Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cynthia Leitich Smith celebrates Teen Read Week

October 18-24 is Teen Read Week!
Sponsored by YALSA, this year's theme is Read Beyond Reality @ your library, which encourages teens to read something out of this world, just for the fun of it.

Here are a few "beyond reality" musings from YA Author Cynthia Leitich Smith:

What is the strangest thing you have ever seen?

The yard gnome that Libba Bray gave me. I swear it comes to life at night.

Have you ever encountered a ghost?

Yes, my house is haunted.

A UFO?

Nope, though I'm told my father saw some in the Air Force.

Other?

Do '80s Brat Packers count?

You wish you could:

Take a month-long driving tour of the new South.

Which Beyond Reality character would you want to have dinner with?

Zachary from Eternal.

Where would you go? What would you eat?

The restaurant bar at the Edison Hotel on South Congress. Beer-battered fish sticks.

In ten words or less, what is the most "Beyond Reality" thing in your newest book?

A Dracula with a taste for homemade rhubarb pie.

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the YA author of Rain Is Not My Indian Name, Tantalize, and Eternal--a Beyond Reality Book. The casts of Tantalize and Eternal will crossover in a forthcoming novel, Blessed. Her latest short stories appear in Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, and Sideshow: Ten Original Dark Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical. Cynthia makes her home in Austin, Texas with her sometimes co-author husband and four bossy cats.

Thanks, Cyn!

Your turn--have YOU ever seen a ghost?

6 comments:

Stacy DeKeyser said...

No, but I've heard one.
I stayed at a B&B in Georgia, and was sleeping in the bedroom of the last family member to have lived in the house.

I was awakened in the morning by footsteps coming down the wood floor of the hallway, and the sound of the bedroom door opening.

When I opened my eyes, there was no one there.

Becky Mushko said...

No, but I've smelled the scent of one's perfume. She died in the 1880's in the house where I smelled it. Does that count? Others have seen things in that house, but I never did.

I live less than a mile from "Hainted Holler" and a tenth of a mile from a cemetery that has a tombstone that occasionally ejects a fireball that rolls down the hill to a pond, but I've never witnessed anything abnormal about either one. My neighbor has seen the fireball, though.

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