November 4, 2015

THE CONJURER'S RIDDLE: 10 Random Things About Andrea Cremer

Welcome to my stop on The Conjurer's Riddle blog tour!
Today I have a "10 Random Things About Me" post from one of my favorite authors....Andrea Cremer! 
I have met her in person twice and she was super sweet and soo funny. I'm so glad to have this opportunity to learn some fun, personal things about her!

23846024Series: The Inventor's Secret #2
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Philomel Books
Book Summary:
The Revolution is beginning–and Charlotte may be on the wrong side.
In this sequel to The Inventor's Secret, Charlotte and her companions escape the British Empire, but they haven't left danger behind. In fact, if they go against the revolutionaries, they face even greater peril. 
Charlotte leads her group of exiles west, plunging into a wild world of shady merchants and surly rivermen on the way to New Orleans. But as Charlotte learns more about the revolution she has championed, she wonders if she's on the right side after all. Charlotte and her friends get to know the mystical New Orleans bayou and deep into the shadowy tunnels below the city–the den of criminals, assassins and pirates–Charlotte must decide if the revolution's goals justify their means, or if some things, like the lives of her friends, are too sacred to sacrifice.
This alternate-history adventure series asks the questions: What would have happened if America had lost the Revolutionary War? And what would people be willing to do to finally taste freedom?

Praise for The Inventor's Secret:

* "Cremer...creates an inventive blend of steampunk and alternative history in this new series. She gives readers a fantastical world with mechanical wonders and an opulent vintage setting. The characters are interesting and well developed. Readers will be drawn to future installments."--VOYA, starred review

"[A]n entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting."--Kirkus Reviews

*10 Random Things About Andrea Cremer*

1.) I have five tattoos. This snake is the most recent:

2.) I’m gregarious in public, so people are always shocked when I tell them I’m an introvert, but it’s true. I love meeting readers and going to book festivals, but I need lots of alone time to recharge.

3.) I have an irrational fear of insects with lots of legs – not spiders – but things like centipedes and silverfish. Blech – I feel creeped out even typing about them!

4.) My middle name is Darrelle. It’s a feminized version of my dad’s name: Darrel.

5.) I can’t stand the taste of salmon even though it’s a fish that most people love. I’ve met a few people like myself and we all feel that salmon has a distinct, overpowering, and unpleasant flavor, so now I have a theory that for some of us salmon works the same way that cilantro tastes like soap to certain folks (not me! I love cilantro!)

6.) While I don’t think I’m obsessive about this issue, I do have a superstition that if you put your shoes away backwards (e.g. the left foot on the right side and the right foot on the left side) you’ll be prone to mistakes all day. I know; it’s weird.

7.) When my niece, Keisha, got a guinea pig for a pet she named it Sparkle Ella. We decided Sparkle Ella needed a friend, so we got a second guinea pig, who I named Shadow Mollie. I am very proud of this name.

8.) For most of my life I couldn’t bear to watch anything scary. Scary books were fine, but nothing visual. I was even hesitant about Buffy the Vampire Slayer (now my all-time fave tv show) because I though it would be too frightening. Somehow, and I still don’t know why, after graduate school I lost my fear of scary movies. Horror films are my favorite to watch now.

9.) I’m claustrophobic because when I was a little girl I somehow got turned around in my sleeping bag in the middle of the night and couldn’t get out. I haven’t been able to tolerate enclosed spaces ever since. Seriously, I had a panic attack on the 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride at Disney World.

10.) I was obsessed with horses throughout my childhood and I swore to myself that when I grew up I would own a horse. Now I’m in my 30s and have disposable income, but no horse. I simply travel too much. But I’m keenly aware that my little girl self is very disappointed that my adult self has failed to fulfill her horse dream.

Tour Schedule
Two Chicks on Books – guest post - 11/2
Reading is Better with Cupcakes – review & giveaway - 11/3
Jessabella Reads – 10 Random Things - 11/4
A Dream Within a Dream – interview - 11/5
Butter My Books – excerpt - 11/6

YA Books Central – review - 11/9
Please Feed the Bookworm – book soundtrack & review - 11/10
The Young Folks – Would You Rather? - 11/11
The Forest of Words and Pages – interview - 11/12
Seeing Double in Neverland – review & giveaway - 11/13

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