Friday, April 20, 2012

Finalist #6

Our sixth finalist is Alicia Gregoire

 Tell us about your book:
A fifteen-year-old's too awesome past skyrockets her into a reluctant high school celebrity until the truth of where she's been is revealed.

Why do you want to attend Backspace?

After hearing nothing but fantastic stories about Backspace, I can't think of a better place to learn and network.

Are you afraid to eat lunch with a Shark?

No I'm not. Unless it's Mega Shark.

West Side Story: Jets or Sharks?
Sharks. Not only did their dance numbers have more flair, but I loved Anita's pluck.

If you could save the life of any one fictional character who would it be and why?

Nick Andros from THE STAND. Had he survived the explosion, the story would've continued on the same way.

Is there a book that makes you think "If I could write one thing like that, I’d die happy."

There's two! For voice, SLOPPY FIRSTS by Megan McCafferty. For worldbuilding, the DARK TOWER series by Stephen King.

What's the most terrifying thing you've lived through?

Touching eyeballs. I was convinced mine would be next in the bowl of them. They immediately pulled me from the third grade haunted house shrieking.

When you're published, what will you do to Pay It Forward?
I'd mentor the next generation of writers by working with local libraries to create free novel writing programs for teens.


Laura Hughes, MittensMorgul said...

Congrats, Alicia! I love that you love Stephen King. The Stand is one of my favorite books. I also love your eyeball story. ;)

Your novel sounds intriguing, too. I want to know where your MC's been!

Good Luck! Every day, this contest has been proving we're all going to have fantastic reading lists in the upcoming year!

Mara Rae said...

Congratulations, Alicia! I'm also a big Stephen King fan and I love who you saved. I wouldn't have thought of it but it's so true!

ProfeJMarie (Janet Rundquist) said...

Yay Alicia! Re: Sharks and dance... it's all about the flair, baby.

Brandi M. said...

Congrats! I loved Nick, and I was sooo mad when he died. I'm also a fan of The Dark Tower!

Good luck in the finals!

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Alicia! Best of luck in the finals.

I love your idea for paying it forward, btw. It would be AWESOME if there was more support in local communities for writers. The library would be the perfect place to start! :)

Brooke said...

Congratulations, Alicia!

Sarah said...

Congrats! Points for saving Nick. The Stand is one of my all-time favorites. When King said he only included the explosion to propel the book forward, my heart broke all over again.

Good luck!

Angelica R. Jackson said...

A name I recognize--yay, congratulations Alicia! So why haven't you posted this very happy finalist circumstance on your blog--still in shock?

Dana said...

Congrats, Alicia!

I adore your answer about saving Nick in THE STAND! It is one of my all-time favorite books, which makes me even more excited about handing out free copies on Monday for World Book Night!

Best of luck!

Ann Landsberger said...

Congrats, Alicia!

Brent Stratford said...

Congratulations Alicia. I've run a few of those haunted houses. It's a little disconcerting when the kids get older and start eating the grapes you tell them are eyeballs.

SiSi said...

Congratulations, Alicia! Apparently lots of us share your desire to save Nick!

Lisa Gomley said...

Congratulations Alicia!

Your book sounds very interesting. Another to add to the TBR shelves. And I love your idea for paying it forward!

I am also one that is not a fan of haunted houses. We were on a haunted hayride once and a woman flew from the opposite end of the wagon into my lap as soon as a guy with a chainsaw came flying out of the woods.

Good luck!

elizabeth norris said...

Congratulations! I loved THE STAND--one of my favorite Stephen King novels. Good call on saving Nick.

Jessa Russo (Stadtler) said...

Congratulations Alicia! I'm super curious about your book!

@Brent: Eeeeew! I can't believe that even happens! Even knowing that they're grapes, I can't imagine eating them - just on the fact the the grapes are usually peeled. There's just something wrong about peeled grapes. Of course, maybe that stems from the fact that they remind me of eyeballs. Ugh. Its a vicious circle. ;-)

Leah said...

First, congrats! :)

Second, if you love The Stand, you HAVE to read On Writing (if you haven't already) - in it, King tells the story of WHY that explosion happened. It's good stuff. :)

Christine said...

Congratulations, Alicia (as well as Lee, Laura, C.A., Carla, and Maureen)! It's been really fun to read about everyone's books and get to know the finalists through their answers. I hope you all get the chance to attend Backspace (at least someday) and I look forward to seeing your books in the bookstores.

Congratulations on making it to the final 9!

Colin Smith said...

Woah, Alicia!! Congratulations!!! :D

Lee Kelly said...

Congrats Alicia -- your book sounds right up my alley ;)!

The Writer Librarian said...

As a librarian, I also love your pay it forward idea! It would also shift libraries more toward an educational objective rather than a purely recreational one.

DeadlyAccurate said...

@Jessa Russo (Stadtler) For me it's the fact that lots of grubby hands have been touching them. Blech!

That synopsis is intriguing. I hope one day I get to find out where your protagonist has been.

LN said...

Congratulations, Alicia! Good synopsis- I want to read the whole story!

M.V.Freeman said...

Congrats Alicia!
I feel the same way about haunted house eyeballs...ick.
And very cool about working with local libraries. I like that idea.

erica and christy said...

YAY Alicia!! Go, go, go!!