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A Fill-in-the-Blank Interview with Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen

Before heading to Brazil, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen took the time to complete these sentences about her life as an author:

Of all my books, I am most proud of The Compound because I actually quit three times while writing it, even dumping the entire manuscript and starting over.

Because of my books, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet some fabulous people and travel to amazing places.

But it's not all glamor! The toughest thing for me about being an author is the drudgery of the daily discipline. The alliteration is tough too...

When I am not writing, I love to read and bake cupcakes and drag my husband on long, blister-inducing walks.

Most people would be surprised to learn that I was the 1981 Strawberry Festival Queen.

Right now I am packing for a speaking trip to Brazil and trying to finish my latest novel.

I wish that I had a cow in my backyard.

Thank goodness David didn't ask me about when a famous male YA author ended up in my lap!


Christy said...

You've got it all, Stephanie: Strawberry Queen looks, talent, exciting opportunities for travel, and even a famous author in your lap. Too bad about the cow.

Great questions, Daivd.

Christy said...

oops, David, not Daivd.

Lauren said...

What a fun interview! I agree with Christy- Strawberry Queen, travel and famous authors in your lap!
It was interesting to read about the Compound process-- sometimes the ones that take the most work become one's most favorite~ good to remember with all of life's endeavors!

john said...

I'm not surprised one bit about Strawberry Queen.
Let's see a photo of that.
Great interview David.

Mark said...

Great format for an interview, and very intriguing answers! I second John's notion: post a picture from the Strawberry Queen parade!!

betsy woods said...

Steph, please publish a photo of the Strawberry Queen!!!

Edie Hemingway said...

Yes, we need to see a photo of the 1981 Strawberry Queen! And, David, I love the fill-in-the-blank format of this interview.

David LaRochelle said...

I think Stephanie looks like a Strawberry Queen in the picture of her posed on the car! But I agree with everyone else; I'd like to see a picture of her with her tiara and sash, and maybe a big bowl of strawberries.

Stephanie said...

Would you believe I didn't even like to eat strawberries then? I was terrified they would put a big dish in front of me and make me eat them... Now, of course, they are my favorite;)

Diane Adams said...

Great interview design! Yes, we need to see a photo.