LOOK! These are my little carved Ganeshas. Want one?
I am only putting him here, on the blog. This is for Best Beloveds, because you are, I think, the ones most likely to think he is cool and special. I will explain him in a sec. Here is how you enter to win one of these guys AND a signed ARC of THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE:
1) Blog, Facebook, Twitter, or otherwise share on Social Media a link to the VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR with The Alabama Booksmith.
2) Comment here and tell me where you have shared the link and the info. EACH share is a separate entry. SO, if you put it on Facebook AND blogged it, that’s two entries.
Contest runs until the comments close. AND BY THE WAY, those of you participating in the VBT will be pleased to know PRIZE LEVEL ONE is now unlocked, because you people are AWESOME. Let’s try to hit level 2 this week?
Now, here is the story behind the Ganesha.
Last Christmas, I was writing THE OPPOSITE OF EVERYONE. I was in the throws of trying to give Paula Vauss permission to be Paula and THINK ALL THE AWFUL THINGS. I still struggle inside that NICE LADY trap, you know? I get cowardly and back down from thorny sentences, because if PAULA thinks a horrible thing, then people will think that I am awful, because someone had to think the awful things up for Paula to think them, and what with her being fictional and all, and what with me being the one who wrote her into existence, I feel certain a small share of the blame COULD fall on me.
THEN people might not think I am SO SO NICE. *horrors!* As a delicate flower of southern ladyhood, I am damned to want to be SEEN AS NICE, into perpetuity.
(Needing to be SEEN as nice is very different from a genuine desire to BE nice, which is obviously valuable and worthwhile.)
So Last Christmas, struggling with Paula, my sister-in-law gave me three little carved Ganeshas to sit on my desk and make me be brave. Ganesha, the lord of luck and fortune, is a character in the book. He shows up in a couple of different guises. These three fellows sat by my computer the whole time I was drafting. I traveled with one or another of them on writing retreats, I tucked them in my pocket when I went on long Paula-Thinking walks, and talked myself into NOT seeming nice, but letting Paula just do all the things she wanted to do.
Publisher’s Weekly just said, “The voice is hard-boiled and the plot engrossing… Although Paula is rough and reckless, Jackson makes her an easy character to root for by vividly depicting her inner struggle and past. This is an excellent read with a fresh take on the detective genre.”
And in a starred review, Library Journal praises the “smart-ass, no holds-barred narration by whip-smart Paula/Kali.”
The Ganeshas worked.
(LJ also mentions the “not infrequent but judiciously placed earthy language,” which cracks me up. I had to email that quote to my mother and say SEE MOM, I TOLD YOU IT WAS JUDICIOUSLY PLACED. My mom is hugely supportive, but sometimes she wishes I would phrase things just a WEE BIT more delicately…she is also a flower of southern ladyhood, you see.)
If you need a PROVEN bravery totem, or a PROVEN book-finishing totem, or just think it would be cool to have one of the little fellows that sat by me the whole time I wrote the OPPOSITE, or just want to help me get the word out about the Virtual Book Tour because you are the best and my favorite, then please, Share this link to the VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR on any of your social media and tell me so, here.
I want to unlock prize level 2 this week, if we can. Contest closes exactly one week from today, which is when the comment swill close themselves, rendering entering impossible anyway.