Friday, December 3, 2010

Interview: Natalie Standiford

So maybe you all have heard of an author who goes by the name Natalie Standiford? Well if you haven't, you should. She is the amazing author of How to Say Goodbye in Robot and Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters. If you haven't read either of these yet, make sure you stop back tomorrow ;)
So I asked Natalie, if she wouldn't mind answering a few questions so here you are.

How many siblings do you have?
Three: one sister and two brothers. I'm the oldest and always wished I had an older brother or sister.

Did you have a cotillion?
No, I never did. I knew one girl who came out at the cotillion but we didn't find out about it until we saw her picture in the newspaper (they used to put pictures of the debutantes in the paper, just like they do with brides). She'd kept it a secret because she was embarrassed. It wasn't cool at my school to be a deb. It was considered elitist, which, of course, it is. She was only doing it to please her grandmother. (*light bulb moment*)

Who are you most like; Sassy, Jane or Norrie?
That's a tough one. I'd say I'm most like Norrie on the outside and Sassy on the inside, with a touch of Jane thrown in. I went through a rebellious Jane phase when I was a teenager but it's mostly over.

Do you have a favorite late night AM radio station? or any radio station you love?
My favorite late night radio show is Coast to Coast AM( It's on from 1-5 AM on the East Coast. They talk about all kinds of topics, but my favorites are ghosts, UFOs, the afterlife, ESP, Bigfoot, astrology and numerology.
My favorite radio station for music is WFMU from Jersey City, New Jersey. It's a freeform station where the DJs are allowed to play whatever they like, and it's always interesting. If you live in the New York/New Jersey area it's 91.1 FM or 90.1 FM upstate. Or you can listen online at

Do you have your own Unicorn Boy neighborhood story?
Most of the stories in my neighborhood were about crimes that had been committed over the years. But I really did make the mistake that Bea makes in HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT. I was walking down the street in Tivoli, New York, and came upon a church with a headstone out front. For a second I thought the headstone said FOR THE UNICORN CHILD, and I thought that was amazing. I thought that little church must be very liberal to celebrate fantasy creatures like unicorns. But when I looked at the stone again I realized I'd misread it. It really said FOR THE UNBORN CHILD, which is more what you'd expect from a church. I took out the little notebook I carry with me and wrote it down because it struck me as funny. I thought, I bet I can use this in a book someday.

Are you a robot?
Not even close. I'm way too messy and emotional to be a robot.

How do you say goodbye in robot?
Every robot says it differently. My translation is a bit like the robot dance: a jerky robotic wave accompanied by a few metal clanks.

Thanks Natalie for stopping by, and to my readers make sure you tune in tomorrow!


  1. Haha I love this! Especially that last question ;) I loved HTSGIR and her other book is next on my TBR. Great questions and answers! Natalie Standiford is awesome :)

  2. I haven't read How to Say Goodbye in Robot yet, but I do love the title so. My favorite part of this interview was the story about the unicorn child. Those moments are great.


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