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so, what's the deal with As I Wake?? (and....(wait for it!) free books! :-)

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Okay, so I've been getting a lot of emails about As I Wake, so let me answer the most common questions:

1. What is As I Wake about?

This is the publisher summary, which I adore:

Ava is welcomed home from the hospital by a doting mother, lively friends, and a crush finally beginning to show interest. There's only one problem: Ava can't remember any of them - and can't shake the eerie feeling that she's not who they say she is.

Ava struggles to break through her amnesiac haze as she goes through the motions of high-school life, but the memories that surface take place in a very different world, where Ava and familiar-faced friends are under constant scrutiny and no one can be trusted. Ava doesn't know what to make of these visions, or of the boy who is at the center of them all, until he reappears in her life and offers answers . . . but only in exchange for her trust.

2. But what is it REALLY about? Why did you write it?

Okay. I wrote As I Wake because of my obsession with the idea that there is not just one world/reality but many (as suggested by modal realism), as well as life in 1980s East Germany (yes, there once was an East Germany!), especially the role played by the Stasi. I also wrote it because I'm also a sucker for true love.

3. What the heck is modal realism? What's this Stasi thing?

There's a great introduction to modal realism here and you can read more about the Stasi here and here. As for life in East Germany during the 1980s, I highly suggest Anna Funder's Stasiland, which I found fascinating. (I should note that it's out of print, and I barely managed to snag a copy in early 2008)*

4. Is everything in the book factual?

Nope. Modal realism is just a theory, and I played with it. I also did not strictly adhere to what life in 1980s East Germany was like, although I tried to stay as true as I could to what I'd read about the role of the Stasi, simply because their presence in everyday life was really amazingly in-depth. (At one point, it's estimated that one out of every seven East Germans was somehow involved with the Stasi!)

5. And finally, the question I'm actually asked second most often: Can I get an ARC?

I don't know. I didn't actually know I had a publicist for As I Wake until the Publishers Weekly review came out, and just wrote to her about the book for the first time yesterday. (And if she happens to reads this, thank you again for sending an ARC to PW!)


So that's the deal with As I Wake.

I'll let you know more as I learn more about question 5, and in the meantime, if you have a US mailing addy, leave a comment (and a way to contact you!) by midnight EST tomorrow, July 8th, and you could win one of the following:

--a copy of Clarity by Kim Harrington

--a copy of Exposed by Kimberly Marcus

--a copy of Mad Love by Suzanne Selfors

* BUT! I just checked Amazon and it's being re-released


Blogger Al said...

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July 07, 2011 10:28 AM  
Blogger Yani {AvidReader} said...

I was really excited for As I Wake before, but now I literally can't wait to read it!!

July 07, 2011 11:12 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

As I Wake definitely sounds awesome! :) I can't wait to read it!! I somehow missed the slightly otherworldy elements in the synopsis. I'm definitely excited to see how that will play out!

July 07, 2011 3:10 PM  
Blogger Mariah said...

It sounds really good! I can't wait to read it!
a_readers_adventure at yahoo dot com

July 07, 2011 3:13 PM  
Blogger JessicaLou said...

So excited for As I Wake and can't wait to read Between Here and Forever!!

July 07, 2011 3:42 PM  
Blogger meriam2e said...

Sounds great cant wait to read it!

July 07, 2011 4:16 PM  
Blogger Susan Light said...

Always looking for the for really good books to expose my high school students to!

July 07, 2011 5:13 PM  
Blogger benjamintchip said...

Hey Elizabeth, have you seen the movie "Good Bye, Lenin!"? It was nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign film. Description from Amazon: "The movie starts in East Germany before the fall of communism; our hero, Alex (Daniel Bruhl), describes how his mother (Katrin Sass), a true believer in the communist cause, has a heart attack when she sees him being clubbed by police at a protest. She falls into a coma for eight months--during which the Berlin Wall comes down. When she awakens, her fragile health must avoid any shocks, so Alex creates an illusive reality around his bedridden mother to convince her that communism is still alive." Anyway, I thought you might enjoy it.

July 07, 2011 6:41 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Awesome! That sounds amazing! I love books about amnesia (I just realized that sounds weird)... lol. I love discovering everything with the character...
Thanks for the giveaway!
ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

July 07, 2011 7:15 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

As I Wake sounds awesome, I can't wait to read it.

July 07, 2011 8:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Wow, As I Wake sounds really unique! I can't wait till it comes out!
Sarah Lim
two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

July 07, 2011 9:18 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...

im really excited!! ; ) can't wait for it!! sallycar1394@hotmail.com

July 08, 2011 12:03 AM  
Blogger lady reader said...

Can't wait to read AS I WAKE!

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.


July 08, 2011 1:07 AM  
Blogger Krystal said...

I really am excited for As I Wake!!! I have it preordered :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

July 08, 2011 12:27 PM  
Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

Thanks for the info on As I Wake. Sounds very interesting :)

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

July 08, 2011 4:10 PM  
Blogger erica and christy said...

That sounds like a great premise for a book (and a great book). And yes, I remember East and West Germany. *sigh*
ericao75(at) hotmail (dot) com

July 08, 2011 8:12 PM  
Blogger Tiffany Drew said...

I can't wait to read it!!


July 09, 2011 12:07 AM  

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