Today, we're proud to take part in the blog tour celebrating the first novel of blogger, reviewer, and all around fantastic person Lenore Appelhans! She's here to talk to us about the international locales in her debut book LEVEL 2, out tomorrow from Simon & Schuster BFYR--and to give away two copies to lucky YA Highway readers! Here's Lenore.
One of the things which makes Felicia “rich” in LEVEL 2 is her memories of traveling, which are highly in demand in the afterlife. Even though she’s only 17, Felicia has been around the world thanks to her mother’s career in the US Foreign Service and her composer father’s research trips. Here are a few of the international locations in LEVEL 2.
1. Level 2
When Felicia goes into her Level 2 memory chamber to pull up memories, most of these flashbacks are set in either Frankfurt, Germany (where I live now) and in Ohio (where I went to high school). The locations I chose in Frankfurt are mostly based on real places: the sushi restaurant near Eschenheimer Tor, Nidda Park, the “Siedlung” housing complex where Felicia and other US Consulate staff and dependents live (which is really and truly overrun by diseased wild bunnies) and the Irish Pub near Hauptbahnhof.
In one of my favorite memories in the novel, Felicia goes with her father to track down some musically inclined goats on the Northern Turkish coast. It is based not on my own travel memory, but on my husbands’. He described it so vividly, I knew I had to include it. The roofless shack Felicia spends the night in actually exists, but the prancing goats are purely my imagination.
One of the last scenes in the novel takes place in Kenya, so I don’t want to go too much into spoiler territory. But the busy road they drive down is one we often drove with the friends we visited in Kenya and the mall is one we shopped in several times (though I invented the fountain).
The climatic “memory” scene takes place partly in Myanmar (also known as Burma). I experienced much more of it than Felicia does in the novel, and the photo is of me posing with a Burmese girl. Burmese women often wear this yellow paste – Thanaka – on their cheeks to protect from sunburn.
A bunch of other foreign places are referenced as well, many of which I’ve been to (Iceland; Angkor Wat, Cambodia; Ecuador; Japan) and some I have not (Montenegro; Papua New Guinea; Dominican Republic). It was so much fun to get to integrate some of my travel knowledge this way!
Enter to win one of two copies of LEVEL 2! Fill out the RAFFLECOPTER below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Read an excerpt of the first 50 pages of LEVEL 2: http://www.facebook.com/TheMemoryChronicles
Add to Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10861195-level-2