Monday, March 3, 2014

Meet the Authors of Hilarious Middle Grade

Happy Monday, everyone! Today on the blog we have the authors Angelina Hansen and her funny author friend, Ace. For those of you playing along at home, this is the pseudonym Angelina writes under for this series. But I think it's much more fun to see say he DOES exist. From the way they answered their questions, I might be a believer in Ace because he's such a talented little life-form! Check out their book to the right of the post by clicking the picture. :)

Take it away, guys!

What were you like at school?
A: Involved in everything—music, sports, math team, drama. School was a blast.
Ace:We don’t have school on our planet. Everything I know I learned from my Mommy. We were attached at the fingers until I was ten. Then I had a blast--in my spaceship—exploring the galaxy.

Were you good at English?
A: Rocked English. Especially loved creative writing and poetry classes. I took a college English class when I was 15. Loved it!
Ace: Still working on it. Complicated, silly language. House/houses—mouse/mouses—why not?

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
A: I’m hoping to see my first YA in print by the end of the year.
Ace: I want every Earthling on the planet to read my book and laugh out loud.

Which writers inspire you?
A: Laurie Halse Anderson for her brilliance and diversity.
Ace: Roald Dahl for his fart and burp jokes.

So, what have you written?
A: I’m in various stages of doneness with several YA novels, contemporary and historical. I have a short story, The Exotic Stranger, published in Skipping Stones and in 2009 I received the SCBWI WIP grant for a contemporary novel. I’ve blogged for years at
Ace: Blog shmog. I’m way cooler than she is ‘cause the first book I wrote got published in 2013. Alien writers are way more advanced than Earth writers, BTW.

Give us insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
Ace: Julius Caesar Brown is a creative problem solver and boy does he ever have problems!

What are you working on at the minute?
A: An edgy, contemp YA.
Ace: Finding a way to have more people buy my book so I can buy more gummy worms.

Why do you write?
A: Because it’s fun.
Ace: Because it’s the only way I can earn Earth money.

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
A: Living in the woods in the foothills of the North Cascades, I had to do something to break the monotony of the rainy days.
Ace: I saw a breath mint commercial and it made me wonder what would happen to Earthlings if their gas came out green.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
A: Knowing whether or not your ideas are brilliant or stinky.
Ace: Writing is easy peasy.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: Six months to draft, five years to polish.
Ace: Drafted JCB in 30 days, barely revised.

What is your favorite quote?
A: “Never. Never. Never give up.”—Winston Churchill
Ace: “If you start farting green, remember to say, scuse me!” --me

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
A: Have fun and don’t be in too big of a hurry to get published.
Ace: If you laugh out loud or cry while writing your story, so will your readers.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Thanks for visiting, Angelina and Ace! I can't wait to review your novel on Wednesday. :)


  1. This is such a clever way to answer blog questions... and I love the answer Ace gave: "We were attached at the fingers until I was ten." What a brilliant concept :-) JJ

  2. It was the author's idea and a pretty great one. :)