The post where Jonathan Maberry helps me impress my husband (An Author Interview)
|The Mr. will make this shocked face!|
This is the true story of how the following post came to be. Earlier this year, Lois Lowry did a guest post here at TLT and I went home exploding in excitement to my husband. “Who’s Lois Lowry?”, he asked. So, after realizing that I had failed him as a librarian, I mentioned that she was a 2-time Newbery winning author. You know, the author of The Giver (it turns out, he has never read it.) So, he looked at me and said, “If you can get Jonathan Maberry to do a guest post, then I will be impressed.” He obviously is a huge fan of Jonathan Maberry. And Mr. Maberry was kind enough to help me impress my husband by doing this interview here at TLT. So thank you! I promise, I will gloat.
So, to my zombie loving husband, I present you with an interview with Jonathan Maberry. Be impressed!
TLT: What have you learned from your books about surviving the zombie apocalypse? What should we do and what should we not do?
My first move would be to make some protective gear out of carpet and duct tape. You can’t bite through it –I checked with forensic ondontologists (bite experts). Then I’d grab my wife and my katana, a weapon I’ve been training with and teaching for nearly fifty years, and head out to the nearest food distribution center. Those buildings are huge, they have few windows, they have trucks, they have their own back-up generators and they have enough food and supplies to outwait anything. Using that as a base, I’d round up survivors, a tanker truck of gasoline, more weapons, and we’d start making plans.
TLT: What books have made you afraid to turn off the light?
TLT: Everyone at TLT is a huge fan of the Rot & Ruin series, I am very excited that it has been optioned and should soon be coming to the movie screen. What is the optioning process? And what role will you be playing in the movie development?
TLT: As a teen librarian, it seems like we are often asking ourselves “how do we get teen guys to read?” What type of a reader were you as a teen? What really moved or entertained you? How do you incorporate who you were as a teen reader into writing for teens today?
TLT: What do you wish teen guys knew about reading?
TLT: Will Rot & Ruin be getting the graphic novel treatment?
TLT: I would love to sit down and talk with you about the characters and situations in Rot & Ruin, but I don’t want to overwhelm you with questions or get to spoilery. But I know you have done school and bookstore visits, what does an author get from doing these type of visits and interacting with readers? And do you have a school or library visit that you would like to share?
Usually at least one kid in the audience will ask a challenging question in hopes of putting me on the spot. But I always respect the question and the questioner. And often that’s the point at which we dive deep into a real conversation.
JONATHAN MABERRY: Dude…you didn’t think your wife could snag an interview with me. But, hey…check it out. (Haven’t you learned that wives have super powers?)
Jonathan Maberry is the New York Times bestselling and multiple Bram Stoker Award winning author of multiple novels for teens and adults, including the Rot & Ruin series and Joe Ledger series. If you haven’t read them, check them out. You can follow him on Twitter @JonathanMaberry. You can also “like” him on Facebook.
All the places Jonathan Maberry is mentioned on TLT:
Book Review: Rot & Ruin
Book Review: Flesh & Bone
Reading the Zombie Apocalypse
What’s the Deal with Zombies Anyway?
Top 10 Tips for Surviving the Apocalypse
Please feel free to leave a comment telling Jonathan Maberry how much you love his books. Or to leave The Mr. a “neener neener” in the comments.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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