Jun 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu Interview + Giveaway



Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu
(Glitch, #3)
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 320 pages
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.


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.

www.heatheranastasiu.com | twitter.com/h_anastasiu




How difficult was it writing Adrien in this book? He’s a character we’ve all grown to love and admire but then suddenly everything was ripped away from him. That first chapter in Shutdown was absolutely heartbreaking.

Great question. Because I’m an evil author, I had a lot of fun writing Adrien in this book and really putting salt in the wound to really make some of those heart-breaking scenes hurt! At the same time, his character really did evolve as I was writing it. I had an idea of how his transformation would go, but after the first draft, realized I wanted to take it in a slightly different direction. I really wanted to show that he’d been dramatically changed by what had happened to him. I want to say tons more, but I’d get all spoilery ;)

A lot of YA book series take place over a few months, it seems, so seeing how you’re has evolved over a year time line is different. To me, I find it more realistic (like the relationships) in a book like yours – was this time frame always your intention and how difficult was it to write these books over that time frame without feeling you’re leaving out too much?

Yeah, actually, giving time for the relationships to develop is one of the reasons I wanted to stretch each book’s timeline out a little. I wanted to give everyone time to not only build relationships with each other, but for each character’s own emotional arc to have a believable time span too. Zoe changes a lot in each book, and there needed to be the time and space for that to happen. It wasn’t too difficult to do, because I’m generally only interested in writing a scene if it moves the story forward, so I’d just jump straight to those, skipping all the mundane stuff that had happened in the meantime. I’m an impatient author like that!

I interviewed you prior to the release of Glitch, the first novel in this trilogy, so I must ask – how does it feel to be a published author? How did it feel to do that very first book signing for Glitch, when it was released and even, how did it feel to do it all over again for Override?

It feels cool to be a published author, but really I don’t think about it much. Mostly it’s just whatever I’m working on each day that gets my focus. Before I was published, I thought I’d feel that sense of, I don’t know, having arrived. But it’s not like that at all, lol. If you’ll allow a little cheesy, but what seems very true: I thought it was all about the destination (wow I have a book published!), but instead it’s much more about the journey (what am I working on next, how will I stay in the business and keep getting published?). That said, it felt insane and surreal to do the book signing for Glitch. I’d been going to book-signings regularly for the past six years, and suddenly it was me up there at the front signing books! Crazy cool. Then with Override, I literally looked and the calendar one day and was like, oh wow, look my book is published tomorrow. Huh. But then I generally treat big life events in a kind of understated way. I remember after I gave birth to my son they handed him to me and it was less ‘oh my gosh, oh my gosh, it’s my baby and I feel all the things!’ and more like ‘wow, hey little alien dude, okay, let’s try to figure out how to feed you now.’

While creating this amazing trilogy, did you outline all the major events you wanted to take place before even beginning the first book? I should’ve asked first, did you outline at all or are you one of those authors that just wing it?

No, definitely no winging for me! I always need to know the ending to each book before I begin, that way I can drive all the events that happen toward that (and plant little hints and misdirects along the way too). Before I wrote the first book, I had a vague idea in my head of what would happen in books 2 and 3 (basically just the big twists and the endings). Then, when we submitted Glitch to editors, I wrote five page outlines for the other two books—that was the first time I’d really put down on paper the big events. And actually, most of those big plot points stayed the same the whole way through, but the WAY they played out varied a lot from the outline.

The world you created is so fascinating and technological – how much researching did you have to do to make everything so incredibly believable, as you have?

I think there are some really together authors who do research BEFORE they start writing a book. Yeah. That’s not me ;) Basically, I’d have an idea, then when I hit that part of the book where I was writing scenes, I’d stop and do a bunch of research. Like, I knew I wanted to include an EMP, but then I had to stop and research about how you’d build one. Or I knew I wanted Jilia to do brain-scans on Zoe, so then I’d do a bunch of research on which parts of the brain affect what and so on. I’m a giant fan of informational YouTube videos. Seriously, what did authors do before YouTube?!

Now that the final book in this trilogy is about to be out, how did it feel when you finished writing it? I can only imagine that amount of emotions going on…

Wow, it’s still crazy to me that it’s all done. At the time when I was finishing it, I was on this insane deadline because I ended up having to rewrite book 2 so many times. So I basically pounded out a rough first draft in this one crazy month last May and I was more concerned with just finish, finish, get all the ideas on the page! It was during the editing process, where I really got to linger with some of the characters, that it started hitting me. I really deeply connected with the characters again, especially Adrien and Zoe as I was editing (and rewriting) the middle portion of Shutdown. I still find myself thinking about them, even all these months after I turned in the final, final draft.

Who was your favorite character to write in this trilogy? Who was the most difficult to write?

My favorite character is probably Henk or Xona, because they are just so brash and in your face and sure of themselves. The most difficult to write was definitely Zoe. It was hard being in first person and trying to show the emotional changes as she matures and develops throughout the series. Especially book 2, which is such a transitional book for her to go from naïve girl just waking up to emotions to a more hardened person who’s suffered losses and will become capable to lead. It was SO HARD getting all those nuances right, and she took the most rewriting out of any of the characters. At the same time, I’m probably most proud of her, and I hope I did her justice.

If you could go on a book tour with two other authors (dead or alive) who would they be & why?

Hmm, probably Libba Bray and Mark Twain. I bet they’d be freaking hilarious company in the hotel bar after our signings ;)

What YA books have you read recently that you loved & would totally recommend? If you haven’t read much lately how about what are some upcoming YA books that have you really excited?

Ooo, yay, I love talking books. Favorite book I read recently was Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Princess, which was just SO emotional and wonderful. Other recent fav’s: Pivot Point by Kasie West, Mind Games by Kiersten White, and Dare You To by Katie McGarry.

I must ask the question that everyone who’s a fan of this series and you is wondering – what’s up next for you? Do you have another book/series in the making & if so, can you tell us anything about it?

Nothing official yet, but I’ve been working on a contemporary horror story that has some Beauty and the Beast vibes. Fingers-crossed that I’ll have more news about it soon!

Thank you so much to Heather for taking the time to answer my questions! I absolutely loved this series and it was awesome to be able to interview for both the first and last books of this trilogy! Another special thank you to Shane from Itching for Books for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour; as always, you host some amazing tours! Last, thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with an ARC of Shutdown to read (and review shortly) in order to complete this interview!



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2 comments:

  1. I absolutely ADORE the series. I think I got Glitch thru NetGalley and one of my besties gifted me Override. I'm so so excited for the conclusion of the series :)

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  2. Wow I see I won! Yeah!!

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