Our first finalist is Maureen McCabe.
Tell us about your book:
Aurie Robinson has never had a family. Molly Danvers has always wanted one. Together, despite overwhelming differences, they try to make one.
Why do you want to attend Backspace:
To participate and learn from the Agent-Author seminars and to meet Ms. Reid (and the other great agents).
Are you afraid to eat lunch with a Shark:
As long as the Shark wasn't having me for lunch, then no, I think it would be a great experience.
West Side Story: Jets or Sharks?
Sharks, because while they're both cool, the Sharks don't have to work at it.
If you could save the life of any one fictional character who would it be and why?
Jay Gatsby, because maybe, just maybe, there are second acts in American lives and he deserved one.
Is there a book that makes you think "If I could write one thing like that, I'd die happy?"
To Kill a Mockingbird, because it is one of the rare books that changed people's hearts and minds and lives.
What's the most terrifying thing you've lived through?
Getting robbed at gunpoint making the night deposit drop for the store I used to work for.
When you're published, what will you do to Pay it Forward?
Set up a contest where the winner would get a grant to enable them to take a year off from work to finish a novel.