A special welcome to Laura DeBruce who has stopped by to answer a few questions. Let's get started. If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
So many of my favorite characters are in extreme and desperate situations that it’s hard to say I would like to be any of them…
What is the first curse word that comes to mind? How often and why do you use it?
As the author of a YA series, I’m not sure I should answer this question! Suffice to say that it’s not a nice one and I use it when I’m really angry or badly startled.
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
Most likely on travel and renting a really beautiful house on the sea someplace.
Do you have a crush on anyone?
I just got done reading The Goldfinch and I have a literary crush on Theo Decker, the book’s narrator, as well as his wild Russian friend, Boris. Boris is the proverbial bad boy with a passionate soul so he’d be trouble in real life. Other crushes from books include Joe Kavalier from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Kolya from City of Thieves.
Best movie ever made?
So many movies to see, so little time! I can’t judge the best movie ever made. I love documentary films and action movies and dramas and certain comedies. When my son was small, I rediscovered the joy of animated films. Some of my favorite films are Thelma & Louise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Slumdog Millionaire, The Piano, The Hurt Locker to name a few.
One of my all-time favorite movies is Shrek. My husband and I did work for DreamWorks when DreamWorks was just starting out. We licensed DreamWorks’ films in Central Europe and Russia. The man we reported to described Shrek as a film about a big, fat, smelly ogre who falls in love with a princess who turns out to be a big, fat, smelly ogre. I remember listening to him politely and thinking, who would ever want to watch that film? Then the movie came out and I absolutely loved the humor and the acting and the message of the story. My favorite part is when Fiona and Shrek kiss and she twirls around thinking that she’s going to turn back into a real all-the-time princess and that Shrek will become a handsome prince. Instead, she becomes a permanent ogre and she says, “But I don’t understand. I’m supposed to be beautiful.” And Shrek says, “But you are beautiful.” Which she is.
Tell us a little bit about your book, The Riddle of Prague.
The contents of that flask could change the fate of the world. When a ruthless enemy kidnaps her family Hana has to find the flask to rescue them. On her quest she meets a mysterious man with a penchant for poetry, a Gypsy girl with a haunting past, and Alex, an all-American boy who’s trying to save his sister from a crippling disease. It’s hard to trust anyone when the stakes are this high — especially when surrounded by experts in deception.
There’s only one flask, and Hana desperately needs to find it.
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About the Author:
She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and son and an unruly Golden Retriever.
Buy the book at Amazon.