In the second installment of our Ten Questions @ Book Expo America special event, we’re featuring ten more authors including Jodi Picoult, Berkeley Breathed, Brandon Mull, and Maggie Stiefvater. Instead of our usual author Q&A we’ve asked the authors we’ve spoken to at BEA to answer one simple question:


Here are their answers:

Louise Penny, the author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache Series:
Anesthesiologist. Not because of what it means but because it sounds so poetic.

Berkeley Breathed, author/artist of Bloom County, A Wish for Wings that Work, and Mars Needs Moms among other classic works.
Can I give you two words? Let me spell them for you–
Renoberate and Insegrieious. Never heard of them? I’ll tell you why. These are my dad’s made up words. He used them when he was trying to sound articulate.

Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven Series:
Brandon had a hard time deciding on a word and waiting for him to decide was a ton of fun. In the end he took a suggestion from another fan in line:
Serenity–a word that has multiple geek meanings.

Katie Regnery, author of the English Brother and Blueberry Lane Series:
Longing. It’s the theme of most of my novels.

Robyn Carr, author of The Virgin River Series:

CJ Warrant, a debut author who’s first novel, Forgetting Jane, comes out June 29th:

Jodi Picoult, author of twenty-two novels including The Storyteller and My Sister’s Keeper:
Uxorious, it means having an excessive fondness for one’s wife.

Zoraida Cordova, author of the Vicious Deep series and Labyrinth Lost:
Susurro, in Spanish it means a gentle whisper.

Lisa Yee, author of books in the American Girls and DC Super Hero Girls collections: 

Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Shiver Trilogy and The Raven Cycle:

Thank you to all the authors that participated today, and stay tuned for more in this special BEA series of Ten Questions next week!

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