Today on the blog tour I'll be interviewing Sydney Salter, author of JUNGLE CROSSING.
About Jungle Crossing
Thirteen-year-old Kat can think of dozens of good reasons not to go on a boring family vacation to hot, grungy Mexico. Number one: missing her friend Fiona's minicamp. If she's not there, she'll begin eighth grade as a social reject. And it looks like she's the odd girl out on vacation, too. When Kat's parents arrange for her and her younger sister, Barb, to go on a teen adventure tour, Barb makes more friends than she does. The only person who will talk to Kat is Nando, a young Mayan guide (who happens to be quite a cutie). Each day as they travel to different Mayan ruins, Nando tells Kat and Barb another installment in the original legend of Muluc, a girl who lived in the time of the Ancient Maya. The dangerous, dramatic world in which Muluc lives is as full of rivalry, betrayal, jealousy, and sacrifice as Kat's world at school. And as she makes new friends and discovers new treasures in Mexico, Kat begins to wonder: Is she willing to keep sacrificing her self in exchange for popularity?
About Sydney Salter
Sydney Salter's fascination with Mayan culture started when she was six years old and climbed down a steep, dimly lit stone staircase to the elaborately carved tomb of King Pacal who had once ruled Palenque. Visiting Mayan ruins, walking through fragrant Mexican market places, watching women wash clothes in a river, and chasing lizards in the jungle ignited the spark in Sydney's imagination that led to writing Jungle Crossing. Sydney now lives in Utah with her husband, two daughters, two cats, and two dogs. She loves reading, writing, cooking, and traveling—especially to Mexico where she can explore ancient Mayan ruins and swim in underground rivers.
Me: Welcom, Sydney. Thanks for stopping in and answering a few questions. What competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?
Sydney: Now that I'm publicizing two books, I'm trying to figure out how to blend marketing with writing (not to mention time with my family). It's a tricky balance--and I sure don't have many answers. Yet.
Me: What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?
Sydney:Jungle Crossing was my very first novel. To make it feel less scary, I did create a loose outline using colored markers on my daughter's large drawing pad. Now I usually write from a detailed synopsis. I like to have a bit of a plan, but I still leave plenty of room for my characters to surprise me.
Me: What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?
Sydney: I fell in love with Mexico and Mayan culture when my biologist dad took our family along on a research trip when I was just six years old. Many years later, my husband and I honeymooned in Mexico and spent a week exploring the Yucatan. On our 10th anniversary we took our moms and daughters to Mexico for a truly memorable family vacation. Many of my experiences on that trip found their way into Jungle Crossing.
Me: What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?
Sydney:A spunky girl--like Abigail Breslin.
Me: Thanks, Sydney! Sydney has two books debuting this year - she's a productive woman! Her first book, MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER DISASTERS was really funny and touching so I can't wait to get my hands on JUNGLE CROSSING. Best of luck!
o Author Web site: http://sydneysalter.com/
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