Category: Interviews


#UKYACX BLOG TOUR | Spotlight on…Ellen Phethean @phethean @UKYACX

Posted 12 September, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blog Tours, Book Promo, Interviews, Spotlight / 0 Comments

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Ren and the Blue Hands
Set in the fictional 16th Century Calico Isles, Ellen Phethean’s YA novel, Ren and The Blue Hands, sees teenaged Ren drawn into a world of intrigue, passion and politics.
Betrayal by your friends is heart breaking, betrayed by your own heart is devastating.
In a world on the cusp of change, Ren, a Blue Hand dyer, is plucked from the dye sheds to become lady’s maid up at Barrow Hall. At first she’s excited about her future, but through her mistress, Lady Lilac, she becomes entangled in a plot which threatens the dye industry that has supported her family and the islands for generations. When the secret organisation, the Mazards are exposed, Ren must think and act for herself. She’s torn between helping the conspirators, loyalty to her roots and her love for fellow conspirator Bark. Driven by passion into danger, where right and wrong are hard to tell, only a terrible event can help her see more clearly.
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On a personal level it’s about love, loyalty and how to do the right thing. On a wider level it explores political themes of power and espionage as factions struggle to control the winds of change.
It’s due to be published on 2nd November by Red Squirrel Press, it’s the first book in a trilogy
  1. Ren and the Blue Hands
  2. Ren and the Blue Cloth (working title)
  3. Ren in Samara (working title)

 

Ellen Phethean wrote Wall, a teen novel in poems, set in the Byker Wall estate, based on her interviews and workshops in the east of Newcastle while Writer in Residence for Seven Stories, Newcastle in 2003/4. Wall was published by Smokestack Books, 2007.

She followed that up with another teen novel in poems Hom, set in the West End of Newcastle, published online as a weekly blog, still available at her website.

Her latest young adult novel, Ren and the Blue Hands, in prose, is launched in November 2016 by Postbox Press (an imprint of Red Squirrel Press). Inspired by real historical events, but set in the fictional 16th Century Calico Isles, Ren and the Blue Hands, was Long listed for the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2012: ‘A vividly imagined historical background, and interesting mixture of politics and romance. Ren is a courageous female hero whom readers will empathise with and root for.’

She’s a sound artist, playwright and poet too – her first poetry collection Breath, 2009 Flambard, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award 2010.  Her second collection, Portrait of the Quince as an Older Woman, 2014, Red Squirrel Press was a New Writing North Read Regional choice for 2014.

Ellen’s website
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What inspired you to write this?

First of all, years ago, I came up with a scene and a character in a writing workshop. A young woman finding a secret note. It seemed to be about a mystery and I kept writing scenes – I wrote about young women working together in a dark shed and singing beautifully. I imagined a nasty villain when I was given the word Grist. So it all began with bits and pieces, and all seemed set in some historical past.

Then I read about the real struggle in the Dye industry in the 16th century, when the Guilds in Europe were resisting a new dye, Indigo, coming in from India. They called it the Devil’s Dye – and that became the core of the story that pulled all my disparate bits of scenes and characters together. My women workers in a shed were Dyers, the Blue Hands. But I knew their resistance to the new dye was bound to failure, so I began to think about when change is inevitable, how and why do people adapt? I gave these dilemmas to my main character Ren, who’s caught up in the middle of these big historical changes, and has to deal with it on a personal level.

Is this a fantasy?

No, because it’s based on real events and all the technology and clothes are based on 16th life, but I’ve taken liberties with reality, and have created my own alternative world. I’m aiming for emotional rather than literal truth. It makes the book difficult to categorise by genre – it’s a historical drama, but fictional, some call it fantasy because I made up the country, but that suggests dragons and elves – there’s no magic or non-human characters. There’s a love story at its heart, so it’s a romance too, but it’s also about political struggle. Try and sum up that in three words!

Did you have to do research?

I used many historical sources for help and ideas. It’s been the greatest fun imaginable making up the world, my 16th Century cosmos. Characters have natural names like Bark and Moss and Count Saffron. The blue dye comes from the Shebble Shell. The group of isles where Shebble shell is found are The Calico Isles where the story is set. Braymer is the country that exports the wool and yarn that gets dyed by Shebble shell.

The workers on Calico are organised by their Gild. The different classes of society are subject to sumptuary laws (which were real laws detailing who could wear what fabric and colour of clothing) – in my world only the wealthiest nobles are allowed to wear the unique Shebble blue dyed cloth, while workers in the dye industry get Blue Lung or Shebble Pox, and their hands are stained blue.

I’d done an MA in Theatre Studies, and had explored the traditions of Shakespearean theatre, so I included a Travelling Theatre troupe called The Chancellor of Braymer’s Men who come to Calico to perform for the May Day Revels and stir things up. In the past there have been Dye Wars. The time of peaceful monopoly of Shebble is about to change.

Where is it set?

In my imagination, the Calico Isles are a sort of combination of mediterranean islands with elements of Cornwall. The country of Braymer is a colder, more northerly island, not a million miles away from Britain. Samara, the third major country referred to, is a mash-up of north african/middle eastern countries.

Was it a dragged out process?

Yes! I’ve been writing the story off and on for about 10 years, and it’s only in the last four or five years that I really got down to working out how the story fitted together, and filling it out. It took two more books to get the story to a satisfactory end and I still haven’t quite finished the third although I know where it’s going. I haven’t decided on the actual fate of my main character in the final chapter!

I put an early draft in for the Times Chicken House Children’s Novel competition in 2012 and it was long listed which gave me a confidence boost, and encouraged me to keep working and finish it all.

Do you have any favourite authors?

Two of my favourite YA authors are Ursula Le Guin, particularly The Wizard of Earthsea, and the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Not only are they great writers of stories that grab you and you can’t put down, but they also deal with real, serious issues that people have to deal with: moral dilemmas, how to choose the right decision in difficult circumstances, complex characters who are both good and bad. They set their stories in the other worlds, but that allows the reader to reflect back on the real world. If I could achieve that in my writing, I’d be happy.


Thank you to Ellen for the interview, and to all those reading this, thank you. Check out the #UKYACX tag on twitter to follow posts on the authors attending the event on the 17th September in Newcastle!! 

-Kat

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Spotlight/Interview: WENDY HIGGINS #BookBloggers #NewReleases #NA

Posted 18 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Interviews, New Adult, Sci-Fi, Spotlight, Updates / 0 Comments

Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.

When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technology and communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first instalment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.

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Hey everyone, I wanted to do something different today. So it is an honour to be able to say I got to interview the wonderful, successful author Wendy Higgins. She’s written works such as the Sweet Evil series, The Great Hunt and See Me. Her latest novel, Unknown, is out now, and you can find links above with the description.
So without further ado, here we go.

  • Hi Wendy, it’s great to finally get to talk to such a wonderful author! How are you doing? I’ll say first that I really enjoyed the Sweet Evil series. So I was looking through the other books you’ve written, and you’ve written about romance, demons, fairies, magic, and soon an apocalypse (with your new novel Unknown), is there anything you’d really love to write about but for whatever reason you can’t? 
~ I would love to write something based on historical events, like during the civil war, but no story idea has hit me for anything like that. Maybe someday! 🙂
  • What is your least favourite part of the publishing / writing process?
~ Plotting. Coming up with cool twists and turns is so difficult for me. Either it hits me out of the blue, or it doesn’t.
  • I know that many writers struggle with certain parts of writing. For me, it’s action. Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others?
~Same. The action scenes are very difficult for me. Give me a kissing scene any day! 
  • Were you one of those authors that tried fan fiction before writing original or did you just dive right in?
~I never wrote book fan fiction. In seventh grade I wrote New Kids On the Block (NKOTB) fan fiction, but that was it, hahahaha.
  • Since you’ve dipped your toes in both categories, which would you say suits you better: young adult or new adult? Also if you had to stay with one genre forever, which do you think you’d choose? 
~This is a tough question, because both have felt similar to me. The only difference is that I’ve used more mature language and detail in the Unknown books. I have loved writing for teens, but I feel myself gravitating in an older direction at the moment. 
  • How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use the name generators online? 
~I don’t pay any attention to name meanings. I try to choose interesting names that suit the character’s personalities with how they sound. I’ve browsed many baby name sites for inspiration over the years.
  • If you could have written any book in the world, what would it be? 
~Easy. Harry Potter. Love.
  • Okay, so characters often find themselves in sticky situations. When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?
~Hahaha, I’m so boring. Imagine a soccer mom who works in her pajamas. The stickiest situation I get myself into these days is when I open the honey jar. I did lea quite an interesting life before I was married though. Like the time when I was a flight attendant and our apartment caught on fire in Jersey City, and I had to jump six feet from our window to a fire escape as windows blew open and sprayed us with glass (we were three stories up). Thankfully everyone made it out alive (seven of us flight attendants lived together). It was nuts. I was twenty-one.
  • You recently went to Scotland and Ireland, and I’m sure you’ve been to other countries: If you could have any other accent in the world, which would you pick? 
~English, London area. It’s just so lovely to me, hence the reason I gave Kaidan a London accent in the Sweet books.
  • And the last question for you: Are you working on anything else at the moment?
~I take the summers off from writing, but I will begin Unrest (Unknown #2) as soon as school starts back in September! 🙂

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NY Times bestselling author of the SWEET EVIL series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology THE GREAT HUNT, and her independently published Irish Fantasy SEE ME.
After earning a Creative Writing degree from George Mason University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy taught high school English until achieving her dream job as a full-time writer.
Wend lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Thanks again to Wendy, for agreeing for me to throw questions at you. 🙂 And don’t forget to check out her other books if you haven’t already.
I wish all the luck and success for Unknown! 😀
-Kat
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#SBPT | Week 7: Brooke from The Cozy Little Book Nook @brookeevans2001 @TheBookBratz

Posted 14 August, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Interviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

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Hey everyone! We’re nearly at the end of this fun tour organised by The Book Bratz. Again, thanks for having me! This week we’re talking to Brooke as she does the Epic Reads book tag. Enjoy! 🙂

 


Hi Everyone! I’m Brooke from The Cozy Little Book Nook and I’m so happy to be able to blog here on Kat’s blog today! So my post today is the Epic Reads Tag which is just questions about books (duh). Anyway, without too much of my blabbering, let’s get into the post!

 

  1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to tea, who would you invite and what would you serve them?
Ok I talked about this in another of these SBPT posts but I will talk about it again because I love it so much. Kiera Cass and her character, America Singer. I would love to talk with Kiera Cass about the thought process behind the book, how she came up with the idea, etc… Also America Singer is such a force to reckon with and a role model to like everyone. As to what I’ll serve… I guess cookies and coffee (because I dislike tea).

 

  1. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?
For some reason, i don’t have strong feelings about any authors having a prequel for their book. I don’t know if it’s just that I don’t want to (which actually is highly unlikely) or that I’ve just read so many books these last couple of weeks that I can’t remember any of them.

 

  1. Which two characters (NOT from the same book) do you think would make a good couple?
Two characters that would make a good couple and not from the same book. Taylor from The Way to Game the Walk of Shame and Finn from Summer of Sloane. Even though the two books both ended up with them having a happy ending, I feel like the two can really balance each other out with their personalities.

 

  1. If you ran into your favourite author on the subway and only could say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?
‘Oh My Gosh I love you’ (?) But knowing me, I’ll probably just stand there staring in awe at them trying to figure out what to say and then end up saying nothing to them.

 

  1. What book made you a reader and why?
There is no specific book that made me a reader; books were something that I always loved as a young child since I had all the friends that I could ever want in books. But when middle school started, I kinda lost that passion for reading due to my lack of time so when I read The Selection by Kiera Cass, I guess that’s what made me the reader I am now and the reason I started my blog.

 

  1. Incendio! Your bookshelf just caught on fire! Show us the one book you save.
Um why would you ever do this to me? I think the book I would save is The Unexpected Everything because I haven’t read it yet and I’ve been wanting to read it for so long. But let’s be real, I’ll be grabbing all the books that I have on my shelves if they catch on fire.

 

  1. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? Why?
Hmmm, which dystopian world would I like to live in. I’m not sure because the only ones that I’m thoroughly familiar with is the Hunger Games and The Selection so….. But they both have huge downsides so I think I like living in our current world… That’s also the reason I like reading contemporary books over dystopian books (but I still like reading them both).

 

  1. What is your most epic read of all time?
Why are all these questions so hard to answer? Actually I’m just indecisive. My most epic read of all time is One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swanker. But of course, that is just my choice for right now.

 

  1. Also, tag some friends to answer these questions!
This sounds utterly cliche but I tag all of you guys to do this tag! Also send me links to your posts if you do this tag so I can see it too!

Thank you so much to Kat for having me on her blog today! If you guys want to see more of my posts, go over to my blog, The Cozy Little Book Nook and check those out because I’m featuring another blogger on there as well!

 

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Thanks to Brooke for taking part. Make sure you look at the #SBPT hashtag to see others’ blog posts! 🙂 See ya next week.
-Kat
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#SBPT | Week 1: Valerie of HeSaidBooksOrMe

Posted 3 July, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Blogging Challenges, Fun, Interviews, Updates / 2 Comments

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HEY! Welcome to the first weekend of the Summer Blog Promo Tour! It was organised by the wonderful girls at The Book Bratz. For the next 7 Sundays I’ll be publishing a post that basically pimps out a different blogger. They deserve it, after all. All the hard work we all put in. Today’s post is all about Valerie from HeSaidBooksOrMe. I will be interviewing her, and finding out what makes her tick… 😛
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1) Well, hello there, Valerie of He Said Books Or Me. I checked out your blog and it’s mighty pretty, how long have you had it and what inspired you to  start blogging?
 Thank you and thanks for hosting me :)! I have had my book blog just a little over a year now. I actually have had a personal blog for about eight years for updating family and friends on our daily lives but then the book parts started taking over, so my mother in law suggested that I try a book blog. I liked it and went with it! 🙂

 

2) Out of interest, how old are you and at what age did you get into reading…y’know…as more than a hobby? 😛
Old enough to have a mother in law. haha 🙂 A lady never tells her age!
Oh gosh…I have always been a reader. When I was a little girl I would memorize the stories so that I could ‘read’ them to my sister. Books have always been such a big part of my life, I don’t ever recall a time when they weren’t.

 

3) Kiss, Marry, Kill: Draco, Hermione, Neville?
Kiss Neville, Marry Hermione (the best conversations!), and Kill Draco.

 

4) You’re on an island and you have three books with you, but suddenly a storm strikes and you manage to save only one! Oh no! What books did you have to sacrifice? (and which one did you save?)
Oh gosh this is hard…I would have saved The Richest Man in Town, because it is my favorite book ever. The other two probably would have had to go. Hard to say what they were because I am a bit of a mood reader sometimes, but it wouldn’t matter because I would always save that book.
5) I saw on your blog you like to travel: where’s the one place you’d love to visit?
I love to travel! I want to go to ALL of the places. Seriously. I have been to 44/50 states (with two more that I should be visiting this Fall). I have been to 2 continents so far, but will be getting my third also this Fall! 🙂
6) Do you listen to music whilst reading, if so, what kind?
I love music, but not usually while reading. When I do have music on it it is usually country. 🙂 I grew up in North Dakota so it reminds me of home!
7) Do you have a favourite snack while you’re reading?
Does coffee or tea count? I love a warm drink while I read 🙂

 

8) How many books do you own?
Ummmm…maybe around 100 books? Not a ton. I have actually tried really hard to keep my stacks from being out of control. I try to bring them to Little Free Libraries when I am done with them.
9) Do you like reading challenges? If so what’s the most you’ve read in a week before?
Yes, I love them! Probably one of the 24 hour readathons. They are intense!

 

10)  If genres were colours, what do YOU think they’d be? i.e: Green = Fantasy 
Red=Thriller/Mystery
Orange=Drama
Yellow=Non-fiction
Green=Self-Help
Blue=Classics
Purple=Romance
Black=Sci Fi/Fantasy

 

11) It’s been a pleasure having you here, one last question, What’s your most anticipated book for either this year or 2017?
I am really looking forward to Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Storms out in October! 🙂

 


So there you have it! Thank you so much to Valerie for taking the time out to answer my weird and wonderful questions. I hope you’ve all found this enlightening and make sure to check out her blog! Share the love! 🙂 Also be sure to check out the hashtag #SBPT on twitter to see other bloggers promo posts. 
Until next week,
-Kat
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Interview @ YallWest: Alexandra Bracken #YA #Authors

Posted 11 May, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Book Promo, Interviews, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hey everyone!
You guys know I went to YallWest, right? Well, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing the brilliant Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds trilogy and the recent Passenger, the sequel to it being Wayfarer which is released January 2017.

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.’ to

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.


 

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.


Interview:

So what was your inspiration for the Darkest Minds? Because it’s a very dark read. Ruby is an angsty teenager…

Alex: *laughs* Yeah, and you know me now, so you’re like “but that’s not you.” I know, it surprises people. And I plotted that story…Do you know the brand Lily Pulitzer?

No, I haven’t…

Alex: It’s super bright, super Key West, animal pattern clothing. I plotted that entire book out in a bright pink Lily Pulitzer coat, which felt very funny and ironic. *laughs* Inspiration was a lot of little things. I was a freshman in high school when September 11 happened, so I felt, by the time I graduated, I saw the whole world essentially change and how quickly the government could change things when provoked, and how people could be emotionally manipulated in the wake up of great national tragedy. But also, what really inspired the story was my own… How should I put this? My own self interest, because I had just moved from college, because I was in Williamsburg -which is super small and colonial – then moved up to Manhattan, and I was really having a hard time adjusting to that. And I had kind of a tough boss at my first job, and I was really pretty unhappy, and I was like: I just need to write a story that’ll make me happy. And so this one has all of the elements of things that I love.

Yeah, it’s good because it’s got romance, drama, and action…

Alex: Yeah, exactly. It’s like…Road trip! That’s why it seems so random, it’s like classic rock, road trip!

I love road trips in books. They’re so fun.

Alex: I know, I was like ‘at last, a dystopian road trip book.’

It always makes me want to go to those places, although maybe not in those settings. Probably not a good idea. So, do you have a particular process for your first drafts, do you do a certain amount of words per day or just whenever you can write?

Alex: It sort of depends. Because I noticed… I tried with Wayfarer (Passenger sequel) to do 2000 words a day, and I definitely was doing 2000 words a day. But the problem was that I was padding the scenes, when actually I should have been working on the story. So really what I try to do when I sit down to write, is to finish a specific scene, or a specific chapter, versus the word count. But really when I’m starting a story I spend a lot of time brainstorming, and I kind of figure out the main plot beats, the emotional beats, and the emotional undercurrent of the story. And then as I’m writing I will finish a scene and then go ahead and outline the next scene, and do it that way.

That’s another thing I was going to ask you, if you were an outliner or if you just write and hope for the best…

Alex: It really kind of depends on the book. With the Darkest Minds I really didn’t outline that much, and it worked out okay, except for the part where I had to revise and revise and revise. *laughs* But it’s my natural tendency, I think; because I started writing Fan Fiction, is to write like very episodic, which is not helpful when you’re writing a book, because in theory everything should be turning up, upwards, not sloping down like a mountain but…

What kind of Fan Fiction did you write?

Alex: Oh my god, I wrote Star Wars Fan Fiction. I wrote Sailor Moon, I wrote Gundam Wing Fan Fiction. I wrote everything that was on Toonami at the time.

I used to write Fan Fiction, but then I had to stop because I wanted to write my own stuff.

Alex: Yeah, that’s kind of where I got to. Eventually I felt confident enough to be writing my own books, but I love Fan Fiction.

So, the characters in your books, did you base them on anyone you know?

Alex: I try really hard not to directly base characters off people, ’cause I’m always worried they’ll figure it out and think I’m passing judgement on them. But I have been known to steal funny things my friends say, so a lot of Chub’s lines are from my friends.

Chub’s is one of my favourite characters.

Alex: Yeah, he’s so sassy.

I like Vida as well. She’s the best. She comes out with some the strongest words.

Alex: I know, I know, she swears beautifully. She swears fluently, as I always say. She’s really super creative with her lingo.

Outside of writing, do you have any other hobbies?

Alex: I always feel really sad when I answer this question, because reading is really the only other hobby I have, other than taking care of my dog. But now that I’m settled, my issue is really that for a long time I had a day job and I was writing, so I had no time for any sort of hobby other than shopping, which is less of a hobby and more of a habit. *laughs* So I didn’t really have time to cultivate outside interests because I was constantly work, work, work, work, nonstop. So now that I’m like settled in a place in Arizona, I wanna start taking classes, I don’t know. I want to experiment, I almost want this to be a recurring series in my author newsletter ‘Alex Tries…’ I wanna learn how to cross stitch, take a photography class. Like, I wanna actually have hobbies outside of writing ’cause I think it only helps you.

Yeah, I know that from my own writing, if you’re not careful, you can end up in that same bubble and see nothing outside of it.

Alex: Yeah, exactly.

Like you’d walk out the door and be all “Sunlight! It burns!” *laughs*

Alex: Yeah, and you need life to help your writing.

Do you have any advice for writer’s block?

Alex: For me it’s usually indicative of something in the story that’s not working, and I am subconsciously trying to avoid it somehow. So I actually say it’s okay to stop writing and have writer’s block, it’s okay to sit back, assess, and edit instead of drafting. Writing is editing, too, so it’s okay to go back and work on that for a while and figure out what it is that’s not working. Or if it’s really just distraction for instance – I let myself get distracted really easily, I’m distracted by anything shiny and bright. *laughs* Um, really all I have to do is switch the medium that I’m writing on. So I will move from the computer and write it out by hand. And I was talking about this with my friend, Susan Dennard, that we both have a hard time facing a blank screen, a blank document. So we, the two of us, almost always (hand) write the first couple chapters, and then transfer it over, so we can have a start and then dive in.

Do you ever have trouble keeping in the correct tense, do you slip from third person to first person?

Alex: That’s funny, because when I was working on the last novella of the Darkest Minds series, and at the same time I was working on Passenger, and Passenger is third person past tense, and the novella was first person present tense. So every once in awhile I would slip up. I was mixing up two characters names too, which was pretty funny. I was calling Harry in the Darkest Minds ‘Henry,’ and Henry in Passenger, Harry. So I do that sometimes, and it’s okay. You can catch it when you’re going through in your editing.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Alex: That’s a good question. Did you sit through the keynote this morning?

I did. It was very inspirational.

Alex: Yeah, so what Marie (Lu) was saying was really true, like picture books are probably the hardest kinds of books you can write because you have to be selective. You have to figure out the interplay of art, text, and there’s a lot of different elements of pacing. It’s really an art form, so I would love to be able to write picture books. I’m waiting on a good idea. But I don’t know, writing YA, writing middle grade, bit of everything.

Do you think you’ll ever go back to fantasy, dystopian – like what Darkest Minds was like?

Alex: Yeah, I think, um, I think the book I’m working on next. I keep talking about it, so now I feel like I have to write this book otherwise people are going to be all ‘what the eff?’ Um, it’s–how to describe it?–my pitch does not work for anyone under the age of 30, because it references the movie ‘Escape from New York’ which is a really kind of cheesy 80’s movie with Kurt Russell. Google it. I feel like it was even 40 years ago. Anyway, it’s more of a stand alone, along the lines of what the Darkest Minds – SciFi …oh this is hard without giving too much away. It’s set in a post technology world, something has gone wrong with the technology, it’s maybe a sprinkle of post apocalyptic, but it’s really fantasy, and it’s my take on Hades and Persephone but it’s not romantic.

Oh, I would love that. I love Greek Mythology and that ilk.

Alex: Yeah, I did not find Hades and Persephone to be romantic, I think it was more Stockholm syndrome. So it’s really if Persephone gets empowered to take back her life, part of the story.

Back to the Darkest Minds, did you have to do any research for that? Or did it just all appear in your head?

Alex: I had to do weird, scary research for it. I had to Google things like ‘How to build a car bomb,’ or more what the ingredients were, not so much how to make it. Just so I could write one tiny detail into a scene. I Googled a lot having to do with Los Angeles, for the second book. I had to figure out the lay of the land, a lot of looking at Google maps and charting the route. Learning about guns and weapons, and how the UN works for the third book, that kind of thing. It was a lot of research, but it wasn’t like Passenger’s research where that was like very, very in-depth, finding out things like what kind of shoes would a sailor wear on an 18th century ship.

Okay, so last question: If you could live in any fictional world, where would that be? And it can’t be Hogwarts, because everyone says that. *laughs*

Alex: I was going to say I’d love to live in the Star Wars universe, but I’m kinda worried… Yeah I don’t know, but I think it’d be cool to travel between so many different systems. So I’m gonna say Star Wars. It’s peaceful sometimes. Stay in the outer rim.

Well, that’s different. That’s all I’ve got. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this. It’s really appreciated.

Alex: That’s cool, so good to see you. And in my country this time. I’m hoping to go back to the UK.

 

So it was a complete honour to get to speak to Alex on a level where I wasn’t so shy, although I’ll admit, I was terrified to start with. She’s a wonderful person, though, and so easy to talk to. You should all go and check out her books because they’re great. 

You can find out more about her via:

Twitter: @alexbracken
Website: http://www.alexandrabracken.com/

See ya next time!

-Kat

 

 

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Event Round Up: Geek Fest @ Waterstones: Holly Smale (talk and signing)

Posted 7 April, 2016 by katheryn13 in Blog Talks, Book Promo, Book Tour, Contemporary, Interviews, Middle Grade, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Hey guys! So on Wednesday 6th April I attended a book event of Holly Smale’s (author of the wonderful Geek Girl series) to promote book 5 “Head Over Heels” (released 7th April – TODAY! GO GET IT!)

Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5) by Holly Smale

Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books

Summary from Goodreads: “My name is Harriet Manners, and I will always be a geek.”
The fifth book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series.

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.
She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.
She knows only one flag in the world features a building.

And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So when love is in the air, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!
If only everyone else would stick to the script…

Has GEEK GIRL overstepped the mark, and is following the rules going to break hearts all over again?

It was so much fun and I learnt a lot, which is always a plus. I was front row and centre. Felt a bit self conscious but it was okay. Holly was asked a number of good questions, including one from yours truly. Most of which I’m going to talk about with you now.
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When asked if she would show her early work to family or friends, Holly said she used to show it to her mum but soon lost confidence with her after she was told “it’s good but it won’t sell.”
There were a few writing questions asked, which I always like to hear. She explained how she writes one first draft and then completely rewrites it for second draft. Then there’s small amounts of editing done after that.
Holly said that when she goes to bed, she’ll close her eyes, and let her imagination weave a story and the characters develop in her head, though not always the names. She uses baby books for those. For some names she uses friends names, too. I thought that was interesting because sometimes my ideas come when I’m trying to sleep, but as I told her, I mostly forget to write them down. Haha.
Her mum inspired her to start writing at a young age and she was read poetry as a kid. 
Good news: Holly has a short story coming out in the summer, which isn’t actually that short anymore. She said about how it was supposed to be like the Christmas story – length wise – but has turned out to be a lot longer. She’s also writDSC_0089ing another short story to go at the back of that, which will be from a different characters POV, showing their view of Harriet. She won’t say who, though. Sigh.
When asked if there would be a film on her books, she said there may be some news in the pipeline (on film/tv adaptation for Geek Girl.) Fingers crossed! I’m not sure how I feel about that, but it’d certainly be interesting to see how they’d portray it. 
All of the trips involved in the book were places she’s been to: Russia she went to on a school trip. She lived in Japan for 3 years to teach, that’s why there’s a lot of detail in second book. Book 3 was set in New York, and she went there as a research trip. Book 4 was Morocco, which she went back to for research. Book 5 is set in India and she went there for 3 months. Holly explained how Book 5 was originally going to be set in Cambodia but she found it didn’t feel right so she changed it.
When it comes to the romance, Holly states that Nick, the so-called hero of the series, hasn’t been present since book 3. She wants to make the relationship between Harriet and Nick healthy and logical. Harriet’s life doesn’t end when she doesn’t have love in it.
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I braved my anxiety and asked whether any of the characters were based off people she knows or if they just popped into her head…here’s her answer. (Paraphrased. Obviously.):
Some of the characters are based off real people like Richard (based off her dad), her dad would give a list of jokes to add to the books. Harriet is loosely based on her. She based Toby off Edward Cullen, stating that if you take away the hotness, the behaviour isn’t good. Rin is based off a friend she made in Japan. And in general she picks up seeds of different people and combines them.

There was much more that Holly said, and was asked, but I felt like these were the more relevant points to mention. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’ll have another one up tomorrow in which I talk about seeing Alexandra Bracken, Melinda Salisbury and Eliza Wass.
Oh and here’s a mug shot of me with Holly:

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That’s all from me.
-Kat
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Book to Movie Adaptations by Madeline Dyer #GuestPost #Thoughts

Posted 21 July, 2015 by katheryn13 in Fun, Interviews, YA / 0 Comments

[Very pleased to say that the lovely Madeline Dyer, author of The Untamed series, has volunteered to be our guest blogger. I asked her a tough question and she provided the answer. Enjoy! 🙂 ]

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Book to Movie Adaptations: When Reading is Such an Intimate, Personal Experience, Can We Ever Really Fall in Love With the Screen?

Whenever I hear that a new YA novel is being developed into a movie, I get hugely excited. This is not only because I’m a writer—and yes, I would love to see my book get optioned for the big screen—but because I love to see exactly how a certain plot has been transferred onto the screen. I want to know how the director has interpreted the book, and how his or her interpretation is different to mine.

Although on the surface, books consist of thousands of words, reading is a visual thing. And it is an intimate personal experience where we shut ourselves away from the world and rely on our ability to imagine. We read words that an author has carefully placed on a page, and we construct our own images. We see the action play out, often drawing on things we’ve witnessed or experienced ourselves in order to identify with a certain character.

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One of the things that I regularly notice when reading books is to do with house layouts. Quite often, I visualise the characters living in a house that I already know. Or their high school is visually very similar to the one I went to. Maybe it’s the layout of the rooms? Or the floor-plan? But this happens time and time again: by reading another person’s words, I put my own ‘print’ on it, using what I already know as a springboard for creating the images to go alongside the book I’m reading. I imagine the small details in such a way that only I can imagine them because I’ve experienced them. And, I suspect, this is the case with a lot of readers. We combine an author’s images, with our own experiences. And, therefore, our interpretations cause us to become emotionally invested in the story. We feel the scenes speak directly to us—even if it is only subconscious—because we’re using our experiences to aid our imaginations and give us the visual images as we read.

Books give us work to do, and I believe they are highly interactive, but personal. One reader is never going to come up with the same visuals as another reader might imagine for the exact same scene in the same book. And, as a writer myself, I can almost guarantee that no reader is going to create exactly the same images in his or her head as the author did when writing. But that’s what I love about writing and reading. There’s work for both the author and the reader to do.

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But what happens when someone else has already done this work? When we’re told not to imagine, not to combine images from our own experiences with someone else’s story?

Well, this is the case with a book-to-movie adaptation. Another person (most likely the director’s and/or screenwriter’s) has already interpreted the author’s words—the same words that we’ve read—and created their own version of it. Going back to my earlier point about house and school layouts, in films I often find myself confronted by rooms and corridors that are nothing like how I imagined them to be –in particular, I noticed this with the movies of TWILIGHT and VAMPIRE ACADEMY. And it disorientated me a little. It’s the same with characters; often I’m like, But who is that? He can’t be [insert name]! And then I find that he is, and I’m left feeling a bit confused, and a bit confronted. Like, Oh you were wrong! He doesn’t look like how you imagined him, he looks like this!

But then I realise that I wasn’t wrong. That character can look like a thousand different people, because he’s a character, created mainly by the author, but imagined by the reader. He’s a character, not a person who has already has a ‘set’ appearance. Sure, I’m talking minor differences really. Authors do give us descriptions. But just think about it, how many guys with dark hair, blue eyes and tanned skin do you know? Do they all look the same? Of course not! So we can’t expect to see the characters that we saw when reading the book also in the movie. It just isn’t possible.

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But you know what? At the same time, I love watching films based on books that I’ve already read because I want to see how someone else has interpreted the same words that I’ve read, but in a different way—hello, HARRY POTTER films. The differences may only be small, or they may huge. And I think that’s part of the fun of watching it—that and seeing how certain elements (things that seem impossible to deliver to a screen) have been dealt with—especially the emphasis on finding yourself and identity that seems to be so prevalent in YA fiction. So long as I remember that that this movie isn’t the book, then I can enjoy the movie. I think of the book as the original, the movie as an almost parallel universe version. There are going to be differences, because it’s based on someone else’s interpretation, not mine. And we’re not always going to agree with others’ versions of the stories that we’ve read and love. People do get upset if a film has been done badly, or at least, if it’s done not in the way that we would’ve done it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately, and I’m sure that the strongest negative reactions to YA movie adaptations come from people who really loved the books. And because they loved the books, and they invested so much of themselves into the books, they feel entitled to a good film adaptation of it. They want their imagined images to be transferred exactly onto the big screen. They want to know that yes, they did use the imagery the author provided correctly. So when it’s someone’s interpretation, this can be a shock. And a disappointment.

Of course, there are some bad adaptations out there. Movies where the acting is wooden, important themes have been overlooked, and plots have been completely undone. I’m not disputing that. But in cases such as these, again I think you have to remember that this movie is not the book. And a movie never will be the book. Perhaps the only ‘true’ movie of a book is the one each reader creates in their mind as they read the book?

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But with any book-to-movie adaptation, you’re not going to see the exact novel’s plot on the screen. It just isn’t possible. YA novels, for example, tend to be around 80,000 words, but their movie adaptations have to be less than two hours—any longer than that just isn’t feasible. It’s just simply not possible to include everything. So decisions have to be made. Quite often, characters get cut from movies, the pace of the plot gets faster, and other things are lost—or changed for convenience’s sake—take for instance how the colour of the cat in Collins’ THE HUNGER GAMES changed for the movie, for instance. There’s stuff like that, too—things that get changed because of practicalities.

One thing I’ve noticed with YA books portrayed on the screen is that the violence is either toned down, or increased, depending on who the target audience is. In general, readers of YA novels are aged between 13 and 30, but when a movie is being produced quite often a more specific age range is required for marketing purposes. And so the content is often adjusted to fit a certain age rating. This is certainly true with other story arcs too—if the book has a slow-burning love story, quite often, in the movie, the relationship will start quicker, particularly if the rest of the content (such as violence) is aimed for older teens. Producers know they need to keep people interested; they can’t afford to lose viewers. They need their adaptation to be exciting and fast-paced.

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But at the same time, I think that transferring a YA novel to the screen is pretty difficult. There’s so much packed into these books (despite the apparently widespread opinion that YA novels are just adult books ‘dumbed down’—like, What? Are you serious?) but it’s done in a clever way without sounding ‘preachy’. Another thing I think is important in a YA novel is the tone it conveys and the style that it is written in, and how this helps to deliver the prominent themes—but is it realistic to be able to deliver the exact same tone in a movie where the reader interaction that helps build the importance of the tone and style has been lost? Like I said, there’s less work to do as we’ve already been given something just to watch, and not really think about. And, because of that, YA movies, in my experience, tend to focus more on the stunning visual effects and action scenes to hold a viewer’s attention rather than building an emotional connection. For me, there’s a higher chance that I won’t identify with the main character in a movie so much as I would in a novel, because I haven’t got immediate access to that characters’ thoughts—particularly if the novel is written in first person, which so many YA novels are. But, the action scenes—which let’s face it, can be hard to imagine at times, especially when they’re technical—are more likely to grab me in the movie adaption. This was certainly the case with the movie adaptation of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES.  In fact, with the latter, I loved how we got to see an extra dimension, with how the arena worked—something we didn’t get to see in the book.

Overall, I think the main thing to remember when watching any movie that is based on a novel is to realise that it is not the book. It’s just another person’s interpretation of the book. And we should only view it as that.

untamed-2Madeline Dyer is the author of Untamed, a YA dystopian fantasy novel from Prizm Books (May 2015). She is currently working on book two in the Untamed Series, as well as a new dystopian trilogy for adults. Aside from writing, Madeline enjoys reading, painting, and inline skating.

Madeline can be found at:

http://www.MadelineDyer.co.uk

http://www.facebook.com/MadelineDyerAuthor

http://www.twitter.com/MadelineDyerUK

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#GuestPost: The Boatman by Kat Hawthorne #Spotlight

Posted 1 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Interviews, Middle Grade, Spotlight / 0 Comments

Today I’m pleased to welcome a special post about Kat Hawthorne’s book The Boatman. Here she explains what it was like working with an illustrator when putting the story together.

The Weirdness of Working With an Illustrator

By: Kat Hawthorne

As you may or may not know, my book, The Boatman, was illustrated by the wonderful and talented artist, Dora Mitchell (www.doramitchell.com). This was a first for me, working with an illustrator, so today I’d like to explore how weird it was for me, the author, to see my characters come to life in a visual way.

I’m not sure if this is a well known fact, but I am also an editor. I went to school for copy, stylistic, and substantive editing, and then attained a specialization in editing books intended for young readers. Part of my education involved taking the text of picture books, breaking it down, and choosing the artists I felt would do the best job of helping the writers tell their stories. This was a lot of fun, but an utterly foreign concept to me. After all, I am a writer. I had never considered the power of a bunch of pictures.

After all, writers are solitary weirdos, eccentric to the extreme (or at least that’s what I was going for), and not dependent on anyone else to tell their tale, thank you very much. But when I was in school and I saw the way those picture books came to life once they were illustrated, the way they changed after the process (just take Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat, for example, in which the text tells us one thing, but the images tell us something else), I understood how wrong I’d been.

I knew right then that I needed my next book to be illustrated.

It has been brought to my attention (*cough* on more than one occasion *cough*) that I am a little bit tricky to work with. Being an editor means that I am also something of a perfectionist, and yes, I challenge many things. Originally, I thought I’d do the illustrations myself, and actually did come up with a few images that might work. But…they weren’t enough. I needed a professional.

This was a big deal for me and a very weird bit of letting-go-of-the-reins. For the first time ever, I found myself counting on someone else to interpret my words—to change my book, to help me tell the story. I was excited, but also rather freaked. Regardless, after she (foolishly) agreed to work with me, I gave Dora the manuscript, and then didn’t hear from her for a few months.

And then I received the image of Aunt Slaughter.

Not only did Dora manage to capture the character’s features in the way I imagined them, but she got something else, too. Aunt Slaughter’s posture, the furniture upon which she sat, the sidelong glance she is giving the viewer. This image told as much about Aunt Slaughter’s character as I had in the text. I. Was. Blown. Over.

I hope, when you read my book (you ARE going to read it, right?) when you see each of the characters’ images, you learn something new about them. Why do they dress in the way they do? Why do they hold themselves as they do? What circumstances led them to those physical traits that can only be learned through their pictures?

Though it was utterly weird for me to have allowed it, I know that Dora’s work made my book even more wonderful than it was without her. It was weird to trust someone else with my vision, but I am endlessly glad that I did.

Author Bio:

TheBoatman_KatHawthorneKat Hawthorne tends to lurk (somewhat menacingly) in the darker corners of the literary world. In addition to a smattering of published poetry, Kat’s short fiction has appeared in such literary magazines as Underneath the Juniper Tree, Thrills Kills and Chaos, Infernal Ink, Dark Edifice, Shadows Express, Fiction and Verse, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Her literary novelette, The Oddity, was published by MuseIt Up Publishing on July 11th, 2014. In partnership with Enter Skies Entertainment, Kat wrote the narrative portion of Fearless Fantasy, an online role-playing game published by tinyBuild Games and hosted by Steam. As well as being a nerd of the highest order, under her “day name” Kat is a graduate of Ryerson University’s copy, substantive, and stylistic editing programs, and has since earned a specialization in editing books intended for young readers. She is an acquisitions, stylistic and copy editor at BookFish Books LLC and runs her own business where she offers her editing services on a freelance basis.

Please visit www.katmhawthorne.com for more information about Kat’s writing, or www.movetothewrite.com to learn about her editing work.

Find her online:

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Twitter: @KatMHawthorne

Websites: www.katmhawthorne.com, www.movetothewrite.com

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About The Book:

boatman full cover_RGB_blurb (1)Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her only friends consist of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair. Real friends? Too hard. Inventing friends is much easier.

Inventing the Boatman—a terrible monster that lures kids into a strange sleeping sickness and never lets them go—probably wasn’t one of her better ideas though. 

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#ReleaseDay Book Blitz & Giveaway: Awakening by Shannon Duffy #YA @shannonduffylit @entangledteen

Posted 7 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Book Tour, Dystopian, Giveaways, Interviews, Release Day Blitz, Sci-Fi, YA / 0 Comments

Awakening-ShannonDuffy-500x750Awakening
by Shannon Duffy
Release Date: 04/07/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
A thrilling, futuristic sci-fi novel set in a unique and thought-provoking world, from author Shannon Duffy.

Desiree Six (because she was born on a Friday) believes in everything the Protectorate stands for. She likes the safety and security of having her entire life planned out—her career, her mate, even the date of her death. She doesn’t even think to question when Darien, her childhood friend and neighbor, is convicted of murdering his parents. They had seemed like such a loving family. But if he was convicted, then he must have done it.

Then Darien shows up in her room late one night. He has escaped from the Terrorscape—a nightmare machine used to punish all Noncompliants—and needs Desiree’s help. What he tells her rocks her world to its core and makes her doubt everything she’s ever been told. With this new information, will Desiree and Darien be able to escape the Protectorate before it’s too late?

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Top Favorite Things

Top 3 Favourite snacks while writing and why:
Coffee, popcorn, and nuts because the coffee keeps me alert and the other stuff I love.
Top 3 Favourite books that inspired you to write:
Narnia, Twilight, and Hush Hush.
Top 3 favourite techniques to overcome writers block and why:
Take a break from writing, read, do CP work. These things help to press the reset button for me and get me back in the writing groove.
Top 3 musicians/bands/groups and why
Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera—because they’re awesome!
Top 4 favourite movies of all time
The Notebook, Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix and Ace Ventura (SO many more awesome ones).
Top 3 favourite actors/actresses and why
Jennifer Lopez, Jim Carrey, Ryan Gosling because they are really talented and always pull me in or make me laugh.
Top 3 favourite dream destinations:
Bora Bora, Australia, and Italy

 

shannon duffyAbout the Author
Author of MG and YA books full of adventure. I grew up on the east coast of Canada in the province of Newfoundland and now live in Ontario. I love writing, reading, fashion, fitness, and traveling.

 

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Zombies: Why the brains? Check out @DefinitionHouse’s #YA Kickstarter project #DeadNewWorld to find out!

Posted 8 December, 2013 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Interviews, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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Here at BookNerds we’re pleased to be hosting Dead New World by Ryan Hill. Check it out…Zzzzzzzzombies!

DEAD NEW WORLD

HoltZombies aren’t mindless anymore.

They follow orders. And if Holt and Ambrose want to kill some undead, they’ll do the same. But when a routine mission goes horribly wrong, the best friends’ lives are flayed to the bone.

Now there’s only one light in the darkness of Holt’s life, and when she’s taken, he’ll do anything to get her back. Even if that means defying orders and using his best friend as a weapon. Holt and Ambrose risk all to save her, but what they discover among the hordes threatens to remake humanity. Again.

In the end, will there be anything left to live for in this dead new world?

The Campaign:

The Kickstarter campaign is live! It’ll run from November 14 to December 14, and we are so excited! We believe that by using crowd-sourcing we will be able to generate buzz and interact with readers even before the book is published. It also brings authors and readers together so that they are both part of the publication journey. And as the publisher, we look forward to strengthening that bond. We’ve chosen Ryan Hill’s Dead New World as our first project and are looking forward to sharing it with you. Thank you for spreading the word. Now let’s make beautiful zombies together!

Check out how you can help get this project going by visiting Kickstarter:
Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/definitionhouse/dead-new-world-a-young-adult-dystopian-zombie-nove?ref=live

Zombies: Why the brains? By Ryan Hill

Of all the body parts available to munch on if you’re a zombie, why is it always the brain that seems the most delectable? Does it have some kind of nutritional content I’m unaware of? Maybe brains are high in protein. Regardless, zombies seem to love them.

Isaac Marion, in his wonderful novel Warm Bodies (which also made a very enjoyable film), posits that zombies love brains because it allows them to relive the memories of their victims. It’s the closest to living they’ll ever get in their deathly state. Marion may have a point. They want most what they don’t have life.

Why do zombies predominantly try to eat people, which according to Richard Connell, is the most dangerous game? Just go after cats or something. Maybe it’s because misery loves company. The zombies are dead, so why not drag down everybody else with them?

Honestly though, I sort of side with Marion on this. Not that I think they want to relive life through their victim’s memories, but the brain is what separates them from the living (well that and a healthy complexion), so that’s what they want the most. And when you’re dead, you don’t really have any responsibilities or, you know, feelings, so who cares if you eat a few brains?

Dead New World book trailer:

Some info on the author:

Ryan Hill likes to keep zombies in a safe place—his head. If zombies ever do take over, the thought of living off canned beans is not enticing. At all.

Ryan uses a healthy dose of real life and imagination to come up with stories, and typically spends his time, reading, writing, and watching movies or TV shows…anything involving a good story. Drop him a line on Twitter @J_Ryan.

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