Antipodes…by Michele Bacon-Blog Tour

Posted March 25, 2018 by Karen in Book Tours, Books / Michele Bacon-Blog Tour

Antipodes…by Michele Bacon-Blog TourAntipodes

by: Michele Bacon
Published by:Sky Pony Press on April 3rd 2018
Genres:Young Adult
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When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something unique that will erase the mess she made of her life on her 17th birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city, though, she’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused. Years ago, a mission sounded like a fun adventure, and the only ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside down?

Now Erin balks at NZ’s itchy school uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back into her memories at a time. As she rebuilds her life from the other side of the world, she finds that when life turns your world upside down and you’re far from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you came from.


We are super excited to be part of the Antipodes blog tour! We had a chance to do a Q&A with author Michele Bacon. 



1.What inspired you to write Antipodes?
The landscape and people of New Zealand. I loved living there, and would have stayed forever, had I been able.
2.Could you explain what an antipode is and how it relates to the story?
An antipode is a direct or exact opposite, and many of Erin’s experiences in New
Zealand are opposite to those in the States.
Australia and New Zealand are called The Antipodes, because they appear to be on the opposite side of the Earth from most other landmasses, so both definitions are relevant to my book. To find your own town’s antipode on a globe, swap the N/S of your latitude and add/subtract 180 to your longitude. For instance, I lived in—and Erin visits—Christchurch, whose coordinates are 43.5S, 172.6E. A Coruña, Spain is 43.5N, 8.41W. Their centers don’t match precisely, but the cities overlap on an antipodal map. Most antipodes are in the ocean. The antipode of my home in Seattle is in the Indian Ocean.


3.Do you have a daily writing routine and if so what is it?
I do! After walking my middle daughter to elementary school and my preschooler to the community center, I walk home and brew a pot of black tea. If I’m working at my standing desk, I take my teapot and mug upstairs. If I’m working near the fireplace, I sit cross-legged on my sofa with my writing throw over my lap and my teapot and mug on the wooden arm of the sofa.
Either way, I work for three solid hours before I pick up my daughter from preschool. On Thursdays, I work at a coffee shop with an amazing group of children’s book writers. It’s my favorite day of the week.
4.What is something your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I was instrumental in bringing the Earth Revealed exhibit to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

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About Michele Bacon

Michele Bacon writes novel-length fiction for young adults and older adults. When she’s not writing, she’s skiing, playing tabletop games, traveling, or dreaming of travel. She lived in Christchurch, New Zealand for over a year, and is eager to return. Today, Michele lives in Seattle with her partner and three children. She is also the author of Life Before.

About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit', YA, and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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