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Feature Mon Aug 09 2010

Answers and Questions: Adam Selzer

Answers and Questions is a biweekly column that asks Chicago writers to remember the funniest or strangest things they've been asked in a question-and-answer session, during a talk, or in an interview.

OK. OK. Breathe. The draft of prolific writer Adam Selzer's new book (which he's just handed off to his editor/agent), called Purple Wish (aka "Fairy Godmofo"), not only includes characters from his 2008 book I Put a Spell on You as older teenagers and is set in the same world as his 2010 book I Kissed a Zombie, And I Liked It, but it is a musical. Using songs from only my favorite musical of ALL TIME, The Music Man. I had a crush on Robert Preston when I was about ten years old. Gross in retrospect, because he looked old even then.

Anyway, because 30-year-old Selzer has published six YA books, he does a lot of readings for kids:

I don't know if there's a conspiracy afoot or what, but I seem to get asked about breakfast cereal a LOT. More than once, when I talk to a group of kids, the first question I get has been something to do with Cheerios. Luckily, I have strong opinions about cereal (I'm for it), so it's usually a great ice breaker.

Maybe when the Wells Fargo Wagon a-comes down the street next, it'll bring some thereal for Thelzer.

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