On Saturday the 26th, Penguin Teen On Tour made it’s way to my favorite indie bookshop, Red Balloon. I was beyond exited, and honestly really nervous as Penguin had offered me the ability to interview Sabaa Tahir, author of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, in person.
All you bloggers out there will agree that we often have the barrier of e-mail or even the phone to shield of from doing, or saying something totally stupid, so when you sit in front of a New York Times Bestseller and have only fifteen minutes, you’d better be prepared.
Obviously it would stand to reason that I sent days planning, researching and coming up with the PERFECT questions. Not so much. See I was so worried, I kept putting it off, think of things and saying to myself “I’ll remember that.”, and that never works. So I called in my part-time co-blogger Katie, met her at a restaurant a few hours before the event and got creative.
The interview is in 3 extremely fun parts:
1. AN EMBER IN THE ASHESE Senior Superlatives
2. Rapid Fire Nerd Question
3. AN EMBER IN THE ASHES Custom Mad-Lib
An Ember In The Ashes Senior Superlatives
If you look back in your year book, or the year book of a friend you will likely find a page filled with “Most Likely To’s”. These are Senior Superlatives. Since the Mask’s are graduating this year, I figured this would be an appropriate activity. I gave Sabaa only one rule, she could only use each character once.
MOST LIKELY TO BE LATE TO THEIR OWN WEDDING: Keenan
MOST LIKELY TO OWE YOU MONEY: Izzie
MOST LIKELY TO MAKE A PACT WITH THE DEVIL TO NEVER AGE: No one, many would make a pact with him, but not to never age.
MOST LIKELY TO KNOW ALL THE MOVES TO THE MACARENA: Ferris
MOST LIKELY TO PROVE MEN CAN THRIVE LIVING IN CAVES: Elias
Rapid Fire Nerd Questions
If you’ve read Sabaa’s author bio before, of spent any time reading her tweets or checking out her Tumblr page you will know that she is a self-proclaimed nerd, and owner of many socks. I gave her 4 rapid fire questions that touched on these topics, and here is what happened:
FAVORITE COMIC BOOK HERO?
FAVORITE COMIC BOOK VILLIAN?
FAVORITE PAIR OF SOCKS?
They are covered with mindless, happy sharks with their mouths open.
All my Harry Potter paraphernalia, simple because of the sheer amount of it.
An Ember In The Ashes Custom Mad-Lib
Who doesn't love Mad-Libs? Katie and I took the synopsis off the back of the hard cover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and made it into a mad-lib for Sabaa. She knew she was doing one, and that it had to do with her book, but had no idea what the chosen section was until I read it to her
Here is the mad lib version, followed by the regular version.
Mad Lib Version. Words in RED are the ones she replaced by request.
I’ll tell you everything I tell every monkey.
The Madagascar has tried to leap this dragon countless times, I have slapped it every time.
If you are punching with Elsa, if you contact them, if you think of spelunking them, I will know and I will toilet paper you.
I will tell you the same thing I tell every slave. The resistance has tried to penetrate this school countless times. I have discovered it every time. if you are working with the resistance, if you contact them, if you think of contacting them, I will know and I will destroy you.
About The Author
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family. http://www.sabaatahir.com
Thank you so much to Sabaa for taking time out of her busy day to sit in a back storage room and chat with me. I had a blast, and am so happy you did as well! And Thank you to my friends at Penguin for this amazing opportunity!!