I’m so happy to have Vera Dietz from Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King on the blog today! Give her a big welcome!
Hi Lori. Nice to meet you.
I’m Vera Dietz—the main character in A.S. King’s book PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ. I’m still not sure why she chose to write about me. I don’t think I’m that big of a deal, you know? I’m just a normal pizza-delivering [now] community-college attending small-town girl who happens to have a pretty cool father, a runaway mother and who used to be haunted by my dead best friend, Charlie. To reiterate: I am no big deal.
Now that we are all properly acquainted lets get down to it. Do you still eat pizza or are you sick of it? Is it disgusting to even look at it?
I hate pizza. I smell like pizza all the time. My car smells like pizza. My shoes smell like pizza. After nearly three years of working here, I cannot escape the stink of pizza. I still get a buzz out of making a good pizza, though. And even cutting it into perfect, evenly-sized slices. That’s probably my father’s math dork coming out in me. The only thing from the pizza place I can eat are the hot ham and cheese sandwiches. I like the way the roll gets crunchy after going through the oven.
What is your most favorite word? Can you use it in a sentence for us?
Totally unfair question to ask a word freak. Seriously. I can only pick my favorite word from this week.
Here’s me using the word marplot in a sentence: Maybe if Dad wasn’t such a marplot when it came to Charlie and me, everything would have been different.
Who is your favorite Zen guy and why?
I’ll start by saying The Buddha said many wise things, so he is my favorite real Zen guy and I love many of his teachings. But I can’t really choose a favorite Zen guy (The Buddha would approve!) because Zen finds itself in everyday life all the time and in the quotes of those who are not Buddhists. I think out of all the people A.S. King quoted in the book, I love Abraham Lincoln the most. (She used: “Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?”) I love him because of what he did for our country and how many clever things he said. Just look at some of these:
~It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.
~Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
~People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.
That last one is a doozy, am I right? Seriously. If everyone just took a second to realize that the world would change. Or maybe a lot of people might be happier, which would in turn, change the world. Or whatever. You get my drift.
What do you think Charlie is up to these days?
I hope he’s something free, like a red-tailed hawk. We used to watch them circle above us on the mountain and he’d always talk about how one day he’d love to be a red-tailed hawk.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Well, that’s the problem, isn’t it? I have no idea. Right now, I’m taking the core classes—communications, orientation, some environment class and catching up on one math course. I still have no idea what I want to be. But recently, I met this guy—a substance abuse counselor—by complete accident and after meeting him, I was thinking maybe I could do something that has to do with drugs and alcohol and talking to teenagers about it. Or not. I’m really not sure yet. I still love words, too. So maybe an English teacher?
Thanks so much to A.S. King and Vera, of course! Check out Reading Angel for an interview with the other star of the book, Charlie! If you haven’t made a trip to the local bookstore of placed an order online for Please Ignore Vera Dietz, you really should asap! You won’t regret it!!
You can find out more about A.S. King and her books at her website.