Well hello there, my pretties! Gandalf the Great White here and I’m so glad I’m getting the chance to sink my teeth, er, my fins – yeah, my fins - into our next guest, Guppy Guts Skullcracker, otherwise known as the beautiful Ms. Heidi Sinnett!
Heidi grew up in small-town Ontario, Canada, convinced she'd follow a musical path. After earning a Music Degree in Composition, she settled into her role as a piano teacher. Ten years in, she decided music wasn't her passion and set off to do something different. A few uninspired career attempts later, she wound up working at a public library and is now a Children's Librarian, where she gets to indulge her passion for books, creative endeavors and working with young people on a daily basis. When she's not reading or writing young adult books, she enjoys baking and going to concerts with her husband. Heidi is represented by Marlene Stringer of the Stringer Literary Agency.
So, Guppy Guts Skullcracker – you do know I’ve been known to eat guppies, right? Great big schools of ‘em and they taste mighty fine. Mighty fine indeed. But the Skullcracker part. Huh. Well that’s down right fierce. Maybe you won’t be my next meal after all. So how’d you come up with such a clever name?
My husband has called me Guppy Guts for years. A while back, we awoke in the dead of night to a loud noise downstairs. When we got up to investigate, my husband thought I was right behind him, but I’d slipped into the washroom instead. (Seriously, what good would I be to him if I couldn’t concentrate?) Thankfully, the noise was nothing important, but he’s called me Guppy Guts ever since. The skullcracker part? I think that describes my personality perfectly! ;-)
You mean you hid in the washroom. Heh heh. You’re lucky you’ve got the Skullcracker bit in there, just sayin’. So, every pirate should be able to describe herself in one word – what would your one word be?
Honest? Well I can’t come up with a clever reason why that’s not a good description. Guess the pirates on ship that always seem to get thrown overboard, are the dishonest, scurvy ones - so that does indeed set you apart from the rest. But, if you were forced to abandon ship, which of your most favorite books would you take with you?
I tend to go through phases. I don’t like to read YA when I’m writing, but I read lots of it when I’m revising and on my “off” times. Most often, I read literary fiction and a huge amount of non-fiction. Pop in a smattering of MG novels (for work, of course), and you have my typical reading style. I read everything by Stephen King, loved THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger, and started my first book collection with the entire Nancy Drew series when I was young.
Nancy Drew? Well there’s a fine lass that would make a great pirate, if I do say so myself! Better hope you can swim better than her, especially with all those books! But let’s assume you manage to swim faster than me (yeah, right), or maybe, I decide to let you go – and you make it to a deserted island. If you could have three things delivered to you there, what would they be?
1. Bittersweet Chocolate Callebaut Wafers (although I’d take pretty much any good, dark chocolate)
2. SPF 85 or higher sunscreen (I’m religious about wearing sunscreen everyday. Every. Day. No exceptions.)
3. An endless supply of paper and pencils (for writing, drawing, map-making, etc.)
Perhaps you’d care to share some of these strange Callebaut Wafers you speak of so highly? You know, since I have absolutely no use for sunscreen at the depths of ocean I swim in. Think about it.
So you’ve got an endless supply of paper and pencils and you’re up next for posting on the YA Buccaneers site. Which bucket o’ topics are you most interested in partaking in?
I’m most excited about the Word Sprints. I need goals to get me writing when I start a new book, I just haven’t quite convinced myself of that. If I have to participate in a Word Sprint, I know it’ll keep me focused and I’m very competitive, so I hope that’ll make a difference as well. Can we have them every night please???
Hmmm, Word Sprints every night? Well I think something could be arranged, after all, I have a few Pirate Captains indentured to my service. I could introduce you. Something tells me you all would get along great. But before I do that, maybe you could share another interesting fact about yourself so Ican get to know you better.
I have synesthesia. It’s a neurological condition which causes people who have it to experience two or more senses at one time. For example, I see letters in certain colors all the time. Always the same colors for each letter. I also feel pain in shapes, and view numbers in what I can only describe as a map. It’s a pretty common condition, but one that I hid from everyone except my family until I was in my twenties and finally saw a news article all about it. Up until then, I thought I was a freak of nature! (Okay, maybe I am, but I wouldn’t trade it!)
Freak of Nature? Never. After all, I’m a talking shark. Perhaps a little strange, I mean you do live on dry land and we all know swimming in the ocean is somuch better. But, I’ve always imagined what it would be like to besomeplace else or be something else and I often ask myself questions like that. You know, if I could live anywhere, where would it be? (Hawaii for sure) Or, if I could eat only one thing for the rest of my life, what would it be? (Well, sushi, duh). So what do you think? If you could be any one kitchen utensil, what would you be?
An ice cream scoop, of course!
An ice cream scoop? Well I guess I asked for that, didn’t I. So an ice cream scoop it is then! I think I could like ice cream. Maybe you could send some on down, along with some of that dark chocolate you mentioned? We might be able to work out some sort of agreement for when you find yourself in the ocean again.
Speaking of which, thanks for swimmin’ with me in the deep blue sea, Guppy Guts Skullcracker - come on back and see me anytime! And for even more information, check out Heidi’s bio on our crew page to connect with her on her personal website, Twitter, and Facebook!
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Until next time, this is Gandalf the Great White, wishing a pirate or two would fall off that ship. After all this talk of ice cream and chocolate, I’m hungry!