Once in a while, blogging gives you gifts you weren't expecting. Today, I bring you one of them.
I'm a big fan of Blake Nelson, and I've offered my reviews of Destroy All Cars, Paranoid Park, and Recovery Road. So when he contacted me about a potential Twitterview a few months ago, it was hard not to do it right then. But I waited. And today I bring you an exciting interview with him. Blake may have been the first author to actually email me after a review -- way back in 2009 -- and it was one of those awesome blog moments that stuck with me. So, I'm giving away GIRL, PARANOID PARK, DESTROY ALL CARS, and RECOVERY ROAD to celebrate our 2-year blogging anniversary here at STACKED. I'll add that RECOVERY ROAD is also signed by Blake himself, who I had the pleasure of meeting during his stop in the area for Sister Spit (oh yes, photo evidence below). Here's your chance to sample Nelson's style which I have grown to appreciate more and more with each book of his I read.
But first -- let's hear from him.
What influenced RECOVERY ROAD?
Maddie ultimately recovers in the story, but she's the only one. Why did you make this choice?
Two of your books -- PARANOID PARK and GIRL -- have been made into films. Did both/either come out as you'd imagined?
This spring, you're on the bus for the Sister Spit tour. How did you get involved with this?
What influences your writing?
Which of your books has been most meaningful to you and why?
Of all your books, which character from which book would be closest to your heart and why?
Same question as above, but this time tell us who is most like yourself?
What is your writing routine?
Best piece of writing advice ever received?
Best piece of writing advice you've ever given?
What three books or writers would you consider the most influential to you and your career?
Like all authors for teens, you get letters from your readers. What was the most memorable thing someone has said to you about your work?
What are three surprising things we should know about you outside of writing?