Contest details are at the bottom of this post.
Meeting and interviewing authors is my favorite part about working at BookPage (well—besides reading!), so I was thrilled when Summer Wood recently contacted our staff to let us know she’d be in the neighborhood. Summer lives in Taos, New Mexico, but last week she was visiting Belmont University as part of their Creative Writing Speakers Series.
Summer’s novel, Wrecker, is one of our top 20 books of 2011 (so far). Plot-wise, it’s the story of a wild boy (named Wrecker) who is raised by a group of eccentrics in Humboldt County after his mother goes to prison. The novel spans two decades—including the time after the mom gets out and wants her son back. At its core, Wrecker is about the community it takes to raise a child—and loving that child, even when life is difficult.
I interviewed Summer about her philosophy of parenting, her experience as a foster parent and her decision to set Wrecker in California of the 1960s. Watch the video, then enter to win a signed copy of Wrecker, along with Arroyo, Summer’s first novel (also signed).
TO ENTER: Who besides your “real” parents/guardians played an important role in your upbringing? (For example: A teacher, librarian, neighbor.) Why were they special to you? To enter, leave a comment with as much or as little information as you’d like to divulge.
CONTEST DETAILS: The prize is signed copies of Wrecker and Arroyo by Summer Wood. One winner will be chosen using random.org. Prizes will be shipped to the U.S. The contest closes April 22 at 6 p.m. CST.
Also in BookPage: Read a review of Wrecker.
ETA: Congrats to Dianne, this week’s winner! Dianne is grateful for her grandmother, who taught her that “nothing was impossible and you just needed to jump in and take a chance.”
Contest is now closed.