What's Up and Interview with Vania!

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Bird of paradise

Bird of paradise

I've had a busy week playing catch up, critiquing another novelist's WIP, and trying to plan where I'll be when. Next week back to putting the finishing touches on String Theories.  And I had my first Skype author visit this week to my high school best friend Ellen's reading group in Las Vegas. They were tons of fun and asked great questions.BTW, I am offering free Skype visits to any book group who reads Forget-Her-Nots.  Something to keep in mind ...Also, if you'd like to listen to my interview with Barry at "A Book and a Chat," you can find it here. And I did  an interview with Metro Connection, at WAMU in Washington, D.C. here.Today I am also pleased to welcome Vania S. who is renowned in the YA world for her atmospheric trailers, awesome design work, and her blog Reverie Book Reviews. For full disclosure, Vania designed my bookmarks, postcards, book plate, and business cards. I must say they are lovely and I get compliments on them all the time.  Welcome, Vania!What's your favoriteflower and why?I love Birds of paradise or Dragon Lilies! Two of the mostgorgeous flowers and exotic!Bird of paradise means "magnificence" in the language of flowers. Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?I've recently learned to keep in mind that patience is a virtue! But I love this quote:Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.- William ShakespeareOoo, I love that one, too!  It's from Measure For Meaure.  Which book do you wish you could live inside?Ohhh, good question! I think I would be fascinated to live in Laini Taylor's DreamDark world!! If you've read ANY of her stuff, you'd know what I mean! It's a world filled with delicious magic!!She is on my list! Who's your favorite dead writer? (We don't want to hurt thefeelings of the living here!)I'm a huge fan of Emily Dickens and Poe! *sigh* now there issome great writing!I can see that from your trailers.  What three novels should people run out and buy right now if they haven’t read it yet?Both FIRE and GRACELING of Kristin Cashore's, Laini Taylor's LIPS TOUCH: THREE TIMES, and WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson. Three of the most amazing writers I have read!If you could make a trailer for any book ever written, what would you choose and why?If money was no object and I had the time....I would love to do FIRE. Can you imagine all the awesome locations and Fire would be awesome to translate. Ohh and costumes!Must get hands on Fire asap ..... What do you think is the most important thing that YA bloggers contribute to the YA Lit community?What I love about the blogging community is the tight knit association and passionate love of books.And we recommend the books we love. A LOT!Do you want to write a novel? Why or why not?NO! I tried at one time, but I am bad enough with words when speaking, I can't imagine trying to write and it make sense. Plus I don't think my visual brain mixes well with the writing brain. SO separate!I love your photos and designs. How would you characterize your style?I like to call my photography laid back. I'd rather shoot outside, with natural light then in studio confines. I'm more proneto be laughing hysterically with my models while we're shooting a fight scene. But as far as designs or any project I am working on it depends on the project itself. I wouldn't have saturated colors in a haunting book trailer or blacks in designs for a chic lit book.What’s your dream job?I would love to keep doing what I am doing now. Photography, book trailers, etc.And we hope you keep doing it, too!! Check out some of Vania's work here. Or tweet her here.