Sunday, June 2, marks four years since Book Scavenger has been published!
Want to help celebrate Book Scavenger’s birthday? Here’s something easy you can do: Hide a book!
Any children’s book—it doesn’t have to be part of the Book Scavenger series. Chose a book you’d like to share with others!
Here’s what you do:
Once you’ve chosen the book you’d like to hide . . .
- Print out a game plate here.
- Get a tracking number for your book here.
- Write the tracking number on the game plate and secure that to your book.
- Put the book in a plastic bag to protect it.
- Pick a public hiding spot and hide your book.
- Submit a Hidden Book form.
That’s it! If your hiding spot is some place where people not playing the game might find the book, leave a friendly note asking for the book to be left alone unless they want to play the game. Something like this:
“Hi! This book is part of a game called Book Scavenger. Please leave me here if you don’t want to play the game. Someone will find me soon!”
When your hidden book post is on the Book Scavenger website, share it with others to celebrate Book Scavenger! Examples:
Happy birthday, Book Scavenger! To celebrate, I hid The Train of Lost Things by Ammi-Joan Paquette.
Book Scavenger is turning 4! To celebrate, I hid Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbi Michiko Florence.
If a book is hidden near you, go see if you can find it! If you do, fill out a “Found a Book” form so we can update the Hidden Book post.
Also, if you’ll be in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 9, please come celebrate Book Scavenger in person at Books Inc. in Palo Alto at 2:30! There will be games like Pin the Cowlick on James, you can pose as Emily and James in a Book Scavenger photo booth, and there will be more fun and games too!
This week (April 15 2019) you can buy the Book Scavenger ebook for only $2.99 at the ebook retailer of your choice! And did you know independent bookstores often sell ebooks, in addition to paper books? So if you prefer to read digitally, you can still support local small businesses by purchasing through them! Find out more about buying digital books through indie stores here or call/visit your local independent bookstore.
Lamar Giles is the two-time Edgar Award finalist of the YA thrillers Fake ID, Endangered, Overturned, and Spin. His debut middle grade fantasy, The Last Last-Day-of-Summer, will be published in April 2019 by Versify/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He’s also a founding member of We Need Diverse Books, a contributor to the YA anthologies Three Sides of a Heart and Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America, and the editor of the We Need Diverse Books YA short story anthology Fresh Ink.
***GIVEAWAY ENDED. Congratulations Katia! You won a copy of The Last Last-Day-of-Summer!***
Describe your workspace.
Cluttered. Haha. That’s the truth on most days. In a lot of ways, for a lot of years, I existed as a one-man band. I was my own business manager, my own administrative assistant, my own booking agent, and, somewhere in the midst of that, I had to write the books. I have more help now, but my workspace still often looks like I still wear all the hats. But among all the paperwork are fun things that represent my personality. A lot of fun comic book memorabilia, my favorite books, and a big computer monitor because my eyes are getting old (just my eyes, though… not the rest of me).
Describe a typical workday.
I’m up by 6 AM. By 6:30 AM I’ve got the coffee, and I’m sending/answering email. By 7:30 I’ll have breakfast with my wife, watch a bit of news. Then, once she’s off to work by 8:30, I’m writing, and I work on new projects until around lunch. The afternoon is reserved for revising, or administrative stuff. By 5:00 PM—unless there’s a deadline pressing—I knock off, cook dinner, and enjoy the evening.
List three of your most favorite things in your workspace and why they are meaningful.
My BLADE action figure, because in my heart of hearts I want to one day write a Blade story for Marvel. My Stephen King Shelf, where I keep all of my Stephen King novels along with my Pennywise Funko POP! Figure and my Simpsons Stephen King figure, then my shelf of black Funko POP! Figures—they’re the heroes I longed to see when I was a child, and I’m happy to display them for myself, or whoever else would be inspired by them.
Do you have any rituals in your work habits? If so, describe them.
No rituals per se. Well, Sour Gummies. When I’m on deadline, I need Sour Gummies.
What do you listen to while you work?
Nothing. I write in silence. Music makes it hard for me to concentrate on words, even instrumentals. So my work day tends to be fairly quiet.
What is your drink and/or snack of choice while you’re working?
Coffee and Sour Gummies. Not at the same time. LOL!
What keeps you focused while you’re working?
Just the age old saying, “Sooner begun, sooner done.” I try to get a certain amount of words/pages in. If I can do that, I can knock off even earlier and go do something else that needs my attention.
Do you write longhand, on a computer, or another way?
Computer. I did longhand when I was younger, but I’m all about the tech now.
How do you develop your story ideas? Do you use an outline, let the muse lead you, or another technique?
Short fiction I usually just go and see what happens. For longer work, I tend to create a synopsis of anywhere from 3 to 10 pages and go from there.
If you were forced to share your workspace but could share it with anyone of your choosing, who would it be?
Hmmmm. I would say Stephen King, but I read he writes to super loud rock music, so he’d get all of his work down (as he’s done for decades) and I’d have a blank page because I need that silence. So. Maybe a mime. A mime would work for me. Haha.
What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve heard or received?
Modulate your writing, don’t stay in one spot too long. What that means is if you’re writing an action scene don’t make it all action, work some dialogue in. If you’re writing dialogue, work in something about the setting so it’s not two heads talking in white room. If you’re writing about setting be sure to let us know how the character’s feeling. That idea of never doing the same thing for too long while constantly moving the story forward has improved my work tremendously I think.