Recently, I read Kieran Kramer’s Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right and fell in love with her writing. Lucky for me, she was nice enough to allow me to go all fan girly on her and agreed to do an interview here on Mt. Oly. Although, I’m pretty sure she agreed to the visit because I promised her she could have her very own FROS for a day.
Kieran is offering some incredible prizes! One lucky commenter will receive copies of both When Harry Meet Molly AND Dukes to the Left of Me, Princes to the Right! Another super duper lucky commenter will win an advanced readers copy of Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage!
Now a USA Today best-selling Regency romance author, Kieran is a former CIA employee, journalist, and English teacher who lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina with her family. Game show veteran, karaoke enthusiast, and general adventurer, her motto is, “Life rewards action.” Find her on Facebook, Twitter, and at www.kierankramerbooks.com.
Here are five things I was dying to know about Kieran!
1. Cake or Pie? (answer carefully!)
Oh, no. This is a very, very difficult question. I love nothing more than a slice of homemade chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, all washed down with a tall glass of milk. But I also love pie. Hmmm…this is a real conundrum (which is a word I rarely get to use). But since I am easily swayed by pop culture, I will choose (drum roll)….pie!
Why? Because pie is the new cupcake. Pies are in, baby. Cupcakes are out. I read that somewhere, so I automatically believe it.
Oh, and my absolute favorite pie (besides my Thanksgiving choices) is a simple apple pie. But it must have sugar sprinkled on the crust.
2. Milk or Dark chocolate? (don’t even ask if white is an option. It’s not.)
I know I sound like a wimp to you diehard dark chocolate lovers (I think of you all as these sleek, dangerous, sophisticated people), but I like milk chocolate best. I feel all healthy and responsible when I eat dark chocolate (I wish I felt dangerous and sophisticated)–but it doesn’t have nearly enough sugar for me. I love sugar!
I’d have to say THE LUCKIEST GIRL by Beverly Cleary. It was the story of Shelley Latham’s big adventure going to a high school far away from home, and while there, she met her first true love–she thinks it’s going to be popular boy Phil but it’s good guy Hartley. I still have my copy. And I bought vintage copies for my sisters. You have to get the version where Shelley is wearing her pink rain slicker with the black velvet collar on the cover to be in “THE LUCKIEST GIRL” club, which I am just starting right now this very moment if you want to join. Why should you? Because it was the best book I’ve ever read. I say that about a lot of books, but I believe it about each one.
Oh, and it costs twenty-five cents to join THE LUCKIEST GIRL CLUB. Pay Kim and she’ll pass it on to me. I’ll ride my bike to the 7-11 and buy candy with it and split it with you next time the club meets, which will be in NYC during the RWA conference (near the potted palm by the front desk–wear your pink rain slickers as the secret sign so we can find each other).
4. You’re only allowed to keep one book; what is it and why?
Sheesh. I’m going to have to say VENTURES, my fourth grade reader from Holy Cross school. It was the boringest book ever, so at the end of the year, when I was given the chance to buy it for a nickel, I did and marked up all the stories. I changed them to read really funny. I also doodled over the nice, boring pictures. I still have VENTURES, and I still laugh uncontrollably when I read it.
Darren Criss. Did you see him and his friends sing “American Dream” on GLEE? Completely adorable. If I were my daughter’s age, I’d have a huge crush on him. Now make me stop talking about him because I should burn in hell for thinking a kid who was in diapers when I was in my twenties should be a FROS!
Well. This sure has been an interesting conversation. Now I’d like to ask your readers an intimate truth-or-dare* question…tell me honestly if you’ve ever practiced kissing on a mirror or on a pillow. And if so, who were you pretending to kiss?
*If you take the dare, today you have to buy the person behind you in line at Starbucks his or her coffee. If you don’t go to Starbucks, you have to do something else super-duper nice and unexpected for a stranger (let us know what you did!!).