Molly E. Johnson is here today with an author interview courtesy of the Teen Book Scene blog tour for her soon to be released, Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows. Thank you for being here today, Molly! You can follow along with the tour here, or by clicking through the banner. Enjoy!
If you could live in any time period in history, which would you prefer and why?
So, my current media fixes have all been depression-era: the book Water for Elephants, the show Boardwalk Empire, and the movie The Razor’s Edge (Bill Murray = the cat’s pajamas) so I’m in the middle of a 1920’s kick. But while I love the clothes (especially the hats) and the slang…yeah, that whole skyrocketing unemployment, crippling poverty, dust bowl part? I’d like to leave that out.
What one song defines the world as you see it?
Ghost of Corporate Future by Regina Spektor. This song teaches many life lessons that are true the world over, specifically:
- Take off both of your shoes
- Cut your own hair
- Kiss someone nice
- Lick a rock
- People are just people (like you)
If you were dropped within the pages of Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows, what would you do first?
OMG, I would run straight for the sideshow and learn how to breath fire with Zeda. I researched all about how to do it, watched a lot of videos, and even stalked and made an appointment with a hair dresser who breathes fire on weekends. All that plus writing about it and I’ve still never had the chance to do it myself! Funny enough, at first I had Zeda explain exactly how to do it—and then I remembered I was writing for readers who are probably just as eager to try it as I am. Not good.
….Oooooh, hi kids. So, don’t Google “how to breathe fire.” It’s….it’s not available anywhere on the Internet.
There are two doors before you. One opens to Narnia, the other to Hogwarts. Which do you go through?
Hogwarts! I want to see if butterbeer really tastes like liquidy butterscotch pudding, to teach Hermoine the wonders of a good hair product—and I secretly want to ride around on Hagrid’s shoulder.
If Murphy's Law applied to you, what law would you most likely encounter?
Somebody would read my book and be inspired to learn all those crazy sideshow acts, like getting tied up like Houdini, or the fire-breathing I mentioned. Or sword swallowing…
Excuse me, after considering all this, I think I need to go call my publisher. And perhaps my lawyer.
Molly E. Johnson is the author of Spartacus and the Circus of Shadows, a middle grade novel from RainTown Press.
Thank you for being here today, Molly! I absolutely loved your answers!!
When Spartacus Ryan “Poop Lip” Zander finds his house destroyed and his wacko, Human Cannonball mother missing, it’s obvious that she’s been kidnapped by Bartholomew’s World-Renowned Circus of the Incredible. But when his dad and brother refuse to believe it—because they’re morons, obviously—it’s up to Spartacus to be the hero.
With the Internet-wizardry of his best friend and clues from his mom’s postcards, Spartacus sets out on a zany, west coast rescue mission. But as the stories about the circus get stranger (and Spart’s enemies get weirder), he realizes the only way to bring his family back together is to bring the big top down, once and for all.
Synopsis taken from goodreads.