Saturday's Seven: An Interview with C.J. Omololu
I am thrilled to welcome the wonderful writer, C.J. Omololu. Her YA Dirty Little Secrets is out this month to rave reviews. I found it a riveting read, and a compelling look into the world of hoarding that I've always wondered about. My heart was with Lucy the whole time.Full disclosure: Cynthia is also my fabulous critique partner whom I met through the Tenners. I've had the privilege to read her as-yet-unnamed work in progress, and it's amazing. Paranormal and sooo cool. So, please forgive me if I ask a few more than seven questions.
What's your favorite flower and why?
Gerbera daisies. Hope that doesn't mean something weird.
[FYI: Daisies are for innocence and simplicity in the language of flowers.]
Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?
“Writing is like driving car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” - E.L. Doctorow.
I'd have it posted by my desk if I had a desk. Right now I just keep it in my head.Which book do you wish you could live inside?Ooh. Good question. I just read Ash by Malinda Lo and I love the world she created. A little dark and magical, a little old-fashioned but a place where everything is possible and where gender roles aren't set in stone. I wouldn't mind spending time there.Who's your favorite dead writer? (We don't want to hurt the feelings of the living here!) Muriel Spark. She's most famous for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, but her other books are so great with such a distinctive feel. Veddy British. Her short story collection is one I've read over and over.What's the most impressive dish you can cook? Lasagna. I'm more of a comfort-food cook than a chef. My friend is a chef with a wood-burning pizza oven and everything and I'm totally intimidated by having them over. My lasagna has big blobs of melted cheese that get all stringy when you cut it. Yum. I make a pretty kick-ass pea soup too. Sounds disgusting but it's awesome.What do you love best about living in Northern California? I think the anything-goes attitude of most of the people here. It's not anyone's business how you run your life as long as it's not hurting other people, and you can get away with a lot up here. I love that my kids are friends with all kinds of people in all kinds of family situations. Makes them a lot more rounded than where I grew up in Southern California.I know you’ve been asked lots of questions about hoarding. What do you personally find most scary about this condition?That there are very few happy endings. I TIvo every episode of Hoarders on A&E and while they show a lot of progress with some of the participants, from my experience there is no cure and it is really hard to control. Logic plays no part in the disorder.You’ve also published a picture book. How is writing a picture book different from writing a YA? I love it when little kids or their parents tell me that they love the picture book, but the YA audience is so enthusiastic. The online YA community really is a community, and YA writers really support each other and cheer each other on. It's been a great experience, and I hope I get to continue to publish in this genre.Thanks so much for stopping by, Cyn! Now please go finish your WIP so I can read it!You can find out more about Cyn on her blog, or follow her on Twitter.And -- BONUS -- if you tweet or post a link on your blog to this interview, you get a chance to win Forget-Her-Nots in my Love Flower Poems contest!