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Monday, January 6, 2014

First Friday - Five Favorite Things - Not a Drop to Drink

by Mindy McGinnis

This past Friday, January 3, 2014, Marcy and I posted our answers to Mindy’s fantastic debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink. Today, you get to read Mindy’s favorite's. She's obviously given a lot of thought to her answers, which isn't surprising since the novel addresses so many thought-provoking topics. We hope you enjoy reading Mindy’s answers as much we enjoyed reading the novel.
1) What is your favorite line or paragraph from the novel as it relates to the main character's development and/or growth?

This might be too obvious but my favorite line is the first one -- Lynn was nine the first time she killed to defend the pond. If you've already read the book, I recommend comparing the first and last lines to get a complete picture of how much Lynn changes over the course of the novel.

2) What is your favorite chapter ending or cliffhanger?

Chapter endings are always tough. You want them to close out the chapter solidly, lead into the next one, and resonate enough to keep the reader plowing on to the next one. With that in mind, I think my favorite ending line would be from Chapter 11, with Lucy speaking to the wandering homeless man: “Good luck, Mister,” she said, her words filled with the hope of a child. I think it's interesting to consider the sacrifices Lynn makes so that Lucy can continue to have a childhood, something Lynn herself was stripped of.

3) Who is your favorite secondary character and why?

Stebbs. Easily. He took over the second he showed up in any scene. I didn't write Stebbs. He just happened.

4) What is your favorite line or paragraph of description?

That's tough because in general I don't like a lot of description. I want my reader to see things their own way. However, it was important to me to set up Lucy as a child in desperate need of help, and so I think the scene when she's first on the page is a good place to break my own rules and allow description: She was filthy, her face streaked with grime except for two clean rivulets streaking from her mouth where she’d drank from the stream. Her tattered shoes sucked at the mud as she tried to lure the squirrel closer. The sharp corner of her elbow poked through the worn crease of her sleeve.

5) What is your favorite line of dialogue?

Easily when Lynn, who has no sense of humor, is accidentally hilarious when telling Eli she's not taking a chance on walking across the country in the hopes of finding a working desal plant. I'd rather shoot people in Ohio than walk to California.

Congratulations to Mindy on her first YA novel, Not a Drop to Drink. Mindy has recently signed a two-book contract with Katherine Tegen Books of Harper Collins for untitled YA novels to be published in 2015 and 2016. We can’t wait to read them!

To read more about Mindy McGinnis’ debut YA novel Not a Drop to Drink please go to:

Good Reads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13112869-not-a-drop-to-drink

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