Friday, August 12, 2011

Author Spotlight: Medeia Sharif and her Impending Alien Abduction

So far, I'm loving these spotlights! It's great having authors answer the odd and interesting questions that my commenters brewed up.

This week, welcome Medeia Sharif, author of Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. Take it away, Medeia!

Do you believe in aliens?


I do. When I was a teen in the 90’s, I watched real-life alien abduction/UFO shows and read all of Whitley Strieber’s abduction books. It was hard to sleep after reading or watching those things. I used to be afraid to look out of windows at night, because I believed aliens might be lurking in my backyard.


iPhone or BlackBerry?

Blackberry. I had an iPod touch and thought the keypad was tricky, so I didn't want the phone version. A physical keyboard makes me feel more in control. This is also handy because when I don’t have a notepad, I easily input new ideas and other reminders to myself.

Cake vs. Pie?

Cake, all the way. Cake is richer and more solid, and I love basic chocolate or devil’s food. I’ve had mini pies, but they can’t beat cupcakes.

(Luckily for Medeia, I'm pretty sure most aliens have a penchant for pies, so she won't be top of the list, abduction-wise. She simply won't be their favorite flavor.)

When writing, noise, silence, music, people around?

I usually have music playing in the background. I mainly listen to alternative rock and New Wave, either from my collection or Slacker Radio. The only time I have people around is when I’m working on my balcony (I’m on a busy street) or if I take a hardcopy or Kindle version of my manuscript to the laundromat.


Book blurb:

During Ramadan, we're not allowed to eat from sunrise to sunset, for a whole month. My family does this every year, even though I've been to a mosque exactly twice in my fifteen years. My exercise-obsessed mom—whose hotness skipped a generation, sadly—says I could stand to lose a few. But is torture really an acceptable method? I think not. Things wouldn't be so bad if I had a boyfriend, but my oppressive parents forbid me to date. This is just cruel and wrong. Especially since Peter, a cute and crushable artist, might be my soul mate. Figures my bestest friend Lisa likes him, too. To top it off, there's a new Muslim girl in school who struts around in super-short skirts, commanding every boy's attention—including Peter's. How can I get him to notice me? And will I ever feel like a typical American girl?

Bestest. Ramadan. Ever is available at Barnes and Noble!

You can find
Medeia at her blog, here
and on Twitter. :)

41 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

Cool. I think a blackberry would be nice. I'm with you, I don't like that ipad touch-the-screen thing, it's so complicated and I end up pressing things I don't want. I love the controls on my Kindle as well.

Old Kitty said...

Yay for Madeira and her fab book!! Yay for aliens!! Let's hope they like cake (or pie!)! Thanks Lydia! Take care
x

Angela Felsted said...

From what I know of her, Media is great. The premise of her book is so clever and the cover is way cute. One of these days I'll finish reading it and have more to say.

Slamdunk said...

Fun interview Lydia. I'll have to think about your conclusion that aliens prefer pie--hmmm....

Chris Phillips said...

Aliens prefer brownies. Well-documented fact.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I prefer music playing. I did get used to the screen of the iTouch though and it was an easy transition to the iPad.

Matthew MacNish said...

You're right, Lydia, these are fun!

Isis Rushdan said...

Great way to get to know an author. You're book sounds great. Now on my tbr list.

storyqueen said...

I love your questions, Lydia!

Have heard such good things about this book.

Shelley

Carol Kilgore said...

Fun post! And a great way to know more about Medeia :)

Happy Weekend!

Laila Knight said...

Fun interview. And to think I wanted to be abducted...as long as they were hot-looking aliens. Never gave much thought to a blackberry, but I do like cake, and pie, and chocolate. Ok, I like it all. :)

julie fedderson said...

Hey Lydia, know what kind of pie is an alien's favorite?
MOON pie!! Snort, snort! Great interview, I really like seeing the personal side of your authors.

ketch1714 said...

This a such a fun post! I love the interview questions! Thanks, Lydia! Thanks, Medeia!

Suze said...

I'm with Medeia, cake-- all the way. Though pie certainly has its place. 'Specially cherry.

Heather said...

I'm pretty sure aliens prefer pie too, so she should be safe. ;) I sure hope so because I can hardly wait for more books from her!

Krispy said...

I know where Medeia is coming from with the whole alien scare thing. Those types of documentaries are scary! I watched ones about ghosts though... -__-

Loving this feature series!

Meredith said...

Cake totally beats pie. Haha, such a cute and fun interview!

Bee said...

I'm so, so excited about Medeia's book. I think it sounds very original, and also has an unique backdrop (Ramadan). Fun, short interview.

And, oh, cakes, ftw!

Karen Lange said...

Fun interview! Love the questions. Suddenly I am hungry for cake.

Connie Keller said...

The cover art is great!

I think aliens come because of their strong desire for chocolate--cake, pie, torte, brownies, bars, whatever.

Carrie Butler said...

Those questions were so fun! Great interview! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Great interview! :D

Jonene Ficklin said...

I love these! Lydia, thanks for bringing us a great interview and I wish Medeia the best!

Peggy Eddleman said...

The book sounds awesome!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Hmmm. Why do I have a sudden craving for cake????? I think I'm going to have to get one for tonight. :D

Jennifer Hillier said...

Fabulous spotlight. I've heard so many good things about this book! And totally agree - cake wins. Every time.

Bossy Betty said...

Great interview. This books looks like so much fun too!

Len Lambert said...

I've heard so much about this book and I'm so intrigued! It's now on my TBR list. This is a very interesting interview, Lydia! I like the question about aliens! :)

mshatch said...

this sounds like an awesome book! And cake is definitely better than pie - any day of the week :)

Shelley Munro said...

What a fun interview. I'm with you on the cake one all the way! Add chocolate and my world is perfect. I love the sound of your book. :)

Medeia Sharif said...

Thanks for posting, Lydia. And thanks for the comments, everyone. I'm comforted by the fact that I'm the wrong flavor for aliens.

lbdiamond said...

This is awesome! LOVE the question and answers. ;)

Leslie Rose said...

Fun interview. X-Files + Close Encounters of the Third Kind = Aliens are real. Medeia your book is definitely on my TBR list. I am prepared to laugh...a lot.

j. littlejohn said...

great Q and A's

cherie said...

Love the interview! Medeia is awesome ;)

I love the book blurb--sounds like a really fun read!

Michelle Fayard said...

What a refreshingly different and enjoyable interview; thank you both!

Lola X said...

Great Blog!!! Love it!!!

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Doralynn Kennedy said...

Great questions and answers... enjoyed the interview.

Nas Dean said...

Fun interview! I liked watching Scully and Mulder.

Thanks Lydia, for another great post!

Theresa Milstein said...

Close Encounters of the Third Kind was my first PG movie, and I was so scared. When I was home, I thought if I heard the notes in my head, the creepy aliens would come and get me!

Lynda R Young said...

Now THAT was a great interview! :)

 
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