Meet: The Red Rover

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Da-nuh, da-nuh, da-nah…da-nuh-naaaaaaaaa!!!

Scared you, didn’t I? I know, I know, I totally had you thinking Jaws was coming, but never fear, it is only I: Gandalf the Great White! And today, I’m anxious to take a bite out of the ever a-mazing, Erin L. Funk – otherwise known by her fellow Buccaneers as The Red Rover.

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Erin grew up in Northern Ontario but was transplanted permanently in Saskatchewan when she fell head over heels for a prairie boy (they grow ‘em good here).  Now she lives in an entirely landlocked province, where she dreams of The Great Lakes and lots and lots of trees. She’s been scribbling stories since she could string together words, but the first time she knew she wanted to be an author was when she read the hilarious Bruno and Boots books by fellow Canadian, Gordon Korman. These days she writes YA science fiction that’s light on the science and not so light on the romance. She also happens to be Salty McScurvy’s sister.

So, The Red Rover, eh? Now that there’s a name! So ominous. So villainous. So, so…better than Gandalf The Great White. Huh. There’s a solid chance I may eat you, then steal this name of yours – after all, I’m very hungry right now. But first, I’d like to know how you came up with this fantastic name?

I went with “The Red Rover” because of my crazy red hair. Rover is apparently the Norwegian word for pirate and means “robber” although I promise you the only things I steal are precious minutes here and there for reading and writing. It also brings to mind someone who roams the oceans, and I like that image.

See?!!? It means robber and everyone knows I am a thief of the high seas, taking what is mine! AND, I already roam the oceans, always on the hunt for something to eat! Tell me it is not perfect for me? I’m sure you can come up with something else. How ‘bout Gandalf The Great White? It seems this name is suddenly available. I’ll let you think about it. 
Until then, every buccaneer should be able to describe themselves in only one word, and yours would be?

Idealistic (both a strength and a flaw)

Idealistic?  Oh, that’s definitely a strength, my friend, so embrace it. Let’s test this idealistic brain of yours:
Your pirate vessel has sprung a leak and you’re forced to abandon ship. Quick, you must take only your most favorite books with you overboard, what are they?

I couldn’t possibly list them all, so here’s a little taste. Some of my favorite YA books are:  GRAVE MERCY and DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers, ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR by Stephanie Perkins, UNDER THE NEVER SKY and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi, THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater, BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young, THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas, and SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo. Yeah, I could go on forever.

Some of my other favorites include: THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern, THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy by J.R. R. Tolkien, A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle, THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA by C.S. Lewis, LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott, JANE EYRE by Charlotte Brontë, and the HARRY POTTER series by J.K Rowling. A long list but far from complete.

SHADOW AND BONE by Leigh Bardugo? The Red Rover, there is a slight possibility I may let you live, but the name is still mine. Because that there is some fierce reading, if I do say so myself. 
So, ideally (like how I did that there?), you make it with all these great books and find yourself now stranded on a deserted island. And maybe, just maybe – cause I’m not guaranteeing I would – I decide to deliver three things to this island of yours. Tell me, what would you ask for?

Hmm, this is a tough one. I’d have to say one of those magical tents from Harry Potter (completely furnished, of course), my ereader loaded up with more books than I could read in a lifetime, and a never-ending supply of tea (which would include both Cream Earl Grey and cherry cola).

Ahhhhh, I too am a sucker for a great cup of David’s Oh Canada! tea, with just a fine drizzle of honey. Being as though you’re from Canada yourself, perhaps there’s a way you can hook a brotha-shark up? A Great White, mind you. And I would say this may pardon you from any bites I might be inclined to take, so I’d highly suggest you ponder this idea. 
And now, it is your turn to contribute to this fine YA Buccaneers blog, so please, tell me what topic you might most be excited about?

I’m really excited about the Reading Mutiny bucket. I love a good book discussion, and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on our book selections.

Ohhh, this sounds like something I’d like to participate in as well! Will there be food? Can you bring some of this tea? Anything. I’m starving. It’s been a while since a pirate has fallen overboard and the sushi around these parts just isn’t cuttin’ it. I think I’m feeling faint…you might wanna tuck in those limbs of yours, just sayin’.
How about a distraction? Why don’t you tell me one interesting fact about yourself.

I share a birthday with three of my favorite authors: Madeleine L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Louisa May Alcott. (November 29th in case you were wondering).

Wow, 3 amazing authors is right! I believe that’s a sure sign of success for your writing future, I can almost taste it! In fact, I’d actually like to taste it. Really. You’re no longer in need of that foot, right? They’re making great peg legs now-a-days and it would really bode well for this whole Buccaneers theme. Or how about one of your hands – I’m not picky. That Captain on board might be able to share her hook with you (but please don’t tell her I said that, she’s threatened to turn me into soup on more than one occasion. Oh…soup...).
Wait! I feel like I’m starting to lose you. Was it something I said? Maybe you can tell me your most favorite pirate-themed movie?

Definitely THE GOONIES!  Sloth’s not the only one who loves Chunk, ya know! Salty McScurvy and I watched it over and over when we were kids. On our Beta VCR. Scary.

Oh, I love Chunk, I love Chunk!!!!! I’d like to take a chunk outta him right about now. And Salty McScurvy? Please tell me, how does she taste? With a name like that, she has to be good! 
Dang, would you look at the time? I must be on my way…after all, dinner calls! But before I let you swim off, any last words?

Looking forward to sailing the seas of YA literature with this awesome crew and all the rest of you!

The Red Rover, the pleasure has been all mine, thanks for payin’ me a visit in the deep blue sea - come on back and see me anytime! And for even more information, check out Erin’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 The Red Rover…okay, fine, it doesn't quite go with the whole shark thing I’ve got goin’ on. So, let’s try this again, eh-em: 

Until next time, this is Gandalf the Great White, hoping my next interviewee will make sure to bring something to snack on…cause I’m hung-grey!