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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West (Author Interview and Giveaway)

Happy Friday to all!

Welcome to another stop for Celebrating Debuntantes 2017 blog event. Today I’m featuring new author Kari Lynn West and her debut ya fantasy novel, The Secrets of Islayne. This novel offers fresh concepts, that introduced readers to Luminators – people with an inborn ability to bring back the faded memories of a person in a much more clearer, fresh and vivid way. Isn’t that interesting?

Following the interview with Kari is her author bio along with places where to find her online. Then there’s also the book description and where to buy copies of The Secrets of Islayne. And if you are in the US and would like the chance to win a copy of the book, Kari is giving away a signed copy below. Just enter the form a bit further down in this post. But before that here’s the interview with Kari. I hope you enjoy.

Interview with Kari Lynn West

Please tell us a bit about your journey with The Secrets of Islayne. Did you know right away that this was your story, or did you discover it as you write? And how was the publication process goes for you?

It’s been quite a long journey! Though the central idea behind the novel has stayed the same, almost everything else has changed between when I started writing it three years ago and now. I’ve changed the main character and ensemble, the setting, and the vast majority of the plot. I wrote the first draft, salvaged about a thousand words of it, and threw the rest away. It wasn’t until the third draft that I felt like I got the heart of the novel right, and even since that draft, there have been quite a few revisions and rewrites—and an embarrassing amount of time spent banging my head against a wall, crying that I would never get the story right. But finally, I now have a novel worth sharing.

The publishing process has also been entirely new to me. I spent months doing research on the different options, but even though I felt like I was making an informed decision going the indie route, it was still more work than I’d anticipated. But I love making connections with new readers and seeing people experience the story for the first time, so it’s been very rewarding!

Did you learn any deep, shocking/interesting truths while working on The Secrets of Islayne, about writing in general, or about yourself?

I learned that every single part of the writing process is difficult and every part is satisfying. I learned that, vocationally speaking, nothing makes me feel more fulfilled than creating stories.

Tell us about the cover of The Secrets of Islayne. How it came about? Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process of any novel?

I used an awesome cover design company called Ebook Launch to design the cover of The Secrets of Islayne. They were fantastic to work—very artistically gifted, responsive to my wishes, and quick to make requested edits. All of that was great because I am very picky about book covers in general, and I had a lot of specific requests for the cover of my novel. I think a book’s cover is vital to the book-buying process. Though it goes against the adage, people can’t help but judge a book based on its cover. I do it all the time. But even more important than impacting a book’s sales, I wanted this cover to reflect the adventure, beauty, and magic inherent in the story itself. I think the cover of The Secrets of Islayne does just that.

Do you have a favorite scene to write in The Secrets of Islayne? What scene are you most proud of, and why?

I really enjoyed writing the first scene where the main character, Ronan, and his three friends are all going on their first “summer adventure”. I love the character dynamics between the four of them, so it was very fun to write the first scene where you see all them interact with each other.

I’m also proud of scene where the luminators’ power is explained and demonstrated. That was a very challenging scene to write in trying to explain the ability in a way that both made sense and was exciting to the reader. I was very happy when I could finally get it right on paper and it was no longer just an idea rumbling around in my head J.

If you can revive someone’s memory, who’s mind would you pick and why?

I know this is going to make me sound incredibly self-focused, but if it were possible I would revive my own! One of the reasons why this power was so fascinating to me was because I have a terrible memory, and I think it would be very cool to have so many of my own memories come back as clearly as those of the luminators’ clients.

If one of your characters could turn the tables on you and write a story based on your teenage years, what would the title of that book be? What would be the first line?

She reads a lot…the end. That could be the title, the first line, and the ending J. I was a pretty boring teenager and would not have made for a good protagonist. I liked to make good grades, read a lot of books, and go to bed early.

If you had to pick one sentence, and one sentence only, to entice someone to read your book, The Secrets of Islayne what would it be?

Why would he want to use his hands to shelve books when he could use his mind to give someone back a restored piece of the forgotten past?

Thanks so much Kari!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kari Lynn West writes contemporary YA fantasy—normally while drinking far too much coffee. She likes to create character-driven stories that are set in the real world with a twist, weaving fantastical elements into everyday life. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two daughters.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: The Secrets of Islayne
Author: Kari Lynn West
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: June 09, 2017
Pages: 220
Format: Paperback, eBook, Audio

A powerful island. A dangerous mystery. An impossible choice.

For centuries, the island of Islayne has given certain residents the ability to revive other people’s memories. These gifted individuals are known as luminators, and sixteen-year-old Ronan Saunders desperately desires to join their illustrious ranks. As he struggles against the prejudice of the old, powerful families who have an iron grip on the trade, Ronan falls under the tutelage of a reclusive luminator, rumored to be insane.

Just when his long-desired future is within reach, Ronan and his three friends discover a deadly secret on the island. As they delve deeper into the mystery, what they find forces them to question their loyalties, doubt long-held beliefs, and wrestle with the dire consequences of revealing the truth. Ronan finds himself torn between everything he loves and the only future he’s ever wanted. The entire fate of the lumination trade hangs in the balance of his decision.

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Giveaway:

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  • Signed copy of The Secrets of Islayne by Kari Lynn West

The Rules:

  • Open to US residents
  • There will be one (1) winner
  • Winner will be drawn via Kingsumo by the author
  • Ends August 11th, 2017
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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to another feature of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Today I’m featuring new author Tricia Levenseller’s and her debut fantasy novel, Daughter of the Pirate King. I had so much fun reading this one. It’s fast paced, action packed and riveting. And if you’d like to know what else I thought, scroll down below for my review.

Then check also Tricia Levenseller’s author bio along with places where to find her online, and the book description and where to buy copies of Daughter of the Pirate King. And if you would like the chance to win a copy of the book, enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway.

Review for Daughter of the Pirate King

Personal Thoughts:

Daughter of the Pirate King is an impressive debut from new author Tricia Levenseller.

Alosa is the daughter of infamous Pirate King, Kalligan, who rules over the seas. Her father sent her on a mission to retrieve a part of a map that will lead to a secret Isle and treasures. To do this, Alosa needs to infiltrate the Night Farer, a ship ruled by Captain Draxen and his first mate, Riden. She was captured by Draxen’s crew, making her hostage in exchange for ransom from the Pirate King. But what they didn’t know is Alosa is a willing prisoner. Being capture is part of her plan to find the legendary map that the Pirate King wants. But finding the part of the map is not as easy as Alosa anticipate, and it doesn’t help that Riden is very suspicious of her. She needs to unwit him and the others before the Pirate King decide to join her on his mission.

“Everyone has something dark in their past. I suppose it’s our job to overcome it. And if we can’t overcome it, then all we can do is make the most of it.”

Alosa is feisty, smart, resourceful, driven and cunning. Even she is locked inside the brig, she finds way to lets herself out at night to search the ship for the map. She maybe caught up several times by Riden, but she clearly finds her way to continue her mission. She is strong not because of her magical abilities but because she is trained, skilled and clever. Being raised by the Pirate King himself, Alosa is dangerous but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a heart. She is a pirate and also a young girl who just want to please her father. And she is willing to kill if that what it takes to accomplished her task.

As for Riden, he is wicked but merciful especially if compared to his brother, Draxen. Riden is also perceptive, smart, and kind which basically compose of his overall charm. Like Alosa, he is clever making the duel of wits between them much fun to read.

The relentless banter between Alosa and Riden is not only enjoyable but also full of tensions. Reading those parts where they try to unwitt each other pull out some grins from my face and even a few laughters. This book is unmistakably a fun read.

Aside from the witty dialogues, Tricia Levenseller also throw a bunch of adventures, and magic or fantasy which basically makes Daughter of the Pirate King thrilling and riveting.

On the whole, Daughter of the Pirate King is relentlessly fun, action-packed, fast paced and thrilling read. Author Tricia Levenseller successfully combine adventure, danger, romance and magic in this first installment of ya nautical fantasy series. Looking forward reading Alosa’s next adventure, with the hope to see more about Pirate’s politics and this new fantasy world of Pirates.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: Daughter of the Pirate King
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audio

There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.

More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

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Giveaway:

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  • Copy of Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

The Rules:

  • Open international where book depository ships
  • There will be one (1) winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced through rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends August 9th, 2017
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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell (Character Interview and Giveaway)

Today I am absolutely thrilled to share to all of you my interview with the main character of Amber Mitchell’s young adult fantasy novel, Garden of Thorns. If you haven’t read the book yet today is your chance to meet the main character, Rose through a short interview. What alike about Rose is in-spite being captive under the gardener, she is still fierce and never loses hope.

Following the character interview is Amber Mitchell’s author bio along with places where to find her online. Then there’s also the book description and where to buy copies of Garden of Thorns. And if you are in the US and would like the chance to win a copy of the book, Amber is giving away a signed copy below. Just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway.

Character Interview with Rose of Garden of Thorns

Hi Rose. Can you please introduce yourself so everyone will know more about you?

If you’re from Delmar, you’ve probably heard of me. I’m the star of a dance troupe known as the Garden, where I’m forced to put my skills as an aerial dancer to use every night in order survive. But I’m ready to break out, to fight back and for revenge against those who oppress us.

What is the most cunning thing you’ve done? Why did you do it?

Though I hate dancing in the Garden, it has allowed me to hone my acrobatic skills and now I’m pretty limber. I’ve been able to use that to my advantage quite often. One time, I needed to figure out what was going on in a town but it was too dangerous to go on foot. Because of my comfort with heights and ability to think fast on my feet, I was able to use the rooftops in order to see what was going on.

If you need to change your values and your personality to survive, would you do it or not? Why?

I would like to believe I would. The most important thing to me is rescuing my fellow dancers from the Garden, and there is almost nothing I wouldn’t trade to succeed in my goal. However, when it comes down to it, there are things I hold too dear to be able to bargain away my values… like loyalty.

What is loyalty for you?

Loyalty is everything. In the Garden, the only way we are able to survive is by relying on our fellow sisters in captivity. Ours is a bond of blood, not so easily broken.

What is the most enlightening thing about being a slave?

The way that people can just ignore it. Most people know the horrific conditions of the Garden…that the owner selects us in pairs, a Flower and a Wilted, and the Flower gets to dance while the Wilted takes our punishments, but they look the other way.

What do you miss the most about being free?

The desert sun on my face in the early morning. There were a lot of other big things at first, but the longer I was trapped, the more those little details left me and the bigger concepts like being in charge of myself began to fade away. Right now, I just long for sunlight.

If you could be someone in any given time and place, who would you be, when and where would you be?

I would be the girl I was before being trapped into the Garden, but hopefully I’d be able to retain the lesson that took me the longest to learn…never trust someone with a smiling face and their hands behind their back. Usually they are trying to hide a dagger.

What are you thinking of right now?

Revenge. I’m always thinking about revenge. My captors can’t see it, they think they’ve beaten that particular thought out of my head, but they’re wrong. It simmers just underneath every movement I make, always screaming in the back of my mind. One day, I will be free and when that days comes, my revenge will be sweet.

Thanks so much Rose for answering all my questions above. And thank you also to Amber for allowing Rose to do this interview.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amber Mitchell graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Creative Writing. She likes crazy hair styles, reading, D&D, k-dramas, good puns and great food.
When she isn’t putting words on paper, she is using cardstock to craft 3D artwork or exploring new places with her husband Brian. They live a small town in Florida with their four cats where she is still waiting for a madman in a blue box to show up on her doorstep.
Garden of Thorns is her debut novel from Entangled Teen.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: Garden of Thorns
Author: Amber Mitchell
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 6, 2017
Pages: 370
Format: Paperback, eBook

After seven grueling years of captivity in the Garden—a burlesque troupe of slave girls—sixteen-year-old Rose finds an opportunity to escape during a performance for the emperor. But the hostage she randomly chose from the crowd to aid her isn’t one of the emperor’s men—not anymore. He’s the former heir to the throne, who is now leading a rebellion against it.

Rayce is a wanted man and dangerously charismatic, the worst person for Rose to get involved with, no matter what his smile promises. But he assumes Rose’s attempt to take him hostage is part of a plot to crush the rebellion, so he takes her as his hostage. Now Rose must prove where her loyalties lie, and she offers Rayce a deal—if he helps her rescue the other girls, she’ll tell him all the Garden’s secrets.

Except the one secret she’s kept for seven years that she’ll take to her grave if she must.

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Giveaway:

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  • Signed paperback copy of Garden of Thorns by Amber Mitchell

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  • Open to US residents only
  • There will be one (1) winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced through rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends August 7th, 2017
  • Prize will be sent by the author

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Playlist + Giveaway)

Happy weekend to all!

Today I am featuring another playlist for Celebrating Debutantes 2017 blog event. Debut author Ruth Behar made a playlist for her debut middle grade novel, Lucky Broken Girl. This poignant and compelling story introduced a multicultural cast led by a brave young girl, Ruthie. And in case you aren’t aware, Lucky Broken Girl is based from the author’s childhood in the 1960s.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Ruth Behar along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of Lucky Broken Girl and the book trailer. And if you are in the US or Canada and would like the chance to win a copy of the book, Ruth is giving away a signed copy of the book together with a special bookmark. Just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway. But before that here’s Lucky Broken Girl Playlist from Ruth.

Happy listening!

Lucky Broken Girl Playlist

Music flows through the pages of Lucky Broken Girl. On this playlist you can hear the songs that are mentioned in the book, as well as several songs that were popular in the mid-1960s, when the story takes place. I also included a few songs that reflect the diversity of languages and cultures that were a part of Ruthie’s life after she came from Cuba to New York. My brother, Mori, a composer and musician, gave me the mp3s of the two songs we mixed together in the book trailer. Happy listening!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 As a storyteller, traveler, memoirist, poet, teacher, and public speaker, Ruth Behar is acclaimed for the compassion she brings to her quest to understand the vulnerability of the human experience. Born in Havana, Cuba, she grew up in New York, and has also lived in Spain and Mexico. She is an anthropology professor at the University of Michigan and her memoirs for adults, An Island Called Home and Traveling Heavy, explore her return journeys to Cuba and her search for home as an immigrant and a traveler. She was the first Latina to win a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She makes her fiction debut with Lucky Broken Girl, published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. This is also her first work for young readers, examining how the worst of wounds can teach a child a lesson about the fragile, precious beauty of life. .

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: Lucky Broken Girl
Author: Ruth Behar
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio

Based on the author’s childhood in the 1960s, a young Cuban-Jewish immigrant girl is adjusting to her new life in New York City when her American dream is suddenly derailed.

Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro’s Cuba to New York City. Just when she’s finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood’s hopscotch queen, a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie’s world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger. She comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.

 

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Giveaway:

What’s up for Grab?

  • Autographed copy of LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
  • And a Special Bookmark

The Rules:

  • Open to US or Canada residents only
  • There will be one (1) lucky winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends August 5th, 2017
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: The Castaways by Jessika Fleck (Playlist + Giveaway)

Today I’m thrilled to welcome new author Jessika Fleck to the blog as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. Jessika will be sharing a playlist that she made for her debut fantasy novel The Castaways.

Following the playlist are some information about the author, Jessika Fleck along with places where to find her online, as well as the book‘s description and where to get copies of The Castaways. And if you are in the US and would like the chance to win a copy of the book, Jessika is giving away a signed copy of The Castaways and swags. Just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post to be enter on the giveaway. But before that here’s The Castaways playlist from Jessika.

Happy listening!

The Castaways Playlist

For The Castaways I focused on a mix of music that reminded me of the beach and a sort of surfer vibe with Family of the Year, Jack Johnson, and Vance Joy, along with a folksy feel for Olive’s Texas side from artists like Noah Gundersen and Mumford and Sons, and then to more youthful sounds from Alessia Cara to Ed Sheeran to Birdy. All in all, this playlist pairs with the story beautifully.

In an earlier version of The Castaways, I broke the story into acts inspired by the lyrics of It’s Only Life by The Shins. This song very quickly became the story’s battle cry during the drafting stage. It’s haunting and beautiful and so raw and even mentions a lion: It’s Only Life by The Shins.

At one point, my critique partner emailed me the link to the video for Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich. The subject line read something like “OMG! This IS your book!!!” And, per usual, she was right on. It’s almost creepy (in all the right ways) how close this music video and song portrays my story–a few of my characters even make ‘appearances’! Atlas Hands by Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Leading up to release day, I did a blog series called Countdown to THE CASTAWAYS. Each post listed, among others details, that particular character’s song–so fun to find the perfect music and lyrics to fit their individual personalities and backstories: Countdown to THE CASTAWAYS

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter — she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. She’s never been known to pass up a good cup of coffee or a great pair of boots. Her work verges on fantastical and dark with a touch of realism. She is a regular contributor to the fantastic kidlit blog, The Kidliterati. Her YA fantasy, THE CASTAWAYS (Entangled Teen) debuts April 3, 2017. THE OFFERING (Swoon Reads/Macmillan) releases in the fall of 2018. Jessika is represented by Victoria Marini of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

 

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Book Details:

Title: The Castaways
Author: Jessika Fleck
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: April 03, 2017
Pages: 302
Format: Paperback, eBook

The Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze… and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

 

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Giveaway:

What’s up for Grab?

  • Signed copy of THE CASTAWAYS by Jessika Fleck
  • Book Swag

The Rules:

  • Open to US residents only
  • There will be one (1) lucky winner
  • Winner will be chosen and announced by rafflecopter
  • Winner will be contacted thru email & should response within 48 hours
  • Ends August 3rd, 2017
  • Prizes will be sent by the author

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Celebrating Debutantes 2017: How To Stage A Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly (Character Interview and Giveaway)

 

Today I am absolutely thrilled to share to all of you my interview with the main character of How to Stage A Catastrophe by Rebecca Donnelly. If you haven’t read the book yet today is your chance to meet the main character, Sidney Camazzola.

And If you’d like to know a bit more about the book, How to Stage A Catastrophe the descriptions and places to find copies online are below. Also, if you’d like to know more about the author, Rebecca Donnelly’s bio and links to find her online are just after my interview with Sid. And if you’d like the to win a copy of the How to Stage A Catastrophe just enter the rafflecopter form a bit further down in this post for a chance to win one. Open to everyone where book depository ships.

Have fun reading the interview!

Interview with Sidney Camazzola of How To Stage A Catastrophe

To start things off, can you please introduce yourself so everyone will know more about you?
I’m Sidney Cammazola–Sidney Horatio Cammazola, if you want my full name. I live Hatahatchee, Florida, the best town on Earth, and I help out with all the props at the best theater on Earth, the Juicebox. One day I’m going to be the director there, when I’m old enough, but I guess twelve isn’t old enough yet. I have one big sister, May, one little sister, Pen, a mom, a dad, and a karaoke-singing grandma, and that’s about as good as life can get.

The Juicebox Theater is about to close, what makes you think you can save it?
It’s only going to close if we can’t earn enough money to keep it going, and like my best friend Folly says, There’s money out there if you know where to find it. We just have to figure out where the money is. Maybe we’ll earn enough money selling Useful Household Goods, like Folly suggested. The Juicebox is a children’s theater, and it’s not big or fancy, but it means a lot to all the kids who go there. We can’t let it close down. We’re going to figure something out, don’t worry.

You aspire to be a theatre director, can you tell us what your dream project is? Any particular actors you want to work with in project?
My sister May would probably kill me if I didn’t pick a musical so she could sing in it, but I’m sorry, May, I’m not picking Phantom of the Opera. I’m going to pick A Year with Frog and Toad, because I know my little sister would like that, and because I think it would look really good with some puppets made by my friend Jelly Baby. Plus, there are songs, so May can sing if she really wants to. She could be Frog and Neil Patrick Harris could be Toad.

If you could write yourself into any one play, which one would you most like to be part of and what role would you play?
Didn’t you see me freeze up on stage during our Variety Show? I’m pretty sure I’m made to be behind the curtain, not in front of it, but if I had to pick something, I’d pick one where I get to hide. (No, May, wearing the Phantom’s mask doesn’t count as hiding.) Did they make a play out of Where’s Waldo? He’s really hard to find.

You and Folly are pretty close, is there anything you want to tell Folly after all the crazy adventures you’ve both gone through?
Mostly I want to tell him thanks for being my best friend. Thanks for teaching me how to have a winning smile. Thanks for helping me figure out this whole mysterious mess and always being the good guy. You deserve the Golden Bowtie, Folly!

Anything you want to say to interested parties, curious stander by’s, friends and foes?
Yep. I’d say, don’t miss the next season at the Juicebox. If you don’t live in Hatahatchee, go catch a show somewhere near you! And make sure you buy something from the concession stand. Just watch out for meringues, sneaky orange dogs, greedy guys with crowbars, and very shallow trap doors.

Thanks so much Sid for answering all my questions and thank you also to Rebecca for allowing Sid to the interview.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rebecca Donnelly was born in England and has lived in California, Florida, and New Mexico. These days she writes and runs a small rural library in upstate New York. Her debut middle-grade novel, HOW TO STAGE A CATASTROPHE, will be published by Capstone Young Readers in April 2017.

 

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Book Details:

Title: How to Stage a Catastrophe
Author: Rebecca Donnelly
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Random House
Publication Date: April 1, 2017
Pages: 256
Format: Hardcover, Paperback

Sidney plans to be the director of the Juicebox Theater when he grows up. For now, he handles the props, his best friend Folly works the concession stand, and his sister May hangs out in the spotlight. But the theater is in danger of closing, and the kids know they need a plan to save it and fast. When they join a local commerce club to earn money, Sid and Folly uncover some immoral business practices, and it gives them a great idea for saving the theater. That is, if you can call extortion a great idea. Hilarious and heartwarming, the mission to save a failing community theater unites a riotous cast of characters in this offbeat middle-grade novel.

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