At a book presentation/signing at my hometown library, someone had asked what was one of the most interesting things I'd discovered while doing research on ancient Greece for my book. I talked about the Oracle at Delphi and how I'd read that scientists had found evidence that underneath the temple was a natural pocket of gasses that would cause hallucinations in people. These gasses seeped out of a crack in the temple floor, which is where the Oracle would sit to get her "prophecies."
Later, when I was talking about how I write, one person raised his hand and asked if I ever thought about trying to sit in my basement over a large crack in the ground to help with plotting my next book. The comment caught me off guard and made me laugh!
If you were an architect what type of house/building would you design? Explain your answer, please.
I'd want lots of bookshelves, of course. And I'd love to have large colorful murals on any walls that were not lined with bookshelves. The house I moved into a few years back has one room with a floor-to-ceiling lifelike underwater mural, which I have come to adore. If I had a million dollars, I'd pay the same artist to create all different types of murals around my house.
Do you ever laugh or cry while reading your own books? Explain.
I don't think I've cried while reading my book, but I have snickered. Two of my characters develop this brother-sister relationship where they poke fun and annoy each other pretty much anytime they are in the same room, and I just really get a kick out of writing them together.
What is the last book you read? Why did you read it?
The last book I finished was “The Hollow Boy” by Jonathan Stroud. It’s the third in the series. I keep snatching up his books because I love the characters, and the ghosts who are attacking them are just creepy enough to give me chills, but not scary enough to make me want to sleep with my bedroom light on for a week after reading the book. (I’m a big baby when it comes to horror.) His other books are great, too – especially his Bartimaeus series.
What author, living or dead, would you most like to meet and what would you ask them?
I'm going to go with what is probably a very unoriginal answer and say J.K. Rowling. Though I haven't the faintest idea what I'd ask her. I know she's been asked every question possible (probably at least 100 times) and is probably tired of questions. Once I got over gawking at her, I’d probably just want to chat over tea/coffee about what she’s working on now. Even though there are no wizards in it, her current detective series is really fantastic.
Who wrote your favorite book, the one you have read over and over again? What makes this book, your favorite?
I don't know that I could name an ultimate favorite. I only have a handful that I have read more than once. The Harry Potter series is one I've read through several times. I've read Jonathan Stroud's Bartemaus series about three times. I'm also getting ready to re-read the Cinder series by Marissa Meyer that wrapped up last year. In all of those, it's a mixture of the characters that just pop off the page and the interesting world-building that make me want to go back again and again -- even when I could be using that time to read brand new books instead.
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C.M. Huddleston's Review of Andromeda:
Many years have passed since I read the mythology of Greece, Rome, or Egypt. Meg Trotter’s book Andromeda brought this heroine’s story back into my life while retelling it with an entirely different point of view. Written for teens or young adults, Andromeda relates the myth from the heroine’s point of view, making it fresh, modern and quite readable. If you think you hate myths, try reading Trotter’s version; it’s guaranteed to give you a surprising interpretation of a really old classic.