Thursday, October 28, 2021

Blog Tour: Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston #blogtour #interview #holiday #middlegrade #rabtbooktours @RABTBooktours


Holiday/Middle Grade

Date Published: 10-24-2020

Publisher: Spark Press

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Ever since eleven-year-old Dexter Duckworth and his brother, Dougal, lost their mom, everything has been different. But “different” takes on a whole new meaning when, one day just before Christmas (or Kissmas, as they call it), Dexter finds a golden rock in the forest that hatches into an adorable alien. Gobbledy is smarter than he seems and is lost on planet Earth. Before long, Gobbledy takes Dexter, Dougal, and their best friend Fi on an adventure of friendship, family, and loss―one that requires them all to stay out of trouble, protect Gobbledy from a shadowy group called the Planetary Society, and prepare for their school’s Winter Extravaganza Play, where Dexter has to be a dreaded Gingerbread Man.


Gobbledy is a fun-filled holiday story that adds up to two brothers, three friends, unlimited jars of peanut butter, a ketchup factory, and one little alien far, far from home.



2021 Independent Press Awards Winner in Holiday

2021 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Silver Medal Winner

2021 Book Excellence Awards Finalist in Holiday

2020 New York City Big Book Awards Winner in Holiday

2020 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Gold Medal Winner

2021 15th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards Finalist


“Hugely entertaining as well as emotionally moving.”

―Kirkus Reviews


“This charming alien-in-the-attic story boasts engaging characters, witty storytelling, and a furry little beast that will eat anything, all wrapped up in a warm holiday package.”



“A delightfully entertaining novel by an author with a genuine flair for originality and the kind of narrative storytelling style that will fully engage the imaginative attention of appreciative young readers ages 8-11, Gobbledy by Lis Anna-Langston . . . will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.”

―Midwest Book Review


“In Gobbledy, Lis Anna-Langston offers her readers a sparkling novel of discovery, adventure, and the abiding consolation of friendship . . . Eleven-year-old protagonist Dexter’s progress from bumbling troublemaker to triumphant (but still bumbling) hero is sweet, utterly convincing, and thoroughly engaging. This novel’s generous heart won me over from the get-go.”

John Gregory Brown, acclaimed author of A Thousand Miles from Nowhere


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?



Friendship, adventure, and loss are a few of the messages that readers love in this book. What family means is a strong message, as is the idea that sometimes you don’t know what you need until you have it.

With that said, there is a “stranger in a strange land” message that I love.

Also, this entire book is probably an homage to how much I love ketchup.




Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?


Finding a deeply satisfying and unique ending. How you end a book says everything. The last words that represent all the pages that came before.




How many books have you written and which is your favorite?


I wrote five of what I like to call “starter novels”. Novels that I learned a lot from. Since that time, I’ve written three published novels and have three more coming out next year. My favorite is always the next one.




If you had the chance to cast your main character from Hollywood today, who would you pick and why?


 I think Gobbledy would want to play himself and would spend A LOT of time hanging around the craft services table.




When did you begin writing?


Around five years old I decided I wanted to be the one to put the words in books. That was how I phrased it. I really started writing stories down when I was eight. That evolved into me wanting to be a songwriter. I wanted to write old ballads like Patsy Cline and George Strait. I was a weird kid. Then I discovered punk rock and Henry Rollins, and took a sharp turn out of song writing into the much bigger world of writing short stories, plays, screenplays, and books. People always think it’s strange that I can move so fluidly between country music and punk but honestly, it just makes sense to me. Loretta Lynn is way more punk rock than people give her credit for. Writing takes a lot of different forms, from songwriting to poetry to novel writing. I’ve been doing some form of writing since I was five years old. I left a full-time sales job that took up most of my day when I moved to Madison, Wisconsin. There, I worked only two days a week. Suddenly I had five days a week to write. My aspirations of “I want to become a writer” suddenly intersected with “Now I can”. I spent those years really learning the craft of writing, building up a body of work, and learning how I work, what my process is for creating. I was already an award-winning writer by then, so it’s interesting that it wasn’t until after my deep commitment to learning and practicing my craft that I considered myself a writer.




How long did it take to complete your first book?


If you mean my first book that was published, it took six weeks. Tupelo Honey was created from all the cuts made to another novel that had been optioned as a film.




Did you have an author who inspired you to become a writer?


I started out in theater and film, so my early influences were Tennessee Williams, Shakespeare, and Euripides. John August is an amazing screenwriter.

Milan Kundera and Raymond Carver were the writers that lured me into novels and short stories.




What is your favorite part of the writing process?


Never knowing what the next part will be, whether it’s a scene or chapter or book.




Describe your latest book in 4 words.


A delightful holiday adventure.




Can you share a little bit about your current work or what is in the future for your writing?


I have a lot of new titles coming out.

Three amazing new titles next year.


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About the Author

Lis Anna-Langston was raised alongside the winding current of the Mississippi River on a steady diet of dog-eared books. She attended a creative and performing arts school from middle school until graduation and went on to study literature at Webster University. She is a Parents’ Choice Gold and a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner. She draws badly and sings loudly, and loves ketchup, starry skies, and stories with happy endings aliens.

You can find her in the wilds of South Carolina plucking stories out of thin air. Find more fab facts  at


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