Alexandra Duncan

Science Fiction. Fantasy. Feminism.

Halloween Book Trail: Galaxy Trail Stop #6

Welcome to the sixth stop of The Galaxy Halloween Book Trail!

If you've been following the trail so far, you probably know how this works, but for those of you jumping in here for the first time, here's what happens. This trail is based on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes presented by the Apocalypsies. You'll find all kinds of posts, and discover new authors and their work. Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes! Books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (jk jk)! At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz. Now you’ll be happy you read all the posts! Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize! Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory! One quiz entry per trail.

Before I start revealing all of my deep, dark Halloween secrets, here's a little bit about me.

My name is Alexandra Duncan. I'm the author of the YA sci-fi novel Salvage, which came out this past April from Greenwillow Books. I'm also a librarian and short story writer. I live with my husband and our two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of North Carolina.

This is my author face, courtesy of Kristi Hedberg. It looks pretty much like my real face, except that my fangs and dorsal spines have been removed via Photoshop.

This is my author face, courtesy of Kristi Hedberg. It looks pretty much like my real face, except that my fangs and dorsal spines have been removed via Photoshop.

This is my book! It looks exactly like this, except made of paper instead of pixels. Unless you have the e-book or the audiobook.

This is my book! It looks exactly like this, except made of paper instead of pixels. Unless you have the e-book or the audiobook.

Now that you know the basics about me, let's get into those harrowing Halloween secrets with these questions from the Trail organizers. . .

What is the grossest thing you’ve ever eaten on a dare?

Birthday cake flavored M&Ms. I also ate dry cat food one time, but that wasn’t a dare. I was four, and I just wanted to know what my cat was so excited about.

What scares the pants out of you?

Pretty much everything scares me. I am an enormous scaredy-pants. I’m afraid of snakes, sharks, face-eating chimpanzees, serial killers, clowns, serial killers dressed as clowns, flesh-eating bacteria, zombies, people in haunted houses with chainsaws, rollercoasters, really deep water, demonic children, possessed dolls, and probably a lot of other things that I’m not thinking about right now. Weirdly enough, though, I’m not really afraid of spiders.

If you were stranded on a deserted island or haunted house, what number are you to die and how?

I think I would be the second person to go. Since we’ve already established that I’m afraid of everything, I don’t think I would be the first person to charge off alone into the haunted woods. I probably would go looking for my friends, though, and I don’t have any particularly good survival skills or quick reflexes. In fact, I’m pretty sure my body would freeze up when the monster rose up out of the swamp, so I wouldn’t even be able to run away. I don’t know if I would get eaten, however. I think it would be more in character if I died in a horrible mishap – a Final Destination type scenario where lightning strikes a tree, which impales a werewolf, which knocks out its fang, which flies across the clearing and imbeds itself in my carotid artery, which causes me to pass out due to blood loss and fall off a cliff.

If you were stranded on a deserted island or haunted house, how do you survive?

Hiding.

What is your favorite Halloween memory?

I grew up with a single mom. The Halloween when I was four, she made the greatest Halloween costume that ever was. I was a unicorn, with a horn made out of pink foam curlers and a wire coat hanger, plus a mane and tail made out of yarn. We went trick-or-treating and then got my Halloween candy x-rayed at the hospital where my mom worked, because it was the ‘80s and everyone was freaking out about razor blades and drugs in candy. I was oblivious to all the adult anxiety, though, and thought this was just more excitement. It was the best Halloween ever, in part because it turned out there were not drugs or razor blades in my Tootsie Rolls.

If the zombie apocalypse happened (and it will), what would be your weapon of choice?

Hiding.

Please share a photo of your favorite Halloween costume you’ve worn.

Homemade Halloween costumes are the best. This is a photo from two years ago, when my husband and I dressed up as Star Trek original series characters. (NERD ALERT - I love Uhura, which is why I’m in red and wearing an operations insignia.) I made the insignias and sewed on the gold rickrack myself.

 

What magical/supernatural creature do you secretly want to be?

I used to want to be a mermaid, but now I think it would be even better to be able to shape-shift into a bear whenever I wanted.

What is your favorite sentence/paragraph from your novel?

“In another few months I might be weighted down with a baby like Soli and busy learning to manage the women at Luck’s mother’s side. But tonight, no one is looking for me. No one will notice I’m gone from my bed. It is the last night before I am fully a woman.

And so I let him lead me from the garden.”

Thanks for taking part in the Galaxy Book Trail! For the next stop on the trail, visit the always entertaining Beth Revis, Mistress of Explosions, at http://bethrevis.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-halloween-book-trail-galaxy-hunt.html

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