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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Author Interview: Shelley Workinger Author of Solid and Settling.

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Shelley Workinger, author of Solid, invited us to be a part of her blog tour to promote her second book in the Solid series, Settling!  And I, of course, agreed!  As part of the tour, we got to do an interview with Shelley!  So, without further adieu, here it is!

First off I’d like to know, if this book were real, what character would you most like to go on a date with, and where would you go? (Can be a platonic date )

I like someone who talks/pushes me into doing things I’m afraid of, so I think Garrett would be the perfect guy to go down in a shark cage with, or something equally ridiculous. Or I could let Miranda take me for a mani-pedi, since I’ve never had one, but I worry that she’d trick me into one of those places where the fish chew the skin off your feet.

Ok, strap on your thinking cap. If a book thief broke into your house and stole one book, which book would you hope he took so that when he read it, he would decide to return it, apologize, and change his

“The Book Thief,” which he would of course take to be sardonic Oh, but then he might end up crying so much that he can’t find his way back to my house to return it…might have to rethink that one.

If someone said, “Your book changed my life!” what part would you think she was referring to?

I would think it meant she’d discovered a love for reading! I’ve actually had several kids tell me they hated books until I convinced them to give “Solid” a try, which was my whole goal in putting the series together in the first place – to create a fun, fast read that could engage reluctant readers.

If you could play a character in a movie adaptation of your book (whether you looked like him/her or not), which would be the most fun, which would be the hardest, and which would be the most like you?

The most fun would have to be know-it-all Miranda with no boundaries; or Rae if there’d be wild special-effects equipment to showcase her ability. The hardest would be Clio because so much of what goes on with her is introspective – they’d have to do a voice-over for her thoughts, I think, and all those micro facial expressions would be hard. There’s a little of me in everyone, from Garrett’s humor to Clio’s love of lyrics to Bliss’s love of mayo , but no one is a lot like me, except maybe Jack. Like him, I don’t really have a “specialty” (I’m not exceptionally athletic, or musical, or even overly shy like Bliss), but I try to know a little about a lot of things and I’m pretty good at making something out of nothing.

Do you picture anyone famous when you think of your characters?

I did some searching and found some celebrity photos that are close to what I imagine some of my characters to look like. (In these particular shots, anyway – I’m sure these stars all have a gazillion other looks!) 

Amanda Bynes for Clio

Kris Allen for Jack

Kellie Pickler for Bliss

 Matthew Lillard for Garrett

Lalaine Paras for Alexis

Anna Maria Perez de Tagle for Miranda

Emmanuelle Chriqui for Rae

Sadao J. Oka II for Xavier

Some of these looks are almost dead on, like Kris for Jack, Kellie for Bliss, and Lalaine for Alexis; some would need a few alterations – Amanda with redder hair for Clio, Emmanuelle with shorter hair for Rae. Xavier is very specific in my mind and I couldn’t find a great match, but Sadao might be in the ballpark without the mustache; Matthew might be more of a personality match for Garrett than a looks one. The Miranda in my mind looks a lot like Anna Maria, but was written differently for the book. I actually never wanted to write descriptions for any of the characters because I wanted readers to be able to picture themselves in the story, but they talked me out of it.

What is the question you wish I had asked, and how would you answer it?

What were you most happily surprised by after the release of “Solid”?
How much fun I’ve had meeting with classes and book clubs! I’m not a speaker (that’s why I write), so when schools and organizations started approaching me to give presentations, I convinced them to let me sit down and talk with their groups instead of at them. I’ve talked with everyone from middle-school girls about their favorite fictional boyfriends, to Boy Scouts about keeping journals of their ideas.  I just believe that you gain something from everyone you meet, and I’m so thrilled with all these new opportunities to connect with people.

Check out my review of Solid here, and stay tuned for my review of Settling!

Thanks so much Shelley for the blog tour and the interview!


  1. I love seeing actor choices for books. I love Amanda Bynes, great choice!

  2. Fabulous interview, Kit! Fun questions. :) You guys do such a great job!

  3. I love this interview, thank you!


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