squishing Styrofoam.
Skittles or M&Ms?
Definitely M&Ms. (I have a bit of a chocolate obsession. I like to always have chocolate near my writing desk, though as I may have said already, my candy of choice is Raisinets.)
I loved the short-lived yet wonderful "Life and Times of Juniper Lee." It was on Cartoon Network for about a year, and it was essentially Buffy without the whining.
Growing up, I loved all of the superhero and fantasy types of cartoons, such as Thundercats, Voltron, Dungeons & Dragons, SuperFriends, She-Ra Princess of Power, etc. For a couple of years, until I decided to be a writer, my future career goal was to be Wonder Woman.
If you could trade your life for that of a fictional character, who would that character be?
I wouldn't trade. Most writers force their characters to suffer through terrible conflict in order to achieve the growth that makes the reader feel as though he or she has experienced some kind of journey. Really would rather not live through that, thank you very much.
If I had to choose... perhaps the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella. She gets a wand and wings, plus nothing bad happens to her.
If you could go back in time and meet one author, who would it be and why?
Madeleine L'Engle. Or Lloyd Alexander. Or David Eddings. Their work played a large role in my childhood, and I wish it were possible for me to thank them.
What was the first book you read?
Wow, I have no idea. I can tell you the name of the first book I read that caused me to think "I want to do this. I want to be a writer!" It was Alanna by Tamora Pierce. I thought that if Alanna could become a knight then maybe I could become a writer. (Really, that highlights one of the things I love about fantasy: it's a literature of empowerment.)
If you could be a paranormal creature , what would you choose to be?
Were-cat. I'd love to transform into a cat on a summer afternoon and bask in the sun.
If you could re-write the ending to a book written by someone else, what would it be?
Romeo & Juliet. Yes, I know it's a play, not a book, and that it's supposed to be a tragedy and the entire point would be ruined if they lived, but it bugs me that their deaths could have been prevented by the use of a better postal system.
What Lily Carter wants most in the world is to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she finally visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top-secret Legacy Test. Passing means automatic acceptance to Princeton. Sweet!Lily's test is to find the Ivy Key. But what is she looking for? Where does she start? As she searches, Lily is joined by Tye, a cute college boy with orange and black hair who says he's her guard. That's weird. But things get seriously strange when a gargoyle talks to her. He tells her that there are two Princetons—the ordinary one and a magical one—and the Key opens the gate between them. But there are more secrets that surround Lily. Worse secrets.When Lily enters the magical Princeton, she uncovers old betrayals and new dangers, and a chance at her dream becomes a fight for her life. Soon Lily is caught in a power struggle between two worlds, with her family at its center. In a place where Knights slay monsters, boys are were-tigers, and dragons might be out for blood, Lily will need all of her ingenuity and courage—and a little magic—to unite the worlds and unlock the secrets of her past and her future.