Last week I decided that I wanted to do one of those “Get To Know Me” Q&As since I had never done one. The problem was… the questions all seemed kind of boring and basic. Instead of just making up my own questions, I opened up a Curious Cat for your questions! I ended up getting a lot. A LOT. My friend who was fielding the questions for me (and deleting any negative bs) picked a few for me to answer!
1. Do you think Adam will get Albetalli’d in the Becky/Adam book? Or will Becky be Silvera’d?
This is an excellent question and one I have genuinely been worried about since Becky mentioned the Silbertalli book. I honestly think Becky’s Hufflepuff powers will overcome Adam’s need to make everyone around him cry. At least… I hope that’s how it works out.
2. Who is your favorite minor character in the Grishaverse books?
Baghra! She’s a tough lady who had a rough life and can admit her mistakes. What’s not to love?
3. If you could cosplay as a character, who would it be?
Anne Shirley! I’ve been trying for years to find the exactly right outfit (my sewing skills are not up to par). I will cosplay her one day.
4. How is Gansey doing?
My sunshine baby is doing well! He had a rough go of it when I was staying at the hospital with my dad because he doesn’t like sleeping with the other puppers. I gave him a bath last night so he’s very fluffy at the moment.
5. Who’s your favorite side character in your current WIP? Why?
I’m going to use my #QueerAlaska WIP since I’m starting #WitchyGirlsBook over in November.
I think my favorite side character is Donnie, Faye’s second oldest brother. He’s a little goofy and silly, but he’s also Faye’s main support system throughout the book. Donnie just loves people. It’s been a lot of fun writing him because… I can’t love that way? Donnie has no problems making friends and it’s been interesting writing a character who is so very opposite of me.
6. What are some of your favorite books with Native characters?
THE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich
IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth
LOVE BEYOND BODY, SPACE, AND TIME anthology
THE LESSER BLESSED by Richard Van Camp
7. What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year? What are you most anticipated books?
It’s so hard to narrow down a favorite… but I think it might be WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore. I literally have not went one day without thinking about that book since I read it. It’s just magical and beautiful and I want more.
Anticipated as in 2018? LEAH ON THE OFFBEAT by Becky Albertalli, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL by Maggie Ann Martin, BLANCA AND ROJA by Anna-Marie McLemore, FROM TWINKLE WITH LOVE by Sandhya Menon, THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY by Mackenzi Lee, LOVE HATE AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed, PUDDIN’ by Julie Murphy, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi, TYLER JOHNSON WAS HERE by Jay Coles, CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE by Tomi Adeyemi.
8. If you could write the book you wanted/needed as a young child (maybe 10), how would it look/what would it be about?
I think at 10, I was definitely more aware of my body and was coming to terms with being “different” (in terms of being biracial and not having crushes on boys… but having crushes on my friends). I would probably write a fat, Native kid who wasn’t so sure about this “being a girl” thing and trying to navigate living in a body that made other people uncomfortable.
9. Worst and best parts of the bookish online community.
I’ll start with the worst so I can end on a good note. The worst part for me is how people want to pick and choose what they want more rep for. Most times, it’s not for people who get the least amount of rep in books. This has come about more lately, but I hate the way people act like we’re not allowed to talk about poor rep in books if the book is written by a marginalized person or someone who has previously been an ally in the community. We all know how the 27 Hours thing has gone for me and I guess I’m just astonished that people genuinely think we’re supposed to ignore (in this case) race and colonization issues because some people really like the Queer rep (and some people did not, especially the ace and aro rep).
The good does outweigh the bad for me, though. I’ve made some amazing friends through the bookish community. I’ve been able to be more involved in events and reviews. Getting to talk to my favorite authors is also a huge perk. It’s also nice to see how many people are out there fighting for publishing to do and be better.
10. What part of your WIP is most fun for you to work on? E.g. setting, characters, plot, etc.?
Definitely characters! I love figuring out everyone’s personality and quirks!
11. Do you have a favorite vegan dessert?
Banana nicecream with strawberry jam.
12. What is your favorite guilty pleasure book?
I don’t think I have a guilty pleasure book, per se… but I really enjoy books about serial killers and death in general, which is something I don’t ever talk about because it seems kind of strange? I’m trying to break out of that habit, especially now that I’ve been watching Ask A Mortician on Youtube. Death isn’t some big shameful thing and it doesn’t have to be hidden away. So I will definitely be sharing more of my more “strange” reading habits.
13. What’s your TBR look like?
It’s, uh, *starts crying* it’s fine. It’s fine.
No, honestly, it is out of control. I have books everywhere. A stack fell on Gansey. I stack fell on me. Send help.
14. Do you have any reading goals for 2018?
I want to get my physical TBR down to a more manageable size. I need some closet space back. And floor space. And attic space.
15. Why do you read middle grade books?
Lots of reasons! It’s a bonding experience with my older godkids. I get to read great stories without having to deal with overly romantic plots or sex. Sometimes middle grade books are more impactful than YA, NA, or adult. Because they’re awesome??
Thanks to everyone who sent questions! I had a lot of fun answering these!