WINNEMUCCA by Laura Elliott
(did anyone else notice how many double letters there are in that? eLLioTT wiNNemuCCa... Coincidence?)
Anyway, Laura's book is totally worth checking out! And here is the rundown on Laura herself!
PJH: I love the story idea of WINNEMUCCA! It sounds like a must-read! What made you decide to indie-publish?
LE: Great question, it was basically the fun factor. But this explains it a little better http://laurasmagicday.livejournal.com/255475.html
PJH: What has been the funnest thing about having your book out in the world?
LE: The reaction people have to the title. It’s always––is that about Winnemucca, NV? And when they find out Winnemucca, NV is actually The Emerald City of the novel, the same people usually ask me, Have you actually been to Winnemucca? And when I say yes, they usually have a laugh and a good story about the time they spent or traveled through Winnemucca. The irony and unexpectedness of Winnemucca being The Emerald City of the novel is meant to be reflected in the story itself. Also, Winnemucca has been a historical crossroads for mountain men, pioneers and Immigrants heading west. It’s symbolic of the crossroads Ginny faces at the beginning of the novel. Anyway, the real fun is hearing all the stories people have about Winnemucca and seeing their reactions to the title.
PJH: How about the most challenging? Or has it all been sunshine and lollipops?
LE: Great question PJ. Well, as fun as the title is, it is very hard to spell. It’s spelled the same as the town, but Winnemucca isn’t very intuitive. Also, the first 80 pages came in two weeks and the rest took five years. The ending was very elusive. I had her on the road, but she didn’t tell me what she needed to do for a long time. And then, in the final edits, we got terrible news that our 21-year-old nephew was seriously injured in an IED explosion in Afghanistan. It was then that I decided to create a digitally-signed edition with 100% of additional proceeds being donated to The Wounded Warrior Project. As a young adult writer, I wanted to find a way to raise awareness and give readers the opportunity to donate to help to heal our veterans, so many are young adults themselves. Cody’s got a long road to recovery. If you are interested in hearing more about his story you can visit: ttp://www.ksby.com/videos/local-marine-recovering-from-severe-injuries-he-received-in-afghanistan/
PJH: What’s the funnest part of marketing for you? Least fun?
LE: Meeting readers who are interested in the story and are excited to read about Ginny’s enchanted road trip to her true self. I’ve really loved getting to know other writer’s and reviewers and reading their novels and the ones they recommend. It’s about the friendships along the way. Also, after publication I get to see my work in new ways through the questions people ask about it. I am really enjoying this aspect. I guess the least fun, since I’m so new to this and haven’t really found my “published author groove”, is that I’m finding I have a lot less time to write. It’s not really good or bad. It just is. I know I’ll figure it out one day
PJH: If you had to give five reasons why someone should read Winnemucca, what would they be?
One: To discover your own road blood
Two: To find out about the only kind of real magic that exists in the world
Three: To fall in love again
Four: To escape into a magically-realistic world of adventure, romance and road trips
Five: To find your own “Winnemucca”
PJH: Can you tell me about ThirTEEN ON HALLOWEEN?
LE: I’d love to! Thanks for asking. Roxie only invites the popular kids in the eighth grade to her thirteenth birthday party on Halloween and they celebrate in a way she never expected––in her attic, with the lights out, and a pact to swear to never tell a living soul what happens there.
PJH: Favorite Myth?
LE: There’s so many to choose from! An I love mythology. But I guess the one that’s really captured my imagination lately is from Ancient Egyptian mythology. A "ka" was a tangible "spirit double" having the same memories and feeling as the original person. In one Egyptian myth called "The Greek Princess", an Egyptian view of the Trojan War, a “ka” of Helen was used to mislead Paris of Troy, helping to stop the war.
PJH: Favorite wonder of the world?
PJH: Fantasy Island or Love Boat?
LE: Fantasy Island. Tattoo always creeped me out, but Ricardo Montalbán is timeless. And I’m a Star Trek fan…Kahn is a classic.
(PJH: Yay, Star Trek!)
PJH: What Scooby-Doo character are you most like?
Winnemucca is a young-adult coming-of-age, paranormal novel about a teenage girl’s enchanted road trip to her true self no matter who or what tries to stop her.
One mistake will change Ginny’s life forever.
One answer will set her free.
Once upon a time Ginny’s road blood ripened, the day she got wise to love. Engaged to the high school quarterback, his quarter-carat ring and enchanting smile should have been enough for her. But, she stands him up and takes a walk where every step questions her happily ever after gone-bad and the fate of the mother she never knew. The mother her father refuses to talk about. Ginny fights to untangle her big, fat, lie-of-a-life on an enchanted road trip to Winnemucca, where she believes all her answers lie. She must solve the riddle of her past and outrun everyone who wants a piece of her future, including a man determined to see she never has one. When fear’s as blind as love, how far would you go to find the flesh-and-blood reality of your own happily ever after?