October 18, 2010

The Girlz of Galstanberry by G. S. Wolff {AUTHOR INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY}


The Girlz of Galstanberry by G.S. Wolff
A new book that tells girls that is okay to still play with dolls, laugh at something funny and not someone's misfortune, and that it is okay to be loyal to yourself.  This book will leave its impression on the reader, showing girls all over that we should celebrate our differences. In a world where the media constantly barrages middle-school-aged girls with adult issues, it shares a different prospective: that there is no rush to grow up, enjoy your middle-school years!  

Garen S. Wolff draws from her own experiences growing up as a preppie in Detroit to write a series about five different girls from five different backgrounds who come together at Galstanberry Girlz Academy, an exclusive fictional private boarding school in Connecticut, and form lasting friendships.  I had the opportunity to ask Garen some questions about The Girlz of Galstanberry in an exclusive author interview!

1) What was your inspiration behind the book?
Garen: The diversity of girls around the world! Tall, short, red head, brunette, sassy, shy! Every girl has a story to tell due to their experiences, geographic location, ethnicity, family structure, etc. Therefore, I wanted to create a series that truly reflected the diversity of girls' voices.

2) Why are the girls wearing different shoes?
Garen: The different shoes reflect each girl's personality and most importantly illustrate the theme of the series; girls have unique voices that should be recognized and celebrated. Although the five girls are wearing the same uniform and must follow the rules and traditions of Galstanberry Girls Academy, they never lose their individuality, which is reflected in the different poses, facial expressions, and shoes!

3) Where did the word "Galstanberry" come from? Is it a real word?
Garen: My imagination :-) I wanted the name to sound fancy BUT fun. The first part, "Gal" is pronounced with a long "a", like the exaggerated pronunciation of Ha-a-rvard. The second part of the word came from my sweet tooth; one of my favorite snacks is raspberries. So, when you put the two parts together, you get Galstanberry, pronounced, "Ga-a-lstanberry".

4) What is your favorite part about the book?
Garen: My favorite part is the integration of cultural nuances, like accents, dialects and native languages. For example, Tabitha's chapter is full of Texan phrases and dialect. Mother is pronounced, "mo-thah", and twenty-five is pronounced, "twenny-fav". In Lillian's chapter, Spanish phrases are used and translated in footnotes. The book has extra flair because of each girl's cultural and geographic differences.

5) How long did it take you to write it?
Garen: It took me several months to write The Girlz of Galstanberry; and I wrote EVERYWHERE! Riding the subway, sitting on a bench at the National Mall, waiting in line at the grocery store, and sipping tea in coffee houses!

6) What is one thing you would like young girls to take away from these books?
Garen: The most important message of The Girlz of Galstanberry series, is that girls should embrace and celebrate their unique voices. What do I mean by "voice"? Girls' voices (aka personalities, opinions) are shaped by their cultural background, socio-economic status, friends, family and even geographic location! Therefore, girls shouldn't feel confined to anyone's standard of beauty or "popular status". We are all different and should be celebrated for our uniqueness!

7) Do you feel closest to any one of the girls and why?
Garen: Honestly, I am close to all of the girls. I definitely have the energy and spunkiness of Lillian, and, as my family and friends attest, the humor of Brandi. On certain occasions (when I'm annoyed), I can be sassy like Tabitha, with clever comebacks like Nisha. When I need to speak at a book singing in front of tons of people, I muster all the confidence and strength of Fei :-)

8)  How can girls become "Galstanberry Ambassadors?"
Garen: Galstanberry Ambassadors are VERY SPECIAL! Their job is to spread the Galstanberry news in their school, city or state! When we travel around the country for author events, they (and of course their parents) are our main contact person! Galstanberry Ambassadors that successfully get an author event in their school or town, will be featured on the Galstanberry website, and be presented with a limited edition, autographed Galstanberry poster, at the event. Interested, just email: GalstanberryGazette@galstanberrygirlz.com

9) Will you be offering any holiday specials on the website?
Garen: Yes! For a limited time, people can buy 2 books at a time for just 18.50! Just click the Holiday Discount option! 

Thanks for sharing those thoughts and insights, Garen!  Garen is offering one of my lucky readers a FREE copy of The Girlz of Galstanberry!  This would make a wonderful Christmas gift for the tween girl in your life!

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This giveaway will close on November 8th at 11:59 pm PDT. This giveaway is open to US residents only. The winner will be chosen via random.org, announced on this blog and notified by email. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen and notified.

Thanks to Garen S. Wolff for sponsoring this giveaway! 

Disclaimer: I was provided with monetary compensation in exchange for posting an author interview and offering a book for giveaway.
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