Sep 16, 2013

{Blog Tour} Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddelman

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What happens when you can't do the one thing that matters most? Twelve-year-old Hope Toriella lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb's Breath—the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs—than fail at yet another invention. When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. With a two-day deadline to finish making this year's batch and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from the disease that's run rampant since the bombs, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope and her friends—Aaron and Brock—might be the only ones who can escape to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb's Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. Inventing won't help her make it through alive, but with Aaron and Brock's help, the daring and recklessness that usually gets her into trouble might just save them all.



Peggy, Thank you for being on Me, My Shelf and I as part of your tour! I'm so excited to have you!!

Thank you for having me! I’ve been a huge fan of MMSAI for a long time. I’m honored to be here!

First, tell us about your novel SKY JUMPERS, as if you were explaining it to a 10 year old.

It’s about a girl, Hope, who can’t invent in a town where it’s the most important thing. Because nearly everything was wiped out 40 years before when the green bombs hit, inventing is how the town is trying to rebuild. But when bandits attack, none of that will help the town. So Hope escapes with her best friends Brock and Aaren, and go on a daring adventure full of action and danger to try to save everyone.

I know it's something you are likely asked all the time, but I am dying to know myself so - where did the idea for SKY JUMPERS come from?

I think the reason this question is asked so often is because it’s the one that always makes us so curious! I know it’s the first question I have about every book I read. It was really a mix of three things.

First, flying in an airplane and staring out at the wrong side of the clouds, wishing I could jump into them.

Second, in first grade, my daughter struggled with reading. She was amazing at a staggering number of things, but everyone’s reactions completely fascinated me when she wasn’t good at the one thing that mattered most. Enough that I wanted to make a character who couldn’t do what mattered most.

Third, I love post-apoc shows and movies. I love the concept that a the few people left have to step up to great heights to make things happen– greater than they would’ve ever had to if the world hadn’t practically ended.

Those three things affected, in some way or another, every single aspect of the plot.

You have 3 children, did their personalities influence any of the characters in SKY JUMPERS?

Not in ways that were noticeable to me. In two of the first four books I wrote (which are all unpublished and will forever stay that way), my kids greatly influenced the main characters’ personalities. I think I got it all out of my system with those. (Plus, I don’t think my kids would be cool with the main character resembling them in a book that was being published.) A while after I wrote Sky Jumpers, though, I did realize that my main character is daring and risk taking like my brothers, and she talks her best friends (both boys) into doing daring things with her, just like my brothers did with me. Yes, my brothers became the girl and I became the boys. It was completely unintentional, but still makes me laugh whenever I think about it.

What did you want to be when you grew up at the ages of 5, 10, 15 and 20?

5– A children’s book illustrator

10– A kindergarten teacher or a landscape painter

15– A stock broker or a clothing designer or a dancer

20– A software developer or a botanist

Hidden talents, we've all got one - what's yours?

I rock at Just Dance 4. Also, I make the best pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted.

Tell me about your writing schedule and process. Are you a planner or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pantser?

I used to be a 100% planner. But now I realize that I work better as a mix. I plot the main points, and sometimes even minor points, but how to get there is something I have to work out on the page. That’s where the best surprises happen.

Peggy, Thanks so much for being here, it is as always a pleasure to chat with you!!!

And thank you for your great questions! It’s been great to be here!




Peggy Eddleman 2

Peggy Eddleman is the author of the middle grade post-apocalyptic adventure SKY JUMPERS, to be published by Random House in Fall 2013. She lives at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains with her three hilarious and fun kids (two sons and a daughter), and her incredibly supportive husband. Besides writing, Peggy enjoys playing laser tag with her family, doing cartwheels in long hallways, trying new restaurants, and occasionally painting murals on walls.


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