As I said on my post with Jeffrey Koterba, I’m a member of the Amazon Vine program, which means I get to pick out books to review. I picked out a YA book called Pilgrim’s Don’t Wear Pink. I thought it looked fun. And I was right! As I wrote in my Amazon review, we finally have a fun, intelligent, history-loving YA heroine, with nary a vampire in sight. Libby Kelting is GREAT role model for girls.
As I did with Jeff, I asked the author, the adorable Stephanie Kate Strohm, to sign my book. And she did. And she agreed to answer The Questions. So, without further ado, here is Stephanie Kate:
3. If you could trade places with anyone for a week, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would trade places with Marie Antoinette – before the revolution, obviously. Just for a week of parties and crazy ball gowns! Basically I just want to get at her closet. And get my minuet on.
4. What’s the worst meal you’ve ever eaten and where?
The worst meal I ever had was actually created by me. I made a soup out of orange juice and various random things, then served it to my sister and our next door neighbor. It was beyond terrible. In my defense, I was eight, but that soup was still pretty criminal.
8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now?
Little Women was my favorite book as a kid. Jo March is the reason I started writing in 4th grade, and I still consider the fact that (spoiler alert!) Jo refused Laurie’s proposal the greatest literary tragedy of all time. Wuthering Heights became my favorite book in high school, and it still is to this day.
9. What is a guilty pleasure?
The Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. I. Am. OBSESSED. And I just got into Bachelor Pad, which is way guiltier and less pleasurable. I know it’s ridiculous, but I can’t stop watching. I just love it! Now, if I could watch the Bachelorette while eating the chocolate peanut butter cookie from Levain Bakery, that would be the guiltiest pleasuriest guilty pleasure in the world! (Also, if you are anywhere near New York City, go to the Levain Bakery! These cookies will change your life. They are the size of softballs and totally ooey gooey.)
(dSavannah note: Jeff also mentioned chocolate as a guilty pleasure. I wonder how many other people will say the same thing? Also, I checked out the bakery website. Now I want cookies. And how.)
10. Who was the last person you texted? What did you say? Did they respond?
My boyfriend texted me “Which is the love line and which is the life line?” I texted back “I think the top is love but not totally sure.” Turns out I was right! So now my boyfriend can read palms, I guess.
28. Lara Croft or Wonder Woman? Why?
Wonder Woman, no question. First of all, her outfit is way better. That’s how you do a bold, primary color palette, people. Second of all, to steal from Sex and the City, even her accessories have powers! Whenever I stayed home sick from school as a kid I always watched old episodes of the Wonder Woman TV show, so she will always have a special place in my heart. And possibly as my next Halloween costume.
(dSavannah note: Ironically, a friend posted this photo on Facebook just today. So I *knew* I needed to include it in this post. And seriously, who doesn’t want to be Wonder Woman?!?!!!)
29. You have 24 hours left to live. How will you spend it?
I would grab my dog and my boyfriend and fly to Paris, where we would eat pastries at sidewalk cafes. All of the pastries.
29. a. Turns out you heard the doctor wrong: you actually have 24 years left. How will you spend it?
After finding out I had 24 years to live, we would travel all over the world. Eating more pastries, natch. And then I would dedicate the rest of my time to trying to meet Dolly Parton and Kate Middleton.
About Stephanie Kate Strohm
Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of Pilgrim’s Don’t Wear Pink, a YA novel that tells the story of high school history nerd Libby’s summer spent working at a living history museum – that might be haunted. The sequel, Confederates Don’t Wear Couture, comes out in April 2013. (dSavannah note: I can’t wait to read it!)
Stephanie grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in New York City with a huge shoe collection and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee. (dSavannah note: I asked, and SKS told me that her dog is actually named after Marilyn Monroe’s character in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – because she had little blonde ears when she was a baby!)
Photograph copyright Melissa Lynn 2011.