On the last Thursday of June, Random House of Canada had a select group of bloggers join them at their offices for an evening with authors Teresa Toten and Amy McCulloch. We were greeted with familiar faces and delicious snacks before being introduced to the guests of honour.
We were told that Teresa had recently joined Twitter (@TTotenAuthor) and had her fabulous website up on the projector screen. She spoke briefly about The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, and how the inspiration for that came from her best friends’ children and her children’s best friends. The book is both a journey, and a mystery. It’s her first male main character and she became obsessed with OCD (hah.) while researching this novel. The main character meets a girl named Robyn, and in one group therapy scene where they have to come up with their “superhero” alter-egos, he picks Batman, so the original title for the book was to be Batman and Robyn. Alas, she wasn’t able to use that (awesome) title. The great thing about her website is that it includes a handy list of resources that she has looked up that provides those with more information on OCD. Teresa was such a fantastic speaker that some of us felt she had such a teacher/professor-like quality. She was so at ease speaking in front of everyone and walked around, read from Rudyard Kipling’s If sharing that part of it would be used in the epigraph.
Up next was Amy McCulloch, debut author and Canadian-living-in-London. She talked about her journey in writing this book and how the inspiration was pulled from her own knowledge and experiences. Her parents own an Oriental rug store and so she’s grown up knowing about knots and weaves. She was intrigued with the idea of loyalty oaths, and the physical consequences of breaking that kind of an oath. Amy basically wrote the whole book in her last year of university before getting rejected. She took the time after that to travel and gain some more life experiences, and rewrote the entire book again after her travels. Her whole family is very supportive and involved with the process, with her sister drawing the map that’s inside the novel and her sister & sis’ boyfriend creating the book trailer! She’s very active on social media, and you can find her on Twitter, her website and her Pinterest page which has an inspiration board for The Oathbreaker’s Shadow.
Thank you to Random House for hosting, and Teresa & Amy for taking the time to chat with us and sign some books! And with their generosity, I’m able to give away a signed copy to one of my readers! In this recap, I’m giving away a signed copy of Amy McCulloch’s The Oathbreaker’s Shadow. Stay tuned on the blog later for a giveaway for Teresa Toten’s The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B!
- Open to residents of Canada
- Ends on July 22nd, 11:59pm EST
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email to confirm address