Blogger Interview with Harmony

A special thanks to everyone participating in my Library Loving Challenge! Please comment here if you haven't, so a needy library gets more funds! Also, please check out my appearances schedule; there are a few new fun ones!Today we have Harmony, a busy teen who blogs, runs an arc tour site, and is a part of Bring YA to PA.

Rose and book

Rose and book

What's your favorite flower and why? Hmm. Red roses are my favorite, as cliche as that is. If you want a way into my heart, send me some roses. ;)Red roses are a classic and mean love in the language of flowers.  Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?I'm actually in the process of covering my walls with different quotes and song lyrics. I have two that I read daily"Don't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game" - from The Cinderella Story"I am in the world to change the world". I don't know who said that but it was on a card that I bought at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. last summer and I just love it.Busboys and Poets is great!  Which book do you wish you could live inside?You know, this is a hard one. I don't think I'd want to live inside any book, except maybe a Sarah Dessen or Elizabeth Scott one, because the books I love usually involve bad things happening to the characters and aren't really worlds I want to live in.That's a good point.  Who's your favorite dead writer?I'm probably going to get smacked for this but I've yet to read a book I liked by a dead author. Granted, most of the ones I've read (or tried to read) have been for school and it's pretty much a rule I hate anything that I have to dissect paragraph by paragraph. That said, I do have a soft spot for Emily Dickinson. She's my all-time favorite poet and I have a few of her poems hanging on my wall.What three novels should people run out and buy right now if they haven’t read it yet?Oh man, just three? This is so hard... I guess I'll go with Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert, Willow by Julia Hoban, and Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken. Ballads of Suburbia is, hands-down, my favorite book of 2009 and one of my all-time favorite books. You just need to read it. Willow is amazing and just came out in paperback, and Brightly Woven is the best fantasy book I've read in a while. It's just fantastic.Go, Alex! (A fellow Tenner.)  If you could interview anyone on your blog, who would it be and why? Probably...J.K. Rowling because, well, she's J.K. Rowling and who wouldn't want to interview her? But I think it'd also be interesting to interview Stephenie Meyer if you asked the right questions.What do you think is the most important thing that YA bloggers contribute to the YA Lit community?I think the excitement that we show for certain books is important, and I really think that we spread the word about a lot books that people might not know about otherwise. People are always questioning whether or not book bloggers actually get people to buy books and I truly think we do, though there's no direct way to track that.Do you want to write a novel?  Why or why not?Yes! My dream is to be a published author. I've taken writing seriously since 4th grade when I started a book called "Saving Charms" about a horse. I used to fake sick so I could stay home and write. Since then I've started about a million other projects and only finished the rough draft of two, one of which I'm rewriting now. One of the reasons I decided to cyber-school was so I would have more time to write. The plan kind of back-fired but I still write all the time. It's what I live for. <3You’re one of the founders of Bring YA to PA.  Can you tell us about that? The main goal of PAYA is to raise money for libraries across the state of PA. We do lots of fundraisers and are planning a PAYA Festival in Philadelphia during the summer, which will include a big author-signing as well as a writing workshop in the morning. To help out, you can participate in the fundraisers (like offering an item or bidding in the upcoming auction) or by donating books. Authors and bloggers are both welcome to donate any extra books they may have, regardless of whether they're on a library's wishlist. They will get used. Also, if you're in PA, telling your librarian is also a great help. For more information, go to www.bringya2pa.com.You also run several ARC tours.  What are the advantages for an author to do an ARC tour?  Any disadvantages?The biggest advantage for an author to do an ARC tour is that it gets one copy of an ARC to multiple bloggers, all of whom are guaranteed to review the book. If you only get two or three ARCs, tours are a great way to spread the word. The disadvantage is probably that sometimes it might look like the book just disappeared because the tours take time. Sometimes, the books do also get lost in the mail but this has only happened once or twice. Otherwise, I think ARC tours are a great thing for authors to participate in.Thanks so much for coming by, Harmony!  Good luck with your writing and with Bring YA to PA.