Author Interview: Amie Borst

I’m very excited for today’s author! Her book is almost as much fun as she is. Not only are you going to learn more about her, but you can enter the Rafflecopter contest to win a free signed book from her! (Link is at the bottom.) Enjoy!

Cinderskella Cover

1: Would you rather listen to the Beatles or Green Day?
Oh man, Green Day. Hands down!
2: How long did it take you to write your book?
Well, it took about 6 days over the course of a month to write the first draft. But that draft was about half the length it is now! It took us another year or so to edit Cinderskella before it was really ready to send to publishers.
3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I would say Cindy (the main character) is my favorite. She’s funny and witty and tries to find the best in her situation.
4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?
I actually love snacks that are two in one – kettle corn and chocolate covered pretzels. But I’m always a sucker for chocolate.
5: What authors do you look up to and why?
I love Carrie Ryan. The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy is one of my favorites. Her writing is so fluid and poetic. She uses a lot of personification – I just love that!
6: Which author do you think you write like the most?
Oh boy, I really don’t know. Who do YOU think I write like? 😀
7: What’s your favorite food?
8: What’s your favorite movie?
Of all time? The Goonies. Chick flick? Pretty in Pink, P.S. I Love You. Comedy/Drama? Julie and Julia, The Help.
9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
Well, I’ve always seen my book as a stop-motion movie like The Corpse Bride. Of course, Tim Burton would direct, so that would mean Johnny Depp would have to play Cindy’s Dad, Roger. If Johnny Depp is in it, then Winona Rider would be the step-mother, Hagatha. I think Amanda Seyfried would be perfect as Cindy.
10: Describe your book in one sentence.
11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?
Well, I’ve already received my first fan art which is a total honor. I’d love more fan art, should kids feel inclined and inspired. But just hearing that children loved Cinderskella, perhaps that it touched them or helped them through a tough time, that would be so rewarding!
12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
This is tricky. I’ve always been an extrovert. I used to perform on stage, so I had to be. I got tons of energy from interacting with cast members and feeling the rush of the lights and audience. But since I’ve been writing, I’ve really become more of an introvert. I stay home a lot more, and spend less time interacting with others.
13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
The author part of me would say Edgar Allen Poe. He was one of my first inspirations. The musician in me would love to meet Mozart. As an actress, I admire Debbie Reynolds and Judy Garland, so it would be an honor to meet them! Do I have to pick just one?

Cinderskella blurb
Cindy is just a normal eleven and three-quarter year-old. At least until she wakes up one night and finds out she’s dead. Well, she isn’t technically dead—she just doesn’t have any hair . . . or a nose . . . or skin. Yep—all bones, no body.
Human by day and skeleton by night, Cindy is definitely cursed. And because her mother recently died, Cindy has no one to turn to except a father who’s now scared of her and an evil stepmother who makes her do the housecleaning with a toothbrush. To make matters worse, the Spring Fling dance is approaching, and Ethan, the cutest boy in sixth grade, doesn’t seem to know Cindy exists. Of course, Cindy doesn’t think letting Ethan find out she’s part skeleton is the best way to introduce herself.
While facing such perils as pickled pig’s feet, a wacky fortune teller, and a few quick trips to the Underworld, Cindy’s determined to break the curse—even for a single night.

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Amie Borst still believes in unicorns, uses glitter whenever possible and accessorizes in pink. She enjoys eating chocolate while writing and keeps a well-stocked stash hidden away from her family. A native New Yorker she currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, three children and a cute dog named Lily. She wishes she had a hot-pink elevator with carnival lights to travel the world. But for now, her minivan will have to do.
Bethanie Borst is a spunky 13-year-old who is an avid archer with Olympic dreams, enjoys the outdoors, loves reading and is quick to make lasting friendships. When she is not writing, she swings on a star.
You can follow Amie and Bethanie on facebook or at her blog, twitter,  and pinterest.

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