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The winner of Beth’s books, as determined by the random number generator, is Doug Solter(comment #12)! Doug, I don’t have a way to get in touch with you, so please email me ASAP with your mailing address so we can get your book to you! Congrats!
Ally: So, Beth, where are you taking us today?
Beth: Welcome to Cleveland County, North Carolina!
A: Tell us about why this place is important to you.
B: After college, I needed a teaching job. I ended up in a small town in the northern part of Cleveland County. At the time, I thought it would temporary; I planned on quitting the second I got a book deal. But despite my best efforts, the little town wormed its way into my heart, and when—six years later—I finally got the book deal of my dreams, I cried like a baby when I turned in my resignation.
A: Where, exactly, in Cleveland County, will we start?
B: This is very much in the country: so dress appropriately! I think we’ll start with a tour of school—complete with its own cow and goat pasture!
A: Okay, that’s awesome. I wish my school had had its own cow and goat pasture. But all that walking made me hungry. Where are we going to eat?
B: We’re going to Bridge’s Bar-B-Que, best in the state! But we’re going to the one in the country, not the one on the highway: there IS a difference, and it’s worth the extra drive.
A: That sounds (and looks!) amazing. Where will you take us next?
B: Let’s go to South Mountain: it’s actually a rather small mountain range, one of the oldest in the nation. You people with the Rockies would laugh at it, but there are some great hiking trails and a waterfall.
A: I promise that we Rockies people will not laugh! And what if all this hiking makes us hungry again? What do we eat next?
B: Livermush. Made and packaged right here. I’m not eating any, though, that stuff is gross. What do you expect with a name like “livermush?”
A: Nothing good, that’s for sure. I might go back to the BBQ. Where will you take us for our last stop?
B: Let’s drive south, into Shelby. It’s got a cute little Main Street (with a great ice cream shop), but I’m thinking you’re most going to be interested in the train stop…after all, that’s where the filmed the train stop scene for District 12 for the HUNGER GAMES movie! If you squint, you can still see the “District 12” painted on the side.
A: Ice cream and Hunger Games. Is there anything better? (No. There is not.) Thank you for the tour, Beth! And, just for fun, here are a few more answers from Beth about Cleveland County.
A: Where is the best place to write/read here?
B: This is the country: get a laptop, and go outside. Unless it’s raining. In which case, go to Broad River Coffee.
A: The best place to buy a book?
B: Unfortunately, our bookstore closed! But it’s not that far of a drive to Fireside Books and Gifts…and so worth it!
A: What song always makes you think about this place?
B: Pretty much any country music song, although for the record, Earl Scruggs was born here…
Thanks so much for stopping by, Beth!
Once again, Penguin Teen has been kind enough to donate books for our giveaway! Today’s prize package is a great one– 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE set with 1 paperback of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and 1 hardcover of A MILLION SUNS + 1 Breathless Reads Spring 2012 poster.
Want to enter? Here’s how. Leave a comment on this post by midnight (MST) February 18th. The contest is open to US/Canada. You may only comment once. Good luck!