Interview with Library Lounge Lizard!

Running a little late today.  My daughter and I did a "Sleepover with the Sharks" at the aquarium in Baltimore.  So fun, and I especially love watching the jellies.  They're like underwater flowers!  If you're picking up your flower on the Blog Tour, I'm at ReadingRocks4Me today.  The first week's contest ends Sunday night at midnight.Today I welcome Darcy Wishard to my blog, aka Library Lounge Lizard.  Darcy is middle school librarian, a very active member of the YA/MG blogging community, and an awesome cheerleader for reading!  Thanks for coming, Darcy.

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What's your favorite flower and why? I love Winter Daphne! I live in the northwest so we need hardy plants and Winter Daphne does awesome here. It has one of the strongest and sweetest scents so if I cut a bunch and bring them into the house their scent fills up the whole room!Oh!  Sounds lovely.  It's on my list for this spring's garden.Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?"The more you read, the more you'll know, the more you learn, the more places you'll go. " -Dr. SuessI have this one right by my desk in the library!Which book do you wish you could live inside?Okay, this is cheesy but how fun would it be to go to Hogwarts? I mean seriously!LOL.  Everyone wants to live at Hogwarts!  Me, too!Who's your favorite dead writer and why? (We don't want to hurt the feelings of the living here!)Goodness, probably Shakespeare because to me he really lead the way for a lot of books I love today that are about star-crossed lovers, romance, tradegy, fantasy and faeries!How long have you been blogging and why did you start?I started in May of 2009. I have been writing reviews for years for other librarians and so creating a blog just made sense! I admired a lot of other blogs out there and thought hey, I could do that!And we're so glad that you did!  What do you love best about YA novels?Hmmmm, I've never really thought about it too deeply but probably because that due to their audience YA authors rarely (if ever) come right out and describe scenes that might be too over the top for the age group they write for (i.e. sex, drugs, violence, and other sensitive situations) so they have to rely on evoking those emotions in other ways. A really great YA author can give a clear picture of a characters feelings and reactions which give the reader and idea of whats going on without being R-rated. Does that make sense?Definitely.  I admire that, too.  Do you have any predictions for the future of YA novels and writers?There is sure to be a next big trend, today it's vampires, werewolves and all things paranormal. A twist on that trend has been angels lately. A lot of authors wrote about vampires before Stephanie Meyer but something about the Twilight series just really stuck with readers. Like it or not Edward and Bella will be added to the list of classic couples...Jack and Rose from Titantic, Romeo and Juliet, Catherine and Heathcliff of Wuthering Heights and so on. I bet right now there is an unknown author out there writing something that will be the next big thing. That is what is so great about books, the endless opportunities for new plots and new characters to love!What advice would you give to writers who appear at libraries?Be prepared for a huge variety of questions (about you and your book(s)! I have had middle school kids ask me the most obscure questions about books here in my library! Also, teens love to get free stuff! When authors send me bookmarks the kids go gaga, in fact one author initialed each one and the kids treasured those like they were gold!What do you think teens love most in a novel?Although I hate to be gender specific, and its definitely not the rule, for the most part teen boys and girls like different things. First of all, I think that overall teens like books they can relate too, whether its something they've already experienced or something they hope/wish to experience someday. If a teen reader can find a character they identify with or admire, odds are they will enjoy the book. So how that breaks down is that boys who love sports will read every book in my sports section including biographies. Then I have a group of boys and girls who read nothing but fantasy (occasionally I can get them to read something else) and then there are kids who love romance (mostly girls but some boys too!) and of course general fiction. Another super popular topic are books where kids are dealing with issues like abuse, drugs and alcohol, etc. obviously because again, its something they can relate to one way or another.Thanks so much, Darcy, for your insightful and helpful answers.  I'm a little nervous about those library visits, but this helps!!

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