Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Introductions and Prizes Day Two

This week on Paper Hangover we are introducing our contributors, and hosting contests for some pretty awesome prizes! Tuesday through Thursday we have a new prize each day, and Friday we will announce all the winners. To enter? Leave a comment and become a follower. That's it!

Today we'd like to introduce you to Holly and Pam who will be posting on Tuesdays, featuring interviews with teens.

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Pam: I'm so happy to be interviewing the lovely Holly Dodson! Holly, tell us a little about yourself.

Holly: Well, I'm a mom, a writer, and an incurable Sweet Tart addict. I spend most of my days with my three-year-old, at my day job, and buried in books.

Pam: Lol, sounds like fun...especially the candy obsession. What do you primarily write?

Holly: Mostly I write YA fantasy, I can't seem to keep my head out of the clouds! And in case you haven't noticed, today I am lucky enough to be chatting with the superbly awesome Pam Harris! Pam, why don't you tell us a little about yourself?

Pam: No prob. I've been working as a middle school counselor for the past 5 years, or as I like to call it...Drama Junior High! But I love my students...they're great writing material. When I'm not working or writing, I'm going to the movies and swooning over Leo DiCaprio. Oh, and snacking. I love snacking. In fact, pass me a Sweet Tart.

Holly: *passes Sweet Tart* I also hear you're represented by a pretty fab agent. Care to share?

Pam: Love to! This past December, I was lucky enough to nab the awesome Sarah LaPolla from Curtis Brown, LTD. I was querying for almost a year before I caught her eye. In fact, I was originally a revise and resubmit request. That just proves to "never say never," as the eloquent Justin Bieber puts it. Have you started the querying process yet, Holly?

Holly: I have actually just started querying, and I must say, it's incredibly nerve wracking!

Pam: You don't have to tell me twice! We'll all keep our fingers crossed for you--even though you won't need it. Want to tell everyone what we'll be bringing to this awesome new blog?

Holly: Yeah! Pam and I will be bringing you interviews with real live teens. Right, Pam?

Pam: That's right! Since this blog is mostly devoted to YA writers, I think it'll be interesting to get feedback directly from our readers.

Holly: I agree. It will also give us the opportunity to stay on top of the trends and slang to add a layer of authenticity to our novels.

Pam: That's so true. I'm amazed how something that I think is so cool gets a thumbs down from my students and niece. I think it will be great research for us all, and I can't wait to get started! :)

Holly: Me either! Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Pam!

Pam: Same to you, Holly. Sweet Tarts for everyone!
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Today, we're giving away THREE query critiques by our awesome contributors! To enter, make sure you're a follower and leave us a comment (and your email address).

27 comments:

Meredith said...

Hi, Pam and Holly! Love the intro! And I would love to win a query critique.

merediththewriter at gmail. :)

Marquita Hockaday said...

Pam and Holly, you two are too cute :) What a unique format for introducing yourselves :) I don't have to be entered in the query critique contest (it's unfair since Pam already does this for me) but I wanted to leave a comment to let you know how awesometastic you both are! Holly, I don't know how you manage with a 3yo, I can barely take care of a plant. Pam, the Biebs is quite eloquent--especially since he's now a wise and seasoned 17 yo :)

Holly Dodson said...

Thanks, Meredith!

Quita, you're pretty awesometastic yourself! And I can say, from experience, that 3yo's are easier than plants. I kill every plant I get, but 3yo is...well, 3. LOL

Jenna Wallace said...

Nice to meet you both!

Erinn said...

Both of you are awesome, did you know that?

Lori M. Lee said...

Hi Pam and Holly! I love the energy in this blog already. You ladies sound awesome. Also, congrats Pam on nabbing Sarah LaPolla (definitely on my A list) and best of luck to Holly on the querying!

jenniferpickrell said...

Hi Holly and Pam! I'd love to win a query critique - my current draft has me banging my head on my desk :)

Racquel Henry said...

Good introduction! I can't wait for the teen interviews. What a fantastic idea! Holly, it's nice to meet you! Hi Pam! ***waives*** :)

Emy Shin said...

That was such a fun introduction, ladies! And good luck won querying, Holly. :)

Amparo Ortiz said...

Leo DiCaprio FTW! Awesome taste in men, Pam ;)

You have NO IDEA how excited I am for your interviews, ladies!!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

Great start ladies!! I'm going to follow and am looking forward to it:)

IanBontems said...

Great intro and looking forward to future posts.

John said...

Looking forward to seeing more!

Alicia Gregoire said...

I love this interview. Awesomeness.

The Blue Lipstick Samurai said...

this blog is so, so, SO exciting! lovely interview, ladies. you're too funny. <3

Holly Dodson said...

Thank you all! We're both quite excited about the upcoming interviews. We hope they prove helpful for everyone.

Pam Harris said...

Thanks everyone! We had a good time interviewing each other, so I can only imagine how much fun we'll have interviewing the teens. :)

Hannah said...

Yay, fabulous interview, ladies! :)

Yahong Chi said...

Sweet Tarts for everyone and query critiques? I'm in. :P Thanks for the great introduction!

Yahong Chi said...

Oh hey, and that banner & logo's by Abby? Killer job!

Marie Rearden said...

Love the back-and-forth. And yay for sweettarts!

Marie, marie@marierearden.com

Amparo Ortiz said...

Whoops! Forgot my email *facepalm*

aortizzle (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks!

hopejunkie said...

This is an awesome idea! I say so as a teen and as a YA writer :) tarynal AT hotmail DOT com

JEM said...

I will now require a grocery store run to pick up some sweet tarts. Awesome new blog!

Kelly Andrews said...

Hi Pam and Holly! Great blog -- good to see you here! Please enter me!

Susan Fields said...

I hope I'm not too late to enter! My email is susanfieldswriter(at)gmail(dot)com.

My fourteen-year-old daughter watched Romeo and Juliet at school and has decided she's in love with Leo DiCaprio. She spent a fair amount of time last night figuring out what movies he's been in so she can go back and watch them.

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