I'm pleased to welcome author Misty Provencher to the blog today as part of the Cornerstone Blog Tour! She's here to share a few fun pieces of info about the characters and story we won't get anywhere else, and I for one love knowing extra tidbits like this so I'm excited to share it with all of you. Give us the good stuff Misty!
Thanks for having me over during the blog tour, Jenny!
I wanted to be sure that having me over was worth your while, so I’ve compiled some insider info about my YA novel, Cornerstone. I hope you’ll enjoy the behind-the-scenes scoop!
If you haven’t gotten a chance to read, Cornerstone is the story of Nalena Maxwell, a girl who’s been nicknamed The Waste at her school, due to her mom’s compulsive paper hoarding. Nalena needs things to change in her life, but when she receives a sign that invites her into an ancient community, things don’t just change…the family secrets come blasting out. It’s only worse because the sign Nalena received is the wrong dang one. And we haven’t even started talking about Garrett Reese yet- the boy with the liquid blue eyes that seems to know what’s going on.
*Jenny butts in - I highly recommend checking out Missie's book boyfriend post with Garrett over at The Unread Reader. Yum.*
Anywho, if you haven’t read Cornerstone, go grab yourself a copy for only .99 cents this month and read on for some secrets about the story that you can only get here:
• The Addo prefers his cookies without nuts. That’s because he steers clear of the nuts in his cookies just like he steers clear of the ones in his life.
• There’s no physical description of Nalena in the book. I did that on purpose. I wanted each reader to be free to see their character in their head without me trompling onto the page to tell them that they have it all wrong.
• Garrett’s house is a real one that my husband and I almost bought. We loved the Quad, bid on it, and the bid was accepted, but we ended up walking away from the deal because of an issue with what would’ve been Garrett’s bedroom floor. I still love that house though, so I gave it to Garrett’s family.
• Nalena’s name is a mix of my grandmother’s names and Garrett’s name came from a friend who entered a Facebook contest I hosted to name my main character. Garrett is also my husband’s grandfather’s name, which hadn’t occurred to me, since he was always referred to by a nickname.
• Addo lives in a trailer park, as did my husband and I, when we were first married. However, our park was kept up really well until several years after we’d gone. We went back to see our old place and–kablang–there was the Addo’s version of the park, where ours used to be.
• Garrett’s car, the Regal, was the car that my neighbors drove when I was growing up. I thought it was the coolest car ever made.
• I don’t know if it’s obvious, but the Reese’s own a lot of old technology, old cars and they live simply. Frugality is essential in the Ianua community, since the Contego have to support themselves along with the Alo and the Addos. Cars are purchased for the older folks, kept in excellent condition and passed down. Frugality and excellent health also go hand-in-hand for the community’s protectors, so you’ll notice the Contego eat whole, natural foods and junk is a rare treat.
So, there you have it. Hope you enjoyed a little of what’s behind Cornerstone’s curtain. If anyone has more questions, don’t be shy- chuck me an email and I’ll try to blog the answers when I’ve got a collection!
Thanks again for having me over to spill my secrets, Jenny!
Thanks so much for stopping by Misty! For those interested in following the Cornerstone tour in it's entirety, you can find the list of participating blogs (as well as some fabulous grand prize giveaway information) HERE.
More information on Misty and her books can be found below: