Tuesday, October 23, 2012

YATopia Relaunch: Lisa and DJ

Today we're introducing the lovely Lisa Burstein, author of Pretty Amy, and reintroducing DJ DeSmyter, who has been with us since the beginning. Lisa and DJ decided to ask each other quirky questions for their interviews, but before we get to those, here is some information on the two of them:

Lisa Burstein lives in Portland, OR with her husband a neurotic dog and two cats. She is the author of PRETTY AMY, May 2012 (Cybils nominee 2012) from Entangled Teen. DEAR CASSIE will be published by Entangled Teen in March 2013. She is represented by Susan Finesman at Fine Literary Management. Lisa has been accused of actually being a seventeen year-old-girl in reviews, but she is definitely old, married and no longer in high school. Visit her website or blog to learn more about her. And if that's not enough Lisa, check out her Twitter @lisaburstein, Facebook, and Goodreads!

DJ is a proud writer of young adult paranormal-romance who suffers from Sexy New Idea Syndrome and currently writes from his bedroom. His novel Hunted was published by Pendrell Publishing in 2011. In addition to novel-writing, he is also a singer/songwriter and book blogger. His reviews and songs can be found on his site, DJ's Life in Fiction. As he continues to grow as a person and a reader, DJ hopes to continue growing as a writer and can't wait to see where his stories take him. Find Hunted on Facebook and GoodReads!


Which book do you wish you had written?

Catcher in the Rye.

If you could be a Disney character, who would you be?


Team Edward or Team Jacob?

This is terrible, but neither ;) When it comes to Twilight I am not a fan. (<--DJ's not sure what to make of this, :-P )

What song are you embarrassed to admit you love?

Waterfalls by TLC

David Beckham or Robert Downey, Jr?

Robert Downey Jr. I had a thing for him in the Breakfast Club, of course these days it would be David Beckham.

Describe yourself in three words.

Funny, Sharp, Creative


If you were an animal what kind of animal would you be?

I would want to be a dolphin. I've always loved them and how intelligent they are. Plus they can beat up sharks.

What is the weirdest thing I would I find in your refrigerator right now?

Hm...let's see. You know, I don't think I have anything out of the ordinary in there. I do have some leftover pancakes in a bag. Does that count as weird?

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Karou from Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone. She has such a fascinating and adventurous life that I think it'd be fun to be her for a day. Plus she has Akiva. Enough said.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

I'm a huge fan of the show Charmed and have always loved Piper's power to freeze time, so I would want to be able to do that.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

 My biggest pet peeve is when I get taken advantage of. I'm a pretty quiet person and I tend to get walked on a lot because people think I won't protest or that I won't mind doing whatever it is they're too lazy to do.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Quiet, friendly, and creative.

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  1. Wait - Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls isn't cool - but, but *slinks away*

  2. Ummmmm, Robert Downey, Jr. wasn't in "The Breakfast Club.....

    And I, too, would be embarassed by that song :)

  3. Nice interview! I don't think Robert Downey Jr. was in the Breakfast Club (was looking on imdb)