Thrice Interview + Giveaway: EVERY DAY AFTER
Today we are celebrating the release of Laura Golden’s debut novel, EVERY DAY AFTER, which came out on Tuesday!
Jennifer Holm’s fans will root for Lizzie Hawkins. Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY, says: “A beautiful story of acceptance and determination. Lizzie Hawkins reminds us that in the mids of losing something precious we may find something equally important: ourselves.”
It’s been two months since Lizzie’s daddy disappeared due to the awful Depression. Lizzie’s praying he’ll return to Bittersweet, Alabama, for her birthday. It won’t feel special without him, what with Lizzie’s Mama being so sad she won’t even talk and the bank nipping at their heels for a mortgage payment.
Daddy expected her to be the best at any cost. But Lizzie claims “that cost me my top grades and my best friend. It’s dumped ’em both square into Erin’s hands. She’s gone batty if she thinks she’s gonna get me carted off to the orphanage.”
While Lizzie waits, she gets comfort writing in her journal. As time passes, she can only picture her daddy’s face by opening her locket. If others can get by, why did her daddy leave? If he doesn’t return, how can she overcome the same obstacles that drove him away?
I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but I love historical fiction and I’ve been meaning to read more middle-grade books this year, so it’s going on my wishlist! If you want to learn more about Laura and EVERY DAY AFTER, you can check out her interview with the Corsets, Cutlasses, and Candlesticks blog here.
Now for our interview with Laura:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Lizzie is a stubborn, spirited, resilient girl.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
EVERY DAY AFTER is an emotion-filled, Southern-flavored, historical novel.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a self-critical, socially-awkward, history-obsessed writer. (JS: Hey, me too!)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
France, Germany, New Zealand
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Comparative politics, tai chi, time management and organization (ha!)
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Librarian, travel agent, archaeologist
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Calla lilies, white daisies, hydrangeas (JS: I love calla lilies!)
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Dark chocolate, sweet potatoes, chicken pot pie
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
JACOB HAVE I LOVED by Katherine Paterson, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee, THE TIGER RISING by Kate DiCamillo
Thanks so much for stopping by, Laura!
You can add EVERY DAY AFTER to your Goodreads shelf here, follow Laura on Facebook or Twitter, or check out her blog here.
Laura is generously offering up one signed copy plus swag of EVERY DAY AFTER. The contest is open internationally through noon EST next Friday, June 21. To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what your favorite historical MG is! (Mine is Stephanie Burgis’s Kat Stephenson series! Or would TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD count?)
Excited to read this book! My favorite historical novel is Hattie Big Sky (well, actually, Hattie Ever After is even better!), by Kirby Larson. Also really loved Yesterday's Dead, about the Great Influenza epidemic, by Pat Bourke.
Oh, thanks for all the recommendations! I haven't read any of these. The Hattie books sound great!
Mine would definitely be Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson!!
Oh, I really liked Chains! I haven't read the sequel yet. I love all of LHA's books though. Wintergirls is probably my favorite.
I agree with your answer of the Kat Stephenson series and To Kill a Mockingbird, but I also love the Little House books by Laura Ingles Wilder and Anne of Green Gables.
I loved the Little House books as a little girl – I read my mom's! I haven't reread them in ages. I love Anne of Green Gables still! There's a character in Star Cursed named Rilla after Rilla of Ingleside!
The Future Of Us by Jay Asher.
You know, I read that, but I couldn't really get into it.
I love most historical books, but I have to say "A Year Down Yonder" by Richard Peck. It's a classic!
I haven't read that one yet! *googles*
I don’t know if this counts, but I LOVE Phillipa Gregory’s novels (The Other Bolyn Girl, etc.). She knows how to use historical events and references to spin a good fiction tale!
Oh, I loved THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL! And THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE was neat too.
Has to be ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Such a wonderful story.
That's one of my all-time favorites! There's a character introduced in STAR CURSED named Rilla after RILLA OF INGLESIDE.
I absolutely adored Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu. I also really enjoyed Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson 🙂
I really liked Chains, but haven't read Breadcrumbs yet. Thanks for the recommendation!
Hi all , congrats for your new release Jessica Shea !:). My fave historical book is Heidi , Anne of green gables, daddy long legs :).
My favorite historical novel is Huckleberry Finn. Hopes that counts but I just loved the sense of adventure that courses through that novel. Spectacular read!
Oh, I haven't read that in ages! Great choice.