Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Writers on Wednesday~ Peggy Eddleman

Peggy Eddleman's debut MG novel SKY JUMPERS is due out in the fall this year! I'm so excited for her.

Enjoy today's post:

Give us your elevator pitch.
Hope is a girl living in a post-apocalyptic town where inventing means everything, but she can't do it. When bandits invade and her entire town is threatened, inventing won't save them, but the daring and risk-taking that usually gets her into trouble just might.

What’s your favorite snack?
Peanut M&Ms

What is your most memorable high school experience?

Performing with the Drill Team during halftime at a football game while it was snowing. Let's just say that our routine turned into an extreme sport, and the run-leap-land in splits finale slid us ten feet forward, like we were sledding. It was the best run-leap-land in splits-sled finale EVER.

What was the first book that turned you into a reader?

I honestly have no idea. I'll tell you which book turned my kids and I into read-together-every-night readers, though. It was James Dashner's Jimmy Fincher series (A Door in the Woods, A Gift of Ice, The Tower of Air, and War of the Black Curtain). We were hooked! And by the time we got to the end of the series, we had formed a habit that we've continued for years.

Are you a night owl or early bird?
Both. Although I'm leaning more toward early bird now. I love being up and working while everyone's still sleeping!

What is your favorite meal?

Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Ciabatta bread.

What do you never leave home without?
Hands down, my smart phone. Not only can my family call/text me, but if I'm ever stuck waiting somewhere, I can make my time useful (including being able to read a book on my Kindle app!).

Do you have any pets?
Yep! A black cat who is actually too afraid to cross anyone's path.

What is one piece of advice you would give aspiring writers?
To learn how to take criticism/critiques well. Don't see them as an attack on your book (or on you!), but as an opportunity to improve your book and to improve your craft. You can never stop learning in this profession, and the best way to do that is to always use critiques to your best advantage.

What are you goals for 2013?
I have a lot of goals for 2013, but the main ones are to work with my editor on book 2 in the SKY JUMPERS series until it shines, and to write a killer book 3 (and hope it doesn't kill me in the process :)).


(Random House Children's, Fall 2013)
Twitter: @PeggyEddleman


kbrebes said...

Peggy is wonderful. I love what she said about learning how to take a critique. Can't wait to read her book! Congratulations, Peggy!!

Donna K. Weaver said...

Peggy rocks. I can't wait to read her book.

Angie said...

Wow. I wish I could have seen that half time show! Congrats on your book, Peggy!

Jessie Humphries said...

Peanut M&M's??!! I have never seen you with Peanut M&M's! And here I was planning on bring you a big bag of edamame, soy sauce, and soy milk! ;).

Kristine said...

I actually didn't know Peanut M&M's either! I knew they were toward the top of your list, but I'd have thought maybe... um... i have no idea. Okay, guess it makes sense then! Haha!

I wish I'd have seen that half time show! You are hilarious!

Imogen Elvis said...

Peanut M&Ms are some of the best treats ever! And the drill team slide would have been an awesome thing to see.

Kathryn Purdie said...

I've always wanted to read a book together as a family. It's awesome you guys do that.

Julie Daines said...

This sounds like it's going to be great! I can't wait, Peggy!

Leigh Covington said...

No fair that you get to be a night owl AND an early bird! I'm jealous. I can't do the early thing, but that's okay.
Love your pitch and the halftime story!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Thanks so much for having me over, Taffy!

Anne said...

Peanut M&Ms are the best treat for me! Now I've something in common with Peggy. Next thing I should do is write a book as awesome as hers :)

Nicole said...

Good luck on books 2 and 3, Peggy!

Taffy said...

Thanks for coming and giving a shout out to Peggy! It's fun learning something new about our fellow writers!
Good luck on your next books, Peggy!