OK, I’ll address the “hot” topic first.
There are two reasons for this. The first is that it was starting to feel like it was time. I’d already started revealing my identity to certain people via e-mails. It just happened that way. I’d met some blog friends in person already, too. The other reason is that I entered Nathan’s first paragraph contest. I always told myself that I’d shed the NWA identity when it was time to query. Putting my work out there for a real live agent to look at felt too much like an informal query to keep with the old name. It was time to own up to my work and myself instead of hiding behind a mask.
Roni asked, “What song do you think is best for the soundtrack of your new WiP?”
By new WiP, I assume you mean Lodestar. And as soon as you asked me this, I had an answer because it actually came to me in the car the other day. I was listening to the soundtrack for The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement. There’s this song on there, titled “Because You Live.” It’s sung by Jesse McCartney. There’s a line in the chorus that says, “Because you live, girl, my world has twice as many stars in the sky.” If this book ever gets finished, and it gets read by anyone other than myself, (i.e. published) you’ll get why the line is so perfect.
Elana asked, “What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?”
I’m ashamed to say that vanilla is what first comes to mind. I love to drown vanilla ice cream (especially vanilla bean ice cream) in Hershey’s syrup, eat a few bites then spend several minutes turning my vanilla into chocolate. But I don’t like chocolate ice cream. (Except a Frosty.) The other fave would have to be Coldstone’s Cheesecake ice cream with graham cracker crumbs and strawberries.