Today we welcome the magical Lindsay Ribar to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! Or at least, her books are pretty magical. They are the perfect antidote to these sometimes-dreary early spring days. As Kirkus confirms, The Art of Wishing is “lighthearted book [with] a well-rounded combination of humor, romance and paranormal suspense, with likable characters and easy-to-believe dialogue.” Sounds like a lovely, lazy Saturday afternoon to me! But before you head to the bookstore to pick it up (because it’s out TODAY!), stay for a minute to hang with Lindsay!
Name: Lindsay Ribar
Novel: The Art of Wishing
Available: March 21, 2013
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Oh, probably JK Rowling. Not because I love Harry Potter (even though I obviously do love Harry Potter, because I am not a heathen), but because she seems like the classiest lady, in every possible sense of the word. I want to be besties with her. Or at least, you know, meet her for three seconds and mumble something incoherent about how much I love her.
What’s your favorite thing about your book? The part where rocks fall and everyone dies. I’m kidding; that doesn’t happen. (Or does it?) In all seriousness, though, my favorite thing about writing this series has been digging into the relationship between the two main characters, Margo and Oliver. Together they’ve let me write some of my absolute favorite things. Banter! Angst! Kissing! Gender-bendy stuff! And, of course, magic.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Um, Doctor Who counts as literature, right? Because I have… feelings… about the Tenth Doctor. He’s… how do I put this?
Where do you write? In your basement. While you’re sleeping.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?
This one stumped me, so I asked my sister, Megan, for advice. The exchange went something like this:
Lindsay: who is my favorite historical hero/heroine??
Megan: f*** if I know
Lindsay: RIGHT? author q&a thing.
Megan: google some queens
Lindsay: rupaul. DONE.
Lindsay: i think that exchange is my answer
Megan: thumbs up
What you should take away from this conversation:
1. I don’t have strong opinions about historical figures.
1a. Even though I know I probably should.
2. I make really dumb jokes.
3. You so want to be friends with me.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I tweet like a boss. But the funniest thing I’ll have ever tweeted is the thing I’m going to tweet tomorrow. Better follow me now and find out what it’ll be, huh?
What is your favorite season? Whichever one involves me going on vacation.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? The known universe? Okay then: I’d teleport right to the edge. And then I’d take one step over it.
Do you have any writing rituals? None for the writing itself. That can happen anytime, anywhere. But I do have brainstorming rituals. Whenever I’m trying to figure out what happens next, or think of a good fix to a plot problem, or even just force myself to focus, I put on my headphones and take a good, long walk, preferably around Manhattan neighborhoods that I don’t know very well. So, if you live in New York and you see a frowny girl [thoughtful-frowny, not mean-frowny (hopefully)] walking around late at night, muttering to herself about magic rings and wishes and Oliver’s Angsty Past, it just might be me. Or it might be a crazy person with a friend named Oliver. Only one way to find out!
What is your idea of earthly happiness? See answer to next question.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? It’s a tie!
The first was in the summer of 2009, when Amy Ray (the punkier half of the Indigo Girls) was touring her third solo album. A bunch of friends and I road-tripped up to Cape Cod for the last show of the tour, which was at this place called the Beachcomber: surfer bar by day, concert venue by night. It was right on the beach – oh, and did I mention this show was in the middle of a hurricane? So there we were, crowded around the stage, dancing and singing while Amy and her amazing band rocked out, the doors and walls and windows rattling around us, and the wind howling outside. The fact that Amy ended the show with a song I’d requested (a cover of Tom Petty’s “Refugee”) was just icing on the cake.
The second? Well, have you ever heard of The Rock Boat? No? Take a second. Google it. Got it? So, yes, a cabin on that boat was my reward to myself when I signed the contract for The Art of Wishing. Thirty-two bands! Five days, four nights! One cruise ship, eight stages! Concerts all the time, in the company of my friend Nina, who’s just as insane about concerts as I am! It was nonstop amazing. But out of all the amazingness, one show stood out the most. My favorite band, Carbon Leaf, had their last show out on the deck, under the open sky. It was a Celtic-themed set, which meant lots of energy, lots of cool instruments, and lots of drinking and wistfulness. Let me tell you: hearing all your favorite songs in a row is one thing, but hearing them as the sun is setting over the Gulf of Mexico and a giant boat is rocking gently beneath your feet? Quite another.
What are you currently working on? The third book in the Art of Wishing trilogy! You guys totally thought I was kidding about “rocks fall, everyone dies,” didn’t you? Heh heh.
Thanks, Lindsay! We can’t wait to read the second book in the Art of Wishing trilogy, let alone the third!
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This woman loves “Harry Potter” and ” Doctor Who” I have decided to read her book!