Adrienne Maria Vrettos

Adrienne Maria Vrettos grew up on a mountain in southern California, where she rode dirt bikes and made a mean double-mud pie. Her first novel, Skin, was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, and a New York Public Library Top 100 Books for Reading and Sharing selection. Her second novel, Sight, was an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. She is also the author of The Exile of Gigi Lane and Burnout. Adrienne lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York, and you can visit her online at AdrienneMariaVrettos.com.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Well, my motto is Be Here Now. But I've taking my new my main character's motto for a test drive. "I'm Gigi Lane and you wish you were me." I think it's really helping my confidence!

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. The Eagle and the Hawk by John Denver, Carnival by Bikini Kill, Travelin' Through by Dolly Parton, Ee-I-Ee-I-Eeeee by my daughter, Cubs in Five by the Mountain Goats

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Just the thought of snakes makes me knees go all rubbery. Once I saw a show about anaconda hunters. These men go into swamps in their BARE FEET and feel around the squishy bottom until they step on a snake. And then they pick it up! On purpose! Terrible idea.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My voice! I've been told it's perfect for both cartoons and naughty phone calls.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. would *love* to be able to sing. Have you ever read the book Bastard out of Carolina, by Dorothy Allison? If you haven't, you should, but it's for grown-ups and it deals with some really painful, intense stuff, but it is one of my favorite books in the whole world. Anyway, the main character, a girl named Bone, describes her wish to be able to sing in the most beautiful, heart-breaking way, where you can just feel inside of you how badly she wants it. It's a most perfect, crushing description of want.

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