MaureenMcGowan

My Zombie Apocalypse Team

There’s a meme going around on Facebook right now where you go to your profile and form your Zombie Apocalypse Team from the first seven people listed on your friend list (FB randomly changes this list all the time…)

Mine was just too awesome not to share and comment on, and I couldn’t get it all in the 500 characters you’re allowed in a FB status update. :)

My Zombie Apocalypse Team:

Sidekick: Lisa McMann (HOW AWESOME IS THAT?? Lisa is the sidekick of my wildest dreams. I’d be lucky to be her sidekick. :)

Heavy Weapons: Amanda Coppedge Bosky (AWESOME! She knows about zombies. I’ve seen her reading the manual! For real! I’m Golden!!!)

The Idiot Who Survives: Kaylin McFarren (She’s a tough cookie. And so not an idiot. Glad you survive, Kaylin. :)

Sniper: Kristen Millar (I’m glad I got at least one family member on my team. And my cousin’s got good aim, I’ll bet. :)

The One Who Loses It: Christine Enta (Oh, this is funny. Sorry Christine. But a chick lit writer is the one who loses it??? Oh, the stereotyping.)

The Brains: Loreth Anne White (and it gets better and better. Loreth writes suspense! LOVE my team. Loreth definitely has the knowledge and brains to save us! YAY!)

First To Die: Megan Crewe (Oh, no!!!!! Megan, I’m sure you’ll die saving the rest of my awesome Zombie Apocalypse Team. :)

My Zombie Apocalypse Team rocks! We are going to kick a lot of zombie ass!

Interviewed at The Write Stuff

I have been such a bad blogger **flogs self**.

Today I was interviewed at The Write Stuff by the lovely Brittany Rochelle whom I was introduced to by good writer-friend Marilyn Brant.  Brittany asked some great questions, and I’m particularly happy with this interview, which I did back in June. I do believe I answered her questions while I was preparing my workshop for the RWA National conference in New York and the interview includes some good (if I do say so myself) advice for aspiring authors.

Check it out if you have a chance. Interview here.

Tomorrow (July 19) she’s posting her review and hosting a giveaway.

How’s everyone’s summer going? Hot enough for you? 😉

The Magazine

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior is featured in the summer issue of The Magazine! Read by hundreds of thousands of Canadian kids. :)

Just heard this. Will be running to a news stand to buy a copy, ASAP. :)

And how funny that the “Kind of Like” comparable they use is Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer.

Space Cadet

I seem to be forgetting a lot of things lately. To many things on my mind? Not enough?

Last evening I had a ticket to see a screening and discussion of Double Indemnity as part of the CBC/Tiff “Books on Film Club” and forgot. Around 5:30 or 6:00 (would have still been plenty of time to get home, grab ticket, and rush over to Tiff Bell Lightbox… I thought, Hmmm… maybe I’ll go see a movie.

Went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, mostly because it was the one starting. Was bored, bored, bored, bored. Not sure why. Was it just my mood? Did others enjoy this movie?

Bursting out All Over

I’ve been all over the interweb these past few weeks and haven’t been doing a great job of keeping up with it all. Why can’t time stop for a day so I can get caught up?

That said, today, I’m thrilled to be featured on NYT Bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog Cynsations as part of her New Voices program.

I’m also blogging at the Chick Lit Writers of the World about how Hollywood stereotypes female friendships and how much I liked Bridesmaids.

And there are still some giveaways going on, too!

Black and Blue Ink Enter by June 8th

Books, Thoughts and a Few Adventures Enter by June 1st

To Read or Not To Read Enter by June 3rd

Red House Books Enter by June 3rd

Books at Midnight Enter by June 3rd

My Chaotic Ramblings Not sure of deadline. Still open today.

Cornucopia of Reviews Enter by June 5th

The Book Rat Enter by May 31st

Blog Tour

I’m on tour! Well, a virtual one. One where there are fewer hotel rooms and plane rides. :)

Stop by and say hi if you have a chance. I’ll make it worth your while. Many of the stops feature giveaways. :)

It continues through the end of the month, but here are this week’s stops.

May 10

Tasha A Trillion Books  Interview

Katie A Book Obsession  Giveaway

Jazz About Books Blog   Review  (Love this review. :)

May 11

Irena This Miss Loves To Read  Interview & Giveaway

May 12

Kristen Seeing Night Book Reviews  Interview & Giveaway

Jenny Dreaming of Books  Interview & Giveaway

May 13

Debbie Debs Book Bag   Giveaway & Guest Post

Stella Book Lovers  Interview & Giveaway

Thanks so much to the fabulous Ginger and Mana at Silver Dolphin Books and to Premier Virtual Author Book Tours for setting this up for me. Thanks to to all the book bloggers. I <3 book bloggers.

Talking about Twisting Tales

I’m thrilled to be guest blogging at the Indigo Teen Blog today. (For those of you not in Canada, Indigo is the biggest bookseller in Canada.)

The wonderful editors there asked me to talk about the process of updating the fairy tales and adding reader interaction.

I’d love it if you stopped by! Indigo Teen Blog!

Is Hanna YA?

I saw Hanna last week. Definitely a story I wish I’d written. Totally up my alley in terms of the kinds of stories I’m trying to write writing right now….

But it got me thinking about what makes a book or movie Young Adult vs adult. It’s not just about the age of the protagonist. I’ve seen discussions on the topic before that made sense to me and if memory serves the differentiations had to do with the themes explored etc. but I don’t think there are any obvious answers. It might be “you know it when you see it” and it might simply be a marketing decision. Some books, like the Harry Potter series and Twilight and The Hunger Games are clearly YA in my mind, but they get read by a ton of adults. But not all YA stories appeal to adults.

And I think with this current “hot trend” in YA a lot of books/stories are being released as YA that five or so years ago would have been published as adult books, regardless of the age of the protagonist.

Some books that come to mind that have kid protagonists but feel more like adult books to me include: Room, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, and The Book Thief. I recently bought a new YA, Between Shades of Gray, that I’m really looking forward to reading, and I suspect it might fall into that category, too. Certainly the topic feels adult to me, even though it was on the teen shelf at Indigo. (Thanks to new writer friend, Angela Cerrito, for pointing me to this book. Angela’s debut novel The End of the Line has just been released, BTW. Angela’s book it has a thirteen y/o protagonist but an adult sounding subject. Cannot WAIT to read.)

But back to Hanna and whether it’s YA. I did a post a while back about True Grit and how I thought it was kind of crazy that it was being marketed as an adult Western, with Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon as the stars, when clearly, to me, it was a young adult story with Hailee Steinfeld as its star…

Another book and movie that just sprang to mind is The Lovely Bones. I loved that book. LOVED it. And although the main character was young (and dead) I thought of it as an adult book. But I’ll bet if it had been first released now, instead of in 2002, that it would have been released as YA. And they marketed the movie as YA, didn’t they? And it kind of bombed as a movie. I admit I haven’t seen it, which is shocking because I see a lot (a ton) of films and was really looking forward to that one, until I started hearing negative things. Did they tame it down while trying to make it more of a teen story?? Does anyone know?

And then there’s Hanna, with the same wonderful lead actress as The Lovely Bones, Saoirse Ronan. And while this story is clearly about a teen girl, and has fairy tale elements to it… To me it was completely an adult story.

Not sure I fully understand why I think this. Can’t wait to discuss.

Anyone else seen Hanna? Thoughts? We’ve been talking about this over at DWT if you want to join the discussion there.