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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Countdown: Day 2: Interview w/ Adele Griffin + Giveaway!

Today is the first stop in my blog, and also the second day of our Christmas Countdown!

We have the lovely Adele Griffin in our blog today, and I am lucky enough to ask her a few questions about what she does when she's not writing, and how she prepares for Christmas. And oh, we present to you, the Gingerbread House that Adele made!

Adele Griffin has penned quite a few novels, most of which are widely known and in the Young Adult genre, like The Julian Game, Vampire Island and Picture the Dead, which was released May 1st of this year.

Adele's new book, Tighter, will be released May 1st 2011.


How do you prepare for Christmas?
It's different now that I'm the Mom of a three-year-old girl. So Christmas used to be grown-up with a fancy dinner and wine glasses -- and now it's all about corny Jingle Bell Rock songs and "Where does Frosty live in the summer?" and "Can Elmo help Santa with the toys?" A lot more squealing, but no more fancy.

As an author/writer, are you doing something special this Christmas?
My brother Robert is getting married, and my new sister-in-law Christine is planning this extremely fun-for-everyone, beautiful holiday wedding down in Atlanta where they live. My daughter gets to be a "snowflake girl." It's going to be very winter wonderland, but southern style. We are all jumping up and down in giddy excitement. But I have no author duties-- I don't even have to make a toast.

Do you have a tradition you celebrate which you think is special or unique in your family or place?
My dad was in the Army so we moved a lot when I was little, often into pre-furnished "quarters" so we never had a sense of "this is our home, that's our holiday wreath and ornaments and yadda yadda" and the anti-tradition has continued. As a family, we always mix it up-- we might have Christmas at this house or that one, or invite those friends or be guests-- doesn't matter .... We're a movable feast of multiple parts.


Adele is offering a signed, personalized copy of Picture of the Dead and a shirt (your choice of size) to one lucky commenter! So if you love reading about ghosts in YA novels, join! Winner will be chosen via

Contest Rules:

Must be a follower.
Comment about the interview.
U.S. only!
Ends January 1, 2011!
Include your email address so I can contact you!

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Want to know what else we're giving away for this blog event? Check out our line-up for our CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN! Aside from this, we are giving away a SIGNED, FINISHED COPY of Sarah Smith's THE OTHER SIDE OF DARK!

Good luck, everyone!


  1. Ha ha! I love the idea for a snowflake girl! It's so unqiue and fun sounding! I wish your brother and SIL a happy wedding and your family a good Holiday!

    Thanks for the interview and contest, too, Kai!

    Please enter me - I am looking forward to this.
    Apereiraorama @

  2. That sounds so much like our family =) I have a 4 year old little boy and Christmas is so different and so much better now. I'm an AF brat and my husband is Army. I so understand all the moving. We are having a desert Christmas this year. Please count me in this awesome contest.
    I'm a new follower as Tanyaw1224
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  3. You mentioned about the different Christmas preparations that you have now that you have a young daughter. I have a younger brother, and I have to admit, I'm not looking forward to the days when Santa no longer exists, although I know that Christmas will still be just as fun!

    Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

    I would love to enter:

  4. I love a winter wedding...And a snowflake girl is so original! Thanks for sharing your holiday memories/ traditions with us!

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

  5. Having a member of the family in the services definitely changes the southern family Christmas tradition for our family. We're just happy my baby brother is able to be home to celebrate with us this year.
    Thanks for sharing you holiday memories, Adele. I can't wait to read Tighter, I'm sure it's going to be awesome. Have a very Merry Christmas.

    New Gfc follower.

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  6. It's always nice to read about how other people celebrate the holidays. It reminds me how unique some of my own family's traditions are.

    This book looks wonderfully intriguing as well. I would love to be entered into this contest!

    I am a follower of Fragments of Life as well.



  7. Great interview - I love gingerbread houses but I can't make them. 'Christmas on the go' and snowflake girls sounds like fun.
    I am a new follower.
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  8. I almost wish I had a winter wedding...

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  9. I wish I could make gingerbread houses :( I can make cookies at least :)
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  11. Awesome interview! I think its cool she makes such awesome gingerbread houses.

  12. +2 I follow Fragments Of Life (follower username andrea danielle)
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    Thanks for the awesome givaway!

  13. Great interview

    Im a follower.


  14. The wedding sounds beautiful and like it will be lots of fun!

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    Thanks so much!

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  16. It's really fun reading about how Adele celebrates Christmas!

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  17. I'm interested in this book! It looks awesome! :)

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  18. Xmas Countdown Day 8 - extra entry
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  20. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!


  21. Love to have a winter wedding should so cool. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway


    also a follower of Fragments of Life


  22. "snowflake girl" aww thats cute :)
    +2 I follow Fragments Of Life

    jessica b

  23. :D Funny interview, good idea to feature questions about xmas memories and traditions.I like the family spirited xmas, with small kids and all the candy, song stuff:)

  24. Great interview. I have and read Picture of the Dead and thought it was a great book. Hope the winner enjoys it too. Im looking forward to getting to read some of her other books soon.

  25. My niece takes over our christmas's now. It's all about the xmas songs and the xmas stories and putting the star or angel she has made on the tree.
    I loved the snowflake girl idea, it was so cute.


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