EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN BLOG TOUR: GUEST POST


Today I have a stop on the EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN Blog Tour for Lindsey Lane.  This unique story is on a boy who goes missing and the search to find him is offered by several POV's. Some may consider this type of narrative a bit different and ultimately scratch your head in wonder at how all it all works out but EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN will definitely stay with you long after you have finished reading it.

Want to know more about this book and it's author. Just stick around and see what Lindsey Lane says about "What it's like to be an author".



EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN


When high school junior Tommy Smythe goes missing, everyone has a theory about what happened to him. He was an odd kid, often deeply involved in particle physics, so maybe he just got distracted and wandered off. He was last seen at a pullout off the highway, so maybe someone snatched him. Tommy believes that everything is possible, and that until something can be proven false, it may be true. So as long as Tommy’s whereabouts are undetermined, he could literally be anywhere.

Told in a series of first-person narratives from people who knew Tommy, Evidence of Things Not Seen by award-winning author Lindsey Lane explores themes of loneliness, connectedness, and the role we play in creating our own realities.

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Lindsey Lane 

Award-winning author Lindsey Lane is proud to announce her debut YA novel EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers on September 16, 2014. Her picture book SNUGGLE MOUNTAIN (Clarion, 2003) is now available as an iTunes app, which Digital Storytime describes as “heartwarming and adorable with rich illustrations and lyrical text.” In 2010, Lindsey received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Lindsey is a featured presenter at many schools where she gets kids (of all ages) excited about writing. When she is not writing, reading or being a mom, Lindsey loves sweating at Bikkram yoga, seeing movies and plays, and enjoying some of the outrageously good food at Austin restaurants with friends.





What’s it like to be a writer?


1. I want to tell you it’s very mundane I mean, I wake up, I get my daughter off to school, I squeeze in the day jobs around writing. I exercise. I go out with friends, to eat, to watch movies, to dance. It’s a normal life.
But then I think about what I actually do in the quiet of my house. I create worlds. I build characters from the inside out. I get them in trouble. I shape their actions around their desires. If you were to come into my house, you would see me sitting in a chair with the computer open and my fingers tapping across the keyboard but you could not see the strange worlds I am travelling, these blood lines I follow, the whisperings I lean into.

That’s what it’s like to be a writer.

2. I decided I wanted to be a writer at age twelve. I believed that writers were saints and books were holy vessels and if I became a writer, I would become an exalted member of my bio family and my wisdom would finally be undeniable.

This was a faulty belief system. I didn’t know that at the time. All I knew was I had a destination on my map of life: Be a writer. I didn’t know how to get there. Except by writing. So that’s what I did: Plays, Newspaper articles, a screenplay, a picture book. I got an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Even with all that writing, I didn’t feel like I had made it to my destination. After all, I wasn’t making my entire income by being a writer. I wasn’t famous, well known or sought after. I didn’t have these external markers to show me that I had arrived at my destination. In fact, I felt like a poser. Like I had been trying to get into the big kids party with a fake id. Like the reasons I wanted to be a writer—because it was cool—weren’t genuine. So no matter what I wrote, I still wasn’t a writer.

Still I kept writing. Then two things happened. I got an agent and a book contract in very quick succession. The belief system was starting to fail under weight of my dogged perseverance.

Then it cracked. But it wasn’t anything grand that made it crack. In fact, all I remember was that there was an insane amount of stuff going on in my life, personally and professionally and I remember thinking, “Well, there is nothing I can do to fix or change anything right now so I may as well write.”

You know how people say that you’ve mastered a foreign language when you dream in that language? That’s what I felt like when I sat down. Even though the blank page portends uncertainty, I felt calm and centered. I knew where I was. I was dreaming in French. I was a writer.

That’s what being a writer is. It’s like dreaming in French. 

3. The cursor is blinking at me. I still don’t think I’ve nailed the answer.

At this very moment, I am sitting in a room with two other writers, I put down the computer and rant about how this question—what’s it like to be a writer?—is so stupidly hard.

One of them says, “Be Sarcastic.” Umm, that’s not me.

The other says, “Tell them tell them all the things you do besides writing.” I did and that was a thousand words of boring.

 “Tell them what being a writer isn’t.”

“Like?”

“It’s not saving lives.” Except we do, right after we put our main character up a tree and throw rocks at her.

“It’s not being a dog.” Except when the main character is a dog.

“It’s not selling insurance.” Yes, that’s true. Except when I am doing book promotion, which feels about as awkward as selling insurance.

You see, being a writer is everything. It’s the way I see the world. It’s how I problem solve. It’s where I live. It’s where I’ve wanted to live my entire life. 


 Blog Tour Schedule

September 16, 2014 – Good Books and Good Wine

September 17, 2014 – Gone With the Words

September 18, 2014 – Katie’s Book Blog

September 19, 2014 – Rather Be Reading



September 22, 2014 – Alexa Loves Books

September 23, 2014 – The Book Cellar

September 24, 2014 – Such a Novel Idea

September 25, 2014 – Pop Goes the Reader

September 26, 2014 – Tales of a Ravenous Reader




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