The weather is finally warming up and summer is right around the corner, which means it is almost time to travel to the best place on earth: CAMP ROLLING HILLS!
CAMP ROLLING HILLS by Stacy Davidowitz (Amulet Paperbacks; May 2016; $8.95) and CAMPROLLING HILLS BOOK 2: Crossing over (Amulet Paperbacks’ May 2016; $8.95), the first two books in the laugh-out-loud series that captures everything that is perfect about summer and the years before you are a teenager. Our reviews will be coming in July, so stay tuned!!!
Young readers will want to devour books 1 and 2 in this quirky, laugh out loud series if they’re on the bus to summer camp, bored at home, or on a family vacation because where there is camp there are prank wars, smores, and the beginnings of lifelong friendship.
INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR, STACY DAVIDOWITZ
Q. What inspires your writing?
A. I’m inspired by every day stuff. A lot of my friends laugh when they read my books and plays because pieces of our lives, conversations, jokes, etc. seem to make it in. I am also inspired by my students who are so brilliant and passionate!
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. Having a blast with my characters! Every day it’s a party in my head.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. Getting rejections or anticipating rejections or waiting for rejections. Just. Rejections. Also, getting notes for a revision is really scary. My knees literally buckle and it takes me a few hours to think/digest/breathe! Once I start to tackle the revisions, it’s not so bad. It’s great actually, because the work gets so much stronger.
Q. If you could not be a writer, what would you do/be?
A. I already wear so many hats (everything from a teaching artist to a Bat Mitzvah MC)! But if I had to throw myself whole-heartedly into something other than writing it would be acting again. I actually got my MFA in Acting and do miss it—but there are just so many hours in a day!
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. I think it would be called Join the Circus, which is actually the title of my compilation of short plays published by Indie Theater Now. That, or it would just be a series of exclamation points.
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. Wonder by RJ Palacio. I think I cried reading every single page.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Oh man! What a question. I polled my students for this one.
Katera said: “Taylor from the Michael Vey series. She’s fun and uplifting and fights crime pretty good, like you, Miss Stacy!”
Haidee said: “Lydia Small from Bad Girls Don’t Die. Because she’s an actress. Actually nevermind.”
Zola said: “Colette from Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer because she’s smart and sees visions.”
So, there you go.
Q. What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. Melman! (With a little bit of Slimey and a little bit of Play Dough.)
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. The Summertime Girls by Laura Hankin. So much friendship and all the feels.
Q. What is your favorite season?
A. Summer, baby! But fall is a close second.
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. I actually had no part in designing the book covers, but designer Pamela Notarantonio and illustrator Melissa Manwill did such an awesome job! I don’t think I can choose favorites between the two of them—they’re both so pretty! Be sure to check out the back covers too where Smelly and Steinberg live. Also so adorable.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. In an interview for Summer 365, I mentioned my favorite camp tradition: The Watermelon Sacrifice. After that, the director of Tyler Hill Camp up until 2005 got in touch. He wanted to let me experience the tradition as an adult. He mailed me a series of photos of the ceremony and a watermelon rind to wear on my head. The whole thing was so amazing and funny. You can read the full story on my Camp Rolling Hills blog here: http://www.camprollinghills.com/book-news
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. Always! I’m working on a dark young adult novel titled Leper. Also, I’m co-writing a musical called One Day that’s produced by Big Block Entertainment, the producers of Rock of Ages. It’s inspired by teenage diary entries.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. Hello! Keep doing you. Thanks for reading and for loving books! They love you back, as I’m sure you know.