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Ask a Tenner!

For our readers:

*Want to know how we found our agents?

*What survival food we munch on as we struggle through revisions?

*If we had any say in our cover art?

*Why Berk has short hair when he looks so cool with that prom-fro?

Ask in comments!

Then, in turn, we'll post your question and the Tenners can answer below.

Feel free to ask general questions that we can all answer or ask a specific Tenner.

Let the games begin!

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gigglievs
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
oooh me first!!!
ok what are you all most intimidated about? (might have more later)
jennadol
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
And I'll be the first to answer!
Definitely intimidated about the marketing piece. There are just soooo many things to consider - website, blog, mailings, collateral, twitter, interviews, and on and on.

It's so hard to know what will make an impact, really reach and interest people and everything seems like such an investment of time (of which there is so little). I'm totally cool putting in the effort if I'm connecting with people, but am worried about wasting time I SHOULD be using toward the next book on things that won't be effective.
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gigglievs
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
I think everyone is also curious and will flip out of you answer yes and this happens soon but...

Can you have an ARC giveaway?


Vania
http://reveriemedia.blogspot.com/
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
YES. On it.
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dy0ulee
Jun. 2nd, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
What songs do you listen to when writing, either for inspiration or not? And will you provide us with a playlist for your book? ;)
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
I listen to evocative ocean-themed songs, like Kate Melua's version of JUST LIKE HEAVEN. Or Yaz's ONLY YOU.

Most recently I like LUCKY because the lyrics fit the book so well, but is upbeat and happy.

I will try and rig up a playlist. =;
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dissect_perfect
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
OMGOMGOMG

Okay firstly, I agree with Vania's second question. Because we're all totally excited to read your books.

Second, this is a question I already asked Trish in the chat this weekend (awesome answers), but I want to know what everyone else wants:

If you could have written any book/song/movie ever written/sung/made, which would it be?

More questions to come!
sbennettwealer
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'll answer!

I would have written the movie "Heathers" and any of Edith Wharton's books.
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dy0ulee
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Ooh can you tell us something unique about your book? And who's your favourite character and why?
jessica_leader
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think that NICE AND MEAN is at least unusual in that it has a South Asian protagonist who is saying, in effect, "I love that there are lots of South Asians in the National Spelling Bee, but what if some of us want to be known as creative, too?"

As for favorite character--do you mean our own books, or others'? I certainly wouldn't say that my favorite character ever is the one that I created, because I don't want to sideline my tv squeeze, House, MD!
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annajarzab
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Disco ball .gif? Heidi, sometimes you floor me--DANCE FLOOR ME! Oh, I'm so punny today. Sorry, back to regularly scheduled Ask a Tenner.
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
Bwahhh...what screams ASK A TENNER like a Disco Ball?

I figured it matched Tara's space layout a bit. And it spins! I mean, who can resist a spinning disco ball?
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gigglievs
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
What is the hardest thing about writing?Hardest character? Hardest bump in the road?
suzanneyoung
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Too many ideas--not enough time to write them. Now, if I moved to a cabin in the woods (a dream of mine) I might one day be able to get all of these voices out of my head. But... since that isn't going to happen any time soon, I struggle finding the time to write the amount of books I want to.

Oh, and trying to find better ways to used the word "said".
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cynjay
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
I think the hardest thing is getting ready to write. Once you're sitting down it's fine, it's the getting there that's a problem.


The hardest thing for me in the new book was following my character to the very controversial ending for Dirty Little Secrets. It was the only logical way for the book to end, but I think there will be a bit of a backlash when it comes out next year. I don't want kids to think of it as a "how to" manual - it's just the story of one girl.

I figure the hardest bump in the road will be the first bad review ;)
trishdoller
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:48 pm (UTC)
I think for me it's sitting down and committing my brain to it. There are so many distractions. Internet! TV! Guitar Hero! Dog park! Beach!

The hardest bump has definitely been getting pulled from my publisher's list. It's an ego blow, to be sure, but it's also a setback in terms of timeline. Will I be published in 2010 now? Will I be published at all? That's a little scary!
dissect_perfect
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
ONOZ! We're all sending lots of happy thoughts your way, Trish.

But I agree - Guitar Hero is totally standing between me and my goals. Must... not... touch... plastic... guitar...
dissect_perfect
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)
Okay, here's my next question. This time I'm going to be a little mean and make you guys pick least favorites. Heehee *evil grin*

So tell me... have you ever read a character who's really popular/well-loved in the YA realm, but you honestly could see what the fuss was all about?

I'll go a little easy and give a little leeway in the genres... but it has to be a literary character!

And no, you can't pick Edward. =D
dissect_perfect
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
I mean couldn't see what the fuss was all about. /fail
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dy0ulee
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
One thing I'm always wondering. Why that age group? Do you choose to write for that particular age group, or did it just happen that way?
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
In college I majored in creative writing and i thought i was writing adult short-stories, but with young protagonists. Turns out it was YA. (writers are always the last to know these things. =;)

SEA is being marketed as a crossover for teens and adults.
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Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
What other fellow Tenner's book are you looking forward to and why? (this helps us to better know who to follow and who all the tenners are) and leave ur blog/website link so I can bookmark them all! PLEASE? thanks!
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
I don't want to choose favorites, so I'll say ALL OF THEM.

You can go on our BIO list on our first page links and all of our websites/lj's are listed there!
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dy0ulee
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Yes! it's wuite rare to see such a combination. I'm imagining girls in huge skirts casting spells.
stephanieburgis
Jun. 3rd, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
Well, I don't want to give too much away...but you're definitely not far off! ;)
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Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:15 pm (UTC)
Love the title! I can't wait to read Noah.
iheartmonster
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
Well of course we all want to know...
Why Berk has short hair when he looks so cool with that prom-fro?

And I want to know what your biggest fear is...
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
oh worry not, iheartmonster, by the time his book debuts he WILL have that prom-fro back if I have anything to say about it!

My biggest fear. A zombie apocalypse and people hating my book.
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Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Which one of you is hiding all the dead snakes in Berk's yard and why?
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
That would be me.

But they are vipers. And they are very much alive.
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dissect_perfect
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
Okay, enough with the random questions from me. I want to know more about your books!!!

Can you pinpoint the one thing/situation/person/whatever it is that kickstarted your book? Anything at all. Let's hear a brief backstory, people!

=D
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
My husband's trauma work as a psychiatrist inspired SEA.
He went to Indonesia after the Indian ocean tsunami and volunteered with the surviving kids helping them with their post-traumatic stress (nightmares/anxiety etc.)

When he came home, I was working on another project, and he said, "You have to write about this."

So I thought of a way to see into that world--a California teenager who I could relate to in the first-person, did research, and dove into the topic. Great question!
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I have so many questions, I hope you don't mind! When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning? Or if it sounds nice and fits the storyline?
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. I have particularly unusual character names in this book. They just popped into my head, but the most obvious one is SEA, which is my MC Sienna's old nickname.

And I can't say anything else, cuz I don't want to spoil, but her name is part of the theme of the book.
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seeyouupside
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to be awesome with MSCL icon but I don't think it's working...
If you could rename your main characters with another name, what would it be and why?
seaheidi
Jun. 2nd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I&#39;m trying to be awesome with MSCL icon but I don&#39;t think it&#39;s working...
I wouldn't. My MC's names are there forever.

That said, a couple side characters have unusual names:

Vera and Bev.

Not odd, just unique.

And they popped out of nowhere. Don't know why they are named that, but they fit!
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dy0ulee
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:12 pm (UTC)
OKay, last question from me before I go to sleep. (It's 5.11am. D:)

Do you have a ritual you do before/after/during writing? Dish! :D
trishdoller
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
I like to go through my favorites list before I start writing so I know what's happening in my friends' lives--and, um, on perezhilton.com--before I start writing.
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tlcadence
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Suggestion

Maybe we could set up a chat some time and invite some viewers to ask us this stuff. Would anyone be interested in that?
dy0ulee
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Great idea!
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dissect_perfect
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
OKAY guys, one last question before I leave everyone alone. Ready?

If you could wake up tomorrow and be any one of the other Tenners, who would you want to be?



On a side note: this was AMAAAAZING fun! Thanks for all the great answers - I learned a lot about everyone today, and my wishlist just grew exponentially! Can't wait for '10!

-- Mya
http://dissectingperfection.wordpress.com
dissect_perfect
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
and that giant empty space in the middle should say *muahahahaha*, but I guess the effect is ruined now =P
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sharonluvscats
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
How do you guys feel about being stalked by khyrinthia and I? Does the thought scare you? ;)
trishdoller
Jun. 2nd, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
Bring it. Only, you know... online. Not at, like, our houses or anything like that. ;)
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gigglievs
Jun. 2nd, 2009 10:28 pm (UTC)
I Want..... to see a quote from ur books? Is that possible? *begs on my knees* PLEASE?
takumashii
Jun. 2nd, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
I'll bite! Keep in mind though that I haven't done line-edits yet so the final version might be different.


What I am thinking, when this all looks pointless and hopeless and dumb, is that you haven't seen the ocean yet.
I'm going to shove myself up these hills. I'm going to sleep on hard ground in my little tent. I'm going to show you the ocean.
You'll be waiting for me there, yeah?
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sbrezenoff
Jun. 2nd, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Or New York pizza. Anyone with New York pizza is invited any time.
dawn_metcalf
Jun. 3rd, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Hmm. Unfortunately, I'm a native of Chicagoland and my husband's a native of New York and therefore I consider his pizza "crackers" and he considers my pizza "quiche."
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