November 28th is Cyber Monday (a big online shopping day), and my friend and fellow author Angela Sage Larsen and I have cooked up a double giveaway event in its honor. We thought that with the holiday season upon us and the release of our books, it would be the perfect time to think about good reads that you can curl up with … with family and friends.
We’ve teamed up to interview each other on our blogs, and offer two randomly selected winners copies of BOTH of our new books: Angela’s TRAVEL TO TOMORROW and my HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. (Angela will pick one winner and I’ll pick one — U.S. and Canada only, please.) How double fun is that?!
All you have to do is answer the question that follows my interview with Angela below, then hop on over to the Fifties Chix page and answer the question following Angela’s interview with me. Easy as pie (which as you all know is my favorite dessert)! YOU MUST ANSWER THE QUESTIONS IN BOTH SPOTS TO BE ELIGIBLE!!! (some folks forgot)
If you’re on Facebook, be sure and “like” the Fifties Chix.
(Breaking news: a mother-daughter book club fan club page is coming soon to Facebook — stay tuned!)
Where did the idea for the Fifties Chix come from?
I’ve always loved to tell stories, whether it’s through words or through painting and drawing. I was inspired to write the Fifties Chix series after I was playing around doodling for fun five different 1950s characters–one girl obsessed with Hollywood and the movies; one girl who is a tomboy who loves sports; another who is a homemaker who enjoys sewing and cooking; one girl who is a writer concerned about social issues; and a girl who is very artistic and loves to paint. I imagined how they would act and what they would think–and even how others would perceive them–if they were to be plopped right in present day straight from the 1950s (clothes and attitudes and slang and all). I thought it would be fun and funny, but the more I thought about, the more overwhelming I realized it would seem.
What drew you to write about the ’50s specifically?
I love stuff from the 1950s and many consider it to be a “golden era” in America that will never be seen again. America had come out of World War II and The Great Depression and people were starting to find success and prosperity. It was a time of hope and dreams. In many ways, there was a picture perfect image of the American Dream being lived out. At the same time, there were many issues like women’s rights and racial equality that were coming to a head just below surface. I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast the 50s with present day because we all want to fit in–and the 1950s was so much about conformity; and we also all value individuality and uniqueness–which is such a focus today. I thought it would be fascinating to see how these characters in the Fifties Chix went on a quest to find their place within themselves, with each other as friends, and in society.
How about the time travel element? Where did that come from?
I love movies, books and stories about time travel, but I didn’t really ever expect to write a book (or a series) about it myself! Sometimes I think that there are periods in history that would be much harder to live through day by day, while other times I’m convinced that those same periods were a “simpler” time. I’m intrigued by the questions, If someone lives in a different era, does that make them a different person? Do their circumstances change their values and priorities, for example? Is there really such thing as a “simpler” time? I don’t think so, but I’ll know better by the fifth or subsequent Fifties Chix book!
I know you’re planning to do more books in the series — can you give us a hint about what’s to come? Do the girls travel to other time periods?
I’m planning *at least* five books in the Fifties Chix series… And I’m currently working on the third book (“Third Time’s a Charm,” clever, right??) and without giving too much away, I’ll just say that three characters time travel to the 1860s era from 1945. So there are at least two more time periods I’m getting to learn about, World War II and the Civil War. The second Fifties Chix book, “Keeping Secrets” is due out at the beginning of 2012.
What were some of your favorite books when you were a tween and teen?
I loved the books you write about in your Mother Daughter Book Club series, like “Little Women,” and the “Anne of Green Gables” series. I also adored “Island of the Blue Dolphins,” anything by Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary (when I was a bit younger) and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books; “A Wrinkle in Time,” was another favorite and “Where the Red Fern Grows” made me bawl like a baby, but I kept rereading it anyway!
Did you have a group of friends like your “chix” when you were growing up? Are any of your characters based on or inspired by them?
I did and do have friends like the Fifties Chix; many of my friendships growing up (and even as an adult) started with me thinking they weren’t “my type.” Which is really funny; how do you have a “type” of friend?? My friends are very much like the Fifties Chix (and I definitely draw on the varied characteristics of my friends for inspiration), and my friends are just as “mis-matched” as the Fifties Chix. The things that bond us go much deeper than how we look, of course. I have different things in common with different friends. I look at my amazing friends and feel like the richest, most blessed person on the planet! I love exploring and writing about those deep bonds and, to me, that’s the most interesting part of the story (and spoiler alert: what the series is really all about!).
Do you read a lot every day? If so, is it for work or for fun?
I guess because I love reading so much, I only ever think of it as fun! I wasn’t too much of a history buff when I was in school, but now I’m doing a lot of research for the Fifties Chix series and I love it! So technically, it’s for “work” because it’s part of my job, but it is really fun. I’m always reading at least 3 or 4 books at a time, as well as writing 2 or 3 books at a time.
Thanks, Angela! It’s been fun visiting with you! Now for the giveaway question. To be eligible to win, you’ll need to answer this one in the comment section below, then hop on over to the Fifties Chix page to answer the second one.
If you could travel to any other time period,
where would you travel to and why?
Two entries (U.S. and Canada only, please) will be randomly selected by midnight PST on Monday November 28th. Check back here on Tuesday the 29th for the names of the winners!