I’m on day four post publication — it’s pretty awesome. I’m currently at the Midwest Writers Workshop in Muncie, IN (and just had scrumptious Thai food with the amazing Janet Reid–yes, be jealous). It took me two days to come down from the adrenaline rush of my launch party (where we sold out of books!) and I might be checking my Amazon ranking more than is healthy. Sitting in my quiet hotel room after the chaos of the last few days gives me some time to reflect on this whirlwind journey that I’m honored to share with Shelly, Colleen, Sona, and Karma. Our year may be coming to a close soon, but we’ll always be Debs for life.
Speaking of, I chatted with the lovely Deb Alum, Lori Rader-Day about books and debuts and blurry selfies.
Isn’t she fantastic?
And now, it’s my turn to take our interview!
What’s your secret or not-so-secret superpower?
If something isn’t working on a person’s computer or phone, the moment I move closer to the glitching object, it goes back to normal. It isn’t 100%, but it’s often enough that it’s a little creepy.
Do you have any phobias?
Spiders. I’ve gotten better as I’ve gotten older because of my children, but anything that’s big enough to crunch when I step on it or smack it with a shoe (and it will be killed) is unacceptable. It took me a long time to even look at pictures and if I’m not prepared, I freak a little. Don’t even get me started on the really big hair ones. They are a hard no for me. After spiders, I have an odd fear of calling Time Warner Cable to renegotiate the cable bill.
What’s your next big thing? (new book, new project, etc.)
I’ll be at Books by the Banks in Cincinnati on October 17 (which I’m very excited about because I’ll get to meet Rainbow Rowell), and I’m in revisions for book 2 with the hope it will be out next summer.
What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
I’ve worked A LOT in different restaurants and met a lot of quirky people, but the oddest job was when I did political phone surveys for the St. Norbert College survey center. I would get a stack of phone numbers, a script, and a phone — then spend 3+ hours calling numbers, hoping someone would take pity on me and answer the questions. To this day, if I get a legitimate survey group on the phone, I will answer the questions, but it’s also why I hate talking on the phone.
Do you have a regular first reader? If so, who is it and why that person?
My husband is my first reader. At first glance, he doesn’t seem like the perfect candidate — he reads 99% non-fiction, is a dude, and mainly addresses typos in his written comments. But when we start discussing the book and what works and doesn’t work, his feedback is almost always spot on.
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