Saturday, August 1, 2015


Native New Yorker Anne Blankman now lives in Virginia, where the hot summers haven't killed her yet. She's the author of Prisoner of  Night and Fog, which was named a "Flying Start" by Publishers Weekly and a Sydney Taylor Notable Book, and the sequel, Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, a Romantic Times Top Pick. 

Now, let's get to know this badass...

What is your favorite word?
Incognito--it's ridiculously fun to say!

What is your least favorite word?
Upchuck. Do I really need to explain why? :)

What sound or noise do you love?
Birdsong in the early morning.
What sound or noise do you hate?
Anything loud when I'm falling asleep.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Teaching English classes--I think it'd be hard but also rewarding to work with young people and try to get them excited about reading.

What profession would you not like to do?
Drive a school bus. I love driving small cars, so the thought of controlling a huge vehicle like a bus scares me. And all the kids shouting when you're trying to thanks!

What is your favorite color Popsicle?
I recently discovered coconut Popsicles, and they are AMAZING.

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?
 Slip N Slide!

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
 Pretty in Pink, although I still think Molly Ringwald should have chosen Ducky!

Last song you listened to?
Tove Lo's cover of "Elastic Heart." SO good!

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that
good? Graceling by Kristin Cashore. I love every sentence in that book.

In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring author need to know?
We always hear that aspiring authors should read a lot, but I think it's just as important to write a lot, too. 


Here's a peek at the phenomenal book Anne's including in the THE USUAL SUSPECTS prize pack: 
click here for a full list of prize packs

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her uncle Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen, who claims that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story—she also can’t resist the attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

Anne loves to connect with her readers, so do yourself a favor and stalk her on her website or Twitter and add her books to your Goodreads list.

Now, enter, enter, ENTER!!

*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*