January 9, 2009

FAKETASTIC RELEASE WEEK INTERVIEW WITH...TERA LYNN CHILDS!


WOW! What a great release week it’s been for FAKETASTIC—thanks in large part to all the awesome people (you!) who’ve been dropping by to check out the interviews and giveaways and to offer best wishes and congrats (YOU GUYS ROCK!). I’ve been having a blast and hope you have too.

Now, to bring this week’s party to a close (don’t worry, there will be more fun next Monday and Tuesday…after all it IS a release WEEK, right?), I’m thrilled to welcome one of my BCFs (best cyber friends) Tera Lynn Childs (aka TLC). If you’ve gotten the impression that authors are beyond gracious and kind (not including me, of course), wait till you meet Tera. She’s like the QUEEN of Nice (but in a good way—not in, like, a doormatty way. I mean, she is from Texas and you know you don’t mess with Texas...right? ;-). She’s also got this incredible creativity, with a mind full of brilliant and exquisite ideas and ways of looking at the world. And, in my opinion, she has one of the best titles for a teen novel EVER (Oh. My. Gods.).

Alright then! I’m going to let Tera take it away now. Remember to leave a comment on this post for a chance to win Tera’s fabulous book!

WIN! WIN! WIN!

Before we get into all the personal questions (!), please tell us about your book(s), what you're working on now, and anything else you'd like to say about the professional you.
My first book, OH. MY. GODS. (about a cross-country running California girl struggling to find her place at a school for the descendants of Greek gods) came out last May in hardcover and will release in paperback this May. The sequel, GODDESS BOOT CAMP (which takes place the following summer) comes out in June. (It's available for pre-order now!)

How many best friends have you had in your life—and how did you meet them?
Official best friends? One. In high school. We met during a history project freshman year and were pretty inseparable until graduation. I have had a couple of other super close friends (we just never called ourselves "best" friends) over the years, one in elementary school, one in college, one in graduate school, and one I met through my local writing group who is like a sister.

Are they still in your life—and if so, how are the relationships today?
My writing friend and I see each other at least once a week (I babysit her toddler) and talk on the phone almost every day. Of the other four, I'm casually in touch with my friends from high school and college through MySpace and Facebook. I owe my friend from grad school a snail mail from way back. I just recently located the snail mail addy for my friend from elementary school, so I need to break out the postage stamps.

Have you ever lied to protect a friend? Details, please…
If I have, it was only to prevent a socially awkward situation. (Like, "Oh, so-and-so is sick and couldn't make it.") Nothing major. I guess my friends have never asked me to, because I probably would. I'm steadfastly loyal.

What would you do if you had a crush on your friend's crush or—yikes!—her boyfriend?
Zip my lip. I'm notoriously chatty about my crushes, but if that crush belonged to a friend first I would never, ever admit it. Besides, forbidden love from afar is romantic.

What do you consider to be the ultimate friendship betrayal?
Hmmm. Like I said, I'm very loyal, so I consider *any* betrayal pretty ultimate. I'm pretty trusting, too, so if a friend betrayed that trust by lying or talking about me behind my back or letting me down one too many times (Prologues don't count, A, I promise), well, I think that would be it for me and that friend.

Under what circumstances would you actually break up with a best friend (and have those circumstances ever occurred?!)?
Being the ultra-non-confrontational person that I am, instead of "breaking up" with a friend I would just remove myself from their life. So if I stop responding to your emails, then, um, well ... you get the picture. (Caveat: Sometimes I take a long time to respond, and that doesn't necessarily mean I'm breaking up with you.)

What does the word FAKETASTIC mean to you?
"One may smile, and smile, and be a villain." (From Shakespeare's Hamlet.) Mental image of a woman who smiles to your face and then stabs you in the back.

Anything you'd like to add?
I would like to note that I am generally opposed to all things fake (fake people, fake butter, fake Renaissance paintings), especially if they are trying to pass themselves off as genuine. But I wholeheartedly approve of all things FAKETASTIC!

Awww, don't you just LOVE this woman? I do! (And I mean that genuinely.)

A huge thanks to Tera for stopping by, for giving away a copy of her fabulous book and for just being an all-around-phenom. TERA-4-LIFE!

Have a great weekend everyone, and I'll see you back here on Monday for more interviews and giveaways.

XO

25 comments:

bridget3420 said...

Sounds like a great read! Count me in. Thanks and have a great weekend!

bridget3420(at)yahoo(dot)com

taytaybrit13 said...

I've read the book and am in love with it. GO GODDESSES.

sassybaby33633@gmail(dot)com

Diana Dang said...

Amazing interview! I have wanted to try Oh.My.Gods for awhile but never had the chance!

Hillary said...

enter me. Great interview. I loved reading it.

sweetmelissa818 said...

These sound great!

mindymo said...

I like her! loved the interview! :)

Shalonda said...

I have to say that Tera seems to be like the kind of best friend you'd want on your side-loyal, honest, and genuine.

Not sure how I've not managed to read this yet, but I would absolutely love to!

Bookworm said...

Love her! She's a fab writer, too! I can't wait for the OH.MY.GODS sequel to come out!

Chelsea said...

Great interview! I've really been wanting to read Oh.My.Gods, so enter me in the contest! :) Thanks. And happy release week, Alexa!

God-Lift-The-Fallen-Angel said...

Seems like a nice person. And the book sounds nice. Count me in too.

By the way, I've been trying to find Faketastic but neither Hastings or Wal-mart had it.

Thao said...

I'd love to read the book. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway : )

katayoun said...

i would love to be entered!

Melissa Walker said...

Don't enter me, but I wanted to say that Tera sounds like the kind of friend ANYONE would want. Happy end of release week, Alexa!!

Paradox said...

Awesome interview!!! I read Oh. My. Gods. and LOVED it! So if I don't win a copy in this contest, I will buy a copy when it comes out in paperback (love both covers!) I will also read Goddess Boot Camp when it comes out... or before, if I can get my hands on an ARC.

Jojo said...

haha awesome :) her book sounds good I might check it out!

kalea_kane said...

Great interview with Tera! She seriously sounds like a rockin friend.

Laina said...

I want this so badly, I just haven't had the chance to get it yet.

Laina1312@gmail.com

ihateveggies said...

The book sounds really interesting. I'd love to join. =)

tetewa said...

I'd like to be included, count me in! tWarner419@aol.com

rimasbookjournal said...

Sounds pretty interesting.
Count me in!

rimasbookjournal@yahoo.com

rimasbookjournal said...

Sounds pretty interesting.
Count me in!

rimasbookjournal@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, you have absolutely NO idea how much i want to read this book! Enter me please!

Grace L

Book Spot said...

I love reading everyone's different definitions of Faketastic!

cecilia said...

Descended from Greek Gods? If only I was that lucky!

cecilia // cecpham@gmail.com

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