I’ve never done a contest before. My days in TV, when I had to answer the phone for wackos calling to win free stuff, turned me off to the whole idea. But I think it’s time to change that.
My (NOT SO) Storybook Life is old-fashioned humor mashed with literary spoofery. Elizabeth thinks of herself and her husband, Matt, as a modern day Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Together they’ve endured paint-color mishaps, sewage disasters, pest infestations, and a schnauzer that poops at tornado sirens. It was hardly the domestic perfection a young Liz imagined while reading Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice. Could it be that these literary stalwarts had led her astray?
Liz tells the story of her own path to happiness, along the way seeking revenge on her literary heroes: Jo March has to cope with a soul-sucking job, Elizabeth Bennett shepherds a Duggar-size brood of kids, and Anne Shirley deals with a penny-pinching husband.
I have an extra copy of the book, and I’m going to give it to one of you. (I bought one, and then her publisher sent me one!!) Because I’m crazy awesome like that. Part of what made me so awesome is all the books I read as a kid. Like Liz, my appetite for words was almost insatiable. So many of my friends are book nerds too.
So here’s the contest:
- Leave a comment telling what book character influenced your world view. (Your comment is your entry.)
- One week from today, November 10, I’ll use random.org to select a winner. Here’s the crazy cool part: I’ll even use my considerable amazingness to get the book signed by the author, personalized to whomever the winner wants. (Fine. I work with her husband, and I’ll send it home with him and a post it. But it will still be way cool.)
Did you go to France because you secretly wanted to be Madeline? Did you and your friends build a fort like the kids in Bridge to Terabithia? Do you still eat second breakfast like the hobbits in Lord of the Rings? That last one is probably just me.
Tell me all about it. Let me know your book memories and you could win another terrific book. And if you don’t win, you should totally buy it. It really is that good.