Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What Book Character Would You Want as your Next Door Neighbor?

Yes, folks, it's another Wednesday. And that means it's time for YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday. If you want to participate in their blog carnival and answer this question, feel free to post about it on your blog and leave a link to it here. But before you do, here's my thoughts:

Ok, first thought is the Weasley family. Who wouldn't want to live next door to these red-headed dynamos? With Molly's cooking, Arthur's cool muggle gadgets enchanted with great spells, Fred and George's pranks, not to mention all the stories Ron and Ginny could tell, living next door to this family would be quite an adventure! Though I'd want the house to be just far enough away not to have to hear their ghoul in the attic, or hear the bangs and other assorted loud noises every time Fred and George apparate or work on their experiments.

I'm sure they'll be popular neighbors, so here's one other idea. How about Stephanie Plum? She sure has an adventurous life. Maybe a little too adventurous. It might be safer to live next to her boyfriend Morelli. He's in a nice neighborhood, and maybe they and my husband and I could have cookouts on the weekend or whatever. They'd be a fun couple to hang out with. Bob the dog is cute, and I'd be willing to look after him when they needed, even just to let him out or take him for a walk.

Who would you want as your next door neighbor?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Who's In Your Book?

YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday had a really awesome question this week, as usual. This one was a truly thought-provoking one. Who from your life is in your book? Is there an aspect of yourself or someone you know that made it into your story, whether that's a personality quirk, a unique interest/obsession, or a characteristic turn of phrase?

I did write my bitey kitty under a different name into a scene of my story.

As for the people, I did mean Brian to have my husband's passion for baseball, but Brian ended up with a major talent in art. The baseball passion might just make it into the book on edit, but we'll see. It could be something for him and Kevin to bond over.

I would also say Leah and David's father has my grandparents' ambition and drive to succeed, though in the book the dad is much more dictatorial about what he wants David especially to be doing with his life. My grandparents never, unlike this character, tried to tell me what career to get into. In the book, though, there's this conflict because David wants to become a chef, whereas his father wants him to follow in his footsteps and go to college and become an accountant.

Leah's got my love of singing, my shyness, and my approach to the world of reacting on instinct and intuition first and then logic.

So, who's in your book? If you want to participate in today's YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday, leave a link to your blog post here!