Q: What is your favorite word?
Lena: I love the sensuality in sounds, so there are many words I love. Take BOOMS for example. The Buh sound feels so good, and the OOOOOOO feels delicious. Then there’s the MMMMMM which make your lips vibrate, and do I need to explain how cool the ZZZZZ sound at the end is? That being said, it is a word I use very sparingly, because it is indeed so powerful.
Q: What is your least favorite word:
Lena: Adverbs. Didn’t Stephen King say they are the devil? I have to choose one?
If I have to choose one word, it would be CAN’T. Say yes people! Believe in yourself!
Q: What turns your MC on?
Lena: From Edges: two main characters, Luke and Ava. Story is told in alternate points of view.
Luke: Australian hosteler Tangerine, hiking, red rocks
Ava: doesn’t think that anything can turn her on anymore after quitting drinking
Q: What turns your MC off?
Lena: Luke: Frank, hippy dippy spirituality
Ava: her drinking, her boss, Frank
Q: What sound do you love?
Lena: My kids laughing and having fun.
Q: What sound do you hate?
Lena: Whining. My kindergartner stops when I sing (to the tune of Lady Gaga’s Telephone): Stop whining, stop whining, I don’t think I can take anymore/ Your complaints will get me off the dance floor.
Q: What is your favorite YA quirk?
Lena:Taking pictures of gnomes in Libba Bray’s Going Bovine, and the gnomes’ justified outrage.
Q: What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
Lena: Lounge singer, hands down. (Yes, another financially feasible line of work!)
Q: What profession would you rather bathe in a vat of urine than attempting?
Lena: Bounty hunter. I’d be too scared!
Q: If John Green exists and sits at your table at a SCBWI conference, what would you like him to say to you?
Lena: I got to sit next to him on a panel, and pal around a little bit at LeakyCon in Orlando. He is the real deal. I found the courage to ask him to read EDGES and he very graciously said “I would love to,” AND then when I gave it to him, he said: “I need a book to read once I’m done with my revisions: this is perfect.” Now of course, I would be ecstatic if he really did read it and gave it a shout out!
I came home and read Looking for Alaska which I hadn’t read before, so next time I see him, I would love to talk about theology and the complicated relationships we have with God.
Thanks, Lena for making it here today! I bet I see John Green reading EDGES at the SCBWI conference this week.
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