The good thing about friends is they love you no matter what.
I was supposed to tour Carrie a few days ago. But where does the flippin' time go?
Still love me Carrie? You better. ::wink::
Carrie is one of the sweetest authors I know - snatching bags from total strangers at BEA aside. Yet, her book titles
scream scandalous. Tell me this title isn't scandalous, Tips on Having a Gay (Ex) Boyfriend
or her latest, Love (and other uses for duct tape)
Un-huh. I've always heard that the quiet ones are the ones you've gotta watch out for, carrying around duct tape and things. So, Carrie, give us the real scoop on what's ticking inside ya' head.Clichés Which cliché best describes you as an author?CJ
: I am going to say this one, eclectic Toni Morrison, because this is who I want to be. Is that cheating?StereotypesComplete this sentence: I’m a total….from my BLANK to my BLANK, I could write the book on being BLANKCJ
: I am a total Postum drinker. From my ability to mix wheat grain and molasses into a liquid mix to my blueish hair love for cats, I could write the book on drinking liquid beverage cereal.Pop Culture ReferencesUsing either television, film or literary references, give us the one or two sentence pitch you’d give film agents:CJ
: LOVE (AND OTHER USES FOR DUCT TAPE) is High Fidelity folk-girl style crossed with Dawson 's Creek.If you did an informercial for your book, who would be the perfect celeb to serve as the pitch guy or gal? And why?CJ
: Dar Williams would be the perfect woman to pitch LOVE and TIPS. She's got the same folk-music activist feel as Belle with this sexy, feminine side that makes you believe she could cuddly a kitty.StalkerazziComplete this sentence: It’s a good thing I’m not a stalker or else INSERT NAME OF CELEB MINOR OR MAJOR would be in trouble becauseCJ
: It's a good thing I'm not a stalker or else Sherman Alexie would be in trouble because I'd be totally Spider-man stuck to his ceiling trying to read his poems before he even printed them out.
It's a good thing I'm not a stalker or else Stephen Colbert would also be in trouble because I have this thing for comedians with their own hair and I'd be waiting under his anchor-man desk with a roll of duct tape trying to figure out how I could permanently attach myself to his shin.History LessonA lot of times, authors start a book with one concept in mind (especially us pantsters) and end up with a totally different story. For your most current book tell us where you story started and ultimately ended.CJ
: My book started out about death and ended up about sex.
Eek. What does that say about me?NOTE: See, I told you you've got to watch out for the quiet ones.Those crazy desert Island QuestionsYou’re on a desert island with a cell phone. Miraculously it has two bars and enough battery life to make one three minute call. Who do you call?CJ
: The guys who write/produce LOST. I mean, come on... They know all about this stuff about getting off islands and how to zap a little more energy into batteries ala Sayid, and how to make story. I could learn so much in those three minutes.If someone were deserted on an island and came across your book washed ashore, what’s the one thing they’d take from it and want to share with the world once they got back to civilization?CJ
: Possibly the fact that said book can be:
1. Eaten for fiber.
2. Used for toilet paper.
3. Burned for heat.
Oh, you mean the theme? That love can touch us one time and last for a lifetime and never let go until we're gone. Wait. No, that's the song from Titanic. Darn.Which celebrity would you like to see put on a bus and dropped in the desert? And why?CJ
: Oh, that's so mean. That's really mean. I could never... Um. Okay. I'll play. I don't really want to call these guys "celebrities" but probably Glenn Beck or that guy on Fox News... Bill M-something. I am tired of extremist hate mongering and shout-down soundbites just to get ratings. It's the spreading of inflammatory ignorance that doesn't even come close to getting to the depth of issues that bugs me... really, really bugs me. Could we put them on a bus and drop them into space, actually? Please?The Buzz on Love (and other uses for duct tape) & Tips
"The story is honest, earthy, and appealing." - KLIATT
"Jones offers an atypical perspective of the coming-out story by legitimizing the love that is not lost, but changed, when young people grow up and apart." —School Library Journal