I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things by Betsy Aldredge, Carrie DuBois-Shaw
Published by Simon Pulse on August 8, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, romance
Format: Electronic, Hardcover
Source: the publisher
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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…
Inside the Authors’ Heads
Welcome to the blog, ladies! This book sounds so incredible and with such a unique match up (I mean, Pride and Prejudice meets… Finding Bigfoot… How can you NOT want to read that!?)
Thanks so much!
Can you first tell readers where the idea came from for it? What kind of research did you have to do to prepare yourself to write it?
The idea just kind of came to us while brainstorming. We’d been watching a lot of reality shows about Sasquatch and thought it would be fun to set a book in that world. We also studied theater in college, and the woods are such a powerful metaphor (in Shakespeare, Sondheim etc.), it seemed like the perfect place for a romance, for coming of age, and for facing new challenges and emerging slightly changed. We also love classic literature and were interested in the idea of doing a retelling. We immediately thought of Pride and Prejudice and voila! The rest is Bigfoot history.
Tell us about the team up of writing a book – what are the perks and challenges of writing a book as a duo rather than alone.
It’s great to be able to work on twice as many projects and have someone you’re accountable to… It’s harder to give into writer’s block when someone else is expecting you to turn in pages. Plus we make each other’s writing stronger. It helps that we have different strengths. Betsy doesn’t mind doing a really messy first draft, while Carrie loves revising, creating timelines and graphs and making order out of the chaos. It’s worked out great for us. As writers know, it can be a bit of a solitary process and working on it together makes it less lonely.
What message do you want readers to take away from this book?
We’d love readers to be empowered to embrace their quirky, nerdy, passionate selves, and also to realize that we all make a ton of mistakes along the way.
How did your studies and experiences in life help shape who you are as a writer?
As we mentioned, we studied theater, which is essentially storytelling, too. We also did a whole lot of experimental theater between the two of us including a gender bending dystopian Measure for Measure which was set in a church basement that was actually an abandoned deli. But that’s a story for another day.
Okay, so I always like to see what authors read. What are your top three favorite books and why?
Betsy: It changes, but right now, I’d say, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy never fails to make me laugh, I read it at least once a year, Harry Potter for the world building and excellent plotting, and probably Jane Eyre for the way it devastates me. I recently got to see the original manuscript at the Morgan Library, and it was pretty amazing.
Carrie: I have to say Jane Eyre as well – it’s the book that I reread every year. It’s so rich and fierce and spooky; I find something new with each reading; The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery, for its sharp wit, genuine heart, and classic swooniness; and, Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea series for its adventure, magic, and just plain gorgeous storytelling.
Night owl or early bird? How does it help with your writing process?
Betsy: Night Owl all the way. I write from about 9-11:00 most nights after my daughter goes to bed.
Carrie: I’m also a Night Owl. My brain doesn’t work well in the morning – even after my usual half gallon of coffee. I usually find my creativity perks up in the late afternoon and into the evening, and I have no qualms staying up half the night if I’m on a roll.
If you could live in one ‘book world’ which one would it be and why?
Betsy: Probably the Vampire Academy books because they’re night owls, too! Plus, hunky, hunky Adrian Ivashkov. I’d want to be a kickass dhampir of course.
Carrie: maybe the alternative universe of Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series, where you can own a real live dodo, everyone quotes Shakespeare as regularly as I do, AND you can literally jump into the world of any book (is this answer cheating? Like using one of your three wishes to wish for a million more wishes?)
And finally, what other projects, if any, are you working on?
So, so many, including a darkly comic YA horror, and a comically dark YA romance.
Thank you so much for stopping by Such a Novel Idea!
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