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I'm Prodhi...you can call me Prod.
I'm a YA reader/reviewer/ other than that, I'm a nutcase gone awry. Yes, I'm insane so to speak:) I'd say I'm a girl next door, but I'm much better off without a Pinocchio nose, thank you very much. I'm a pretty fun chica, I guess. I also realize that this About Me section doesn't do the three dimensions of my character justice. Or four. Or five. Or six. Oh shooh!

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Not Like You by Deborah Davis

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    Tuesday, July 28, 2009
    Tête-à-Tête with YA authors Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance
    I know I've posted like four interviews in two days...can't help it. I'm addicted:P
    Today we have the dynamic duo that was behind the masterpiece namely The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading. Hold your breath, and enter the world of Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance.

    And by the way, today is Darcy's birthday, so pleeease wish her a happy one on the author website! (http://thegeekgirlsguide.com)

    Let’s start with the basics. Tell us something about your latest book, The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading.

    Geek Girl’s Guide is the story of two smart, kind of geeky girls who unexpectedly find their way onto their school’s varsity cheerleading squad. It’s the story of their season on the squad. But I like to tell people that it is also a story about falling in love for the first time and about being a good friend to someone, even when they’re not being such a good friend back.

    How did you come up with the plot? Was it inspired by your own experiences?

    D: Charity came up with the basic plot about five years ago. It’s been through a few transformations since then though. I’ll let her tell you how she was inspired to write the book.

    C: The initial premise for the story is based on something that happened to me my senior year of high school. I got talked into trying out for cheerleading and made the squad. (And believe me, I wasn’t the cheerleader type.) The rest of the story? While I’ve pulled a few things from “real” life, it’s pretty much all fiction.

    What’re your favourite book/s?

    D: I have a gabillion favorite books and every time someone asks me this I seem to come up with a different answer. ; ) But there is one book I love more than any other. It’s A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I’ve read it five times already and, as soon as I make a dent in my to be read pile, I plan to read it again.

    C: It’s probably no secret that I love Pride and Prejudice. While in college, I majored in Russian, so I have a fondness for many Russian writers as well. I have a literary crush on Pushkin, the father of Russian literature.

    Tell us something about yourself. Anything from your favourite colour to the wackiest quirks works.

    D: My favorite color depends on my mood. I like a nice sunny yellow when it’s dreary outside. (BTW, it’s dreary a LOT where I live.) I like green when I’m busy and stressed. It seems to calm me down. And cherry red is just plain pretty. Here’s something quirky about me: I like to find out mostly useless facts about random subjects like, for instance, colors. Did you know that some jails paint special rooms a certain color of pink because it makes people feel less violent?

    C: I’m a blue/green girl myself. Here’s something weird about me: I must have short nails when I write. Seriously, my nails get too long, I can’t write. It’s very, very strange.

    What would your autobiography be titled if you wrote one?

    D: Coming up with titles is not one of my strong points. As evidence of that, the only one I can think of right now is: Dorks with Sporks. Not exactly promising.

    C: In thinking about this, I really hope it would be called Unexpected.

    What do you do when you’re not writing? As in, hobbies?

    D: Writing, and promoting our book, takes up LOTS of time. I love to read though and spend time with my family and friends. Oh, and I love to listen to live music!

    C: What Darcy said. Promotion could be a fulltime job and you’d still find things you could do. I love to read, which is good for writing, so I never feel guilty about it. I like to exercise/workout (leftover from my Army days). I used to run, but my knee doesn’t like it so much anymore (also something we can blame on my Army days).

    Rapid Fire round! Which fictional character do you find yourself most similar to?

    D: I’d like to say someone exciting or glamorous but really, I am probably most like Molly Weasley, Ron’s mom in the Harry Potter series. My family is not as large as hers but I do have a crazy, crowded house where people tend to come and go to seek safe haven and hatch their next plot. I love my family and friends just as fiercely as Molly does and I worry over them just as obsessively.

    C: I want to say Elizabeth Bennet, but I’m projecting. I want to be like her, but I’m not nearly as witty.

    Why are hot dogs named hot…dogs?

    D: Hot dogs are named that way because they are best served hot (but still taste semi-fabulous cold, straight from the package) and because as soon as one smells them cooking one becomes as ‘hungry as a dog’ no matter what one has previously consumed.)

    C: As you may have guessed, Darcy and I share a love for processed meat products that are bad for you. The adjective hot does double duty in this case. Yes, the dogs are best served hot, but they’re also hawt. The only reason they’re not called hawt dawgs is so much awesomeness would simply be redundant.

    What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?

    D: I don’t think it’s weird but I do seem to collect strange looks when I attend rock concerts and shows where I am the oldest person there, especially when I sing all the words just as loudly as the teenagers.

    C: I once ate Puppy Chow (the real stuff you feed little puppies, not the human snack food). I’ve jumped out of an airplane (five times). I once went forty days without a shower, which is both weird and smelly.

    You’re locked in an elevator. Who would you want in there with you to keep you company and why?

    D: I would hope it was a big elevator because I’d like to bring my husband, my two kids, a few friends and maybe you, Prodhi. We’d have a party and we just might be a little sad when the elevator started working again because it would be the end of our fun.

    C: Oh, sure. And here I was going to say George Clooney, but that just looks shallow compared to Darcy’s answer. So. Never mind. I’m ignoring all of you. Give me a fully charged Kindle and a decent Whispernet connection.

    A giant chicken just took over the city. What would Bethany do?

    D: Bethany is a practical girl, so I think the first thing she would do is grab an umbrella. Chickens are not too particular about where they, um, eliminate their waste and it would be hard to develop a plan if you had to keep dodging chicken poo.

    C: I’m thinking that a giant chicken also means a giant, sharp beak. That umbrella should be reinforced with titanium steel and some Kevlar.

    I think Bethany would get everyone at school to help herd the chicken into the football stadium, where they could lock the gate behind it. She would then use her mad journalism skills to write up an article for the paper, which would be picked up by all the wire services. Todd would make a YouTube video that would go viral.

    The school would end up selling the chicken to a secretive consortium of large chicken fanatics. And, at long last, the school would finally have the money to get the newspaper/journalism class the new software and computers they need.

    Three words to describe yourself and three more to describe The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading.

    D: Me = Goofy, Geeky and Gregarious
    Geek Girl’s Guide = Funny, Surprising and Endearing (I hope!)

    C: Me = Shy, Quiet, Geeky
    Geek Girl’s Guide = Fun, Unexpected, Sweet (I hope!)

    Awesome answers, much? Seriously, I need to learn how to answer like that! Opinions? Questions? Throw them in the comment box.

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    Tuesday Cravings
    So, here's my weekly list of books I'm dying to read! Enjoy:)

    Holy crap. Cyn Balog just announced her upcoming release and it sounds like Pepsi on a hot day. Qouting her:"SLEEPLESS is a paranormal about a Sandman who falls in love with a mortal whose sleep he controls."
    Oh.My.God. Someone ship this book to me..NOW! This instance! Even though I live far away...whatever! Ship! Now!

    Look at the cover. Need I say more?

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    Tête-à-Tête with YA author Pam Bachorz
    If you are into YA books and surf the net at least once a week, you must have heard of Candor. Today we talk to the author of this extremely delicious-smelling book (read the summary! pre-order! it's so awesome!), Pam Bachorz. Here are my questions and here are her answers. Enjoy:)

    Let’s start with the basics. Tell us something about your upcoming book, Candor.

    CANDOR is a novel for ages twelve and up. It takes place in a planned community in Candor, Florida, US, where the residents pay top dollar to have their entire families brainwashed! The kids don't know what their parents have signed them up for--except for Oscar Banks, the son of the town founder. He knows about the subliminal Messages that are hidden in music that plays everywhere in town--and he's secretly fighting them. He thinks he has his world figured out until Nia Silva moves to town. When Oscar falls in love, he must choose between saving Nia from brainwashing or keeping himself safe.

    You can see the book trailer on my website (www.pambachorz.com), as well as read the first chapter.

    How did you come up with the plot? I mean I read the synopsis and it’s definitely not something that you just wake up one day, look at the ceiling and go “Wham! Eureka!”--it's complex, unique and creative.

    Thanks! It took a lot of work and a good number of drafts! I am a plot geek and I read a lot of books about the writing process, as well as books about screenwriting. My favorite plotting tool is something I call my "story wire": it's a wire stretched across my study, over my writing desk (about 5.5 feet tall and 12 feet long). I hang index cards from it that denote each scene in my current project, and have way too much fun swapping and sliding them around while I'm plotting.

    What’re your favourite book/s? Other than Candor, because I’m evil and I don’t want an easy answer.

    Like every author, I am a voracious reader. Some of my favorites are Jeanne DuPrau's "City of Ember", Neal Shusterman's "Unwind", and anything by Lois Duncan (a childhood fave!).

    Tell us something about yourself. Anything from your hair colour to why the chicken crossed the road and how that’s even relevant in your autobiography works.

    I am a very creative, high-energy person who has a hard time sitting still! Even when I'm watching TV I multi-task. Oh, and I have red hair.

    (I want red hair!) Speaking of autobiography, what would it be titled if you wrote one?

    "Good Lord, Nobody Is Going To Want To Read This Except My Mother"

    What do you do when you’re not writing? As in, hobbies?

    I love to read (big surprise). I also watch far too much television and love going to the movies. I like any water sport--swimming, boating, etc and also jog--but that's not a hobby, that's torture that I reluctantly submit to.

    Rapid Fire round! Which fictional character do you find yourself most similar to?

    Oh, probably Anne Shirley Blythe, my all-time fave.

    Why is the moon round when it could be a hexagon for all it could be?

    I guess some space monster broke off all the sharp corners years ago for a snack.

    Do stairs go up or down?


    Are marbles made of marble?

    Not in our house. We prefer hand-rolled playdough ones.

    What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done?

    Hah, I keep my weirdest stuff buried deep! Probably one of my weirder moments was entering my middle-school lip synching contest with a friend. Boy were we terrible. It did NOT get us dates to the next school dance like we had hoped.

    You’re locked in an elevator. Who would you want in there with you to keep you company and why?

    That guy who stars in the TV series "Dirty Jobs", because he could get us out of there right quick and tell funny stories while he did it. Plus we both live in Maryland so maybe he could suggest some places for some good crab cakes.

    Which shoe do you put on first—right or left?

    Depends. Which one did I find first while I wandered the house yelling, "has anyone seen my other shoe?"

    A cow just flew by. What would Oscar Banks (the main character of Candor) do?

    Blame it on the brainwashing. If you're really resistant to the Messages, you get locked in the Listening Room and bombarded by brainwashing until you're completely changed. One of the unfortunate side effects is hallucinations--one character sees dead birds flying. Yeah, dead ones. How can he tell they're dead? Don't ask me. I haven't been to the Listening Room (or have I....)

    Three words to describe yourself and three more to describe Candor.

    Me: outsider, driven, suspicious. Book: creepy, engaging, fun!

    Good God, authors really are creative! Thank you so much for your time and awesome answers, Pam. If anyone else has any opinions or questions to shoot, fire away in the comment box!

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