Sunday, August 18, 2013

Authors are Rockstars: Victoria Schwab Interview & Giveaway

Hey y'all!!

I'm super excited to let you know that my Author Rockstar is Victoria Schwab!! I read The Archived right around the new year and I made the bold statement that it was one of my favorite for the upcoming year and now in August I stand by that statement. Here's a little teaser from my review:

"Every once and a while you read a book that is unique and original and completely catches you off guard, The Archived was one of those books for me."  To see my full review, please click here.

Also, Victoria's first adult book is coming out soon (Sept. 24)and I am so excited for it!
 It's called Vicious! Here's a little more about it!

Goodreads Description:

A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and
superpowers, set in a near-future world.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will.

Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

I absolutely adored The Archived! One of my favorite things (and there were many) about it was the unique world you created. Where did your inspiration come from?
 --First of all, thank you!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. As for the world, it came out of two distinct places—the Coronado and the Archive—and the girl who lived in both.
The Coronado came easy: I already knew I wanted to write a story set in a crumbling hotel-turned-apartment building. I thought it would be a rich setting with a lot of strange/spooky potential.
But the Archive came out of a darker thought: to me, the scariest part of death is the idea that you spend your whole life living, amassing memory and experience and knowledge, and then in a beat, it’s all gone. I found the idea of a place where your life was kept safe—shelved—comforting. And then I thought, it wouldn’t be shelved in a book, it would be shelved in a body. And bodies are far more likely than books to wake up.
The Archived is one of those novels that is full of twists and turns and you never know what to expect. It definitely had a mystery novel feel to it.  Are you a fan of mystery novels?
--I am a fan of WRITING mysteries, just as I’m a fan of WRITING scary things (I scare so easily it’s not even funny…except to my friends, who find it hilarious). I like to be the one who knows the twists and turns, who plants them. I’m usually the person who figures out the mystery in a book/movie pretty early, so I push myself as a writer to keep the reader guessing. I like the challenge. And I like the idea that you might guess one or two of the book’s reveals, but you probably won’t guess them ALL.
Vicious is the next book you have coming out and it's your first adult novel. (I'm so excited for it btw!) Tell us something about the book that we won't get from the description.  
--It is!!! I am so. freaking. excited. I spent more than two years writing VICIOUS, and it finally hits shelves next month!!!
Let’s see…VICIOUS is a book about supervillains. It all came about because I wanted to tell a story where the labels of “hero” and “villain” were arbitrary, or at least, didn’t really apply. One of the main characters is erroneously labeled a “hero” by society, and the other is automatically labeled a “villain” for opposing him. I wanted to see what happens when you take away the worth of those terms, and who you root for.
I know you love to travel, where's your favorite place you've gone?
 --My bones belong to Edinburgh.
What’s the coolest experience you’ve had as a writer?
 --I am not one of those writers who actually enjoys the reclusive aspect. Yes, I need it in order to actually write the books, but my favorite part is the part where I get to put on real pants and go out and see/talk to/hug readers and geek out over other books. Because of that, BEA is one of my favorite events of the year. I’ve been twice, and the difference between the two years (the first time, I only had one book out, THE NEAR WITCH, and the second time I was there to promote my third, VICIOUS) was so humbling. Being recognized every few feet by friends, authors, readers, going from a name that one that people recognized when they saw my badge…it left me breathless and immensely grateful. I would stand in line for a book (I don’t care if I can go through back doors to get it, I’d rather support the author and meet people) and talking to bloggers, getting spontaneous squee-filled hugs, feeling the excitement that pervades, it’s just amazing. My favorite moment of BEA was hopping in line with my editor to say hi to an author friend, and having a blogger overhear us talking, turn slightly, see who I was, KNOW who I was, and promptly freak out. It was amazing, and I think I smiled the whole rest of the day.
Do you believe in magic? Any mythical creatures, faeries, vampires, mermaids, ect?
 --Yes. That is to say, I believe in the potential for magic, even if I’m not entirely convinced on the specific manifestations. I certainly believe there’s more to this world than meets the eye, and I’m a willing believer of anything that cannot be disproven.
I believe all good writers have something that they want readers to take away from their novels. What do you want readers to take away from yours?
 --Questions. Not about the characters, but about their decisions. About life. I know that sounds sweeping and vague, but I simply want readers to walk away wondering not only why a character did something, but what they would have done in the character’s place, because that kind of questioning changes us.
Now, on to the this or that portion of the interview. If at any time you don’t have a preference you can choose neither. 
This or that: Am I supposed to answer this one, or is it just the title? If I’m supposed to answer, always that.
Coke or Pepsi : Up until this summer, I would have said diet coke. But I gave up soda while abroad, and haven’t looked back.
Chocolate or Vanilla: Chocolate. Always chocolate.
Early Bird or Night Owl: Unfortunately both. I gave up sleep ages ago.
Harry Potter or Twilight: Harry Potter. Hands down. Any day. Every day.
Answer to previous or The Hunger Games: Still Harry Potter.
Vampires or Werewolves: Vampires.
Zombies or Unicorns: Unicorns.
Facebook or Twitter: Twitter.
MAC or PC: Mac.
Ebook or print: Print. Print. Print. The smell of the paper. The weight of the book.

For my stop on The Authors are Rockstars Tour, I have not one but TWO giveaways! The first is hosted by Victoria Schwab and it's for a signed hardcover of The Archived and a tote. This giveaway is  U. S. only. 

BUT...for my international peeps I am hosting a giveaway as well! For my giveaway, you can win a book of your choice by Victoria Schwab or V. E. Schwab as long as it's available from The Book Depository and they ship to you. It can be a pre-order for Vicious or The Unbound as well!!

Giveaway Details:

-Winner will be selected via Rafflecopter and emailed.
-Winner has 48 hours to respond before I will choose another winner. 
-Giveaway host is NOT responsible for any lost or damaged prizes.

Author Hosted Giveaway: U.S. Only

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Wholly Books hosted giveaway: International

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  1. Haha I love Victoria's answers to the Harry Potter questions! Great interview- VICIOUS and THE ARCHIVED sound *amazing.*

    Sara at The Page Sage

  2. Awesome interview! Thanks so much for being a tour host :)


  3. Great interview. I really wish I could meet Victoria in real life!
    BEA, why must you be oceans away.. T.T


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