Author Chat with Debra Green (Violet and the Pie of Life), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
Today we're excited to chat with Debra Green author of
Violet and the Pie of Life.
Read on for more about Debra, her book, plus an giveaway!
Meet Debra Green!
Debra Green has written many books for children, including the Silver Pony Ranch series and the Zeke Meeks series, which have been published in eight languages across the globe. She lives in Southern California where she works as a lawyer, as well as an enthusiastic speaker at writing workshops, schools, and conferences. Violet and the Pie of Life is her first book with Holiday House. Her favorite kind of pie is apple crumb. Visit her online at debralgreen.com [debralgreen.com]
Meet Violet and the Pie Of Life!
There's no golden ratio for a family, despite what number-crunching Violet might think.
Twelve-year-old Violet has two great loves in her life: math and pie. And she loves her parents, even though her mom never stops nagging and her dad can be unreliable. Mom plus Dad doesn't equal perfection. Still, Violet knows her parents could solve their problems if they just applied simple math.
#1: Adjust the ratio of Mom's nagging to her compliments.
#2: Multiply Dad's funny stories by a factor of three.
#3: Add in romantic stuff wherever possible.
But when her dad walks out, Violet realizes that the odds do not look good. Why can't her parents get along like popular, perfect Ally's parents? Would it be better to have no dad at all, like her best friend, McKenzie? Violet is considering the data when she and Ally get cast in the school play, and McKenzie doesn't--a probability that Violet never calculated. Maybe friendship and family have more variables than she thought.
Filled with warmth, math-y humor, and delicious pie, this heartfelt middle grade read is perfect for fans of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl. Includes illustrated charts, graphs, and diagrams throughout.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Maybe this sounds conceited, but there’s a little or a lot of myself in everything I write. So I guess I inspired myself! Violet, the main character, and I share many similarities. We were both in The Wizard of Oz in middle school. I played the Wicked Witch and loved wearing green makeup and acting mean. Violet plays a different character, but she has fun with her role too. Violet and I are both good in math and we both love pie. On a more serious note, Violet and I were around the same age when our parents separated.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
As a mother, I have to say I like Violet’s mother the best. She has her faults, but no one is a perfect parent. Violet’s mom tries hard to help others and better herself. And like Violet, she experiences growth over the course of the book.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. I had a very boring title originally. It’s so boring that I’m too embarrassed to admit what it was. My wonderful agent and I spent a long time trying to come up with a better title. We brainstormed about 100 ideas until my agent thought of Violet and the Pie of Life. Phew.
YABC: Do you have a favorite writing snack?
Is coffee a snack? If so, then coffee is definitely my favorite writing snack. As I write, I almost always have a cup of coffee with warm, foamy milk, made in my milk frother. It seems so fancy I can imagine I’m writing in a Paris café. If coffee isn’t a snack, then chocolate-covered nuts.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The big pie on it. Yum!
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
I loved Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros. It’s a middle grade novel about a boy in California whose mother suddenly gets deported to Mexico. It has a lot of pathos and it’s very timely. But there’s also humor, adventure, friendship troubles, and descriptions of Mexican food that will make you hungry.
YABC: Are there any film adaptations, tv shows, audiobooks, or other adaptations in the works for this book?
Nothing yet, but I’m thrilled that my YA novels and chapter book series (Zeke Meeks and Silver Pony Ranch) have been translated into eight different languages. I hope my new novel also sells in different countries.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
There’s a horrible scene that takes place near a garbage dump on a cold winter day. Violet finds out some awful truths about her parents. I hated to put her through that. I’d based Violet on myself, so it was like putting myself through that. In the next scene, Violet’s friends come through for her, so it’s not all bad.
YABC: What advice would you give to new writers?
Focus first on craft before you think about query letters, marketing yourself, and other business-y stuff. Some things that I do to keep my focus on craft are reading a few new how-to-write books every year, participating in a weekly critique group and taking the feedback to heart, and revising my manuscripts until they’re as good as I can possibly get them.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
Only needing about six hours of sleep a night. I’ve been like that since I was a teenager. Having that extra hour or two helps me juggle fiction writing and practicing law.
Violet and the Pie Of Life
By: Debra Green
Release Date: March 9th, 2021
Publisher: Holiday House Books
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