1. The best thing Carol ever did was have her daughters.
2. The first thing Carol remembers writing was a play about an alcoholic and a dancer at a bar. Costumes included her nana’s short nighties. Score included new words to to a well-known song (this ability to change up words comes in handy when Carol is old). There was dancing and a lot of crying. The audience of one (Nana), clapped . . . a lot. And never guffawed.
3. On two different occasions, Carol used her daughters’ names, and the names of two boys as love interests. Years later, she made the connection that real life boyfriends were names in those early books.
4. One critique of The Chosen One was that someone thought that the use of books was a way of manipulating librarians. Carol says good books helped save her life. It was only natural for books to save Kyra’s life.
5. Carol is ready to start two new novels. She scared of both of them–but excited to get started.
What are the titles of your books?
Kelly and Me
The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson
If I Forget, You Remember
Christmas in Heaven
A Mother to Embarrass Me
25 Games You Can Play on a Checkerboard
Pretty Like Us
The Chosen One
Miles from Ordinary (forthcoming)
10 plus titles for Latter-day Saints
What are the names of your daughters?
(And yes, I have used their names in my books. So there.)
What are three good bits of advice for writers who want to publish?
Read like crazy.
Write every day.
Listen carefully to criticism.
Was getting your MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults worth your time and money?
The further I get away from graduation (’08), the more happy I am that I pursued this degree. I had excellent teachers, wonderful classmates, and I laughed. A lot. I’m also quite glad that I went to school at Vermont College. Woot woot!!!!!
Is the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference still going on?
It sure is. Our next conference is the second full week of June. I’ll get info up as soon as I get things more confirmed.
What are a few of your awards?
Utah Arts Original Writing Contest, Nebraska Golden Sower Award, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant YA Readers, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, PEN Award Nominee, Children’s Literature Choice List, “HM” for Newton Books Best Books of the Year, IRA Teacher’s Choice book, Selected Book for the Social Studies, Five-star Amazon Books Reader’s Review, Top Ten Romance Book for Booklist, Book for the Teen-Age New York Public Library List, Children’s Book Council Showcase, AML Winner Children’s Category, Top Ten Barnes and Noble Book, Book for the Teen-Age List New York Public Library List, PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, Whitney Award, Scholastic Book Pick for Humor, Audie Winner, and has had books on many state reading lists.