Thursday, March 3, 2011


ASK: Today, I pop my head out of my writing cave for a great cause. My good friend Jen K. Blom is launching her Middle Grade book, POSSUM SUMMER, and is having an awesome World Blog Tour where I answer some questions and she answers some questions, so read on to find out secrets about both of us. For the record, I would like to say I have a lot of possums where I live and I do think they are awesome. Except sometimes their eyes freak me out. And their tails. And their little teeth. I mean, not like I ever got close up and looked right at their teeth. . .

JKB: Dude, go back to your cave. You're on a tight deadline. I can take it from here.

ASK: You mean I can't procrastinate here for a minute by writing a fake dialogue between us? Something witty?

JKB: If you really want. But that would be counterproductive. I mean, this isn't really about you.

ASK: But isn't everything about me?

JKB: *smacks Amy* Go to your cave. Write your book.

ASK: *Rubs head and slinks back to windowless cave*

Welcome to the POSSUMS ARE AWESOME blog tour for the middle-grade book, POSSUM SUMMER, coming out THIS MONTH HOLY COW! 
(Have you preordered yet?)
The fabulous, prize-winning and super all round girl A.S. King, she of the pirates and ghosts, allowed me to hijack her blog for today. (She is so awesome) And she's got a secure new fan in my P!
First off, a little about the book:

a lonely kid.
an orphaned baby possum.
a dad that says no way.
how do you keep that kind of secret?

and what happens when you’re found out?

Here we go!
ASK: When you write, do you wear shoes?

JKB: Nope!
Wait. You want more? *g* I never liked shoes. If I didn't have to, I wouldn't wear them anywhere, but it gets gross in town. So I wear them. Outside. But inside, I am a shoeless barbarian.

ASK: What was your favorite toy as a kid?

JKB: I had a cookie monster I loved more than my sister, brother, mother and father most of the time. Don't judge.

ASK: What experiences in your own life helped you write POSSUM SUMMER?

JKB: Well, my pet possum helped me, by giving me the shape of things to come. (Did you get the BSG reference?) (No?) (Oh.) And I lived on a farm, so I know the sorts of hijinks that can ensue when a rather determined girl decides to try and hide a wild animal she's decided to have as her pet.

Princess: It's the PIRATE LADY! Hi, PIRATE LADY!

JKB: P, look. You be nice here.

P: When am I not nice? I am the nicest kid you will ever see! Really! What's you like to eat, Miss King? Probably something cool, because you're the PIRATE LADY.

ASK: My favorite meal is corn pie. Toss in apple dumplings for dessert and you've got my dream meal.

P: What's corn pie? Do pirates eat it? That sounds good! You wouldn't believe the things people eat around the internet. Raw fish was the worst of it. Corn pie sounds do-able. What do you like to do as an activity, then?

ASK: I love to write. But that's too I love to do sudoku and work out. But not at the same time.

P: What. In. The. World. Is. Sudoku. *looks it up* Word games! You know, that sounds neat! My teacher says I have a problem with silent consonants. Maybe that would help! What's really intresting about you, Miss King?

ASK: My most distinguishing feature is kind of obvious. I am ten feet tall and made out of metal. So I kind of stick out in a crowd. 

P: W-O-W. Really? You're a syborg? *JKB points out it is C-yborg, not S-yborg* No? Are you a centurion from Battlestar Galactica? No? *sigh* Don't matter. You are one funny lady. I drawed you as the best animal I know:

P: You are the only person that could be a hoot owl convincingly, as Jen says. There is nobody better qualified to be one. Have you ever heard a hoot owl? They have the nicest hoot in the bottoms. Why, one night I --

JKB: Thanks, man, for having me by! I appreciate it!

Jen K. Blom writes a
bout animals, the land, and kids, not necessarily in that order. Her debut, POSSUM SUMMER, is available March 2011.

Just the thing to give to a kid to start their summer of reading off right! (Available from your local indie, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or Book Depository!)

Seen the book trailer yet?

Want more POSSUMS ARE AWESOME blog tour tidbits? Go here and knock yourself out!


Stephen Parrish said...

Obviously Amy will allow anyone in here. Love the owl, Jen!

JKB said...

Thanks for having me, bud!!! :-DDDD
You are amazing!