I’m not exaggerating when I say that we here at Penguin Teen HQ love Robin Palmer! Robin is the author of one of our all-time favorite middle grade series for girls (Lucy B. Parker) and her contemporary fairy tale retellings—Cindy Ella, Geek Charming (which Disney made into a movie!), Little Miss Red, and the just-published Wicked Jealous—are heartwarming, funny, and charming, just like Robin. Without further ado, I’m pleased to introduce you to the one and only Robin Palmer!
Name: Robin Palmer
Novel: Wicked Jealous: A Love Story
Available: July 19th, 2012
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? I’m going to do one who’s living and one who’s dead. Dead: F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love the lyricism of his writing, the melancholy that tinges everything. Plus, he wrote my favorite line of all time: “In a dark night of the soul, it’s always three o’clock in the morning over and over again.” Living: Haruki Murakami. Magical realism and talking cats. Need I say more?
What’s your favorite thing about your book? I love that I was able to deal with a serious issue (weight) in a way that isn’t heavy handed.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I find her a fascinating character.
Where do you write? I live in a converted barn with 30-foot ceilings and I write up in one of the lofts.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Virginia Woolf. As a writer, her essay “A Room of One’s Own” is the holy grail as far as I’m concerned.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet, although I have to say while I have been known for being quite witty on Facebook status updates, that wittiness does not translate to Twitter. I end up freezing.
What is your favorite season? Summer. Sundresses. Sandals. I live in upstate New York, and there’s nothing like a fresh peach from one of the farmstands on the side of the road. Especially when it then gets all over said sundress.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Seeing that the thermometer currently reads 98 degrees? A pool.
Do you have any writing rituals? I definitely do my best writing in the early morning. I make coffee and then sit down as quickly as possible and start. Sadly, I have to use the Freedom app to disable the internet. Otherwise after a while I’m overcome with a compulsion to do things like Google the TV show Rhoda from the 70s and read all about it for absolutely no reason.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? Having friends I love dearly over to my house for a meal that I’ve cooked.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Stevie Nicks. I saw her three times in one year.
What are you currently working on? I’m working on a non-fairy tale YA book that is best described as Gilmore Girls meets Postcards From The Edge. A dysfunctional mother/daughter story with a lot of black humor.
Thanks so much for stopping by to answer all of our probing questions, Robin!