Friday Q&A

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers! Every month, the OneFours answer questions about their books, writing processes, life, favorite flavors of ice cream, and more. This week’s question:

It’s time for summer vacation! Where would you love to go? Describe your ideal reading vacation and the book you’d most want to bring along. 


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I would give a lot to be parked on a beach somewhere with a fruity, umbrella’d drink and Emma Traveyne’s CHORUS (sequel to CODA) which is waiting for me (the book, not the beach) as soon as I finish revisions on my 2015 book, WHAT REMAINS!


MY KINGDOM to be on the beach in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with a bucket of ice-cold beers, a never-ending supply of guacamole, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins in my lap.

—Jessica Love, PUSH GIRL

A hammock in Jamaica, steel drums in the background, a gentle wind purring through the palm trees, and reading DR. SLEEP by Stephen King.


My aunt and uncle’s bay house in Fairhope, Alabama would be ideal. I’d hang out on the hammock at the end of the pier and bring along Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. I’ve read the first and have books 2 & 3 waiting for me on my bedside table.

—Jaye Robin Brown, NO PLACE TO FALL

My ideal reading vacation is on a small ship cruising the coast of Greenland. The glassed in observation deck up top would be the perfect place to drink tea and watch the changing light on the ice as I read Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire.


My perfect reading vacation would be lying on a beach in Bora Bora sipping a cool drink and listening to the waves crash as my background music. I’d finally be able to finish Leigh Bardugo’s SHADOW AND BONE series. And then if there was time, I’d pull out VITRO by Jessica Khoury because that is the perfect beach read.

—Christina Farley, GILDED

My perfect reading vacation is always the beach, and if I got to pick any beach it would be the one I spent a weekend on when I was 20 in Sardinia–gorgeous crystal-clear water and Italian food, what’s not to like? When I’m beach reading, I love me a happily ever after, so I’d pick a couple of the romances in my TBR pike: BIGGEST FLIRTS by Jennifer Echols and 3 WEEKS WITH LADY X by Eloisa James.

—Lisa Maxwell, SWEET UNREST

There’s a certain spot on the beach on the Monterey Bay where I used to love sitting to read on a nice day. Even though I moved away years ago, I still think of it as the perfect vacation reading spot. Summer and beach calls for love and happy endings, so I think I’d have to have a stack of YA contemporary fiction on hand. Next up on my list: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins, HOW TO SEDUCE A BAND GEEK by Cassie Mae, and DAMSEL DISTRESSED by Kelsey Macke.

—Veronica Bartles, TWELVE STEPS

I’d love to be in a lounge or hammock aside a clear, isolated mountain lake. However, since this is my dream and I can do what I like, I’d also want personal wait staff standing by to keep me supplied with delicious food and icy drinks while I reread all seven Harry Potter books and THE GOLDEN COMPASS trilogy. As I read, my skin would receive a golden glow—not a burn—and I would be cooled by the beating of dragon wings (both equally likely).

—Heidi Schulz, HOOK’S REVENGE

I’m generally a city vacationer, but for ideal reading, I need to be plunked down by a pool, literally anywhere. I wouldn’t mind returning to Outer Banks, NC, with Leigh Bardugo’s Greisha trilogy to read for the first time from start to finish. (And ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, of course. I wouldn’t dream of having a summer vacation with Stephanie Perkins. Or Jennifer Echols. Hold on, I might need a bigger suitcase.)


LBI! I’m there in my beach chair, under the umbrella (and still wearing sunscreen) toes in the sand, a huge cup of fresh pressed lemonade by my side while enjoying the breeze coming off the water and WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart.

—Robin Constantine, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING

HARRY POTTER series in the Scottish Highlands. (Clearly, I’d be using it as a guide to help me find Hogwarts by the start of next term…)


Wiggling my toes in the pretty white sands of Boracay beach in the Philippines, propped up by an overly large umbrella, a chocolate-peanut-butter-banana shake, with NOS4A2 by Joe Hill!


For me, a good vacation spot is somewhere secluded with a fantastic view. Probably somewhere cool. Like summer in the Pacific Northwest and Canada or autumn in the northeastern section of the US. And it’s probably cheating to say I’d bring a jam-packed Kindle, huh? Well, one book I’m really excited to get to read is CLARIEL by Garth Nix, a new prequel story to the existing SABRIEL series! It was always a favorite as a kid and now there’s more! 😀


I’d have to pick somewhere I’ve already visited many times before. Otherwise I’d be tempted to go exploring instead of hanging out and reading. So let’s say Islamorada in the Florida Keys, with a steady stream of mojitos at my side and the final installments of two trilogies in my lap: Laini Taylor’s DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS and Leigh Bardugo’s RISE AND RUIN.


Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, will be published by Disney•Hyperion on September 16, 2014. A sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE will follow in September, 2015. Bloomsbury Kids will publish her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, in spring of 2016. She lives in Oregon with her husband, their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens. Connect with Heidi on her websiteTwitter, and Facebook.

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