I love scavenger hunts. Love them! In years past, 1977 and I hosted a daylong event called Bacon Hunt. Formerly known as The Amazing Scavenger Race Hunt, every Bacon Hunt incorporated elements of The Amazing Race and an epic scavenger hunt.
Hmmm...it's about time for another one of those. Mark your calendars for May 19th, 2018.
But this post isn't about us, it's about YOU. You're on the YA Scavenger Hunt, and it is ON!
(If you are new to this and want to play for fabulous prizes, find the skinny here.)
I'm on the green team this season, so you'll find my secret number in green somewhere in this post. Add the numbers of the 20 members of the red team, and enter the contest to win 20 free books! Here they are:
A copy of my new book (Antipodes, which publishes TODAY!) is included in the Green Team Prize for this season's hunt, but I also am offering a separate prize: a finished copy of Antipodes and fun swag related to the book. Entering the drawing for my bonus prize is simple: follow me on Twitter! For an additional chance to win, leave a comment on this blog post indicating the most gorgeous place you've ever visited.
Now you know what you're playing for, so on to the hunt!
This season, I'm hosting bestselling author Dawn Ius, author of three contemporary young adult novels published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)--Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and the forthcoming Lizzie, April 2018, as well as 15 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers Commission, and a TV script for the forthcoming animated Nickolodeon show, "Rainbow Rangers."
I love creating writing playlists.
In fact, I can waste hours, days, even weeks crafting a perfect combination of songs—lyrics that move me, uplift me, make me laugh or cry. The playlist becomes so ingrained in my mind that months—years even—after the book is published, those songs will still remind me of a specific scene, a line of dialogue, an action sequence…
I broke pattern with LIZZIE though. It’s not that I wrote in silence, so much, but rather, I couldn’t come up with a collection of tunes. Instead, I replayed just one.
It’s maybe a bit ironic that a song about being ALIVE was my inspiration for a book that deals with a lot (a lot!) of death, but the emotion in that song is unparalleled. Whenever I hear it, I get this pit in my stomach, a sense of sadness and dread that never fully goes away.
I kind of imagine that’s how Lizzie—at least the Lizzie Borden in my book—felt so much of her life: numb…when all she really wanted was to feel alive.
You can follow Dawn on Twitter or check out her website. You can find Lizzie here.
You're on the Green Team's hunt, and now you're off to visit my fellow Seattle author (and poet!) Janel Kolby! Janel and I have 59 friends in common, but we've never met.
I hope you've enjoyed this season's hunt. Happy hunting!
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