Shutdown Tour Stop: Heather Anastasiu Interview + Giveaway!

June 17, 2013

First of all, really sorry about the late post guys. It's just that I've been scrambling around to meet a couple of deadlines, and because of a power outage, I missed one of them by 6 mins! Six minutes! I mean, how fair is that?! I've been trying to sort that out. But yeah, ok, sorry, not what you came here for.

*putting on my happy face*

I'm extremely honoured and thrilled to present to you peeps, Heather Anastasiu, the author of the Glitch series. And let me tell you, she's really, really sweet! In the very first email I sent to her, I made a HUGE mistake. Like, REALLY HUGE. I was so scared that she'd refuse to work with me after that. But she was very understanding, and pretty cool about it! Uff, that was a relief! So yeah, basically, she's really awesome.

Shutdown (#3, Glitch series) is coming out on July 2, 2013! Check out the book below, and keep scrolling to see my interview with Heather! And dont forget to add the book to you Goodreads tbr!

Title: Shutdown (Glitch, #3)
Author: Heather Anastasiu
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication date: July 2, 2013

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi
The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.

The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy.


(I know this is an often asked question, but...) Where did your inspiration for the Glitch trilogy come from?
My husband mentioned a Popular Science article about scientists researching the possibility of implanting something akin to memory chips for Alzheimer’s patients, and I was instantly creeped out and intrigued. I started wondering what other bits of technology we might start implanting in our bodies in the future, and how people in power might use it as a means of control. Mwahahaha, a dystopian society is born!
 What made you decide to write a dystopian novel?
I’ve loved dystopias ever I read 1984 as a sophomore in high school. I started watching every even remotely dystopian movie I could get my hands on: Gattaca, Terminator, Total Recall, Logan’s Run. I always knew that I wanted to write a dystopia and when The Hunger Games came out and started getting popular, I realized I had to write it soon or I’d miss the resurgence of the genre.
How do you work romance into a dystopian novel? Did you have any dilemmas about that?
Lol, well, for me, romance is a must have in every book I write ;) Besides that, though, I really love the idea of romance blooming amid impossible odds in a society that does everything it can to squash emotion. Love is the epitome of the emotions they are trying to suppress, so it was only natural for that to be a focal point of my main characters’ relationships. I felt like it was a very natural fit, at least for the story I wanted to tell.
When you started writing the trilogy, you must have had an idea in which direction the story would go. Has it stayed true to it or has it changed since?
Yep, it’s pretty much stayed true to the initial outlines I wrote when I sold the trilogy. At least the big plot points have stayed the same. The characters themselves changed in ways I didn’t expect at times, especially in this third book. I love that part of working on a book—how writing itself becomes an act of discovery about who your characters are and where they are going to take you.
Now that the last book in the trilogy is written, how do you feel?
It feels totally weird! I still find myself thinking about the characters. I’m so glad the third book is finally coming out now too, so I can talk to fans about the ending and finally get to share it with everyone instead of just me sitting here with this manuscript on my laptop wanting to shout out all the spoilers of what happens because I’m super impatient!
I read on your blog that you were working on a rough draft for Shutdown during NaNoWriMo. Any thoughts on it (i.e. NaNoWriMo)?
I think NaNoWriMo is awesome, because one of the hardest things to do as an aspiring (or seasoned) writer is banging out that first draft. Sometimes I think I’m a better editor than a writer, but I’m dead in the water if I don’t have that first draft of words that’s like a big mass of raw clay that I can then start shaping. Even when it’s not November, I still tend to write my drafts the same way—in one big month-long dash. Though lately I do stop after 100 pages and do some editing to make sure I’m on track with my characters and plot, because I do really hate changing plot points later that makes me have to rewrite, say, the entire second half of the book!
You've mentioned that you like body art. Which is your favourite tattoo & what is the inspiration/meaning behind it?
My favorite tattoo is probably my most recent, the half sleeve on my left arm that’s just covered in gorgeous purple, blue, and pink flowers. After my first tattoo (a celtic tree of life) on my wrist that was super symbolic, I decided that what I most wanted was just beautiful art on my body. So there’s not any especial meaning to the flowers, just that they are lovely and make me smile when I see them.
You've been blogging since before you became an author. Any advice for bloggers who are aspiring authors?
Write, write, write! It’s kind of my advice to anyone who’s an aspiring writer. But the YA blogging community I actually think is really special because of the relationships you can make with other bloggers and authors and lovers of books in general. Bloggers tend to be so much more in-the-know about the whole publishing process than people at large, and it keeps you reading the best and brightest of new releases, so you’re up to date with trends and what’s selling. So for bloggers, I’d say just keep working on making those connections with other bloggers and readers and authors. You’re not only learning about the industry, you’re building a platform for people to get to know you, which can be super helpful once you’ve got a book deal. But of course to get that point, you just have to write, write, write! And then revise, revise, revise. Join a critique group, find beta readers, believe it can happen for you and aggressively chase the dream.
So what's next?
I wrote a book in December that’s just going on submission now. I can’t say too much about it other than it’s a contemporary horror story that’s in the vein of Beauty and the Beast. I’m super excited about it, so we’ll see what happens!
Okay... Now for some rapid fire questions!

Most & least favourite food?
Most favorite: Popcorn!
Least favorite: Anything pickled
Subject you enjoyed most & least in school?
Most: English (shocker, I know)
Least: Math
Favourite film & TV show?
Film: okay, it might be cheesy, but it’s totally Titanic. I could watch that movie over and over and over!
TV Show: Veronica Mars
Favourite author & book? (can be two different ones) (And I know that sometimes this is a tough question for some bookaholics)
J Tough question indeed! Favorite author (at least lately!): Cassandra Clare
Favorite book of all time: Pride and Prejudice.
If you hadn't been an author, what would you have been?
A college professor! I was getting my Master’s Degree in Literature when I got my book deal and had planned to go on to get my PhD before the writing thing suddenly took off.
At the end of the day...
...all I need is a warm cup of coffee and snuggles with my little family.

One lucky winner will win ALL THREE BOOKS in the Glitch series by Heather Anastasiu!
Good luck! And may the odds be ever in your favour!

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About the Author
Heather Anastasiu grew up in Texas and recently moved to Minneapolis with her family. When she's not busy getting lost exploring the new city, she spends most days writing at a café or daydreaming about getting a new tattoo.

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