Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2 Truths and a Lie Answers & Mara Dyer Giveaway Winner!

At the age of sixteen, Michelle Hodkin lost the rights to her soul in a poker game with pirates just south of Natchez. Shortly thereafter, she joined an acting troupe and traveled the world performing feats of wonder and mischief. She has been seen on stages nationwide and earned rave reviews for her one woman performance of Titus Andronicus before writing THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER, her first novel. Michelle currently lives with her three pets and may or may not be a reliable narrator of her own life.

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For the past week, you've all been searching for answers and guessing at the truth. Today, Michelle Hodkin is back to reveal the lies and explain the (sometimes surprising) truths!

1. Two truths and a lie about Michelle Hodkin:

1) When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to be a veterinarian. <-- LIE!
2) My high school musical obsession was Marilyn Manson
3) My bedroom growing up had pink lace curtains, pink rose wall paper, and a chandelier dripping with pink roses.

The lie is: #1. I never wanted to be a veterinarian, even though I love animals. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an English professor, actually.

And I did have an entirely pink room (SO pink) and therefore I was naturally obsessed with Marilyn Manson. I can still sing along to every song on Smells Like Children and Antichrist Superstar and I never went anywhere without my steel-toe combat boots. I miss those boots. And I still love Marilyn Manson.

2. Two truths and a lie about the book:

1) The first words of fiction I ever wrote were the first words of THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER.
2) Those words ended up becoming the first paragraph of the book. <-- LIE!
3) The original first chapter began with Mara’s mother dropping her off at her first day at her new school.

The lie is: #2. I didn’t write the first paragraph that currently exists until October 2009, five months after I started writing the book. The first chapter went through at least twelve major drafts (and yes, the very first one was the drop-off scene which no longer exists because it was boring). But in mid-October, I had an idea for a completely different first sentence that related to events in future books in the series. I worked furiously on the first paragraph for a few weeks until I could get it just right, and then revised the whole manuscript to make sure it all worked together as the frame story I intended it to be.

3. Two truths and a lie about Mara Dyer:

1) Mara’s eye color is never mentioned.
2) Her house in Miami is modeled after the house I grew up in.
3) Mara and I are both afraid of heights. <-- LIE!

#3 is FALSE. I’m not afraid of heights; I fly all the time and I’ve hiked up 5,000 ft. Mountains. Oddly, I do get vertigo whenever I drive up the same Causeway in Florida that Noah and Mara drive on; it’s this two-lane VERY high overpass surrounded by water on either side.

It’s true that Mara’s eye color is never mentioned; I wanted to describe her features as abstractly as possible, because she’s anonymous. And I did model Mara’s house in Miami after the one I grew up in; mainly because when I wrote the first draft, I needed to describe her house and snuck those descriptions in there to make my family laugh when they read it. They did laugh, but I never got around to changing it before the book sold, and so it just stuck. My family still finds it hilarious.

4. Two truths and a lie about Noah Shaw:

1) Noah has blond hair. <-- LIE!
2) Noah’s last name was originally “Dyer.”
3) He was inspired by a real person.

The lie: that Noah has blond hair. I’ve described his hair as “dark” twice in the book but people who have read the ARC have tweeted at me about him being blond; no idea where that came from!

Noah’s last name was originally intended to be Dyer, as an homage to Troy Dyer of Reality Bites fame (one of my favorite movies). But it didn’t sound right for him—it did, however, work perfectly with “Mara.” So I gave it to her.

And yes, he was inspired by someone who actually exists. No, I can’t tell you who :)

Michelle is such a tease =P

And now, what I know you're all here for...

The winner of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is.......

Kelsey D!

Congrats, Kelsey! I'll send you an email and preorder the book today! I hope know you'll enjoy Mara Dyer!

Fun Facts:

No one got all 4 right! Michelle is a sneaky one, as anyone who has read Mara Dyer can tell you ;)

The most popular answer for #1 was 3) "My bedroom growing up had pink lace curtains..." with 55 people choosing it! (That would have been my answer too. Michelle does not strike me as the pink type.) Only 20 people chose the correct answer (1).

The most popular answer for #2 was 3) "The original first chapter began with Mara's mother..." with 37 people choosing it. The correct answer (2) was a close second though, with 33 people choosing it!

The most popular answer for #3 was 1) "Mara's eye color is never mentioned" with 46 people choosing it! Only 22 people chose the correct answer (3).

The most popular answer for #4 was the correct one -- 1) "Noah has blond hair" -- with 33 people choosing it.   2) "Noah's last name was originally 'Dyer'" was a close second though, with 31 people choosing it!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, and to Michelle for taking the time to play along! The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer hits shelves in exactly ONE WEEK! I highly recommend preordering it now! (And if you do, you can go enter Michelle Hodkin's preorder contest!)


Book Crook Liza said...

Loved seeing the answers to these! :D That was a fun post! I can't wait to read this one!

Sophia said...

Ahaha, I think I got all of them wrong! But it was really fun. I can't wait till Sept. 27! :)

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