In addition to being a fantastic author, Kelly Para also co-runs an amazing blog all about YA lit called YA Fresh. Once you're done partying with us, you should head on over and check it out! But first, Kelly's Q&A:
What's the most outrageous/silliest/weirdest thing you've ever done for the sake of popularity?
It's all foggy, but a student talent show comes to mind...a Jackson 5 song, clothes from the seventies, and a boy who liked me (and I supposedly him) singing to me in front of the school. All pretty embarrassing! I remember thinking, "Do I like this guy enough?" and realizing while on stage that I didn't. Reality can hit you at the oddest moments.
Do you have any horror stories (or sweeping success stories) about participating in student government back when you were in school?
I was the environmentalist on the student council in junior high, rallying students to "clean the school, recycle, and just be clean, people." It all sounds very liberating, however, it was a lot of about picking up garbage. I recall picking up garbage at the school, on beaches, and our adopted highway. It was a lot of work and it made me feel good that I was doing my part. Remember, any little bit helps!
Thanks for letting me share...leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of Graffiti Girl. :) (Yes, I am aware of the irony of a book involving tagging up the town with aerosol cans and and my small stand on living green. *chuckle* Funny, how things work out.)
*(editor's note: environmentalism? Erin Bright would approve!)
Kelly Parra is the author of Graffiti Girl and her upcoming novel, Invisible Touch, both published by MTV Books. You can drop her a line at www.KellyParra.com or the YA Fresh blog, yafresh.blogspot.com.