Happy Thursday, Reading Nook!
It's time to join us on the campaign trail, because we're the Sacramento/California stop for Jenn Marie Thorne's The Wrong Side of Right blog tour!
The Wrong Side of Right releases this week, and Jenn is hopping from blog-to-blog (and state-to-state!) to talk about the book.
Today, she joins us in the Golden State to talk about world-building for Kate and the Cooper campaign, and helps us share a pretty awesome giveaway!
Today, we're kicking off the California stop of The Wrong Side of Right blog tour! Jenn Marie Thorne joins us in the Golden State to talk about world-building in The Wrong Side of Right (and how fantasy writers don't get to have ALL the fun!) and helps us kick-off an awesome giveaway!
But first things first, let's start off with the synopis and the book trailer for this awesome book!
YOU MAKE THE RULES
Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?
Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.
Interview with Jenn:
Worldbuilding in the Real World
It is my firm opinion that every YA contemporary requires a fleshed-out universe of its own. Yes, this universe will look an awful lot like the real world. But it’s a specific real world, governed by unique rules and quirks and codes and key geographical locations. Unless you’re following a strict diet of “writing what you know,” describing, for example, the room in which you’re currently typing your manuscript, you need to use your imagination every bit as vividly as a fantasy author.
For THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT, this meant imagining—and building from scratch—a specific political landscape and presidential campaign.
YOU MAKE THE RULES
At one point in the novel, protagonist Kate leafs through the Cooper for America binder full of official talking points. As the author, I figured out all of the contents of that binder—Cooper’s stance on gay marriage, trade with China, the Keystone XL pipeline, illegal immigration--which issues he campaigns with, in order to connect to a conservative base, and which issues he buries. Not every talking point or official position made it into the book—but they were there if I needed them, a fully formed reality at my fingertips. Every world has similar mores and lines that can’t be crossed—figure out what yours are.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORLD
CHARTS AND MAPS AND GRAPHICS, OH MY!
Worldbuilding this specifically serves two purposes for the contemporary author. One, it gives you a fleshed-out universe to draw from, rather than picking at whatever scraps of your own real-life experience happen to occur to you during the drafting process. And two, it’s extremely fun—which is the main reason I became a writer in the first place!
From left to right, beginning with the top left corner: the CA State Capitol Building, Sacramento City Hall, the front lawn of the Capitol building and a stop near the wooded areas of the capitol.
Thank you again for stopping by our fair state, and we hope you enjoy the rest of the campaign trail:
3/19 -The Reading Nook Reviews – Sacramento, CA
3/23 – The Reading Date – LA, CA
3/25 – Mostly YA Book Obsessed – AZ
3/27 – Gone With the Words – Houston, TX
3/30 – YA Bibliophile (WI)
4/1 – Coming at YA – SC
4/3 – The Reader Bee – TN
4/6 – Into The Hall of Books (NC)
4/8 – Ticket to Anywhere – MA
4/10 – Lost in Literature – CT
4/13 – Effortlessly Reading – NYC
4/15 – No BS Book Reviews – Annapolis, MD
4/17 – Book Revels – DC