Blog Tour: Scarlet (When I’m Not Writing)

Welcome to today’s stop on the blog tour for A.C. Gaughen’s Scarlet, brought to you by The {Teen} Book Scene.

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For my whole life, “writing” was the thing I listed on job applications, social networking sites, even dating sites as “describe what you like to do.” Not “what you do for work” but more in the vein of hobbies and passions. I never felt it was an accurate description – writing is as much my hobby as breathing is. But it was that thing that made me interesting – that thing that gave me something to talk about in an interview or a first date.

Being offered my first book deal kind of flipped that for me. Now my day job (well, actually it’s currently a night job) is the one that I like to think of as a hobby – it’s something that, when push comes to shove, is actually the thing I care least about. It’s not where my heart is, and I’m in a wonderful time of my life where I can devote some time to the things I do put my heart into. Writing is definitely one of them, but the other is a non-profit that I’m a board member of.

I’ve seen Boston GLOW from it’s incorporation as a registered non-profit through to today; we’re still super young but it’s so exciting because every day it proves to me what young people can do with a great attitude and a small chip on your shoulder. GLOW stands for Girls’ Leadership and Organized Women, and it’s really stunning some of the statistics that are out there: 2.4% of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. Women work on average (including in America!) 35 per week MORE than men, but are paid eighty cents to every dollar. How messed up is that?

More than any of these statistics, the need for this organization really hit home for me in the first year of the IGNITE Change Essay contest, an initiative that I started with the founder of the non-profit. We promoted the contest at schools in Boston and we got amazing entries – but more than that, we got a lot of feedback from teachers who told us that their girls told them, “I’ll never win that – why should I apply?” That attitude was a big game changer for me. Of course there are equality problems in the world, but overcoming society’s need to put you down is one thing; overcoming your own devalued self worth is another, and it’s one that I felt like I could do something to change.

Besides that, in our first year we pulled together a fundraiser on a wing and a prayer and a hell of a lot of determination, and we netted more than $13,000. That year – those four months even! – taught me that I personally am capable of anything, and I believe that everyone has that same potential. I fully intend to inspire as many people to believe that as I can.

If you want to check out more, you can find Boston GLOW at www.bostonglow.org!

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What a great cause! Thank you for sharing about that!

About Scarlet

ScarletMany readers know the tale of Robin Hood, but they will be swept away by this new version full of action, secrets, and romance.

Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

This book is really good. It’s a delightfully unique take on Robin Hood, and I highly recommend it. My review will be posted later next week.

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  1. Patricia
    Twitter: ItsTimeMamaw
    says:

    I am anxious to read this book. The cover totally blows me away it is gorgeous. Great post!

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