Blog Tour: Dream Boy by Madelyn Rosenberg and Mary Crockett
Hello Sweet Readers! Today I am excited to be a part of the Dream Boy blog tour! Dream Boy completely captivated me (see my review) and I jumped at the chance to ask authors Madelyn and Mary about what it was like being a writing team. Madelyn was kind enough to write a wonderful and fun guest post on her Oscar/Felix (remember the original Odd Couple) relationship with Mary, in which she ended up being "the Felix" character. Don't forget to check out the rest of the wonderful blog tour and there's a giveaway being hosted below.
Title: Dream Boy
Author: Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg
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Age Group: YOUNG ADULT
Genre Type: Paranormal, Romance, Dreams
Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Annabelle Manning feels like she’s doing time at her high school in Chilton, Virginia. She has her friends at her lunchtime table of nobodies. What she doesn’t have are possibilities. Or a date for Homecoming. Things get more interesting at night, when she spends time with the boy of her dreams. But the blue-eyed boy with the fairytale smile is just that—a dream. Until the Friday afternoon he walks into her chemistry class.
One of friends suspects he’s an alien. Another is pretty sure it’s all one big case of deja vu. While Annabelle doesn’t know what to think, she’s willing to believe that the charming Martin Zirkle may just be her dream come true. But as Annabelle discovers the truth behind dreams—where they come from and what they mean—she is forced to face a dark reality she had not expected. More than just Martin has arrived in Chilton. As Annabelle learns, if dreams can come true, so can nightmares.
Guest Post with Madelyn Rosenberg
My Oscar/Felix relationship with Mary
I was always pretty messy growing up, so I thought I was destined to be Oscar. He was a sportswriter. I worked at a newspaper, too, and I covered sports for a summer internship. See how much we had in common? Plus he seemed to have a lot of fun and he was good at poker. What wasn’t to love?
In the Odd Couple I grew up on (the 70s TV version with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall), Felix was the rule follower. The stick in the mud. The boring one. And he cleaned, like, all the time.
But in the Madelyn-Mary version of The Odd Couple, which is what I sometimes called our writing team as we worked on the pages of Dream Boy, guess which one I ended up being? That’s right. Felix.
Mary’s husband says she tends to surround herself with rule followers. I just never thought I’d be one of them. And yet...
Mary, who is also not so keen on house keeping, would go out on a limb. I would pull her back. She’d make a break for it, taking our plot along with her. I would yank hard on the reins. I made lists. I alphabetized. When we were working on final proofs, I had a color-coded note system. Somehow, I turned into the organized person my mother had always wanted me to be (at least on paper).
I felt like the parent. “No, Mary, you cannot eat that lollipop in the sandbox.”
I felt like the naysayer. “That’ll never work.”
I felt like the little old lady. “Hey, Kid. Get off my lawn!” while Mary went running, creative and free, through the sprinkler.
I felt like Felix.
When you’re pushing and pulling on a manuscript, you need some rules, even if you eventually throw them away. You need an i-dotter and a t-crosser. Our divided roles seemed to work through most of the writing process. When one of us felt done, the other was just getting started. When one of us was down, the other one was up. As Will says in Dream Boy, “Yin and Yang and all that. The balance of the world.” And our world did balance. It did. I’m still calling it right now, though: The next time Mary and I take on a project together, I’m grabbing my baseball cap and putting it on backward. I may have embraced my Inner Felix this go round, but next time I get to be Oscar.
Thank you Madelyn & Mary for stopping by and the fun guest post!
Mary Crockett likes turtles, licorice, and the Yankees. Madelyn Rosenberg likes cats, avocados, and the Red Sox. Luckily they both like the weirdness of dreams (and each other) enough to write novels together. The friendship has survived three moves, six kids and countless manuscript revisions. Madelyn lives just outside of Washington, D.C. Mary remains in the mountains near their hometowns in southwestern Virginia. You can find them on Twitter @marylovesbooks and @madrosenberg or their blogs at www.marycrockett.com and www.madelynrosenberg.com.
Thanks to the wonderful people at Sourcebooks Fire, I have One paperback copy of Dream Boy! This is through US and Canada only. All rules apply.