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Author Interview: Jen K Blom

I am thrilled to have author Jen K. Blom here to tell us a little about her upcoming book.  And she didn’t just come alone.  Her main character, Princess, joins us later, so read on for a middle-grade book I’m so excited to read!
Welcome to the POSSUMS ARE AWESOME blog tour for the middle-grade book, POSSUM SUMMER, coming out in March! (Have you preordered yet?)
Super mom Marissa, who has a wonderful MG book coming out HERSELF soon, (!) was kind enough to host a spot on my tour. She is full of sugar and sparkles, and so I brought the Salty Kid to help balance out Marissa’s pure awesomeness!
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!
MB: What accompanies your writing process?

JKB: Oh, cool question! I had to sit and think about this. For awhile I thought setting – I do the best writing when I only have a set amount of time, like on the train, or when the baby is sleeping.
But then I realized Dr Pepper is always there. I love Dr Pepper. One book I shall definitely list Dr Pepper in the acknowledgements. So sugary AND it fights stress, too!

MB: I so hear you about writing better when pressed for time.  Who needs a muse?  A frazzled mom with 45 minutes while baby is napping will do just as well.  And, thank you very much, I want a Dr. Pepper RIGHT NOW.
What was your favorite book when you were P’s age? Why?

JKB: *in awe* Well. My favorite horse book was Farley’s FURY books. I count horse books as separate because I campaigned and CAMPAIGNED to get my own horse, it seems like forever and forever! I eventually prevailed, but didn’t *own* my first horse until I was in college. There is a distinct difference between owning and just having one, too!
My favorite regular book was “Summer of the Monkeys”. I read Rawl’s other book (Where the Red Fern Grows) only one time, because it struck me so deeply. I was all sorts of traumatized. But I particularly loved his description and the setting. I could envision going down to the bottoms with Jay Berry and his dog.
He was one of my closest friends, that character.

MB: Oh, WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS.  I remember sneaking it into bed to read with a flashlight and sobbing later that night.  But I haven’t read the FURY books or SUMMER OF THE MONKEYS, so thanks for the recommendations!
What was the most fun scene to write in the book? Why?

JKB: I think probably this one scene … imagine rabies traveling through the area … a cow that *might* have it … a kid that uses the wrong sorts of leaves after he goes to the bathroom … and a girl that has some rope and one very scared possum. It was a great scene to write! I still giggle when I read it.
Princess: It was funny.
JKB: You be nice, Miss P.
P: When am I not nice? When? Just because Mart — *pauses* That’s what I thought! I am nice all the time! Now, Miss Marissa who has the prettiest name ever (can you imagine a name like PRINCESS? What was my mama thinking?) what do you like to eat?

MB: So we’re going from rabies and bathroom leaves (I admit, I’m intrigued) to favorite foods?  I’m in.  I’d have to say lasagna. Yum!
P: FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY a lady that likes lasagna! You wouldn’t believe the pure amounts of people that like drinks, or chocolates, or something! YAY for lasagna! I’m so glad! What do you like to do?

MB: Reading. Hands down. I’m a total book nerd.
P: Reading! I heard a lot of that. I like reading too, lots! But not on the innernet. Don’t like that. What’s really interesting about you?
MB: Hmmm.  I have long hair.  I think this might be from my little-girl admiration for Crystal Gayle, but mine only goest o my waist.
P: Wow! To your waist! Let me tell you, you better not go riding any donkeys with that long of hair! My donkey Jezebel would probably EAT it! But *quick look at Jen* I drew you as this:

P: An egret! When you said that about your hair I just thought that the egret is the best thing for you! Not that your hair is white, or that you have skinny legs with only three toes, but they are SO pretty, I just love them! Don’t you?

JKB: Marissa, you’ve been a dear! Thank you so much for your patience! 😀
MB: I LOVE the drawing, Miss P!  Now I’ll have to brave the internet and find out all I can about egrets.  I can’t wait to meet you on the pages of POSSUM SUMMER. 
And thanks so much to Jen and Princess for joining us! 

Jen K. Blom writes about 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?

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