Monday, June 29, 2015

Would you rather...with Holly Schindler

Please welcome Holly Schindler, author of Fifth Avenue Fidos.

Holly Schindler:


Holly Schindler is a hybrid author whose work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. 

Her next YA, SPARK, is due out from HarperCollins in ’16. Her next independent project is PLAY IT AGAIN, the sequel to PLAYING HURT. 

Connect with Holly:
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Would You Rather... 
with Holly Schindler

Chips, chocolate or cheese?

Chocolate cheesecake.

Bridget Jones, Becky Bloomwood or Carrie Bradshaw?


Wine, beer or vodka?

Fave cocktail’s actually a gin and tonic.

Camping or spa vacation?

How about a spa where I can take my dog?

Water or mountains?

Definitely the water. It keeps showing up in my books— A BLUE SO DARK begins and ends with a vacation to the ocean. PLAYING HURT—and its forthcoming sequel, PLAY IT AGAIN—both take place at a lake resort. FERAL takes place in the midst of an ice storm.

Zombies or vampires?

I prefer ghost stories.

Dogs or cats?

I’ve had animals my entire life—as do most of my characters! Dogs are obviously featured front and center in my latest, FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS—Innis, the Pekingese, is based loosely on my own Peke, Jake! Cats run amok in my last YA, FERAL…I also grew up with two cats I adored (one of them, Tuffy, was born feral).

Coke or Pepsi?

I’m a Squirt kind of gal.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee. No doubt.

Dine out or take away?

I take out. Eat with my dog. (You’re getting a definite love me, love my dog theme here, aren’t you?)

High heels, sneakers or flip flops?

Mostly, I’m in flats.

Physical Book or ebook?

I love my e-reader; I also love the possibility e-readers have opened up for me as an author. Independent releases are allowing me to explore new avenues—and to continue to release fresh new material between what can often be painfully long gaps between traditional releases. 

Paperback or Hardcover?

I love old hard-to-find first editions.

Pen or pencil?


Mad Men, Downton Abbey or Breaking Bad?

Breaking Bad.

Drama or comedy?

The older I get, the more I find myself gravitating toward comedy. I don’t think anything reveals a character’s world view quite like their sense of humor.

Twilight or Hunger Games?


Lipstick, lipgloss or chapstick?

Lipstick. I have 15 tubes in my purse right now. That’s not a typo.

Facebook or Twiter?


Plot your entire novel or fly by the seat of your pants?

Plot. Definitely. I recently started using Scrivener, and it’s perfect for plotting your book out before you get started. (Takes a bit of the nerve-wracking component out of it, too, if you know where you’re going.)

Fifth Avenue Fidos

Ever felt like a dog? I mean a real mutt. So did Mable…until she realized she was starring in her own fairy tale.

“Once upon a time, in a magical metropolitan kingdom…” 

OR: When a mutt from Queens meets a purebred Upper East Side New Yorker, it takes man’s—and woman’s—best friend to convince them what they feel is more than puppy love. 

When Mable Barker snags a job walking a snarly Fifth Avenue Pekingese belonging to the shy veterinarian, Jason Mead, she expects to spend her days dealing with yet another creature’s crap—figuratively and literally…Only to find that love is unleashed, as she and Jason fall for the Peke and for each other. But can three imperfect beings create utter perfection at the Westminster Dog Show? 

Fifth Avenue Fidos offers a smart, sweet romantic comedy, using the conventions of fairy tales to explore what “happily ever after” means. A heartwarming story of love and dreams in dog-eat-dog NYC.

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