Interviewing Eric Lindstrom

Eric Lindstrom was kind enough to stop by and discuss A Tragic Kind of Wonderful!
1) What’s the Twitter pitch for this novel?
A Tragic Kind Of Wonderful is about a girl grappling with consequences of hiding her bipolar disorder and related heartbreaks in her past.
2) What was the first thing you learned about Mel?
When I first began thinking about Mel, I realized that as much as she was trying to protect herself, she wanted to protect her friends and family just as much. There are a lot of nice people in the world, but I saw that Mel, in her heart, was kinder than most.
3) Can you share the first sentence/paragraph?
My big brother, Nolan, used to say everyone has a superpower. Not a skill you learned, but something you were born with. And it’s not always cool. Some people get perfect pitch or good intuition, while others get something useless like being able to go a long time without blinking. But if you don’t judge, everyone has at least one thing they’re really good at.
And the questions I ask everyone:
4) What are you reading now?
I just finished the Enola Holmes series by Nancy Springer. They’re middle grade novels, but anyone who feels they’ve graduated to YA only might want to take a look – they are practically perfect in every way!
5) What 2017 releases are you excited for?
I’m particularly looking forward to “Under Rose-Tainted Skies” by Louise Gornall. Also “The Upside of Unrequited” by Becky Albertalli.
6) If you could make one book mandatory, what would it be?
Well, just like no book should be banned, I think no book should be compulsory – I’ve personally been underwhelmed by books that received overwhelming praise – but of all the books I’ve enjoyed, or learned from, or both, I most highly recommend “The Annotated Alice” where Martin Gardner thoroughly and delightfully annotated both of Lewis Carroll’s wonderful books.
7) What are your five favorite books? You can do authors, if that’s easier.

The first three books of the Hitchhiker’s Guide series by Douglas Adams
The Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Junie B. Jones series, by Barbara Park

Most books by Dr. Seuss

I’m leaving slot number five open for the future…

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