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Kimberly PauleyDescribe your latest project.
Mina Hamilton is a pretty normal teen except for the fact that her parents are vampires. When the local Vampire Council (a bunch of officious paper-pushers, as her weird Uncle Mortie might put it) discovers her existence (her parents never "declared" her as a dependent to the Vampire Tax Authority), they make her choose whether or not she wants to be a vampire, too. She's got just one month to decide with only the help of some vampire classes (think vampire homework on top of regular homework) and her aforementioned weirdo Uncle (think traveling salesman). Meanwhile, she's dealing with normal teen stuff like boy issues and school. It's a light, fun read and not all dark and brooding. Even teens who don't like vampires should find something to enjoy in it. I definitely had fun writing it.
I haven't read it for many, many years, but I always liked Mr. Popper's Penguins. What kids wouldn't love a dad who brought home a penguin for them?
Describe your most memorable teacher.
What is your favorite literary first line?
There is a sweet little horror story that is only two sentences long: The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door...
The whole collection is actually really wonderful. I don't know why so few people have heard of him. He's been called the O. Henry of science fiction, though he also wrote mysteries.
Do you read the Sunday funnies, and which are your favorites?
What do you do for relaxation?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Tell us about your pets.
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Kimberly Pauley loves a good book she can sink her teeth into. As her alter ego, the Young Adult Books Goddess of yabookscentral.com, she has devoured more books than she can count. This is her first novel. She lives in Illinois.