Shana Norris Interview

Dec 14, 2010
Shana Norris, author of Troy High, is stopping by today and Thursday with an interview, guest post, AND giveaway! I am really excited to have her here, so make sure you come back Thursday for the giveaway and guest post.

Troy High by Shana Norris
Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.
Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten.

The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But the stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its incendiary cast of mythic proportions. 

Click read more to check out her holiday themed interview and find out if she likes the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade or New Years Eve Ball Drop...

Do you know if Christmas was celebrated during the time of the Spartans and Trojans?
The time period that the Trojan War would have taken place--if it happened at all--is believed to have been long before the birth of Christ, so nope, no Christmas for them. :( But there were other celebrations the ancient Greeks observed during that time, such as Brumalia, a winter solstice festival in honor of Dionysus. And ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia, which is a lot like Christmas, with gift giving and the decoration of trees.

What holidays do you celebrate?
My family celebrates Christmas (and Thanksgiving, which is one of my favorite holidays because I love the food!).

Do you have any traditions?
My husband and I always watch A Christmas Story because it's his favorite Christmas movie. And I love to reread my favorite Christmas stories, such as The First Noel and The Gift of the Magi.

If you could meet Santa what would you ask him?
Can I ride around on your sleigh for a while? Also, how come I never got that She-Ra Crystal Castle that I wanted SO bad when I was eight?

What is the best memory you have of the holidays?
Singing Christmas carols with my brothers and sister as kids. None of us could ever sing very well, but that didn't stop us from trying. We sang at the top of our lungs in our house throughout the Christmas season.

What about the best gift you've ever recceived?
My engagement ring. My husband proposed on Christmas twelve years ago!
Here are some "this or that" questions, all you do is choose one:

Giving or receiving gifts?
Turkey or Ham?
Pie or Cookies?
Pie, specifically lemon meringue
Red or Green?
Peppermint Candy Canes or Flavored Candy Canes?
Definitely flavored!
Macy Thanksgiving Parade or New Years Eve Ball Drop?
Macy Thanksgiving Parade

Thank you for stopping by Shana! Thursday she'll be back and tell us about her Christmas Memories...


  1. Great interview! That's so cute that her husband proposed on Christmas. Defenitly a great Christmas present!


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