Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer (Character Interview with Liberty + Giveaway)

Celebrating Debutantes 2016

I am thrilled to get the opportunity to interview Liberty, main character of Amy Allgeyer upcoming debut novel, Dig Too Deep. Liberty is one those characters you don’t want to mess up with. She’s tough, smart, and very much independent. Amy Allgeyer did a great job creating such a strong character like her.

The cover alone may be enough to make you want to read Dig Too Deep, but trust me when I say this is one those books that should be on your TBR pile this 2016. It is refreshing to read young adult contemporary novel that not only discuss family issues but also environmental issues and more.

If you’d like to learn more about this upcoming release from Amy Allgeyer, the book’s description follows below. And check the giveaway at the bottom for a chance to win a copy of DIG TOO DEEP plus other swags.

Character Interview with Liberty of Dig Too Deep

Hi Liberty! How are you? Please introduce yourself so everyone know a little bit more about you.

Hi! Thanks for having me. Well, I’m Liberty Briscoe. I’m seventeen and I live in Ebbottesville Kentucky with my Granny.

What are the things you miss most about Washington DC?

My best friend, Iris. And food–especially fruit. God, I miss fruit. I’d give anything for a clementine.

And what surprised you about Kentucky?

Mostly the changes. When I lived here before, it seemed a lot…I don’t know…more alive. Granny and Granddaddy had the farm going, so we always had fresh milk, eggs, and vegetables–plus meat in the freezer and Granny’s canning to carry us through the winter. When Granddaddy died, Granny sold the big animals. They were too much for her to keep up. But now that she’s sick, she can’t manage the crops either. I miss it all…the baby chicks, the piglets, the green growing things. It feels like all the life’s gone from the farm.

We don’t see much of Iris but she seems a lovely girl. Can you tell us more about her?

Iris is awesome. She’s seriously the smartest person I’ve ever met–but not in an imposing way. She’s totally approachable and she gets along with everybody. Well, unless you’re a jerk. Then she can be kind of scary, but you probably deserve it.

You and your mom are quite alike even you don’t like it. What’s one thing you like most about your mom? And any precious memory with her?

People keep saying that and it’s so not true. All that woman cares about is finding somebody new to save. I get that it’s good to help people, but still… I’d never abandon my family for a bunch of strangers. I mean, what’s more important? And any precious memory with her? Pf. As-if. No. I don’t know…maybe some day…

Your Granny is a sweetheart. She makes me miss my own grandmother. If she’s in front of you right now, what will you tell her?

That I love her. That she made me who I am. That I’m really proud to say she’s my Granny.

What is your position in environmental issues? What do you think are the measures that people should take to solve the mining problem?

I guess I don’t understand why we keep doing stuff that’s killing people. There’s only enough world-wide coal reserves to last another twenty-three years. We have to find alternative energy sources soon–really soon! So how is it worthwhile to destroy so much–mountains, rivers, communities, people–when something safer and better is just around the corner? It’s stupid.

If money won’t be an issue and you have a few days free of responsibilities, where would you go and what would you do?

I’d take Granny over to Mammoth Cave. She and Granddaddy went there on their honeymoon, and every few years they went back. Granny said the caves are the most peaceful, most beautiful place she’s ever been. She doesn’t say much about Granddaddy, but I know she misses him a lot, so I think she’d like to go back there, one last time.

Thank you so much Liberty for stopping by today and for taking the time to answer all my questions above. Can’t wait for readers to meet you soon. Thank you also to Amy for her permission. Looking forward to the released of Dig Too Deep.


Author Amy AllyegerAmy Allgeyer was born in Kentucky, the youngest of seven kids. As an architect, she spends her days remodeling hundred year-old homes in Idaho, where she lives with her son, a pound cat named Nightmare, and a fake owl named Alan. She hates chocolate, loves vegetables, and could easily live on hamburgers for the rest of her life. She has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from North Carolina State University, is a member of SCBWI, and an alumnus of the Nevada Mentor Program. She’s represented by Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary. Find her online at amyallgeyer.com

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Dig Too DeepBook Details:

Title: Dig Too Deep
Author: Amy Allgeyer
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover, eBook

A coming of age Erin Brockovich-story set in Appalachian coal country.

With her mother facing prison time for a violent political protest, seventeen-year-old Liberty Briscoe has no choice but to leave her Washington, DC, apartment and take a bus to Ebbottsville, Kentucky, to live with her granny. There she can finish high school and put some distance between herself and her mother– her ‘former’ mother, as she calls her.

But Ebbottsville isn’t the same as Liberty remembers, and it’s not just because the top of Tanner’s Peak has been blown away to mine for coal. Half the county is out of work, an awful lot of people in town seem to be sick, and the tap water is bright orange–the same water that officials claim is safe to drink.

When Granny’s lingering cold turns out to be something much worse, Liberty is convinced the mine is to blame, and starts an investigation that quickly plunges her into a world of secrets, lies, threats, and danger.

Liberty isn’t deterred by any of it, but as all her searches turn into dead ends, she comes to a difficult decision: turn to violence like her former mother or give up her quest for good.

Book Links:

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What’s up for Grab?


  • Dig Too Deep ARC, a silver bookmark & fridge magnetDig Too Deep Giveaway Prizes

The Rules:

  • Open to US and Canada addresses only
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  • Ends April 4, 2016
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

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Treat yourself to a complete #CelebratingDebutantes2016 experience. Click the image below for the full list of schedule and links to each feature post!

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5 thoughts on “Celebrating Debutantes 2016: Dig Too Deep by Amy Allgeyer (Character Interview with Liberty + Giveaway)

  1. Pingback: Celebrating Debutantes 2016: First Wave Kick-Off! | BLACKPLUME

  2. I really like realistic YA novels, and the complicated family background Liberty comes from endears me to her and interests me in this story. Thanks for featuring this book and especially the chance to win it! Cheers, Kara S


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