Two posts in one day — I know, it’s like I’m on a posting bender, right? But, because of prom excitement, I missed posting my interview with Sydney Salter. So let’s take a few minutes now to see what inspires her.

Sydney Salter is the author of 2009’s hilarious My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters (which includes one of my all time top YA boy crushes). This year she’s back with Swoon At Your Own Risk.

Me: What is your theme song?

In high school, if I heard “Walking on Sunshine” by Katrina And The Waves, I knew I’d have a great day. Now on those rare occasions when I hear that song, all those good feelings still flood back. I guess I should listen to the local 80s station more often…

(I feel the exact same way about this song, Sydney!)

Me:  Who/what is your favorite visual artist or favorite piece of art?

Oh, this question is so difficult for me–almost as bad as asking me to pick a favorite book or author. I love Grandma Moses–her charming scenes of maples and sledding–but I’m also inspired by the fact that she created artwork at an age when most people give up their dreams.

One of my favorite paintings is Picasso’s portrait of Dora Maar–the one hanging in the permanent collection at The Guggenheim. I bought a postcard version and keep it on my bedside table.

I also love John Singer Sargent’s portraits–he knew how to capture a person’s essence in paint. Suffice it to say, I love art, love visiting museums, and wish I were rich enough to collect more of it for my own home!

Thank you, Sydney!

Swoon at Your Own Risk is available now. Look for it at your local library, Amazon, or your local independent bookstore. Sydney recommends: Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise, Idaho for their knowledgeable staff and great middle-grade and YA section.

Admirations and Inspirations with Sydney Salter

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