IMterview with Maureen Johnson

So I think it’s time for another IMterview, because we all love them.

You may remember my previous IMterviews, such as this discussion of Cycler with Lauren McLaughlin, and chat with Robin Wasserman about Skinned, and this deep and meaningful with Justine on the subject of How to Ditch Your Fairy.

Today we have Maureen Johnson, best know for her fabulous novel Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes. Her latest series is Suite Scarlett, and this IMterview marks its paperback release. I read it back in its manuscript days, and those of you who follow Maureen’s blog will not be surprised to hear that it is totally hilarious!

So without further ado, let the IM-ing begin . . .

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You can find Suite Scarlett at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any independent bookstore.

96 thoughts on “IMterview with Maureen Johnson

  1. I should note that it’s the tech crew part of the theater productions that are really crazy. Climbing scaffolding, power tools, heavy objects, random outbursts of “I’ll make a man out of you!” Yup, it’s the good stuff.

  2. This is quite possibly one of the funniest interviews I have ever read. You’re both crazy. I appreciate the crazy.

  3. okay. that was hilarious. you are both in my top favourite authors list. and i feel you on the koala front. i had this weird-type flu unassociated with pigs for about two weeks. only i read “stop in the name of pants!” by louise rennison to laugh it out. keep up the IMterviews! 🙂

  4. Woo! I LOVED Suite Scarlett. It was hilarious. Spencer reminds me so much of my crazy older brother. Yay. OKAY WAIIITTTTTTTT A SECOND! Scott-la, I’m going to have to ask this okay. Maureen mentions you killing Zane, and you say it was an accident? Am I correct???? NOW, I am intrigued! You must explain! Oh, and I can’t wait for the next book!

  5. Wow, that’s sorta long…. I didn’t read it all lol
    Man… I found Tibbit hair in the cat’s haribrush when I was brushing Cinnamon…. I cried for 20 minutes 😥

  6. hehe I love IMterviews.
    one of my best friends is in theater and she LOVES to talk…so i kinda know more about the theater people than they know about me, makes me feel like a creepy stalker person…

  7. Okay. That was seriously one of the funniest, most entertaining interviews I have ever read. Thank you!!

  8. dang
    so long
    but funny
    will finish it tomorrow since it’s 2am and I have school and all
    haha

  9. I can’t wait for Scarlett Fever to come out! I should probably stop spending all of my money so I can buy it when it comes out…

  10. Haha. I’m sitting here in class reading this and lol’ing.

    I should probably get around to reading Suite Scarlett. I started it back like, forever ago, but then Pride and Prejudice got in the way. *makes mental note to read it*

  11. great interview!! I can’t wait for Scarlett Fever. We have lots of Maureen Johnson fans here in our library. 🙂

  12. oh Alex-wa is Tibbet ur cat that you lost? Thats sooo sad which state do you live in?

  13. hahahah *cough*SWINE FLU*cough*
    “I was just thinking about how you killed zane.”
    hahah scott-la i loved how when you tried to type “(as if he hasn’t read it scott asks: ) but it made a 🙂

  14. so I just split my forehead open… above my right eyebrow…
    and of course I immediately thought of Pretties
    only my gash came about rather bogusly… I fell of a couch and hit my forehead on the edge of a table…
    totally would’ve rather got it from jumping from a spire, haha

    it split open like a 4-pointed star… so tempted to get a tattoo… although I can’t get rid of the swelling and scar with surgery, haha…

  15. Ha, that’s awesome Julie-wa! Well, not awesome that you got hurt, but that it’s like Pretties!

  16. Suite Scarlett is a great book. It is a lot more humuorous than the rest of Maureen’s books which was great, in the entertaining way. The only thing is she has a real talent at writing really beautiful moving books (which are funny two), and knowing she’s spending beacoup de writing time on the SS series is slightly disappointing. I’d love to see another really deep book from her.

  17. Adding on that with a question for Scott-la should he choose to answer it: Do you prefer writing books from a series consecutively, or switching it up et porquoi?

  18. This sounds interesting. I’m a theatre person, maybe that’s why. I”ll have to look it up.

    Also, Swine Flu.

  19. I loved the Cassandra Clare reference.
    Brother/Sister relationships work sometimes. Wait- did I just type that?…

  20. Can’t wait for Scarlett Fever!! And for the record, I’ve also had Scarlett Fever (twice actually). It developes when you have untreated strep throat for too long. And then once you get it once your more susceptible to getting it again. So… yeah.

  21. HeHe…But MAJOR SPOILER ALERT ONLY READ IF YOU’VE READ CITY OF GLASS!!!!!! they weren’t really brother and sister!

  22. ??? T&Z? Well, I haven’t even finished City of Bones, so….. I’ll try not to think about it if I figure out what you mean…. hehe

  23. heehee I love IMterviews! (I can’t read it all right now because of dial-up D: but it’ll be amazing!)

    I got face paint and face painted a special-ish non-flashing flash tattoo, lol, it was fun.

    Peace!

  24. OMG GUYS, YOU WILL NOT BELIVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW ROUSSEOU IS MISSING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF??????????? NOW I ONLY HAVE ONE KITTY LEFT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON????????!?!?!? HOLY #@$*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT BELIVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN’T EVEN CRY BECAUSE TOO MUCH CRAP HAS HAPPEND LATELY LIKE I AM…….. NUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT HAPPENING… THIS IS NOT HAPPENING….. TOO MUCH…. IT’S TOO MUCH….. MY LIFE IS SOOOO MISERABLE RIGHT NOW….. I CANNOT TAKE THIS…… OH, GOD, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE TOO MUCH IN MY LIFE TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH TWO CATS DISSAPEARING WITH OUT A FRIGGIN TRACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OH. MY. GOSH. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! NONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONONO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. I’d say your neighbour hood has a Kyotye problem…..do you even have those in the states???
    I hope you find your cats, I know how you feel though. Tha happened to me…..my cat was about 14 and went missing…..I was really worried…..then our neighbours said that they found a cat bum out in the grass fieldy thing and it was unfortualtly my cat’s….I cried all day…..it did help though that he would have died sometime soon anyway…..pretty sure he had worms…….well I really hope you find them.

  26. No. It’s not Cyotyes! Sure, my neighborhood has cyotyes, but my cat’s don’t go thaaaat far that one would get them… I’m telling you, they dissapeared without a singe trace! Oh, I’m going to cry now… *sniffs* I just want my cat’s back. God, that is all I ask of you! Please. I have tooons of other stuff, and I just don’t think I could deal with this…..
    People, pray for me and my cats. I think we all need it…..

  27. We have coyotes too cuz I live around orchards, they’re all over the place. Do you think somebody could be taking them thinking they don’t have a home? Did you check the local animal shelter and do they have collars? Cuz something like that happened to my cat and she didn’t have a collar, but we got her thank goodness.

  28. Scott replied again!
    Always bubbly to see him reply on his own blog…
    haha

    Tally&Zane – it was actually kind of awesome… it was totally icy-making legit, which surprised me. it throbbed and blood leaked, but it felt like a thin, fuzzy layer had been peeled off my eyes, and the rest of my senses, all my emotions heightened too… it didn’t hurt right away and I was surprised at all the blood, but then my nerve endings started screaming eventually, just a little delayed.

  29. Julie-wa, yay for adreniline rushes! haha, duuuuddddeeee, you guys my eyes hurt SOOOO bad right now, they burn like they’re on fire and I don’t know WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.

  30. Haley – yeah… that’s what I noticed and I was like, hey, it’s legit!

    Tally&Zane – adrenaline rushes<333

    hope your eyes feel better

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