I’m so pleased to bring you a guest post from the authors of SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS, Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw! See below for information about the book and authors, the guest post, and of course, the giveaway!
Title: SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS
Author: Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pride and Prejudice meets Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot in this humorous and heartfelt debut about a loving, quirky family on the hunt for the mythical Sasquatch.
Hunting for monsters was never so awkward.
It’s bad enough that Samantha’s parents, charter members of the Northern Ohio Bigfoot Society, have dragged their daughter around forever, hunting for yetis. But now they’re doing it on national TV, and worse, in front of an aristocratic prep-school crew including a boy who disdains Samantha’s family.
But when he scorns her humble Ohio roots, she becomes determined to take him down. As they go to war, their friction and attraction almost distract them from the hint that Sasquatch may actually be out there somewhere…
About Betsy and Carrie
Betsy is a former magazine editor turned communications professional who avoids math at all costs. Therefore, she’s held a series of artsy jobs at Opera News, Museums Magazine, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where she tried to remember everything she learned in Hebrew school. She now works at Purchase College, SUNY, where she is inspired daily by the cool and creative students and professors. She lives and works in New York.
Carrie is an arts administrator and has worked for world-renowned organizations such as San Francisco Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New Victory Theater. She is a passionate advocate for high quality performing arts for children and has written two plays for young audiences, which were produced and performed throughout
New York City. She currently lives in San Francisco.
1 winner will receive a finished copy of SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS & swag US Only.
And here’s the guest post the authors wrote for my blog!
How (on earth) did you come up with the idea of a Sasquatch/Pride and Prejudice mashup?
It’s a good question. It is a little out of the box, unless your box includes some mythical creatures and a few volumes of British literature. …
We had been watching a lot of reality television and B-grade movies about cryptozoology and just loved the idea of using a monster hunting show as a setting. We enjoyed the way the Bigfoot hunters were so passionate and so convinced that something was out there. Plus, they were so fond of Sasquatch, like he was a long-lost cousin coming to tea and not a wild beast.
Then we started thinking about what types of characters would live in the world, and how they would each feel about Sasquatch. Would they be believers or skeptics? What would they be willing to do to win a competition to find Bigfoot? The world of ‘Squatching just offered so many opportunities for humor, heart, and interesting situations that would raise the stakes in our story.
We don’t remember exactly how we came up with the idea of retelling Pride and Prejudice within this setting. There may have been wine and a whole lot of giggling, but before we knew it, the story came together surprisingly well. It probably helped that Samantha’s family is just as mortifiying as Elizabeth Bennet’s, if not more so.
Let’s just say it’s a truth universally acknowledged that a teenager never ever wants to be humiliated on national television in front of a cute boy.
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