ain't we got fun tour | day four

Facts about Me and Ain't We Got Fun

- I still don't know how to pronounce "Willoughby" ... so I just call him "Will" when speaking out loud.

- Tom originally was meant to sort of parallel Teddy Laurence.

- I knew the instant I read "dashing journalist" in Emily Ann's letters that she would turn him into a very important character.

- I'm a lot like Bess, which made the story a lot easier to write. We even look alike. And we're the same age. And we love to read. And we're somewhat shy (although I'm fighting to overcome that). And we're both daddy's girls. Okay, I'll stop now. ;)

- I'm not sure why the Great Depression was chosen as the era. I think it had a lot to do with the dust bowl, actually. I wanted to write a story around that time, and then I found out that the dust bowl happened during the Great Depression. And the rest of the undeveloped plot fit perfectly into that era.

- Bess sprains her ankle a total of three times during the story. Funny enough, Tom is always the cause, too.

- I may have been known to have squealed out loud when reading Gi's replies to Bess' letters. I might have blushed when she mentioned Tom, I might have laughed when Gi recounted her blunders, I might have cried when Gi sent her last letter. I might have.

- Gi and Bess' mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Donovan. Bess was named after her, as was Donny.

- That time when I took the pictures of me dressed like Bess? Originally I was going to take them in a field across from the tiny apartment my family was living in at the time, but there was a very short amount of daylight left because I had to work that morning and most of the afternoon ... so I picked the best corner I could in the apartment, threw on a too-small sweater and a crinkled blouse, and snapped a couple so-called Bess pictures. (Also it was very cold outside, and I had no 30's coat to speak of.)

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Well, I hope you enjoyed reading those random little facts. One more thing before I close this portion of the post and get on to the stops for today's tour ... have you gotten your copy of Ain't We Got Fun yet? If so, take a picture of yourself with your copy (it can be paperback or Kindle!) and send it to us! 

emilychapmanauthor AT gmail DOT com
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We love seeing ridiculously excited faces with our book. :) If we receive enough pictures, we might compile a post of y'all.

Now, on to the blog tour! Today we have but one stop, but it's a rather fabulous one. Today we were interviewed over at "The Whispering Cottage." Libby had wonderful questions, so if you want to go read a bunch of Ain't We Got Fun paraphernalia, hop right on over there! Here's a sneak peek:

9. If this book had a soundtrack, what are a few songs that would be on it?

E.C. : Fascinating question! First off, definitely "Ain't We Got Fun" sung by Renee Olstead. I also listened to "A Life That's Good" by Lennon and Maisy Stella a lot while writing AWGF, and it occurred to me more than once that it echoed the story very nicely.

E.A.P : Yes, “Ain’t We Got Fun” would definitely be the first song on that soundtrack! I listened the Miss Potter soundtrack while writing, and it definitely would be a soundtrack for AWGF. Also, “When You Taught Me How To Dance” by Katie Melua.

You know what's crazy? There's only one more day for the blog tour! And that means ... there's only one more day left to enter the giveaway! Don't miss it! (Open to U.S. residents only.)

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  1. I love this so much!!!! I knew a bunch of these facts except ... HOW DID I NOT CATCH ON THAT DONNY WAS NAMED AFTER MAMA'S MAIDEN NAME?! Wow ... that's kinda embarrassing! hahaha! Anyway, I can't believe the tour is almost over!! This has been so fun! =)

    1. Haha how DID you not catch on that Donny was named after Mama's maiden name?! It's not like we didn't scour that book over and over again. ;) I feel so clever and sneaky now.

      I know! It feels like just yesterday we couldn't believe we were almost done WRITING the letters! Now we're done publishing them!! It's been so much fun. :)

  2. I just stumbled across your blog! I love it! :) I love finding new books and Ain't We Got Fun looks so good. :) Wishing you all the best!

    1. Aw, thank you, Heidi! (I love your name, by the way.) Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you stick around. :)