E-citing News!

If you don't win it, you should buy it.

Sarah Josepha Hale and I have quite a few things in common. 

Sarah wrote to support her family. So do I!

Sarah was a magazine editor. So am I!

Sarah never owned a Kindle. Neither do I!

That means that neither Sarah nor I have any idea how Sarah Gives Thanks looks on that itty bitty e-book screen. But I’m sure it looks awesome.

That’s my Big News! After a year-and-a-half of saying, “No, Sarah Gives Thanks is NOT available as an e-book,” that is no longer the case! So, hey, if you’re into that sort of thing, there you go!

As for me, I like all my books printed on paper. Why, you ask? Because I am a cantankerous, change-averse, old goat.

Self portrait.
Self portrait.

But, despite my inherent goatiness, I am happy that there is a much cheaper version of my book out there. Whatever encourages more people to learn about Sarah Josepha Hale is always OK by me.

I am certain that Sarah  — with whom I share so much in common — would feel the same way.

"I enthusiastically endorse this service or product."  -- Sarah Josepha Hale
“Sure. Whatever.” — Sarah Josepha Hale

 

Five Irrelevant Questions for David Gardner

David Gardner, or as I like to call him, Mr. Awesome.
David Gardner, or as I like to call him, Mr. Awesome.

Thanksgiving is upon us, so I thought it would be fun to interview the wonderful illustrator of Sarah Gives Thanks, David Gardner!

This plan’s only snag is that I had already interviewed him last year.

So instead of asking David about the book or his profession, I thought I’d come up with questions that had nothing to do with anything. Enjoy!

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You have 30 minutes to prepare for the coming zombie apocalypse. How would you use this time?

I’d start by saying the Serenity Prayer repeatedly. Once I accepted the idea that this was one of those “things I cannot change,” I’d look around and see what I was leaving undone. (Unlike Brad Pitt, I’m not prone to feel I have much power to overcome a bunch of zombies.)

I’d realize that 30 minutes isn’t long enough to finish revising my Great American Novel, so I’d call my sisters and my friends and tell them I love them. I’d hug my partner and our dogs close and tell them I love them, too. Then I’d insist we watch the Chuckles the Clown’s funeral episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show for the last time. It’s best to go out laughing.

zombies

You are given the chance to yell at any historical figure. Who would you choose and what would you say?

Millard Fillmore. I’d shout, “What are you, crazy?! Would it kill you to listen to that nice Mrs. Hale and declare Thanksgiving a national holiday? What have you got to lose? Nobody’s gonna remember your presidency, anyway.”

My gal.

Which extinct animal would you keep as a pet?

Saber-toothed tiger. That should protect me against the coming zombie apocalypse.

But – could I get somebody else to clean the litter box? Is Wilma Flintstone included in this deal?

If you could have a small speaking part (one to three lines) in any motion picture, which movie and role would you select?

The Butler. I’d be great playing Oprah’s white love child. I’d even let her slap me.

God grants you a one-question interview. Which mystery of the universe would you solve?

I’d want to know: Is life really a big classroom? Are we here to learn and evolve into more loving men and women, or are we here to just enjoy life?

I’m guessing this would happen after the zombie thing, so hopefully I won’t regret the half-hour I spent watching Chuckles the Clown.

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Now it’s your turn! Leave me an answer to any one of these questions in the comment section! I do so love your comments.

And happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Win My Book! Woo! Part Two: Thankful Boogaloo

"Is it true that Mike's book was given a star by Kirkus, Mama?" "It is true Sarah dear."
“Is it true that Mike’s book was given a starred review by Kirkus, Mama?”
It’s true, Sarah dear.”

Yep, for the third week in a row, I’m asking you to visit another blog.

I’d feel a little guilty about doing this if the blogs weren’t fantastic – but they ARE!

Susanna Leonard Hill, perhaps the most selfless person on the planet, has interviewed me! If you leave a comment over at her place by Wednesday, you will be entered in a random drawing to win a free copy of SARAH GIVES THANKS!

The Grand (and only) Prize!
The Grand (and only) Prize!

So get going and good luck!

Oh, but you probably want extra copies for your family and friends, right? So while you’re waiting for Susanna’s contest results, feel free to buy the book here!

I’ll stop shilling the book now.