Wednesday, August 27, 2008

New Feature: Bits 'n Pieces - Daphne Grab

Yes, the very exciting and hopefully fun-filled new feature is here! I figured that since I had no regularity or schedule to my blog I had to add something that everyone could look forward to and be excited for. I know that a bunch of other blogs out there do author interviews and guest blogs and while I still wanted to incorporate authors into the feature (how could I not), I wanted it to be different than anything else out there. Hopefully you guys like it!

So the basics of the new "Bits 'n Pieces" feature are as follows:
It is designed to focus on the author more than their works. I wanted to get down to 
all the fun little details about the people whose books we know and love. It's not a traditional interview format, but rather a collection of different little questions.
There will be a new feature posted every Wednesday. There might be some book giveaways, but that is obviously up to the author. 
If you want to see any authors featured or have any cool ideas, email me! I want to hear your thoughts on it. Definitely let me know what you think in the comments of this post. Other than that, enjoy!

Daphne Grab is the author of the marvelous book Alive and Well in Prague, New York. You can find my review of Alive and Well here. You can also visit Daphne's website here, and the awesome blog she shares with seven other authors here. What better name for it than The Longstockings? Pippi is, after all, one of the original spunky females of children's books. I am so glad that Daphne's the one kicking off my new feature because she provided some fun answers and is an all around great author. :) 

This or that:
Rain or shine?
I want to be artistic and like the rain but honestly I hate it- I hate the grey skies and I hate my feet getting wet. I am all about the shine!
iPod or mp3 player?
iPod loaded with ABBA and other embarrassing music.
Movies or TV?
Both but when pressed, movies. I am totally addicted to movies.
City or country?
I grew up in the country and like to visit, but I am a total city girl now.
Mountains or beaches?
Beaches! I love the beach.
Dots or stripes?
Hm, this one is a challenge but I’ll go with dots since I just bought some polka dotted rain boots that I love.
Dogs or cats?
I am a total cat person and worship my two kitties.
Cooking or eating out?
Both, though I love not having to do dishes after a meal.
Coffee or tea?
Herbal tea.
Books or magazines?
Definitely books. The only magazines I read are sports related.

It’s so hard to pick just one but probably THE CATCHER IN THE RYE which is the best portrayal of grief I’ve ever read.
Book store-
I love the Bank Street Bookstore which is my local indie.
I am pretty in love with THE LIVES OF OTHERS- it blew me away.
Music artist-
I hate to admit it but ABBA.
I really love Go Fug yourself- those girls crack me up and are spot on in their fashion assessment.
The lovely people who design for Anthropologie.
Coffee chain-
Since I’m an herbal tea geek I’d have to say the Tealuxe.
Guilty pleasure-
Cookies- I am a cookie fiend.
Candle 79, a swanky vegan place on the Upper East Side. My husband and I went there to celebrate when I sold PRAGUE.
Pink even though I’m a redhead and redheads aren’t supposed to wear pink.

Have you ever:
Lived abroad?
Yes, in China, Colombia, England and Costa Rica, all terrific places.
Gotten a tattoo?
No, I’m too scared of pain. And I worry that a year later I’d hate the design I chose.
Stayed up for the midnight release of a movie or book?
I waited many hours for Star Wars tickets, both for RETURN OF THE JEDI when I was a kid and then the first of the new trilogy- does that count?
Disliked your job?
Oh yes! I think the worst job I ever had was doing cleaning in a hotel. The woman I worked with was mean, the work was boring and I got paid close to nothing since people never left tips. But the worst was the mean woman- I think any work is doable if you are working with fun people.
Cried during a movie?
Yeah, I am a crier during good books, TV and movies. I cried buckets at the end of BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (one of my favorites) and even a half hour later was still tearful on the subway home which was kind of embarrassing.
Sang karaoke?
No which is funny because I love to sing and ABBA is great stuff for karaoke.

If you were on a desert island, what 5 things would you bring with you?
Soap, because I am a neat freak and would want to wash up every once in a while, and four books, long classics like ANNA KARENINA that I’ve never read. Oh, maybe three books and a box of cookies.
What’s on the list of things you have to do during your life?
Travel to more places. I really want to see Egypt, Jordan and Chile.
If you could have one super power what would it be?
Probably to be able to go without sleep for the rest of my life- is that a super power? I could get so much done if I never had to sleep.
What’s your perfect music playlist?
A mix of ABBA Gold and the soundtrack to WICKED.
What’s the one food you could eat day after day and not get sick of?
Besides cookies I’d have to say my husband’s chicken tikka masala. He is a master of that dish.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
There are the countries I want to see but if I was offered a free ticket to anywhere leaving next week I’d choose Melbourne Australia because that’s where my best friend lives.
What moment in history do you wish you could’ve experienced?
The Civil Rights Movement. I’d love to have been part of something like that.
What does your dream library look like?
Filled with YA’s and MG’s that no one has spilled any food on. I hate reading a great book and turning to a page with a big smear of chocolate on it. Or what I hope is chocolate!
When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first?
Teen section every time.
If everyone had to read one book, what would you have it be?
This is such a good but hard question. Probably THERE IS NO ME WITHOUT YOU, this amazing book about the problems facing people, especially kids, in Ethiopia. It has some really eye opening info that is tough to believe and she also has some re
ally touching adoption stories that I loved since my kids are adopted.

Liv, thanks for having me on your blog!!
Thank you so much Daphne! Daphne has also generously agreed to give away a signed copy of Alive and Well in Prague, New York to a random commenter who posts their opinions of the new feature. Post a comment on my review of Alive and Well and get an extra entry! The winner will be announced on next week's feature.
Authors; want to be featured in a Bits 'n Pieces interview? Email me at and we'll make it happen!


  1. Wow, that was awesome! This is an excellent idea! I wish I had thought of it! Ohh, I can't wait to see what author you have next week! Gah, I wonder how long it took you to think up all those questions? Daphne was so funny, I can't wait to read her book now!

    This ides is awesome Liv! Great idea. However did you think of it?

  2. I love i!!! This is such a cool new feature and I learned a lot about Daphne. Thanks for being so creative and putting so much effort into creating a great blog. I already have a copy of Alive and Well, so I will let somebody else win - but I just wanted to comment and tell you how cool this is! I'll definitely look forward to this every Wednesday!

  3. I love this new feature, Liv! It's great! Thank you for putting it together!

  4. Okay, I seriously love this idea! It kinda reminds me of those myspace surveys I see up on my friends myspaces. But this has better questions. lol I LOVE the short and simple approach in finding more about an author.

    And omg I listen to ABBA too! I really do (don't believe me? check my profile) I first started liking them when I saw Mama Mia the musical on Broadway. lol I thought I was the only one nowadays listening to them. lol

    Great questions, Liv! Can't wait for Wednesdays.

    Oh and I would love to be entered to win a copy. I already posted a comment on the review a while back.


  5. I love the new feature! It's unique. I like finding out such random things about authors. :D

  6. That was a great new feature. I really liked getting to know what the author likes in her life. Learning about random bits of other people's lives is one of my favorites!

    I think it's cool that she has lived abroad. As a girl who has only lived in 2 places her whole life, it just seems crazy. And the cookies, haha.

    I cannot wait to see what the next author says!


  7. I like this bits n pieces feature. It's fun and interesting.

  8. cool interview!! very creative! :)
    thanks for posting!

  9. I really liked this interview! How cool!

    And I love your new header. :)


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