Interview w/Tara Dairman + A Giveaway!
I am super pleased to welcome Tara Dairman to the blog today! I have long been in love w/the cover for ALL FOUR STARS. It features desserts(which I love) & buildings(which I love). So lets get started!
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1. What would be your most scrumptious meal, followed by the most fantastic dessert?
Wow, what a tough question! It really depends on my mood, since there are so many different cuisines that I love (Indian, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Malaysian...) But great Italian has always tasted like comfort food to me, so I guess I would go with a bowl of light-as-air gnocchi in a delicious basil pesto sauce. And for dessert, rhubarb crumble with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream.
Now I'm hungry.
Gnnochi from Frasca
Great question, and yes, I've had issues with this. I love to write long, winding sentences full of em-dashes and parentheticals-- and use big, multisyllabic words to boot, as you can see in this very sentence. :) So when I revise, I try to keep an eye out for these and simplify whenever possible. I certainly don't want to dumb things down for my readers, but not letting my sometimes-convoluted style get in the way of the story has to be my first priority.
3. Your main character, Gladys, won a letter C cookbook giveaway! Would she pick a cupcake, a chicken, or a cake cookbook?
I'm going to cheat and say that she would pick a chickpea cookbook, just because chickpeas are one of my favorite foods. Hummus! Chana masala! Pasta e ceci! Okay, now I kind of want to write this cookbook...
4. When writing All Four Starts what were some of the things you researched?
I definitely researched Indian food, because I wanted to get the combination of dishes served at the dinner at Parm's house right. I also had to survey journalist friends to find out how much money a freelance restaurant critic might make for publishing a review with a major newspaper.
5. If you could turn a fav book into a movie, what would you pick?
I'm pretty luck that two of my very favorite books-- Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre-- have been turned into movies over and over again! So for now I'll go with one of my favorite recent middle grade books: Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle. Though maybe that one needs to be a Broadway show!
6. What is one of your fav lines from All Four Stars?
I sort of love the irony of Charissa's line when she's bragging to everyone about how great her birthday celebration will be.
"I'm going to have an adult party," Charissa continued. "My parents are setting the whole thing up!"
Because what could be more grown-up than letting your parents plan a birthday party for you? Oh, Charissa-- you have a lot to learn.
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Gladys Gatsby has dreamed of becoming a restaurant critic for New York's biggest newspaper--she just didn’t expect to be assigned her first review at age 11. Now, if she wants to meet her deadline and hang on to her dream job, she’ll have to defy her fast-food-loving parents, cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy, and battle Manhattan’s meanest maitre d’.
GIVEAWAY TIME: I have for one of my lucky lovely readers, a little something that I think coordinates so well w/an element of AFS's cover. Sorry, it's not your own building, but rather...a cupcake pin!
To be entered to win, simply comment and please follow Tara at one or more of her social media links. Winner will be announced on via Twitter on 7/15 & also posted in the comments.