Author Chat with Terry Lynn Johnson (Dog Driven), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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Meet Terry Lynn Johnson!
Terry Lynn Johnson, author of Ice Dogs, Sled Dog School, and the Survivor Diaries series, lives in Whitefish Falls, Ontario where for ten years she owned a team of eighteen Alaskan Huskies. Learn more at terrylynnjohnson.com.
Meet Dog Driven!
From the author of Ice Dogs, comes a riveting adventure about a musher who sets out to prove her impaired vision won't hold her back from competing in a rigorous sled race through the Canadian wilderness. Perfect for fans of Gary Paulsen.
McKenna Barney is trying to hide her worsening eyesight and has been isolating herself for the last year. But at the request of her little sister, she signs up for a commemorative mail run race in the Canadian wilderness—a race she doesn’t know if she can even see to run.
Winning would mean getting her disease—and her sister's—national media coverage, but it would also pit McKenna and her team of eight sled dogs against racers from across the globe for three days of shifting lake ice, sudden owl attacks, snow squalls, and bitterly cold nights.
A page-turning adventure about living with disability and surviving the wilderness, Dog Driven is the story of one girl’s self-determination and the courage it takes to trust in others.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
My sled dogs were the reason I started writing about dogsledding. I wanted to share how amazing the dogs are and how much they love running. Mostly, I was interested in showing the special relationship that mushers have with their team. For DOG DRIVEN, I’d been wanting to write a story that takes place during a dogsled race, but it somehow never worked. In 2017, I contracted a tick-borne illness and one of the consequences was a scare with my own vision. But once I started writing about a character with low vision, this story came together.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Probably Guy since he has a Canadian sense of humour and my husband is French.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Interesting you should ask that. The title came first. I’d tried several versions of a racing novel, all with this title. When I finally added the low vision aspects of the story, it felt like the title had been trying to tell me for years how the story should evolve. The double meaning was very appropriate.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
The cave scene because I’d researched it, visited some actual ice caves along the north shore, and crawled inside to absorb their awesome. I wanted to capture the feeling of real-life Iditarod musher accounts of being holed up in the wind, having to hunker down in a storm. It’s one of the first scenes I had in mind before writing this story – one of the “cookie” scenes that authors envision and can’t wait to write. And writing it made me laugh, so I’d have to say it’s my favourite scene.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
There is no rush! Everything takes time in the publishing industry and it’s okay.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2020?
Can’t wait for Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2019?
My favourite book I’ve read this year was Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I definitely like revising more because in the drafting stage you never know how it’s going to end or if it will work. Drafting is like driving in heavy fog without a road map.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I can pee anywhere. Seriously, off a kayak bobbing in Lake Superior, off a dogsledding bouncing down a trail, or even in a traffic jam on the 401. That’s probably TMI, right?
By: Terry Lynn Johnson
Release Date: December 3rd, 2019
Publisher: HMH BYR
Five winners will receive a copy of Dog Driven (Terry Lynn Johnson) ~ (US Only)
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