Hi! Today we’re celebrating the release of Mindy McGinnis’s NOT A DROP TO DRINK, which came out last Tuesday!
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.
Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.
But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….
With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
“A brutally beautiful debut, not to be missed. NOT A DROP TO DRINK is an unwavering story with incredible drama, danger, and power. This writer is for real.” – Michael Grant, New York Times bestselling author of the GONE series
I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this one yet, but I want to! The inventive premise stands out in a crowded dystopian field, and I’ve been looking forward to it since I read the deal announcement.
Now for our interview with Mindy:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Lynn is a fierce, loyal, independent heroine.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
NOT A DROP TO DRINK is a brutal, bleak yet honest story.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I’m an outgoing, introverted, athletic librarian. (yeah)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Ireland, Italy, Canada (JS: interesting choices! Canada does not usually show up here!)
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Akido, gardening, archery (JS: ooh, I tried archery last spring & really want to do more of it!)
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Archaeologist, coach, editor
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Crocus, cleome, alyssum
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Yogurt, Cadbury eggs, Triscuits
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
THE STAND by Stephen King, THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield, THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST by Rick Yancey
Thanks so much for stopping by, Mindy!
Mindy is being generous enough to give away some NOT A DROP TO DRINK swag to one lucky winner in the US or Canada. The contest is open until Friday (Oct 4) at noon EST. To enter, just leave a comment below!