Tune in next Tuesday for an announcement... *smiles sweetly* Yes, you have to wait.
I now bring you a Sweet Six interview with the incredibly talented Brigid Kemmerer! She's a fellow Marylander and YA author, whom I had the pleasure of meeting during Read Across America this past March. Spirit, the third installment in The Elemental Series, released in May!
1) Tell us about your book!
I write The Elemental Series for Kensington Books, about four brothers who control the elements of earth, air, fire, and water, and their battle with those who want them dead. While the stories are paranormal on the surface, they're really about family and brotherhood and growing up.
2) What scene in your book do you LOVE the most?
Michael Merrick is the oldest brother, and at twenty-three, he's been raising his younger brothers for five years, since his parents' death during his senior year of high school. He's bitter, and jaded, and exhausted from working all the time. Throughout much of Storm, he's surly and snappish. But there's a scene where he's been hurt, and he goes to the home of his youngest brother's girlfriend, and her mom starts patching him up. He's eating pancakes, and he basically says, "I forgot what it was like to have a mother." It's one of the first times in the book where Michael shows his vulnerability, and I loved writing it.
3) If you had to pick a character you LOVE (and not your own!), who would you pick and why?
I just finished reading Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg, and Rafe, the main character, was probably one of the best written YA boys I've read in a long, long time. I loved it.
4) What's the craziest/most memorable valentine you've ever received?
I don't know that I've ever received a Valentine. But the most memorable Valentine's Day was this one year when I didn't have a boyfriend, so I went to the bookstore. I was sitting in the cafe reading, and this guy came up and asked if he could join me. We started talking books and hit it off immediately. I started thinking, "OMG, this is going to be the cutest how-we-met story EVER. We met in a bookstore on Valentine's Day, because we were both single and lonely. This is SO AMAZING." And just as I was completing that thought, he finished his coffee and said, "Well, it was nice meeting you." And he walked out.
(Don't worry. I later met my amazing husband.)
5) If you were a Brach's Heart, what phrase would be written on you?
I ... have no idea. BAMF? :-P
(Note: I asked Brigid if BAMF meant what I thought it meant... it sure does!)
6) The all-important choice: flowers or candy?
Candy! Come on. No contest.
I completely agree! Brigid, thank you so much for swinging by!