Friday, October 26, 2012

{Blog Tour} Author Interview: J. A. Souders + Renegade Giveaway!




J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. She first began writing at the age of 13, when she moved to Florida and not only befriended the monsters under the bed, but created worlds for them to play together.

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She still lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, CFRW, YARWA and SCBWI. 

She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of the Bradford Literary Agency. Her debut book, RENEGADE, surfaces November 13, 2012 from Tor Teen.

11468074You can learn more about her by visiting her on Facebook, Twitter, or her Website!

Since the age of three, sixteen-year-old Evelyn Winters has been trained to be Daughter of the People in the underwater utopia known as Elysium. Selected from hundreds of children for her ideal genes, all her life she’s thought that everything was perfect; her world. Her people. The Law.

But when Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, accidentally stumbles into their secluded little world, she’s forced to come to a startling realization: everything she knows is a lie. Her memories have been altered. Her mind and body aren’t under her own control. And the person she knows as Mother is a monster.

Together with Gavin she plans her escape, only to learn that her own mind is a ticking time bomb... and Mother has one last secret that will destroy them all.

You can pre-order Renegade today from Amazon or The Book Depository!

What sparked the idea for Renegade?

The idea for Renegade came while I was watching an article on some news program about people's obsession with the perfect person. I was sitting on the couch next to my son who was playing the first Bioshock video game.  The two mixed and churned in my head, and Renegade was born.  

Who was the hardest character to write?

I'd have to say Evelyn.  She has so many facets to her.  I had to make sure she was one way at this time, and another at a different time.  And yet a totally different way at other times.  On top of all that,  she had to be likeable almost instantly, because of numerous things that come about during the course of the book, including when she was doing a few "unforgivable" acts.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

"Just keep swimming." Publishing is a hard business, especially now when the market is so full of great writers, self-published or otherwise. If writing is your dream, then keep going no matter what.  Keep writing. Keep querying.  Keep marketing.  Wherever you are on the path, just keep persevering, no matter what anyone says.

What inspires you?

This is such a vague question!! LOL.  What inspires me is almost everything.  But my daughter is my main inspiration to keep going no matter what.  She's had such a hard life (health wise) but she never gave up and she's just the happiest child you could ever meet.  Looking at her, you'd never guess what she's gone.  :). But if you meant writing, then my first answer is the right one.  :). Anything can spark an idea and usually does.

What are some new releases you’re dying to read?

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett, Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans, Mystique by Shari Arnold.

You’re trapped on a desert island. Which three books do you bring with you?

CINDER by Marissa Meyer. ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre, and BEFORE I WAKE by Rachel Vincent.

What’s the first story you remember writing?

I don't even remember what I titled it, but it was about an alien that came to pick me up from my house and we zoomed around space together.  So I guess even then I was a science fiction writer. ;)

Name five books you would recommend to a fan of Renegade. 

Well, I've heard Renegade compared to DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver and MATCHED by Ally Condie. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE by Beth Revis is another of my favorites. ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre. CINDER by Marissa Meyer.

And finally, favorite fairy tale?

SLEEPING BEAUTY.  I love the entire story, especially the recent reincarnations and retellings.

Thanks, Jessica, for stopping by the blog!

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