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Friday, January 9, 2009

Things to Know About Featured Author Jennifer Donnelly

Besides the fact that she writes a riveting novel, we found out the following about A Northern Light author Jennifer Donnelly:

On the nightstand: Wodehouse and Beckett. The first makes my laugh till I cry. The second makes me cry till I laugh.

Favorite drink while you write: Castleton Estate's First Flush Darjeeling

Favorite bookstore: All of them. Every single one on the planet.

Favorite library: Tivoli Free Library, Tivoli, NY

Pets: My beloved greyhound, Scotty.

Place to write: My quiet, serene, light-filled office in a cottage on a horse farm in the country. No phone, no e-mail, no FedEx or DHL or UPS. Bliss!

Inspiration: The brawling, sprawling, appalling mess that is history.

Dream book tour: One that starts in the Balkans and ends up in Tibet.

Writer buddies: Just met Valerie Martin. She's so cool. She's scary-smart, but for some reason, she still hangs out with me.

Cure for writer's block: Writing. Cringe, cry, swear, scream, threaten suicide, but keep on writing.

Favorite outfit: Levi's and Blundstones. And a shirt of some nature.

Website: www.jenniferdonnelly.com

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Little Willow said...

My favorite answer here? Bookstore. :)

When I formatted the issue, I looked up Castleton Estate's First Flush Darjeeling and found various additional tea flavors. I ought to drink more tea, I know... but I have increased my water intake!

sweetmelissa818 said...

I love the bookstore answer too! I'm nearly done with A Northern Light, too! I LOVE it!

sweetmelissa818 said...

Okay, so I commented earlier, but I just finished the book and had to say it's AMAZING!! Anyone who hasn't or isn't reading it definitely should!

Melissa Walker said...

Glad you liked the book, Melissa. I loved it too!

Walks In Two Worlds said...

I like the cure for writers block comment! Do whatever it takes to have what one writer friend of mine calls "butt glue" Happy writing to all and to all a good day! Robin www.MaydenChronicles.com

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