So remember when I posted my Top Ten books of 2008 and Marshall Karp, author of Rabbit Factory and Bloodthirsty, left that awesome comment? And remember how he offered to do a Q&A with us when his new book, Flipping Out, comes out in April? Well, we're making it even better. Instead of just one Q&A, we're doing a three-part Q&A masterpiece. My fellow fans, Amy and Shelly, and I will be jointly hosting a Q&A session with Mr. Karp on April 13th. We've set up an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org for you to email your questions to Marshall. Each of us will carry a part of the Q&A on our blog on April 13th. In addition to getting a Real Live Published Author to answer your questions, we're also giving you a chance to win the grand prize. PRIZE??!!! Did someone say prize? That's right. One lucky person will win an autographed copy of the latest in the Lomax and Biggs series, Flipping Out, due out on March 31, 2009. So send your questions early and often! While I won't guarantee that asking more questions will get you more entries in the contest, it can't hurt, now can it?
Now, as to the person you will be questioning, Marshall Karp is not your stereotypical, prima donna author. He sincerely digs his fans. And he has an amazing sense of humor. In fact, when we told him we wanted to create some graphics to publicize the Q&A session, he asked us what we had in mind. Clever smartasses that we are, we replied with, "How about 'Meet The Asshole Who Wrote This Book?', and without skipping a beat he countered, "Cool — you'll probably want a picture. I'll call my proctologist."
If you haven't read The Rabbit Factory or Bloodthirsty, consider this your motivation to visit your local library or bookstore and at least get yourself a copy of The Rabbit Factory. Seriously, you CANNOT read Flipping Out (you know, WHEN you win!) without first reading The Rabbit Factory. We will take questions for Mr. Karp from now until April 1. Imagine how you could impress your friends when you invite them over, a literary discussion ensues, and you whip out your personally autographed copy of your latest favorite book. That, my friends, is priceless. And not just because you got the book for free.