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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sensational 7 Q & A with Saundra Mitchell (Author of The Vespertine)!

Have you ever wanted to know what it would be like to hang out with your favorite author(s)? In an attempt to get a better understanding of authors, my Sensational Seven Q & A takes a closer or more personal look at these authors to give you a glimpse of the personalities behind the writing of your favorite books.

“Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saundra Mitchell is a longtime screenwriter and author. Shadowed Summer was her first novel for young adults. Harcourt Children's will publish her next two, The Vespertine and The Springsweet, in spring 2011 and 2012.

Shadowed Summer was the winner of the Society of Midland Author's Best Children's Fiction award, a 2010 Edgar® Award Nominee, a Junior Library Guild selection, and an ALAN Pick in 2009. Her short story "Ready to Wear" was nominated for a 2007 Pushcart Prize after appearing in Vestal Review Issue 27.

For almost fifteen years, she was the sole screenwriter for the Fresh Films and Girls in the Director's Chair short film series. In 2008, she became the Head Writer and an Executive Producer.

Ms. Mitchell lives in Indianapolis, with her husband and two children. Her current novel, The Vespertine is a first in a series and it's in stores now!

If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go / Why?
18th Dynasty Egypt--I want to figure out happened to King Tutankhamun. CSI: Egypt, dude!

Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Wind feeds flame, and Baltimore burns.

Please share with us about your favorite book and fictional crush to date?
I have about 9000 favorite books, depending on the day of the week. I'm answering this on a Tuesday, so my favorite book today is THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan. And I have a perpetual crush on Alan Ryves from THE DEMON'S LEXICON series by Sarah Rees Brennan. He's a badass with a book in one hand and a Glock in the other. What's not to love?

If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be / Why?
Dorian Gray, in for the debauchery, out before the violent ending. (Seriously, sometimes my answers are just not enlightening. I should learn to tell people I want to be Elizabeth Bennett because I aspire to wit or something. Though, if I aspired to wit, I probably would have already said that instead of answering Dorian Gray.)

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play thelead role as you/ Why?
Tina Fey. Because ladies of a certain nature get stuff done.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be – please explain?
I Learn Things the Hard Way (So You Don't Have To.) Which is pretty self-explanatory. I have a cautionary tale for just about everything. For example-- did you know that you can't use a remote entry key on a car that's already running? Well, you can't. So don't lock your keys in the car and leave it to warm up, expecting to use the remote to get back in.

How would you describe yourself/life in seven words?
DUDE OMG SERIOUSLY!? (No really, that's pretty much me in a nutshell.)


**Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?**
There are four elements: air, fire, water, earth. And there are three elementals in in THE VESPERTINE-- but the third has no idea the powers she possesses. She'll find out in THE SPRINGSWEET in 2012!

Thanks for stopping by Saundra!

For more information about Saundra Mitchell and her books, please visit her website here.


  1. Great interview. I loved Saundra's answers,especially picking Tina Fey to play her because she gets things done.

  2. Fabulous interview!
    I love the quote up top too!

  3. Nice interview. Saundra makes me laugh.

  4. Hilarious interview! Love the line about aspiring to wit; that is officially my answer to everything.
    "ZG, what are doing?"
    "Why, I'm aspring to wit!"
    "Looks like you eating a whole chocolate cake, to me."
    "yes, it would appear that way, but perhaps I am doing it wittily?"

  5. Like Saundra I have lots of favorite books and fictional crushes so its hard to pick just one.

  6. Awesome interview, can't wait to read this series.

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  7. Awesome interview! I can't wait to start this one.

  8. Thanks for the interview! I love this cover!

    Stephanie- thegirlonfire27
    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  9. That is so funny, CSI: Egypt. That would be one I would watch!

  10. "Dorian Gray" really surprised me...I'm definitely an Elizabeth.

  11. CSI: Egypt? Oh yeah, I'd SO watch that! lol. Yeah I wasn't expecting Dorian Gray but liked the originality of the answer. Fun interview! :D


  12. Love how she describes her life! Some days I think that could describe mine but because I have 3 kids! :)

  13. Fun interview! I love the life description of "DUDE OMG SERIOUSLY"! That's super awesome.

  14. CSI: Egypt would probably be my favourite show! Thanks for the awesome interview!

  15. hahaha I would go to Egypt too. I have/had a little obsession with the place!

  16. Your book sounds grea, Saundra! Oh, and Tina Fey is fab :-)

  17. ahaa, " DUDE OMG SERIOUSLY"
    meee too :)

  18. She sounds like such a fun person and i bet her book is ah-mazinnng :)


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