Name My Gnome and Win a Prize! (Also:Hi!)
Hi! I'm Courtney Summers and I'm the writer in residence for the month of February! That's awfully exciting for me because the only residence I've ever been a writer in is the house I live in and it's not really the same thing. Or maybe it's exactly the same thing, since I'm the writer in residence for the month of February, here, Inside a Dog, typing from the house I live in? It's awesome, in any case, and I'm thrilled to be here.
I'm the author of several books for young adults, one of which is This is Not a Test, which was up for the Inky Shortlist last year. At the risk of overusing the words 'exciting,' 'awesome,' and 'thrilled'--well. That was a very exciting and awesome moment for me and I was thrilled. I've been a long admirer of the Inky awards and it one of the nicest parts of my 2013.
I live in Canada (cold!) and I am obsessed with zombies--This is Not a Test is a zombie novel--because what is not to love about zombies? Though I would not advise loving them romantically because that would likely end badly. For the zombie. Hopefully. My favourite zombie movie is Night of the Living Dead because beside popularizing the zombie genre, look at this guy:
I just think he's great.
I love playing video games too and some of my favourites have zombies in them (like Left 4 Dead 2) which always makes me happy. I also love books (zombie books are great!) and writing (do I mention the zombie book I wrote here again?) and when I am not writing, I like to take photographs (one day, maybe of zombies?). I also like to cook and invent recipes. I spent the last fifteen minutes trying to find a way to work zombies into the food part of my introduction but just didn't manage it. Maybe it's for the best?
I also have a zombie garden gnome!
I also have a survivor gnome and he keeps the zombie gnome in line.
The zombie gnome's name is Gnome Chompski, which I think is brilliant but cannot take credit for, as it's the name of a garden gnome in Left 4 Dead 2. I have been thinking lately that the survivor needs a name and what better opportunity than to ask Inside a Dog blog readers for help. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should call Survivor Gnome? I will send a signed copy of my latest release, What Goes Around (a 2-in-1 bind-up of my first two books) and some signed bookmarks to whoever thinks up the name I like best!
I will announce the winner and Survivor Gnome's new name in my last post, toward the end of the month, so you have until then to head over to Win Stuff where you can fire off as many suggestions as you like--I hope you will!