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Original Essays | February 17, 2014 0 comments
I was born and still live in rural East Tennessee. I grew up on Mountain Valley Road, surrounded by foothills and farmland, rocky creeks pouring... Continue »
Rachel Cohn and David LevithanDescribe your new book.
Rachel: Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List is about two NYU freshmen named Naomi and Ely who've lived in the same Manhattan apartment building and been best friends since they were children. They've created a "No Kiss List" of people neither of them is allowed to kiss in order to protect their friendship. But Naomi is a vampire and Ely is a werewolf and they fall into a love triangle with a tempestuous West Village Faerie Queen. No, that last sentence wasn't true. (Naomi is a liar and she's been a bad influence on me.) Maybe David can set the record straight about what the book's about.
David: The truth Naomi's a straight girl, Ely's a gay boy, and when Ely kisses Naomi's boyfriend, a whole lot ensues.
Rachel: Whenever he drove over the railroad tracks that ran across a main street near to where my grandparents lived, Grandpa would say to me and my cousins, "Hold your teeth!" (It wasn't until I was about 20 that I figured out what he was talking about.) To this day, whenever we drive over railroad tracks, my cousins and I always say, "Hold your teeth!" And for many years, Grandpa had me convinced he'd written the song "Yes, We Have No Bananas."
What fictional character would you like to be your friend, and why?
Introduce one other author/illustrator you think people should read, and suggest a good book by him/her.
Describe your most memorable teacher.
What is your favorite literary first line?
How did the last good book you read end up in your hands?
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Why do you write books for kids?
Tell us about your pets.
Name the best Simpsons episode of all time, and explain why it's the best.