Author Chat with Dante Medema (The Truth Project), Excerpt, Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)

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 Today we're excited to chat with Dante Medema author of

The Truth Project.

Read on for more about Dante and her book, an excerpt, plus a giveaway!

 

 

 

Meet Dante Medema!

      

Dante Medema is an author of books for young readers. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, four daughters, and a room full of alien memorabilia—and books, of course. When she’s not writing, she dabbles in baking, decorating, painting, sewing, and reading up on Enneagram personality types. To learn more about Dante, visit her at www.dantemedema.com [dantemedema.com].

 

 

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Meet The Truth Project!

Seventeen-year-old Cordelia Koenig was sure of many things going into her last year of high school. For one, she wasn’t going to stress over the senior project all her peers were dreading—she’d just use the same find-your-roots genealogy idea that her older sister used for hers. Secondly, she’d put all that time spent not worrying about the project toward getting reacquainted with former best friend and longtime crush Kodiak Jones who, conveniently, gets assigned as Cordelia’s partner.

All she has to do is mail in her DNA sample, write about her ancestry results and breeze through the rest of senior year. Done, done and done.

But when Cordelia’s GeneQuest results reveal that her father is not the man she thought he was but a stranger who lives thousands of miles away, Cordelia realizes she isn’t sure of anything anymore—not the mother who lied, the life she was born into or the girl staring back at her in the mirror.

If your life began with a lie, how can you ever be sure of what’s true?

 

 

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~ Author Chat ~

 

      YABC:  What gave you the inspiration to write this book?    

After doing my own DNA test through 23 and Me, I told my sister she should do one. She said she was afraid it would tell her something she didn’t want to know—like that she might be the product of an affair. I couldn’t get past that idea, and before I knew it Cordelia felt like a real person for me and demanded that I tell her story.

     

YABC:  Who is your favorite character in the book?

Sana was the absolutely most fun character to write. I’m an enneagram 7 (like Sana) and had a BLAST being ridiculous with her.

     

YABC:  Do you have a favorite writing snack?

Cheese and crackers with pickles, or chips, or popcorn, or basically anything salty and crunchy. There’s a definite crunch to wordcount ratio.

     

YABC:  Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Just be patient. It’s a really long road from “I have an idea” to “I’m holding a book in my hands”—I wish I hadn’t been so hard on myself. That and keep your eyes on your own stuff. It’s also really easy to look around you and see what everyone else is doing and wonder why it isn’t happening for you. That mindset isn’t helpful for anyone.

 

      YABC:  What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love the leaves. They’re part of the story and so important and every time I look at Cordelia in her trees I feel like I need to give her a huge hug.

     

YABC:  What’s on your TBR pile?

SO MANY BOOKS. I’m reading Chelsea Sedoti’s IT CAME FROM THE SKY—I’m a (not so) secret fan of anything with aliens. After that, I’m hoping I’ll soon have an ARC for Suzanne Park’s new YA – SUNNY SONG WILL NEVER BE FAMOUS.

     

YABC:  What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?

INHERITANCE GAMES by JENNIFER LYNN BARNES. I loved THE WESTING GAME as a kid and that’s the exact kind of book this reminds me of.

   

YABC:  Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?

 The scenes where Cordelia interacts with her dad without him knowing about the results of her DNA test. These broke me for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of the way the story ends. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’ll stop there. But there’s a scene where he quotes King Lear to her that makes me ugly cry every time.

   

YABC:  Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Outlining. I love planning a story, and write insanely long outlines. This is where my brain feels most alive –with my post-it notes, a white board, and chicken scratch written all over them. Second would be drafting.

     

YABC:  What would you say is your superpower?

In writing—it’s got to be plot. My critique partners have deemed me the “plot whisperer” which I don’t deny. I love talking through a plot problem. In normal life—my kids would say cake decorating. It’s my other creative outlet and I post the pictures on Instagram whenever I do one.

 

 

 

~Excerpt~

 

 

My parents created everything in the image

of a perfect Alaskan family.

The home on the hillside

a cabin in Kenai

2.5 kids

matching Xtratuf boots

a 5-star safety-test-rated Volvo

with all-wheel drive.

Pretty sure I’m the .5 kid.

 

To: Cordelia Koenig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
From: Vidya Nadeer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Subject: Re: Senior Project Application

Cordelia,

I’m so glad to get your proposal! I adore the idea of using

a GeneQuest DNA kit to discover your roots and find how

ancestry shapes you as a person through poems. I’ve

lived in Tundra Cove since I was a child, but my family

is from Kashmir with entirely different traditions and customs.

I like this idea—I do—however I can’t help but notice

(despite the poetry aspect) you chose the exact same

project as your older sister, Beatrice. I was her advisor

as well, and while I expect you will impress me equally

with yours, I want to ensure you take a great deal of effort

to make this your own. Sometimes students with early

acceptance can skim through the rest of their senior year,

and I want you to get the most out of it. This grade is still

very important to your GPA. Please let me know how you

intend to make this stand out from Beatrice’s.

I’ve assigned Kodiak Jones as your partner. I agree with

your email: the two of you will work well together, and

hopefully I can convince both of you to join me next month

for the Pacific Northwest Young Poets Conference. As I

mentioned in class, I will be speaking there and taking a

group of promising students. Please consider attending.

That’s all I have for now,
Vidya Nadeer

Dinner is always the same.

My sister, Iris, speaks in hashtags

because she’s twelve and thinks it’s funny.

She puts up air quotes. Hashtag Boring. Hashtag Tired

Hashtag I-don’t-want-to-go-to-school-anymore.

Hashtag can’t-it-be-summer-so-I-can-be-outside?

Dad speaks in Shakespeare

because he’s a professor and thinks it’s funny.

His day was quiet.

He’s grading papers for Lit 101.

He’s got some promising students this year.

Mom rolls her eyes at them both

because she’s a real estate agent

and doesn’t think anything is funny.

She has a new listing she can’t wait to sell.

Maybe this is the one that’ll make her stop working so

hard.

That will make her smile instead of frown at the phone

she’s glued to.

I clear my throat, and they all stare.

Because I get lost in metaphors they don’t understand.

My stories live in daydreams

written in verse

I never, ever share.

Unfit for lighthearted dinner conversation.

Every. Single. Night.

“My day was good,” I say.

“We got our project partner assignments.”

They wait, and I see Mama crumple a little bit when I say,

“Kodiak Jones.”

 

Mom’s face twists like it’s sour,

but I know it’s not the wine.

She’s friends with Kodiak’s mom.

Both real estate agents,

same church,

play on the same recreational softball team.

They share secrets like they share recipes.

Dad doesn’t care about Kodiak.

“What did you decide on for your project?”

“Poetry, that’s wonderful—can I help?”

But he teaches Shakespeare, not poetry.

“‘It is a wise father that knows his own child’—

William was a poet!”

He jokes.

He quotes.

He always jokes and quotes.

“Be careful,”

Mama says.

“That boy is trouble.”

Who is this boy you see?

Kodiak isn’t trouble.

He’s troubled.

 

Before he was “trouble” he was

“Kodiak.”

And he was the boy I spent every Tundra Cove summer

following around on my bike with skinned knees

and terrible tan lines where my shorts met my thighs.

The one whose family used to go to the fair with us

—a 2-hour drive—every year.

And our parents would walk around

while we ate corn on the cob

and rode the Tilt-A-Whirl until we felt sick.

He was the same boy who taught me how to whistle.

And when his mouth curled around like a little O

I felt my heart skip a beat for the first time.

The person I shared my first poem with.

And it was okay,

because he was sharing poems with me too.

Kodiak was my best friend

before I even knew who Sana was.

And one day

on our way home from school,

kicking stones down a muddy path

under giant spruce trees,

I told him about my first crush.

That my stomach felt a little funny

whenever he was around.

And that I played out entire conversations

with him in my head,

wondering if I’d ever have the courage

to tell him out loud

what I felt in my heart.

Kodiak never smiled

and never teased.

And I never said

I was talking about him.

 

To: Vidya Nadeer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

From: Cordelia Koenig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Subject: Re: Re: Senior Project Application

Dear Ms. Nadeer,

Thank you so much for your input. As you might remember,

I was incredibly inspired during your poetry unit in

AP English last semester. Since, I’ve made it my goal to

implement poetry into my life in as many ways as I can

before going to Columbia this fall. I intend to use poetry

as my primary form of exposition for my senior project as I

discover how my genealogy affects me personally. I know

Beatrice found her look into our ancestry to be life changing,

and I can only hope this project will help me grow as a

poet while I learn something new in the process.

I have already sent out my GeneQuest kit, with DNA swab,

and their lab should be sending my results any day now.

Instead of relying on Bea’s results, which I’m told can differ

even between siblings, I have taken initiative to make

this project my very own.

Sincerely,
Cordelia

 

To: Cordelia Koenig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

From: GeneQuest (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

We have your results!

Click here to see where you come from!

 

Deep down, I know what it will say.

I’m not so different.

Them

and

Deep down I know

I’m looking for confirmation

that

there

is

a

reason

I

don’t

fit.

 

My Results

61.1% British & Irish

22.2% French & German

13.8% Broadly Northwestern European

1.4% Southern European

1.1% Broadly European

0.3% Nigerian

0.1% Broadly Western Asian & North African

 

To: Cordelia Koenig (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

From: GeneQuest (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

You have new

GeneQuest relatives!

Click here to connect to your DNA family!

(If you can’t see relatives, make sure you’ve got “search

function” set to ON in settings)

 

GeneQuest

Start connecting with your family!

 

Name             Relationship

Jack               Bisset Father

Father’s side. 50% DNA shared.

99.9% accurate

 

It doesn’t matter that others are listed.

an uncle—25% shared DNA

a grandmother—25% shared DNA

a cousin—12.5% shared DNA

I can’t see past Father.

Jack Bisset—50% shared DNA.

As if this is common knowledge

that somewhere a man lives

who genetically

is my father.

I can’t stop staring outside

to a light snow

inching up my windowsill,

creating a blanket between me

and the world.

I slide down in my bed

hugging a pillow

and repeating over and over and over and over again.

 

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

I was right. I. Am. Adopted.

 

 

 

 

The Truth Project

By: Dante Medema

Publisher: Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins

Release Date: October 13th, 2020

 

  

 

 

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Comments 7

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Zachary Snyder on Wednesday, 14 October 2020 08:53

Book looks great, love the cover art!

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Book looks great, love the cover art!
Tiffany Engler on Wednesday, 21 October 2020 09:31

Love this cover!!

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Love this cover!!
Andrea Cerda on Thursday, 22 October 2020 10:28

Book looks really interesting and the cover really eye-catching.

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Book looks really interesting and the cover really eye-catching.
Joan Kim on Thursday, 29 October 2020 06:04

I don't know much about adoption so I hope to be able to read this book to diversify perspectives

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I don't know much about adoption so I hope to be able to read this book to diversify perspectives
Penny Olson on Tuesday, 03 November 2020 16:16

The cover is beautiful. It is interesting to have a story about the can of worms that is DNA testing.

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The cover is beautiful. It is interesting to have a story about the can of worms that is DNA testing.
Danielle Hammelef on Wednesday, 04 November 2020 19:01

The cover is beautiful. This book sounds emotional.

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The cover is beautiful. This book sounds emotional.
Simone on Friday, 06 November 2020 15:12

The gradient on that cover is seriously gorgeous. I've also heard that this book has a Native love interest, and that is honestly so important, you never see that representation.

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The gradient on that cover is seriously gorgeous. I've also heard that this book has a Native love interest, and that is honestly so important, you never see that representation.

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