Author Comment Contest Guest Post for September 19, 2017
(Read the fine print at the end of the post - you could WIN a copy of The Leveller from Ms. Durango!!! Comment today!)
Meet Julia Durango, author of The Leveller
Hello there, Book Battle Warriors!
I’m so honored that The Leveller has been chosen as one of your titles this year. Although I’m always happy when people read my book, I’m even happier that YOU are reading it, because YOU are my people!
While I’ve lived in Illinois since my college days, I am a proud graduate of Parkway Northeast Middle School (Class of ‘82, back when it was Parkway East Junior High) and Parkway North High School (Class of ‘85). In case you don’t believe me, I’ve unearthed some embarrassing photos to prove it.
[My basketball days for the Parkway East Eagles. I was a terrible player, but I was the tallest girl in school so they put me on the team.]
[My cheerleading days at Parkway North, where I was always at the bottom of the pyramid. #TallGirlProblems #LookAtThoseBangs!]
If you’ve read The Leveller, you know that the main character, Nixy Bauer, is a tough, scrappy, goal-oriented gamer. She plays to win, and she doesn’t give up easily.
I wish I could say I was like Nixy when I was your age, but she is more like the gutsy girl I wanted to be. In real life, I was a bit quieter and shy and bookish. I did love spending time with my friends, though, especially on our many adventures into the city…trips to Ted Drewes, 4th of July fireworks on the riverfront, and Cardinals games, of course! (Do you guys still get free tickets for straight As?)
I probably would have loved video games back then if we’d had anything more exciting than Pong, but I got a crash course in gaming later in life from my two sons. In fact, The Leveller was inspired by many hours of Zelda gameplay with my oldest son, as well as my youngest son’s Minecraft obsession.
I used to love the Choose Your Own Adventure novels, and the best video games remind me of them. Whether you’re reading a book or playing a game, when you’re completely immersed—when you fully allow yourself to sink into that world—you become a part of the story as well.
Pretty amazing, isn’t it?
I hope you enjoy reading The Leveller as much I enjoyed writing it. I can’t wait to read your comments. In fact, answer one (or all!) of the following questions by September 30, 2017, and I’ll randomly select one commenter to win a personally signed copy of The Leveller.
1. What’s your all-time favorite book?
2. What’s your all-time favorite video game?
3. What’s your all-time favorite thing to do in St. Louis?
Good luck and happy book battling!