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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

7 Random Questions with Laura Gehl

Laura has written a picture book I can't wait to get my hands on. (It's available September 9th.) I've been critique partners with Laura for almost two years. Her work is always the perfect balance of clever and adorable. I think everyone will become a Laura Gehl fan.

To learn more about Laura, check out her website.

 7 Random Questions with Laura Gehl

1-What’s the last book you bought? 
On a bookstore trip with my kids this summer, my 6-year-old picked “Battle Bunny” and my 4-year-old picked “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse.”  My 10-year-old picked “The Lemonade War” and my 8-year-old chose “The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs.”  For myself, I recently bought Liane Moriarty’s “Big Little Lies” to read on my Kindle while on the exercise bike. 

2-If you had to dedicate your book to a thing (and not a person), what would that thing be? 
Definitely the public library!  How could I live without libraries???  Although a brownie sundae with hot fudge…source of much happiness, energy, and inspiration in my life…comes in second. 

3-What’s an interesting tidbit readers might not know about you or your books? 
I taught in Morocco for a year after college.  I have a story in the back of my head inspired by my time in Morocco…we’ll see if that story turns into a book one of these days.

4-If you could have any career, what would it be? (And it can’t be “author”.) 
Broadway star or principal dancer for the Boston Ballet.  It doesn’t matter that I can’t actually sing or dance, right?       

5-Do you prefer the sunrise or the sunset?
I’m not a morning person, so sunset for me.  However, my husband and I watched the sun rise above the clouds at the top of a mountain in Hawaii on our honeymoon, and that was spectacular.  Plus, it is easy to get up for the sunset in Hawaii if you live on the east coast, because the time change has you waking up at 4 am anyway.
6-What is the name of the protagonist in your work-in-progress? 
The protagonist in my middle grade work-in-progress is named Soup, short for Suprabhat.  Soup loves making colored smoke, exploding ketchup, and other cool science tricks.

7-What’s your favorite word? 
It’s a tie between bushwhack (so descriptive!) and defenestrate.  My kids vote for defenestrate, although they are annoyed that I will not allow them to defenestrate one other.