Book Giveway – Mission (Un)Popular by Anna Humphrey

Welcome to Author Anna Humphrey!

Biography:

Anna Humphrey is the author of Rhymes with Cupid and Mission (Un)Popular—both books for young adults. She lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.

http://www.annahumphrey.com/
Author Interview:

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Passive Aggressive Girl! I have a bad habit of not being direct with people when I’m upset about something. Working on that one.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Fancy vanilla, like Häagen-Dazs, with the real flecks of vanilla bean in it.

Night owl, or early bird?
I’m more of a middle-of-the-day macaw.

One food you would never eat?
Lobsters and crabs gross me out a lot. I know people swear they’re delicious when dipped in garlic butter, but they look like giant bugs to me.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Practice writing every day if possible. You’d never pick up a violin, mess around with it a little here and there, and then expect to be allowed to play in an orchestra. In the same way, I don’t think many people can reach a level where their material is publishable without putting in their hours (and weeks, and months, and years) of practice.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’d love to write a book for younger readers. Seven- to nine-year-olds, specifically. I have a project on the go, but it’s still in the very early stages.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Someplace warm and sunny, but not too warm… and without mosquitoes. I don’t know if a place like that exists, but if so, I’d totally go.

What is your favorite Quote?
“When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you will see that, in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Kahlil Gibran.

Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
Oh yes. God, yes. Too much! I always set out trying to write characters who are very different from me—and, in many ways, they are—but my own experiences are always creeping into the details.

What’s the best advice anyone has ever given you?
When one of my friends was pregnant her midwife told her that some women who were ‘with child’ used to carry a jar of pickles around with them. That way, if their water broke in public, they could smash it on the ground and pretend they’d dropped it to avoid any embarrassment. That’s the absolute weirdest but most multi-purpose advice I’ve ever heard. Think about it! You don’t even have to be pregnant. No matter how bad or embarrassing a situation you might have gotten yourself into, if you were to suddenly smash a jar of pickles on the ground and run away, nobody would remember anything else you’d done!!

Favorite Candy?
Marshmallow bananas.

Nickname?
Anna Banana.

How do you react to a bad review?
I was so devastated by my first few bad reviews but now, mnah. It still hurts, but what can you do? No book is going to please everyone, and as long as you showed up at your computer every day determined to write the best pages possible, whether people love or hate the end result, I don’t think you’ve got anything to feel bad about.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A beautifully restored hundred-year-old house with a porch swing.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall. I love the colors and the crisp air. The only lame part about it is that winter always comes right after.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
We had dinner at this really disappointing hamburger restaurant. Come to think of it, I should probably ask for a do-over on that one, or at least do a better job of celebrating on my next publication date.

Finish the sentence- one book I wish I had written is….
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. I mean, have you read it? Wow.

Mission (Un)Popular:

Margot Button has a resolution for 7th grade: Be more normal. Easier said than done when you have –no best friend (sent to Catholic school because of your “bad influence”)–no new clothes (stepdad had a “moral objection” to his job)–no eyebrows (tweezer mishap)–improvised bangs (see above)–a new nickname (“Hamburglar”)–an unpaid afterschool job (babysitting the triplets–five days a week). Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day. If Margot can just learn to control her big mouth (and hair), there is hope.

The new girl, Em, needs a friend too. Plus she dresses like a rock star, is quick with comebacks, and actually has the guts to stand up to Evil Sarah. Em has an agenda for change at Manning Middle School and wants Margot on her side. Progress! So, okay, Em has a flexible relationship with the truth, and goes too far with her comebacks. And her secret campaign to turn the tables on Sarah’s clique may involve bending some laws. But after years of Sarah’s bullying, it’s hard for Margot to resist Em’s call to action. Margot’s approval rating is finally up, and well, it’s only fair to take the mean girls down a few notches…isn’t it?

Book Giveway:
1 copy of Mission (Un)Popular
Open to US & Canada
Ends 7/10/11

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