Thursday, November 21, 2013

EDNA IN THE DESERT - Maddy Lederman - One Free Book

Readers, here's another debut novelist.

What has drawn you to writing for the YA market?
Hi, Lena. Thanks for having me on your blog!
I wanted to write a warm, amusing story about how a modern teenager would react to being totally unplugged. Some of my friends’ kids don’t even look up from their phones to say hello, and I wonder where this is taking our culture. My character, Edna, is thirteen, so the YA market was naturally drawn to my book, but I wasn’t drawn to a particular market. I’ve found that adults enjoy Edna In the Desert as much as teens. 

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’ve done many quirky things, a lot of them in the desert! I took a “sound bath” at The Integratron. I hiked up a mountain in 110 degrees on a first date and eventually married the guy. My job in film and TV creates endless quirky opportunities, for example, covering Adam West, TV’s Batman, in creamed corn. We met years later in Palm Springs and laughed about it.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
At nine. I had an assignment to write an ending for The Lady or The Tiger in school. I wish I could find it. I wrote it on yellow, lined paper.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
From Bossypants to A Farewell To Arms.

What other books have you written?
Edna In the Desert is my first and I’m working on a sequel.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I’m not sure I do.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of, besides family?
I’m glad you ruled out family, otherwise everyone would have to say that. I’m proud that Edna In the Desert is published. I’m proud of my work in film and TV. I’m proud that I can juggle, and that my stepfather taught me how over the phone (yes, it’s possible!).

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would like to be a cat. They’re smart, cute, and seem comfortable in their own bodies.

What is your favorite food?
Spaghetti, with or without meatballs.

Is it hard to break into the YA market?

What advice would you give to an author wanting to do that?
After writing a great story, look for a sub-genre within the YA market that your book fits into.

What would you like to tell us about the featured book?
Edna In the Desert is about a tech-addicted brat forced to spend a summer without cell phone service, internet, or TV at her grandparents’ cabin. The book is a glimpse into a teen’s spiritual and sexual awakening. It explores the widening gap between generations and how culture is changing with technology. It’s a love letter to the Mojave Desert. Also, it’s short.

Please share the first page with us.

The sun baked Edna’s forehead and brought her slight queasiness to a more threatening nausea. She tossed over. Changing positions sometimes helped, but pistachios and beef jerky on top of ice cream and the long ride did her in. Or was it what she’d just heard? She didn’t remember asking to pull off, only hunching over next to the family’s newest, silver Audi. It rocked softly as Brandon bounced around the back. The motion made her sicker, but Edna tried to stay near the car in its little strip of shade. At eleven in the morning, the sun was already relentless.

“Are you OK, honey?” Edna’s mother called from inside.

“What does it look like? Can Brandon stop that?”

The little boy looked out the window at his sister, crouched on the ground and heaving. Edna’s father stepped out of the car, saw there was nothing he could do, and stepped back in. The desert was a great place to throw up, and Edna did until there was nothing left. Everything that came out, dried almost instantly in the sand. It was so much nicer than putting your head near a toilet, but it didn’t seem so nice for the little lizard racing away.

Later, Brandon drooled on his iPad in the back seat. A map rustled up front. The more remote roads were still not on the GPS, and this presented a challenge to Jill, Edna’s mother, who had not consulted a paper map in years, not since the last time they came out to her husband’s parents’ house and got lost. Edward flew out to see them every once in a while, but the tiny airport he landed in was miles in another direction and down completely different dirt roads.

Jill was demoralized by the sight of her thirteen-year-old daughter crumpled in the backseat. Edna was a late bloomer, but she was becoming beautiful. Her wide-set eyes always turned heads, but her personality, left as it was, was going to spoil everything. Jill constantly wondered what she was doing wrong.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
At Electio Publishing, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and my website. Here are the links:

Thank you, Maddy, for spending this time with us today.

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Unknown said...

Maddy, Thank you for writing for the youth group. The story line of Edna In The Desert seems like a great topic for that age group.(Maybe Adults to!)congratulations on your book.
I will add this to list for my grandchildren. Thank you from Ohio

Maddy said...

Jackie, it's my pleasure! I think your grandchildren will enjoy the book. Thanks for visiting Lena's blog!

Jean said...

Thank you for this opportunity

Mary Preston said...

Thirteen is such a very interesting age.

Mary P


mongupp said...

I'm always looking for good books for my daughters. The Amazon reviews are glowing!
Monica, Ontario

Library Lady said...

I would love to add this book to our young adult section of the church library.
Janet E.

Library Lady said...

Sorry about that. I live in Florida but currently visiting friends in Hong Kong, China.

Maddy said...

Thanks, Monica! I think your daughters will enjoy it. And the YA section of a church library sounds like a great idea, Library Lady. Thanks to you all for your comments and feedback!

Stacey said...

This sounds like a great book, will be getting it for my nieces. THanks.
Stacey, CT

Barbara said...

This writer was funny! First page hooked me, and the amazon reviews are very good. Looking forward to a good read.

Farley, IA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

rubynreba said...

Perfect book for my daughter!
Beth from Iowa

Melissa said...

Very cool concept! I sometimes forget what life is like without technology!

Melissa from Maryland
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