C. J. Omololu
author of the upcoming YA novel
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS
(due February 2, 2010)
For sixteen years, Lucy has kept her mother's hoarding a secret. She's had to—nobody would understand the stacks of newspapers and mounds of garbage so high they touch the ceiling and the rotting smell that she's always worried would follow her out the house. After years of keeping people at a distance, she finally has a best friend and maybe even a boyfriend if she can play it right. As long as she can make them think she's normal.
When Lucy arrives home from a sleepover to find her mother dead under a stack of National Geographics, she starts to dial 911 in a panic, but pauses before she can connect. She barely notices the filth and trash anymore, but she knows the paramedics will. First the fire trucks, and then news cameras that will surely follow. No longer will they be remembered as the nice oncology nurse with the lovely children—they'll turn into that garbage-hoarding freak family on Collier Avenue.
With a normal life finally within reach, Lucy has only minutes to make a critical decision. How far will she go to keep the family secrets safe?
Here is the INTERVIEW:
Dirty Little Secrets is about a girl whose mother hoards everything--garbage, junk, all sorts of stuff. Why did you decide to write about this kind of life?
Where have you lived in your lifetime, and how have these places inspired you or impacted your writing?
What is your writing process like?
What do you think is most unique about your writing or, specifically, Dirty Little Secrets?
What was the experience of getting published like for you?
What is the most exciting thing about being a published (or almost published) YA author?
How do you choose the names for your characters?
What are some of your favorite YA books?