Friday Q&A: Spooky Edition

From bumps in the night to sending that ugly first draft to your agent/editor: OneFours, what scares you?

“Dolls, heights, creepy clowns, and driving over bridges, but above all else: Giraffes.”
—Heidi Schulz, HOOK’S REVENGE 

“Everyone will expect me to say bunnies (BUNNYYYYYY AHHHHHHHH!!!), but SPIDERS, final answer.”
—Lauren Magaziner, THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES

“Cockroaches! Or any big, black, shiny bug for that matter.”
—Christina Farley, GILDED and SILVERN

“Snakes and Dolls. A Doll with pet snakes would be the worst!”
—Jaye Robin Brown, NO PLACE TO FALL

“I’m beyond terrified of snakes. I have no problem with lizards, and I love frogs. But snakes? *shudder* – I once nearly ran my car off the road because I saw a snake sunning itself in the middle of my lane. And then, for two weeks afterward, I was afraid to get into my car, because I had this mental image of the snake somehow catching hold of my vehicle as I drove past and slithering up through the vents to lie in wait and get me as soon as I let my guard down. (My kids won’t even utter “the S-word” in my presence!)”
—Veronica Bartles, TWELVE STEPS

“Dolls with moving eyes. Sadists. My children in the road while a huge truck barrels toward them and I stand frozen and soundless and out of reach.”
—Mary Crockett, DREAM BOY

“I’m right in there with critter phobias (snakes, spiders, huge cockroaches, etc.) but I think what scares me the most is floating off into literary oblivion without having made a difference in people’s lives with the words that I have labored over for so long and with such sincere intentions.”
—Linda Vigen Phillips, CRAZY

“Heights. Enclosed spaces. And frogs. (They hop!)”
—Skila Brown, CAMINAR

“Clowns. And the movie Pinocchio.”
—Robin Constantine, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING

“Rats. For some odd reason, every nightmare I can remember, since childhood on, has involved rats. *shudders*”
—Dana Alison Levy, THE MISADVENTURES OF THE FAMILY FLETCHER

“Having to make a phone call.”
—Jessica Love, PUSH GIRL

Heidi Schulz is a writer, reader, and giraffe suspicioner. Her debut novel for middle grade readers, HOOK’S REVENGE, is available now. A sequel, HOOK’S REVENGE: THE PIRATE CODE, will follow in September 2015. Her picture book debut, GIRAFFES RUIN EVERYTHING, by Bloomsbury Kids, in Spring 2016. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her husband, their teen daughter, a terrible little dog, and five irascible chickens.
Connect with her on HeidiSchulzBooks.comTwitter, or Facebook.
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