Tuesday, December 13, 2011




Thank you again for donating a book for our 1st annual "Good Tidings & Trimmings" e-book Giveaway! What book or books did you donate, tell us more about them.

I donated Tales Told Under the Covers: Zombie Girl Invasion & Other Stories, written as De Kenyon, which is a collection of short strange stories for kids 8 to 12. I used to read all kinds of ghost and mystery stories (Alfred Hitchcock!) when I was a kid, so I wanted to recreate that experience. A bunch of these stories came out of conversations with kids and teens, too--for example, the beginning of "Zombie Girl Invasion" came almost word for word from a boy I know who came up with this list of the world's most horrible punishments, and getting kissed was like #1 or #2.

What is your favorite thing about the holiday season and what does Christmas mean to you?

My favorite thing about the holiday season is the lights. I get a little depressed every winter, and the lights cheer me up. I'm one of those people who drives slowly through the pretty neighborhoods. We have a parade of lights in my town, too, which is a nighttime parade where you drink a lot of cocoa and try to take terrible pictures in the dark.I would like to say that Christmas means family to me, but I remember getting dragged all over as a kid to the houses of relatives where I had a perfectly boring time because I had to be good and there was nothing to do, so I guess I don't mean that. So instead I'll say Christmas is a time where I want to tell the people in my life how much I appreciate and treasure them.

What is your favorite holiday memory?

My favorite childhood holiday memories are a mishmash of hanging out with my Grandma on Christmas Eve. My favorite adult memories are of my daughter, ever-so-shyly, trying to persuade us that it is, indeed, time to get up.

Do you still have any of the toys you got when you were a kid?

A few; I gave one of my unicorn music boxes to my daughter when she was much younger, and she's decided she doesn't want it anymore, so now it's sitting on my computer desk. I still have my childhood blanket (my ginkie) in the linen closet, though.

How do you celebrate the holidays?

We live far enough away from family that we don't drive back for Christmas (preferring to save that for the summertime, when we're pretty sure errant snowstorms won't hit at weird times), so for the last few years, we've been having a Geek Christmas, where we get all the locals that are in town by themselves, have them over, feed them whatever experiment I feel like feeding them (I like to cook), and playing games of one kind or another.

Do you still believe in Santa Claus?

Of course I do; I've been drafted to help in the cause.

A lot of people get that warm, fuzzy feeling around this time of year, are you one of those people?

I swing back and forth: ugh, winter--I like the snow, but I need sunshine--ooh, pretty lights and cocoa...

Have you ever gone caroling or wanted to?

Yes, I remember going caroling at a nursing home once, and it was good. I like making people happy, and that worked like a charm. Plus, you know, bellowing Christmas carols in the car used to be a family ritual, so I had plenty of practice.

If you had a choice of the perfect weather for Christmas would it be cold and snowy, or warm and sunny?

Cold and snowy! Lots of snowy! I live in south-ish Colorado, so it wouldn't stick around long, but I'm already impatient for more snow!

Give us your links! Tell us where to find your books and more information about you!

I blog at:www.deannaknippling.com.
I have my own small e-press where you can find all kinds of stories atwww.wonderlandpress.com.
I have a website for my De (kids') pseudonym atwww.dekenyon.com.
I'm on Twitter as@dknippling,@wonderlandpress, and@writerde, respectively.

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