About Shelby Bach
Q. What is your birthdate?
Q. Previous occupations
A. I was a babysitter, a cashier, an office assistant, a data-entry double-checker, a writer of website copy, an editorial assistant, and a secretary.
Q. Favorite job
A. This one, obviously ;-)
Q. High school and/or college
A. High school - Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina | College - Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
A. Right now, it's Regina Spektor, but my tastes have changed a lot since I was a kid. When I was in elementary school, it was Mariah Carey.
Q. Favorite movie
A. The Philadelphia Story (with Katherine Hepburn, Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart)
Q. Favorite television show
A. Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Or of the still running variety, Doctor Who
Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
A. My inner twelve year old reigns - almost always. :-)
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Written on the cover of my journal: "I go to seek a Great Perhaps." - François Rabelais (via John Green)
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. A sunny day, a cup of coffee, a comfy armchair, and a book or notebook in my hands - with an adventure just finished up (or right on the horizon). Or an exceptionally tasty meal with good friends and/or family.
Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Getting buried alive. *shudders*
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. Funny you should ask! I just took an epic road trip to find the next place I wanted to live, so I recently settled exactly where I wanted - Portland, Oregon.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My mom (Yes, I know everybody says this, but I do.)
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. like whoa - a synonym for "a lot" | super - as a synonym for "very" or "really"
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Right now, I really regret staying up so late. And I regret not drinking more coffee this morning.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. I would LOVE to be able to be able to roll my "r's." I'm the only one in the family who can't do it. The best I can manage is a weird coo.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Not taking myself too seriously. :-)
Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. I have a temper like a volcano. No activity above the surface for eons, but when I finally erupt, it causes a natural disaster.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. I'm a very good friend. (NOTE: I asked around. A couple of my friends confirmed this before I wrote it here.)
Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. My laugh. It can bust eardrums, though - my friends will warn you.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Meg Murray from A WRINKLE IN TIME
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Bellatrix Lestrange from the HARRY POTTER series
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. I hate it when extremely intelligent people use their smarts for evil, like bullying someone.
Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. I love to explore. I love seeing new places. I'll take a walk without any particular destination and discover where wandering takes me. Runner's up: reading, baking (especially scones), knitting, skiing
Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Is this a trick question? Writing kids' books is my fantasy profession. (What author answers this questions differently???)
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. 1. Genuineness (it grates on my last nerve when people act fake.) 2. Kindness, especially to kids 3. A good sense of humor
Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. MACARONI & CHEESE! With a really tart green apple on the side. :-)
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. 1. "Hero," by Regina Spektor 2. "Paint It Black," by the Rolling Stones 3. "The Dress Looks Nice on You," by Sufjan Stevens 4. "Little Lion Man," by Mumford & Sons 5. "Shake It Out," by Florence + the Machine -- You can check iTunes for confirmation. (I've played the first one 655 times in the past 3 years.)
On Books and Writing
Q. Who are your favorite authors?
A. From childhood to more recent times: Tamora Pierce, Madeliene L'Engle, Robin McKinley, Gail Carson Levine, J. K. Rowling, C. S. Lewis, Meg Cabot, Phillip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, Brian Selznick, Kristen Cashore, Rick Riordan, Stephanie Perkins, Laini Taylor, Melina Marchetta, Suzanne Collins, Sarah Addison Allen, John Green...Really, this list only grows and grows. The book world is filled with awesome authors, and I feel like I've only discovered a fraction of them.
Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. - The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley- A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle- Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine- The History of Love, by Nicole Krauss- The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (Yeah, only one adult book made the list. I know that's not terribly shocking.)
Q. Is there a book you love to reread?
A. Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine - it's like my comfort book when I'm sick.
Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
A. Know that you have to start somewhere, and nothing is stopping you from starting today.
Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
A. "I laughed" - and then a story about how laughing led them to something else, like spitting out their coffee or a husband/roommate/friend asking what's so funny.