Yesterday was the book birthday for Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things. Today we are fortunate enough to be hosting a belated book birthday party on the blog with authors Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw. They are here to tell us a little bit about the origin of the book, as well as a little about their collaborative writing process. We have a present for you when it’s all done.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Pride and Prejudice meets Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot in this humorous and heartfelt young adult romantic comedy.It’s bad enough that Samantha’s parents, charter members of the Northern Ohio Bigfoot Society, have dragged their daughter around forever, on the hunt for the mythical Sasquatch. Now they’re doing it on national TV, and worse, they’re competing against an aristocratic prep-school team, whose handsome captain scorns Samantha’s quirky family.Hunting for monsters was never so awkward.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Betsy Aldredge 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’s inspired daily by the students and professors. She lives and works in New York.Twitter @BetsyAldredge
Carrie DuBois Shaw 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.Twitter @carriedubois
Yeti or Not! SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS
Thanks so much to YA Wednesday for inviting us to guest blog the day after our book, SASQUATCH, LOVE, AND OTHER IMAGINARY THINGS was released into the wild!
We’re so excited to share a little bit of our journey to publication.
The first thing we’re usually asked is how we came up with the idea for the book. Um? Do you mean most people haven’t written retellings of Pride and Prejudice featuring a family of Jewish Bigfoot hunters on reality television? Oh, I guess they haven’t.
Well, a few years ago we were working on a YA paranormal which was basically Gilmore Girls meets the House of the Seven Gables. It was fun, we enjoyed it, but apparently, we had missed the paranormal boat (which would probably be a haunted pirate ship in a paranormal book).
So, we spent some time brainstorming. Since we’re both pretty much obsessed with Jane Austen and documentary style searches for mythical creatures, SASQUATCH was born. In addition to getting to watch countless hours of Finding Bigfoot, In Search Of, and Monster Quest, we also spent a lot of time reading blogs and message boards about Bigfoot and cryptozoology. We love how passionate Squatchers are, so a lot of that passion and enthusiasm made it into the book. We also love that many of them have a great sense of humor and really value teamwork while out hunting monsters. It was important to us to capture that dynamic as well, and since we both come from quirky families, it seemed natural to force our main character to work side-by- side with her loving, but goofy (and embarrassing) family team.
Another thing we’re often asked is how we co-write. Every writing team has their own method that works for them. We tend to brainstorm a whole lot of ideas then pick one that really speaks to us. Then, we outline together in detail, discussing characters, motivations, settings, conflict, etc. From there, Betsy tackles the dreaded blank page and writes the first draft. When it’s done and she can’t look at it anymore, she hands it over to Carrie to whip it into shape using timelines, charts, a forest full of Post-its, and a weed wacker.
After that we go back and forth a few times until we’re satisfied enough to send it to critique partners, beta readers etc.
There are several great things about writing together. One is that we can work on twice as many projects. For instance, while Betsy is writing this, Carrie could be revising one of our works in progress, working on our website, or watching some show with zombies. Betsy, like Jane Austen, prefers Sasquatch to zombies.
Don’t believe us? Check out the book.
THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.