For the week leading up to the cover reveal, I posted Unscripted Fun Facts of the day. Here they all are, in one place!
UNSCRIPTED Fun Fact #1:
The book takes place at a fictional camp, but the location is based on a real one I worked at in Ft. Collins, Colorado: Sky Ranch!
UNSCRIPTED Fun Fact #2
I sometimes name characters after people I love. The three Boy Scouts we meet at the camp across the road were originally named Erick, Ricky, and Brian after three of my best college friends. Once “Erick” became a romantic interest, I changed his name. Then, at the editing stage, we worried “Ricky” and “Brian” sounded too similar, so now Ricky is the only one that’s left!
UNSCRIPTED Fun Fact #3 I started doing improv in high school & was on professional teams in my 20s, but my favorite improv I ever did was with troupe I helped found in college called Pirate Factory.
UNSCRIPTED Fun Fact #4
Beta readers are folks who read a manuscript and give early feedback to a writer. They are vital people for not only an outside perspective on the craft of storytelling, but also for knowledge about details the author may not be privy to in their life.
In addition to wonderful teacher, librarian, & author friends, I was tremendously lucky to have a number of former students also beta read early versions of this book. This was so special for me, because the very people I helped teach to write turned around and helped teach me back.❤️
UNSCRIPTED Fun Fact #5
The word “improv” appears 100 times in 352 pages. Mountain, 30 times. Asshat: 4.
UNSCRIPTED Fun Fact #6
My protagonist’s name is Zelda for Zelda Fitzgerald. This assertion runs contrary to claims by my youngest sister that I named my protagonist after Zelda, her cat.
Though here is a picture of Zelda Fitzgerald HOLDING a cat, so how about that for a compromise, KJ?
UNSCRIPTED Fun Fact #7
The cabins at camp are all named after improvisers who ended up on Saturday Night Live. Zelda lives in Gilda Radner, and she and her cabinmates end up calling each other “The Gildas.” Gilda Radner had already passed away before I became aware of her comic genius when I was in high school, but when it was hard being a girl on an improv team, I’d always circle back to her in my mind. There’s a great doc out about her now called LOVE, GILDA, (watch it on Hulu!) and here’s a link to some of her best sketches.