What is the funniest thing a reader has ever told you?
It wasn’t a reader, but when I was selling my books, including my mermaid novel Cry of the Sea, at an Earth Day festival a couple of years ago, a woman was very insistent that mermaids were real and believed they were in fact in danger of things like oil spills and pollution. She didn’t want to buy my book because she’d already learned all about it from that documentary on Discovery Channel. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that the documentary was a fake.
If you were an architect what type of house/building would you design? Explain your answer please.
A dear friend of mine from high school has a degree in architecture (and is now a very successful set designer). One day he told me he’d build me a house that was round and had a stage with sitting room in the center of it. I don’t remember all of the details, but I still daydream about it. All of the floors would have balconies over-looking the performance area. That stage would be an elevator as well and could rise. (In my dreams an indoor pool is underneath). I’d love to host small showcases or author gatherings at a place like that. I’d love everyone walking around with champagne glasses and dressed like they were at a Gatsby gathering.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain.
I don’t laugh or cry when reading my own books. I do sometimes laugh or cry while writing them, though. I feel more like I’m living with my characters as I experience what they’re going through the first time. For example, there’s a pretty sad scene toward the end of my book Passing Notes, and I was kind of a hot mess while writing it. I’ve been told by most readers that they cry at that part, and this makes me wickedly happy. When I’m reading my work, on the other hand, I’m an author being picky about word choices and phrasing, and I don’t get as invested in the emotion.
What is the last book you read? Why did you read it?
I usually have two books going on at once. I listen to an audiobook during my commutes, and I read a book in my free time. The audiobook I just finished was The Hired Girl. It was a stunning YA historical novel. I read it because someone mentioned it during Multicultural Children’s Book Day in January (of which I was an author sponsor), and they had it at the library the following week. The book I just finished reading was Fantastic Creatures. This is an anthology of fantasy stories by the authors of Fellowship of Fantasy, a Facebook group of authors dedicated to writing clean fantasy fiction. I have a story in this book. Fantastic Creatures was released in November. I hadn’t read the other stories in the book yet, and I finally had time to devote to it. There are some really entertaining stories in it, I’m happy to report.
What author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?
I’ve met so many authors as a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and through other writing groups, so I’m going to aim high on this one. I’d really like to sit with Judy Blume for a bit. I’d like to talk with her about how she gets her characters to feel so real and authentic, not to mention stand the test of time. I’d like to tell her personally how much her books meant to me as a kid.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book your favorite?
I don’t read books over and over again. There are simply too many books to read for me to go backward. That said, when I was younger, I did read The Neverending Story by Michael Ende five times. That is the most I’ve read any book besides picture books. I just loved the way that story was woven together. I loved the different colors of the print. I loved the heroics and the fantasy elements. I loved the humor. I loved how poor Bastian was brought out of his shell to save everything. I related to him a lot.
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C.M. Huddleston's Review of No One Needed to Know by D. G. Driver
All children need to read this book to learn about situations children in families with disabled children face each and every day. They also need to learn how to relate to these challenged individuals as feeling persons, not to pity them, but to understand, so they, themselves, are not afraid. The situations in the book are realistic, the feelings genuine, and the outcome extremely reasonable.
Driver has created realistic, well-developed characters. This is a story filled with lessons that are not judgmental or forced. The somewhat predictable ending is down-to-earth and believable. It is a short book and would make a great classroom project. I highly
You can read a review of Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver at http://www.cmhuddleston.com/2/post/2016/11/yes-i-know-its-tuesday.html
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