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Author event and giveaway: Lydia Netzer

September 12, 2014

Lydia Netzer

I haven’t had the chance to read either of Lydia Netzer‘s books but I’ve heard a lot about them so I was excited to meet her when she visited Fiction Addiction.  Lydia likes science, math, facts, and things that are real.  She’s a Detroit native but attended college in northwest Ohio where she majored in creative writing and minored in chemistry.  I found her to be warm and clever and she struck me as being crazy smart.

Lydia’s first book, Shine, Shine, Shine, took her ten years to write.  She poured her heart and soul into it and wondered what else she had to write about.  Luckily for her readers, Lydia remembered a conversation she had with another mother at a 2001 playdate with her son when they joked about raising their kids to be the perfect mates for each other.

She originally wrote her new book, How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky, without dialogue.  It lacked something so she rewrote the same story as a screenplay and it was all dialogue.  She was able to weave the two together to create her second novel.  She told us the characters in the book live a lot in their dreams and some of the book takes place in the gaming world.

When she’s not homeschooling her two children or gaming, Lydia is working on her third novel – a book about a rehab center for habitual fire setters.

How to Tell Toledo from the Night SkyI got Lydia to autograph a copy of  How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky for one lucky reader.  To enter to win an autographed copy of HOW TO TELL TOLEDO FROM THE NIGHT SKY, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please.  I will use to determine the winner.  Contest ends at midnight EDT Sunday, September 21, 2014.    Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.


15 Comments leave one →
  1. September 12, 2014 5:44 am

    Oh, I had no idea she had written another book! “Shine…” is one of those books that I’ll never forget; I loved it soooo much!

  2. September 12, 2014 8:27 am

    Lydia certainly sounds like an intriguing writer.

  3. Beth F permalink
    September 12, 2014 9:16 am

    Great giveaway. You are so lucky to have met the author

  4. September 12, 2014 11:01 am

    Thanks for the opportunity. I love this blurb about the author– she sounds so grounded and intelligent that her stories must be wonderful to read. Now that I know about her I am adding her books to my wishlist.

  5. Patty permalink
    September 12, 2014 1:23 pm

    I love hearing about authors!

  6. September 12, 2014 2:06 pm

    Kathy, thanks for hosting this terrific giveaway. I will add it to my blog’s sidebar. This author’s books sound very worth reading!

  7. September 12, 2014 3:00 pm

    It’s so neat that you get to meet so many authors. Thanks for the chance to win one of her books!

  8. September 12, 2014 4:21 pm

    Cool, I have to enter 🙂

  9. September 12, 2014 6:47 pm

    Oh, I’d love to hear her speak at an event! I read and enjoyed both her books and definitely got the “crazy smart” vibes.

  10. September 12, 2014 7:35 pm

    Looks like a fun one!

  11. sandynawrot permalink
    September 13, 2014 7:27 am

    Wow! Homeschooling, gaming, science and writing books. Does she sleep? I can’t say I’m a huge fan, but I figure if she is BFF’s with Joshilyn Jackson, she must be a totally cool person.

  12. September 14, 2014 8:32 pm

    so many reviews have raved about this book that I keep wondering what is wrong with me. . .I did not care for it at all. Wonderful giveaway though!

  13. bookingmama permalink
    September 15, 2014 7:55 pm

    I love her process for writing this novel. I definitely need to pick it up!

  14. September 16, 2014 10:44 pm

    I have Shine Shine Shine checked out of the library right now and I really want to read Toledo. It’s nice to know she’s crazy smart. I always crush on smarties 🙂

  15. September 27, 2014 9:01 pm

    I didn’t love her first book, but I met Lydia this Spring when she visited a HS who read Shine Shine Shine, the teacher was a friend via other Atlanta friends, so I was invited and loved meeting her and watching her connection with the kids. Amazing. She is very cool!!

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