Welcome to Day #2 of the Spin The Sky Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Spin the Sky by Jill MacKenzie (11/1/16), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Jill and 5 chances to win a copy of Spin the Sky, as well as a chance to win a Live 2 Dance Prize Pack in the Grand Prize Giveaway!

Two Truths and a Lie
with Jill MacKenzie

Confession: I never played this game growing up. Like, never ever. In fact, I’ve never even heard of Two Truths and a Lie until right this very second! So I kind of feel like I missed out on some serious slumber party fun here. It sounds like a blast though! Play with me, won’t you?

Two Truths and a Lie about Jill MacKenzie:

1. I lie to complete strangers like taxi drivers and bus drivers and grocery store cashiers about who I am, where I’m going, what my name is, and what job I do. I’ve been known to convince them I’m crazy things like CIA agents or child stars grown up.

2. I’m an extraordinary tight ropewalker. Some might even call me an expert funambulist because I’ve been doing it, semi-professionally, since I was ten.

3. I used to live in Japan and wear wigs. Crazy wigs in all colors, lengths, and sizes. For fun. Like, all the time. Apparently, there are pictures to prove it.

Two Truths and a Lie about SPIN THE SKY:

1. I actually wrote the first draft of this book when I was in high school. It sucked really badly so I put it in a drawer and pulled it out again to re-write it a decade later.

2. SPIN THE SKY underwent twenty-seven revisions before it went to print. Did you hear me??? I said TWENTY-SEVEN revisions.

3. The original title for SPIN THE SKY was DANCE YOURSELF CLEAN, taken from my favorite band in the world, LCD Soundsystem’s song Dance Yourself Clean, which is what George dances to when he slips.

Two Truths and a Lie about Magnolia:

1. After receiving the clam gun from Mrs. Moutsous as a birthday present, Magnolia tests it out alone on her beach before her sister, Rose, ever uses it. And even though she thinks it rules in comparison to her mom’s old shovel, she never says it out loud to Rose or anyone else.

2. The ice cream flavor Magnolia brings to Mark’s house the day that semi-heated ‘moment’ happens between them is aptly called Smooth Operator because, you know, Magnolia’s such a smooth operator and all.

3. Magnolia refers to the day Colleen died in her house as ‘The day the thing happened’ because she can’t bear to call it what she feels like it really is: the day her Mom killed Rose’s friend.

Two Truths and a Lie about George

1. George is absolutely, 100 percent gay because Mags saw him making out with Sammy Baker on the beach that day. He’s a dude. He kisses other dudes. That makes him gay.

2. George loves Magnolia more than he loves fame, even when he can’t—or won’t—show it.

3.  George takes Magnolia to The Gorge because, like Magnolia, he wants to get away and feel something different than what he’s always felt: like he can’t be the person he truly is.


Two Truths and a Lie about Jill MacKenzie:

The lie is that I’m a good funambulist! Ha. I have terrible balance, which is totally weird for an ex-dancer. So basically, unless music is on and I’m in ‘the zone’, I’m fumbling all over myself. That means no walking on small little ropes. That also means no heights whatsoever (clumsiness=serious chance of falling on my face.) But the wigs and the lying to strangers thing? Totally true. ☺

Two Truths and a Lie about SPIN THE SKY:

The lie here is that I wrote this book in high school. Big fat nope. Though it did undergo twenty-seven revisions, the first draft didn’t even happen until I was nearly thirty. And if you haven’t heard the song Dance Yourself Clean, which is what Mags and George listen to at the Gorge, you definitely should.

Two Truths and a Lie about Magnolia: 

Easy one! Magnolia never ever uses the gun until the morning on the beach with Rose. Nope. No way. At that point in the story, she’s ‘loyal like a lap dog’ to that shovel.

Two Truths and a Lie about George:

The lie here is that George is definitely gay. True, George maybe likes boys and kissed Sammy Baker. But he also maybe likes girls (hello, Rio?) yet that doesn’t necessarily make him straight or bisexual, either. The thing is, I really wanted this thread left ambiguous for a reason: George doesn’t want to decide who he is, where he fits, what label should be stamped on his head. He wants to just be because, sometimes, being is hard enough. And for the record, I think he’s on to something pretty awesome there.

Stop by Tales of the Ravenous Reader tomorrow for Day #3 of the tour!

Blog Tour Schedule:

October 31stA Dream Within a Dream
November 1stPositively Book Crazy
November 2nd Tales of the Ravenous Reader
November 3rdLive to Read
November 4thCrossroad Reviews

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Magnolia Woodson wants nothing more than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming-obsessed Oregon town that hates them—she just doesn’t know how. Forced to put up with the snide comments and hateful looks the townspeople throw at them, Mags thinks she’s destined to pay for the horrible, awful thing her mom did—and that she’s left her and Rose to deal with—until the day she dies.

But when a nationwide televised dance competition posts tryouts in nearby Portland, Mags’s best friend, George, says they have to go and audition. Not only have they spent the past fourteen years of their lives dancing side-by-side, dreaming of a day just like this, but also it could be Mags’s chance of a lifetime—a chance to win the grand-prize money and get her and Rose out of Summerland, a chance to do the thing she loves most with everyone watching, a chance to show the town that she’s not—and has never been—a “no-good Woodson girl,” like her mother. But will the competition prove too steep? And will Mags be able to retain her friendship with George as they go head-to-head in tryouts? Mags will have to learn that following her dreams may mean changing her life forever.

About the Author: Jill Mackenzie, a Vancouver native, is an ex-ballerina and contemporary dancer. Now working toward her MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Jill chasses between roles as part-time student, full-time mom, and always-writer. Though Jill no longer studies dance, she still tries to dance herself clean whenever she can. Currently she lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she spends her free time beach-bound with her husband and two beautiful daughters.
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