20 Questions with Elizabeth from Penguin Canada!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

This is a brand new feature for the blog! This is where I ask publishing professionals (authors, marketers, and bloggers) some awesome questions!

Today I am happy to have Elizabeth Cameron on the blog! She part of Penguin Random House Canada! Without further ado, here is Vikki!

1. Explain what part of the Publishing world you are a part of (ie. Publisher, Author,
Blogger etc.)

I am the Digital and Social Media Coordinator for Penguin Canada.

2. Who is your favourite author of all time, and why?

My favourite author of all time is Samuel Beckett. I like him because his writing
entertains me and confuses me at the same time, and because I am an incorrigible snob.

3. Who would you chose to play you in the movie depicting your life?

I would pick Tom Hiddleston. This may seem like an odd choice, because I am a very tiny female and he is...not, but I just really would like the chance to meet Tom Hiddleston.

4. What was/is your favourite candy or snack from your childhood?

Chocolate milk and Teddy Grahams. When I was a kid my mom would make us mix our chocolate milk with white milk so it wasn’t as rich. It was one of the great injustices of my childhood.

5. Who is your favorite fictional character, and why?

My favourite fictional character is probably Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I admire her loyalty to her friends and family, and covet her sharp wit.

6. Do you have a TV show that is your guilty pleasure? If so which one is it?

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. I like what I like passionately, even if it’s terrible. Why should we feel guilty about the things we take pleasure in? Saying that, I watch the 90’s cartoon version of Xmen on Netflix all the time, which I don’t feel guilty about, but...it’s weird. I’m weird.

7. Do you have a bucket list? If she what is one item on that list?

I don’t have a life-long bucket list, but my friends and I do keep summer bucket lists of things we want to do in Toronto during the summer. Mostly concerts we’d like to go to, festivals we’d like to attend – that kind of thing. There is one thing I have always wanted to do: be in the audience of Saturday Night Live. I always say I need to do that before I die. I am an extremely devoted SNL fan, even in its current, post-Stefon state.

8. Are you a Mac or PC

I have a Mac at work and a PC at home. I have an Android tablet and an iPhone. Iove them all. Can’t we all just get along?

9. Do you have a favourite fictional couple?

Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters from The Fault In Our Stars. Ahhh to be young and in love and impossibly proficient at witty banter.

10. What is your most anticipated movie you cannot wait to see, and why?

Probably The Fault In Our Stars movie. It is my favourite book (cough coming soon to paperback from Penguin Canada cough) and I cannot wait to see what they do with the film. I cry every time I watch the trailer. I might start crying right now just thinking about it.

11. What season is your favourite, and why?

Nice enough to read outside season.

12. If you could do any profession, other than your own for a day, which would it be and why?

This sounds ridiculous, but I honestly already work at my dream profession. I’ve always wanted to work in publishing, and I am a social media fanatic, and I now I run the social media for Penguin Canada and it is the best job in the world. I can’t imagine myself working in any other industry.

I would like to be Tom Hiddleston’s wife. Does that count as a profession? Not just for a day, though. Forever. This survey is becoming rather Hiddleston-centric (like my life).

13. Who was your first ever concert?

My mother brought me to see sexy French Canadian crooner Roch Voisine in concert when I was 8, which, in retrospect, seems inappropriate.

14. Where is your favourite reading spot, and why?

Anywhere outdoors – preferably sprawled out on the grass in a park, or on a beach. I’m a slow reader, so I like to read in public places where I can alternate between reading and people-watching.

15. Did you have a nickname as a child? If she what was it?

Sure did. Most of the other children at my daycare couldn’t pronounce my name, so they called me Bizzybeth. A lot of people in my life still call me Biz. Never Liz, though.

16. What posters did you hang on your wall when you were younger?

I was (and am) a big fan of The Beatles and had classic rock posters plastered all over my walls. I also had a placard that said “If you’re nae Scottish your crrrrap,” so apparently in my youth I was a rock n’ roll xenophobe.

17. What is your favourite genre to read, and why?

I like all the genres! I read a lot of YA books. Does that excuse me from my earlier Beckett comment? I’ll read anything I can get my hands on, but I can’t handle scary books, so I try to avoid horror. I find horror books so much more frightening than horror movies.

18. If you could describe yourself as a potato chip flavour, why would it be and why?

I don’t like potato chips. Can I be Smart Food? I think I would be Smart Food. Now I want Smart Food.

19. Do you agree with the notion that over time, ebooks will eliminate print books?

Nope. But I know not what the future will hold. Hopefully robot butlers!

20. What book are you most looking forward to reading this year?

There are some Young Adult books coming from Razorbill Canada that look amazing, like The Infinite Sea, the sequel to The 5thfan, so I’m also very excited to read Wallflowers, Eliza Robertson’s collection, which is coming out this August. For me, it’s less about the actual reading of the books. What I get excited about is getting to talk to people about the books. I can’t wait for more people to read The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry so I can gush about it on Twitter with them. It’s already one of my favourites of the year. Wave. I’m a big short story


Who would you love to see fill out this survey?

Tom Hiddleston. (Sorry).

Follow Elizabeth and Penguin Canada Here:

Here a few awesome titles that Penguin Canada is putting out this month!

The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.

With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close. 

 The stunning debut that began with "Archetype"-- and has readers buzzing--concludes in "Prototype," when a woman's dual pasts lock onto a collision course, threatening her present and future.
Emma looks forward to the day when she can let go of her past--both of them. After more than a year on the run, with clues to her parents' whereabouts within her grasp, she may finally find a place to settle down. Start a new life. Maybe even create new memories with a new family.
But the past rises to haunt her and to make sure there's nowhere on the planet she can hide. Declan Burke wants his wife back, and with a little manipulation and a lot of reward money, he's got the entire world on his side. Except for the one man she dreads confronting the most: Noah Tucker.
Emma returns to face what she's done but finds that the past isn't the problem. It's the present--and the future it represents. Noah has moved on and another woman is raising their daughter.
In the shocking conclusion to M.D. Waters's spectacular debut, Emma battles for her life and her freedom, tearing down walls and ripping off masks to reveal the truth. She's decided to play their game and prove she isn't the woman they thought she was. Even if it means she winds up dead. Or worse, reborn.


One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the New York Times bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, Me Before You. Now, with One Plus One, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story that reads like a modern-day Two for the Road.

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

One Plus One is Jojo Moyes at her astounding best. You’ll laugh, you’ll weep, and when you flip the last page, you’ll want to start all over again.

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  1. Thanks for the great interview! I love hearing from Publishing professionals. Those look like some great titles coming out as well so I'll have to keep my eyes peeled. :)