The bold writing is the questions I asked, the regular writing is her responses, and the bold italic writing are my comments about her answers.
1. Would you please describe your book, The Dragon With the Chocolate Heart, in seven words?
Dragons, chocolate, transformation, fierce girls and friendship!
2. Because of the title of this book, I feel like I must ask this question. What's your favorite kind of chocolate?
70% dark chocolate. Mmmmmm!
3. Random question! Favorite quote from a MG book?
“As Agatha Swanburne once said, 'To be kept waiting is unfortunate, but to be kept waiting with nothing interesting to read is a tragedy of Greek proportions.”
― Maryrose Wood, The Hidden Gallery
I like this quote! :)
4. If you're able to talk about it, what are you working on now?
I'm about to dive into revisions for the sequel to The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. It doesn't have a title yet, but I've been calling it my MG spies-and-fairies book! :) It should be coming out from Bloomsbury next spring.
5. What are some of your favorite Middle Grade Books?
Sheela Chari's Vanished, Patrick Samphire's Secrets of the Dragon Tomb, Caitlen Rubino-Bradway's Ordinary Magic, Grace Lin's Year of the Dog, Hilary McKay's Casson Family series and Binny in Secret, Jenn Reese's Above World trilogy, Veera Hiranandani's The Whole Story of Half a Girl, Ronald Smith's Hoodoo, and Ursula Vernon's Castle Hangnail! (And I am having to exercise SO MUCH restraint not to name another ten! ;) I love MG books.)
I really need to read some of these! :)
Thank you so much to Ms. Burgis for participating in this event! :)
Author bio: Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but now lives in Wales with her husband and two sons, surrounded by mountains, castles and coffee shops. She is the author of four MG fantasy adventures, including The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (Bloomsbury 2017) and the Kat, Incorrigible trilogy (Atheneum Books). She has also published two historical fantasy novels for adults, Masks and Shadows and Congress of Secrets (Pyr Books 2016) and nearly forty short stories for adults and teens in various magazines and anthologies. Her first book, Kat, Incorrigible, won the 2011 Waverton Good Read Children’s Award (under its UK title, A Most Improper Magick) for the Best Début Children’s Novel by a British Author.
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