May 7, 2013

Young Authors Give Back Tour Giveaway

Have you heard of this epic tour? Seven cities, four amazing authors with one goal in mind - help young aspiring authors reach their dreams. There's not been any tour quite like this and I am excited to say I will seeing these authors twice. Once will be at BEA in NYC and I'm totally excited for that; the other will be in Baltimore, MD just a measly thirty minute drive. (Normally I'm driving 1.5 + hours to events)

However, this isn't why I'm hosting a giveaway. I am absolutely humbled to be given the opportunity not only to cover the event in Baltimore (which I will have a full hopefully detailed write up of everything but I've also been given the chance to interview these amazing authors - face to face. This is the first time I've ever done something like this - second time ever performing an interview in person (the other was Josh Hurley, who is the voice to the Summer's Crossing (Julie Kagawa) audiobook).

Not sure which authors I'm talking about? Sit back and let me tell you. Kat Zhang, author of What's Left of Me and it's upcoming sequel, Once We Were; Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly and it's upcoming sequel, A Darkness Strange and Lovely; Erin Bowman, author of Taken; and Sarah J. Maas, author of Throne of Glass and it's upcoming sequel, Crown of Midnight. I am bouncing in my chair with excitement. I have some reading to do before June because I've only read Throne of Glass and Taken.

Now, you're probably bored and wondering what this giveaway is all about, right? Well, interview questions are always so difficult to come up with alone so I figured it would be awesome to reach out and get some questions from fellow readers. For every question you submit it will count for one entry. You can submit up to five questions per day (one for them as a group plus one for each individual author). If you're like me and struggle with interview questions, fear not - you can still enter the contest!

I must note just because you submit a question does not mean it will get asked. I will have questions of my own but I am giving everyone else a chance to have their question heard. Please do not have spoilers in your question or your answer - I want this to be as spoiler free as possible for those who haven't read all their books. If you have any questions for me, please leave them in the comments (I do check every comment that is posted on the site).

Here's the prize. The winner (and I may decide to choose more than one winner but for now, it's one) will receive one personalized book by any ONE of the authors going. It's your choice which author you'd want a signed book from and yes, this contest is international.

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  1. Group: How long did it take for you to finish writing your book?

  2. Kristina VallasteMay 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Group question: how much of yourself did you put into the characters in your book(s)?

  3. YOU'RE GOING TO BALTIMORE'S WORKSHOP?! ME TOO!!! I LIVE IN BALTIMORE!!! I can't wait to meet you!!!

    Obviously I'm not entering the giveaway, but hoorah!!! We should definitely meet up :)

  4. OMG this is freaking awesome. Lucky you! we cannot assist but enjoy for us!

    GROUP: What inspired you to do this amazing books?

    Erin Bowman: Is there any more secrets that Gray should find out, maybe in a second book?

    Sarah J. Mass: Is her main character inspired by someone close to her or to any actor or other character from another book?

    Kat Zhang: Anything we should know that is not in the book? :O

    Susan Dennard: We love the Spirit Hunters. Could you tell something we don't know about them?

    thank you so much for hosting this amazing giveaway.

    The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club

  5. Sarah Maas: How did you come up with the unique names in your book? And how do you pronounce them??

  6. I thought of a group question as soon as I hit enter!
    Group question: Do you get writer's block? If so, what do you do to overcome it?

  7. I'm not actually attending the workshop, since I don't fit the age criteria but I will be there for the signing, for sure!

  8. Group: What is your writing routine?

    Kat Zhang: How did you pen your first novel while in college? How do you find the time?

    Susan Dennard: Who is your favorite author of all time?

    Erin Bowman: What is so special about the genre? Why is it so popular in your opinion?

    Sarah J. Maas: What would you be doing if you were not a writer?

  9. Thank you! I was super stoked when I received an email asking if I'd be interested! I'm so glad it's worked out where I get this opportunity! I'm so nervous about it but yay!

    You're welcome! Thanks for submitting some questions & good luck! :)

  10. This is definitely something I may be asking her because I've had debates with friends on how to pronounce some names LOL - great question!

  11. Excellent questions! Thank you & good luck :)

  12. Group: Favorite book or character when you were young and why?
    Sarah J. Maas: Name one world or place from any novel that you wouldn't mind to live?

  13. Thank you for the international giveaway.

    Group: Why choose YOUNG ADULT demographic?

  14. Group: who is your writing "guru/idol"?

    Kat Zhang: What was the inspiration for your book?

    Susan Dennard: If you could ask writing advice from any author, living or dead, who would it be?

    Erin Bowman: Who would you cast in real live as your characters?

    Sarah J. Maas: What is the one thing you have to have/do while writing?

  15. Group: Is it harder or easier to write in the Young Adult genre and do you ever find yourself wanting to push your characters farther or far enough that it may upset your more Young Adult fan based, or do you also write with your more adult fan based in mind?

  16. Group: If you were sorted by the Sorting Hat at Hogwarts, which house would you be placed in and why?

    Kat Zhang: What was it like writing a sequel versus a first book?

    Susan Dennard: Why zombies?

    Erin Bowman: Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

    Sarah Maas: If Celena could have a best friend from any YA book/movie/show/etc, who would it be and why?

    Thanks guys, and thanks, Jessica, for hosting this terrific giveaway!

    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  17. Group: Which of your characters would you get along with the least?

    Sarah J Maas: How much of yourself went into Celaena's personality?

  18. Group: Which is the worst habit you gave to your main character and why?

    Kat Zhang: What was the first obstacle you had with a character with such a duality?

    Susan Dennard: What makes your book different from other books of zombies that plague the shelves?

    Sarah J. Maas: I heard Thone of glass was inspired by cinderella. What of cinderella is still on Celaena?

    Erin Bowman: Is hope an important message that dystopian books must have? Why?

  19. Group question: If you had to choose a theme song for your book, what would it be?

    Sarah J Maas: How much has Crown of Midnight changed from when you initially plotted it for Fictionpress?

  20. Christina Kim Ahn HickeyMay 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Group: What was your favorite YA read of the past year?

    Kat Zhang: Do you have ideas of what book or series you'll write after you are done with What's Left Of Me?

    Susan Dennard: What fictional character would be Eleanor's best friend?

    Sarah J Maas: You have a lot of great covers. Do you have a favorite?

    Erin Bowman: What was the hardest and most fun about creating a dystopia?
    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  21. Group Question: What do you think is the toughest part about writing? How do you get past it?


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