{Tour} Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things by Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw (Author Interview & a Giveaway!)

Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! This is our stop on the Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! We are so excited for you to get to know more about this book and its authors, Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw !

We’ve got an awesome interview with Betsy and Carrie for you, plus a fun giveaway at the bottom of the post! You don’t want to miss any of it! Ready? Let’s start with the 411…

***About the Book***

{Tour} Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things by Betsy Aldredge and Carrie DuBois-Shaw (Author Interview & a Giveaway!)Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things by Betsy Aldredge, Carrie DuBois-Shaw
Published by Simon & Schuster, Simon Pulse on August 8th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 272
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Pride and Prejudice meets Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot in this humorous and heartfelt debut about a loving, quirky family on the hunt for the mythical Sasquatch.

Hunting for monsters was never so awkward.

It’s bad enough that Samantha’s parents, charter members of the Northern Ohio Bigfoot Society, have dragged their daughter around forever, hunting for yetis. But now they’re doing it on national TV, and worse, in front of an aristocratic prep-school crew including a boy who disdains Samantha’s family.

But when he scorns her humble Ohio roots, she becomes determined to take him down. As they go to war, their friction and attraction almost distract them from the hint that Sasquatch may actually be out there somewhere…


***INTERVIEW***

Hi, ladies! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us today. We’re excited for our readers to get to know you both a little better. Let’s get started!

Let’s start with the easy stuff. Tell us a little about what sparked you guys to write Sasquatch, Love, and Other Imaginary Things. Did you have a favorite scene to write?

We had been watching a lot of reality television about ghost hunting and mythical creatures. We especially loved how sincere and enthusiastic the participants tend to be. Coupled with our long term obsessions with YA literature and classic British literature, and it just kind of came together. There may have been some wine involved, too.

It’s so hard to choose a favorite scene, but perhaps when the Bergers show up for the first day of filming and meet their competition. While everyone thinks their family is embarrassing, poor Sam’s is in a whole different league. We’re also pretty fond of the kissing scenes…

What about your writing environments? What does a typical writing day look like for each of you?

Betsy: I typically write after my daughter goes to bed at night. It usually involves a huge cup of Twinings English Breakfast tea, my couch, and my black cat curled up next to me. His name is Poe because we got him around Halloween and he looks like Edgar Allen Poe in cat form.

Carrie: I usually work at my desk in the spare bedroom – partly to get away from the TV and the fridge and other distractions, but mostly so that I can refer to my giant wall of post-it notes. I like to outline each scene in different colors and get a visual of where the story is going – sort of a big, colorful, non-eco-friendly storyboard.

One of the questions we love to ask every author we interview is, if you could introduce one of your characters from this book to a character from any other book (yours or someone else’s), what characters would it be and why?

Sam would love to be best friends with Cath from Rainbow Rowell’s Fan Girl. They could sit around and geek out together for hours.

Alright, we have to ask. What kind of research did you have to do about yeti hunting? Did it make either of you a Big Foot believer? Or were you already believers? (Yeti or not, we can’t wait for your answers!)

We spent way too many hours lurking on message boards, watching Bigfoot documentaries, and reading books about Squatching. We even took a trip to a Bigfoot museum in Santa Cruz, California. It’s totally believable that something could be out there. Maybe it’s a misidentified bear, or an undiscovered species of ape, or even an alien/ape hybrid. Who knows? We won’t rule out the existence of Bigfoot, because it’s too fun to imagine.

Sam is the kind of character that we think just about anyone can relate to. Let’s be honest, we are ready to be BFF’s with her. What parts of her character do you see in yourselves?

Betsy: Well, she’s a Jewish feminist with out of control curls, which I am as well…she also is overly responsible and uses humor as a self defense. I’m guilty of that, too.

Carrie: I too use snark as a weapon (which is why Betsy and I are such great friends.) And like Sam, I have a goofy family – especially my dad, who invents Rube Goldberg machines and weird robots and has convinced our family to do very silly things in public (like contests where we dress up as silly characters and race homemade soap box cars).

We love love loved Devan. He was perfectly swoony and the banter he brought to the page was awesome. Was he a fun character to write? Was he based on someone either of you know?

Aw. Thanks. He’s our version of Mr. Darcy, since this is a Pride and Prejudice retelling. Unfortunately, we don’t know him personally, but if any Mr. Darcy types are reading this and want to become better acquainted…you know where to find us.
Yes, Devan was so fun to write. He’s a little restrained and prickly on the outside, but we love his dry sense of humor, his intelligence, and how loyal he is to his friends and family.

Let’s talk about teenage Betsy and Carrie. If you could write a letter to yourself at 17 years old, what would be in that letter?

Betsy: I’d tell myself to relax a little more, to allow myself to fail every once in a while. I was the type of student who turned papers in a month early. I think I made Hermione look like a slacker. Um, I may not have changed so much since then.

Carrie: She hasn’t. ☺ I would encourage myself to be a bit more adventurous and less anxious about everything. I was the kid who was always saying things like, “…um…you guys, I’m not sure this is such a good idea.”

Let’s switch gears for a second and talk about other people’s books. Is there a book or book series that you think is under-appreciated or hasn’t gotten enough credit for how good it is and you want to spread the love?

Yes! The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano is probably one of our favorite dystopian series. The Replacement by Breanna Yovanoff is really good and creepy. In terms of recent debuts you may have missed, we highly recommend Soulmated by Shaila Patel, such a beautiful paranormal romance with a swoony love interest. Natalka Burian’s debut, Welcome to the Slipstream, is a rock and roll adventure, with some really rich, unique characters.

How about a mini round of This or That?:

  • E-book or Printed Book? Betsy: Printed. Carrie: either, but I can read my E-book (in its super waterproof case) in the tub
  • Introvert or Extrovert? Betsy: Introvert. Carrie: Extrovert
  • N’SYNC or Backstreet Boys? Betsy: N’SYNC for the Justin Timberlake factor alone. Carrie: agreed
  • Classic or Current? Betsy: Classic. Carrie: yup, Classic.
  • Chocolate or Vanilla? Betsy: Vanilla with lots of chocolate cookies thrown in. Carrie: Vanilla.

You know we can’t let you leave without asking both of you about swoon just a little bit more. Who is on your list of favorite fictional boys?

Betsy: Adrian from the Vampire Academy/Bloodline books is way, way up on the list. Yes, he’s broody, but he’s a character with a lot of depth and growth, and such great banter.

Carrie: I kinda fell hard for Carswell Thorne in the Lunar Chronicles. He tries so hard to be the charming, handsome bad boy, but just can’t ignore his heart of gold. Swoon.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

***Meet Betsy Aldredge***

Author Betsy AldredgeBetsy is a former magazine editor turned communications professional who avoids math at all costs. Therefore, she’s held a series of artsy jobs at Opera News, Museums Magazine, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage, where she tried to remember everything she learned in Hebrew school. She now works at Purchase College, SUNY, where she is inspired daily by the cool and creative students and professors. She lives and works in New York.

Find Betsy Here:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

***Meet Carrie DuBois-Shaw***

Author Carrie DuBois-ShawCarrie is an arts administrator and has worked for world-renowned organizations such as San Francisco Ballet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New Victory Theater. She is a passionate advocate for high quality performing arts for children and has written two plays for young audiences, which were produced and performed throughout New York City. She currently lives in San Francisco.

Find Carrie Here:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

 

***GIVEAWAY***

Win a Finished Copy of Sasquatch, Love, and other Imaginary Things | US ONLY
 

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Comments

  1. Tammy V says:

    As a girl who lives in Ohio I was on more than my fair share of camping trips to Old Man’s Cave. I loved it then but started to get a bit bored with it after years and years of it. Would love to see how Samantha handles it.

  2. danielle hammelef says:

    I’ve been seeing more books inspired by Big Foot lately. I think this book puts a nice relationship twist on the idea of people hunting for evidence. I like that it’s set in Ohio!

  3. I can’t pass up a book with a Sasquatch in it, no matter the genre. I love the fun title and cover for this one. And it would be a good fit for my summer reading list.

  4. Kristy Petree says:

    This sounds like such a fun book! And I loved their interview answers. Thanks for hosting!

  5. This book sounds like such an adventure, I want to read it. Everytime I think of bigfoot i think of the Goofy movie. lol.

  6. Talk about originality!! Such a fun idea for a contemporary.

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