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***Update! Jenny (who began her comment with “Sea caves…” is the winner of this prize package! Please send me your mailing address so I can get these books to you. ***
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Ally: Andrea! Where are you taking us for our final stop on the armchair tour?
Andrea: My hometown: Ashland, WI. A little place – population ~ 8,000 – nestled on the south shore of Lake Superior.
Ally: Why is Ashland important to you?
Andrea: Ashland nurtured my spirit and imagination. With the beauty of the lake and the wildness of the forests that surrounded me, I had endless opportunities to dream up magical, wondrous worlds.
Ally: Where should we begin?
Andrea: A walk in the woods. I’ll take you through the trails by my house and share all the names of the places my brother, best friend, and I created as children.
Ally: This sounds wonderful. And this is exactly what my brother and sisters and I use to do–we had this elaborate world of tree forts in the undeveloped land behind our house. Although, I am certain your trees are much taller…
Andrea: Afterwards, we’ll go have breakfast at Golden Glow – typical, delicious, greasy spoon fare. Plus, you’ll get to meet Fish Camp (more on that below).
Then we’ll head to Lake Superior! We can walk along the shore, check out the oredock (once there were nine) or we can head up Hwy 13 and take a ferry out to the Apostle Islands. If we’re visiting in winter you might be lucky enough to walk out to the sea caves. Any other time of year and we’ll have to take kayaks.
Ally: This all sounds positively magical. I have never seen sea caves and I never knew how badly I wanted to until now!!
Andrea: Later, if we’re up in Bayfield we should go to Maggie’s. It’s the crazy, Caribbean-hued spot with all the flamingoes. My recommendation: the black and blue burger. It’s the best burger I’ve ever had. If you’re looking for something unique: whitefish livers.
Ally: I went online and checked out the black and blue burger, and it sounds delish. I am a big fan of blue cheese.
Andrea: Next, we’ll go to a movie. Bay 1 of the Bayview Theater on Mainstreet in Ashland. Check out those 1960s murals! This is old school movie-going at its best ☺
Ally: I googled pictures of this theater and it is adorable! And below, a few more Q & A with Andrea…
Where is the best place to write/read here?
Andrea: The Black Cat coffee shop. Cool baristas, amazing coffee, free WiFi.
Ally: The best place to buy a book?
Andrea: Bookworld on Main Street!
Ally: Is there anyone I just have to meet in this town before I leave?
Andrea: You need to meet the fabulous ladies of Fish Camp + one Ed Monroe (the former mayor). Fish Camp is code for the ladies who breakfast at the Golden Glow Café. You’ll find them there every morning from 8 – 9 a.m. My fish camp compatriots are the best listeners and they love you whether you’re up or down. I carry a picture of them in my wallet to remind me of the loving community that supports me. And most importantly, what happens at Fish Camp stays at Fish Camp! Ed Monroe, a sometime visitor to Fish Camp who’s allowed in on account of his being the husband of awesome Fish Camp regular, Maribeth Monroe, is the namesake of the character Monroe from Nightshade and Wolfsbane!
Ally: How cool. As someone who also came from a small town, I can relate to that feeling of support. These ladies from Fish Camp (and Mayor Monroe!) sound amazing.
Ally: What song always makes you think about this place?
Andrea: It’s not a song that you’d know – it’s called “Ashland, Our Home” and it’s sung every year at the high school graduation. From the first time I heard it the song makes me tear up.
Andrea, thank you for taking the time to answer these questions and to let us know a little more about your hometown!
The prize package for Andrea’s novel is a biggie: 1 NIGHTSHADE set with 1 paperback of NIGHTSHADE, 1 paperback of WOLFSBANE, and 1 hardcover of BLOODROSE + 1 Breathless Reads Spring 2012 poster.
To win, leave a comment on this post by midnight (MST) February 24th. The contest is open to US/Canada. You may only comment once.
Good luck, and thanks again to Penguin Teen for providing the books and posters for the giveaway and to the authors for participating in this tour. It has been so much fun for me and has definitely helped with the cabin fever that February in Utah can often bring. I hope you blog readers have enjoyed the armchair tour as well!