Monday, November 22, 2010

Award-Winning Author, Helen Frost + Giveaway

Once in a great while, I come across an author whose work is so stunning, I feel compelled to let everyone know about it. So I was honored when Helen Frost agreed to participate in this author interview.

Then she graciously offered to give away a book. The winner will choose which one. And there are many. Visit her website to learn more about them:

The contest is open internationally. Just comment below and send me an e-mail (view full profile for link) with your address. I will contact the winner on November 29th.

On Writing:

Favorite thing about writing a first draft:
The sense of discovery

Best thing about writing for kids and/or teens:
Remembering different ages with clarity and affection

Favorite word?
Each one is my favorite when it's in its own right place.
okay, and: kaakatakilenkwia (the Myaamia word for butterfly)

One word that describes your path to publication:

If I could have two dream careers, I’d be an author and:
Maybe a marine biologist or an entomologist

On Life:

If I could snap my fingers and solve one of the problems here on earth, it would be:

One question I wish I had a definitive answer to:
How many of the monarch butterflies I've raised and released have made it to Mexico?

Best thing about being a child:
Walking on stilts

Worst thing about being a child:
Poison ivy

Best thing about being a teenager:
Summer nights with friends

Worst thing about being a teenager:
Caring about what boys think

Most memorable teen moment:
Hiking the Pemigewasset Wilderness trail and stopping along the way to slide down the rocks in the river

A quote I live by:
"I learn by going where I have to go." (Roethke)

My dream vacation:
Wind, ocean or mountains, the right mix of solitude and companionship

In My Perfect World…
No one would be deprived of chocolate.
Every child would have food and love.
No one would ever be ashamed.
Respectful education would be free for everyone.


  1. That's quite a recommendation, I'm game! Thanks for the chance to win. :D

  2. Ooo! I heard Helen speak at an Indiana SCBWI event last spring, and thought she was amazing. I'd asked one of the other presenters what she worked on in between drafts, as one of the novels that particular presenter had written required 14 complete drafts. I remember Helen saying that sometimes, you just have to pick raspberries -- that sometimes, the answers to the problems you're having with a manuscript are right there before you, but you need to give yourself time away from the manuscript before you'll know what to do.

    I would love to read KEESHA's HOUSE. Thank you for this contest!

  3. Also, I viewed your profile, but was unable to e-mail you by clicking on the e-mail button, as I don't have Outlook configured on this computer. My e-mail address is bell.jeni at Thank you!

  4. No,no pick me!!!! *grin*

  5. Thanks for joining the YA HF Challenge! This was a great interview too! I really want to read Crossing Stones.
    Please send me a link to the post about the challenge when you do it so that I can link in participants! :)

  6. All of her books sound wonderful. I'm particularly intrigued by SPINNING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE. I'm going to have to check these books out.


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