Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Betsy Cornwell Takes the Dare!

Today's guest poster is the fabulous Besty Cornwell, whose debut novel TIDES will be published by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 4, 2013. That's a long time to wait for Betsy's novel, but here's a little description to tide you over (pun totally intended) until then:  

When high school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don't expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. 

But then things take a dramatic turn for both of them when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story--deftly told from multiple points of view--dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.

Sounds fantastic, right?

Betsy chose to do an interpretive dance to a reading of her novel and while I would call it a raging success, check out the video below to witness this dare in all its glory:

Thanks so much for playing, Betsy!


Debut author Betsy Cornwell wrote TIDES as a student at Smith College, where she graduated in 2010. She was a columnist and editor at Teen Ink before receiving an MFA in creative writing at the University of Notre Dame, where she also taught fiction writing as well as film and television studies. She is currently writing and traveling in Europe. For more about Betsy, please visit her website at www.betsycornwell.com.


  1. Betsy, love that you are on the Aran islands, love your bravery, love your dancing.

  2. What April said. Mostly in regards to the Aran islands, although your interpretive dance is also stellar. ;)

  3. Too funny. Nice moves. May have loled a couple of times.

  4. Anyone who dances and is okay with having it archived on video FOREVER is super brave in my book! Betsy, you're wonderful :)

  5. LOL I loved it! So fun. You are brave souls.

  6. Betsy, this is so cool! I LOVE the Aran Islands. It's my current goal to get back there sometime soon. What a perfect setting for interpretive dance!

  7. Thank you, everyone! The Aran Islands are awesome--it would be hard for me to think of a better backdrop for my internet humiliation. :)