Can I have a copy of Spookygirl?
Oh, I wish I could give a copy to everyone who wants one. I really do! Unfortunately, that just isn't possible.

Will you sign my book?
I'd be happy to! Drop me a note and we'll figure something out.

Is that you on the cover?
No, but thank you for asking! (I get this one a lot. It's my favorite question ever.)

Who is your literary agent?
Answer coming soon. You know the "it's complicated" relationship status on Facebook? Yeah. That.

How did you get published?
I won the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult fiction, and the prize was a contract with a Penguin imprint. You can read more about Spookygirl's road to publication in this series of blog posts.

When will the next Spookygirl book be out?
This question breaks my heart every time I hear it. Unfortunately, Dutton is not interested in developing Spookygirl as a series. However, I have enough notes for a trilogy, and I plan on finding a way to get the rest of Violet's story out there eventually. Stay tuned! (And if you enjoyed Spookygirl enough to want a series, you can help by spreading the word and encouraging your friends to read it.)

How long did it take you to write Spookygirl?
I wrote the first draft in about a month -- Spookygirl was my 2007 NaNoWriMo project. I revised the draft over the following few months. Basically, I wrote it in a month and then spent the next four years tinkering.

What other books have you written?
I've written several others, but Spookygirl is my first published book.

What are you working on now?
I'm finishing up a YA contemporary project called Mammoth, which is about a summer internship at an Ice Age dig site. It's Eleanor & Park meets Jurassic Park, just without the marauding raptors. I also completed a middle grade fantasy/adventure called Underbed, which I hope to publish in one format or another soon. You may not believe in monsters under the bed, but they believe in you.

How many cups of coffee does it take to complete a manuscript?
That depends. We're not talking decaf, right? *shudders* Decaf shouldn't even be a thing that exists.

Tell us about the monkey!
There's no monkey! Who told you about a monkey? You can't prove anything!

Actually, NaNoMonKey has been my NaNoWriMo mascot for years:

He sits on my desk and stares at me while I write. If I don't hit my minimum wordcount for the day, he flings poo.

Seriously, pay no attention to the monkey. Attention just encourages him.

What's with the purple hair?
It's my lucky streak.

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