Hi Liz! Happy Book Birthday to UNRAVELING, and thank you so much for stopping by today! My first question, or challenge rather, is to describe UNRAVELING in 140 characters or less (the size of a tweet).
UNRAVELING is a gripping story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming.
Hmm… that seemed a little too easy, that sentence is on the back cover :), but it’s a great description! What are some of your favorite sci-fi books, movies, and TV shows? Did any of them inspire you to write UNRAVELING?
I’m a huge sci-fi fan. I loved The X-Files when I was younger. Every Friday night, I would have friends over after swim practice and we would watch the show and then have a sleep over. I also really loved Battlestar Galactica, Roswell, and Sliders when they were on, and now I watch Fringe every week.
Oh, I loved Battlestar Galactica! I was thrilled to find out that UNRAVELING is a series; I hope we don’t have to wait too long for book 2! Can you tell us anything about what’s coming next for the series?
The sequel, titled UNBREAKABLE, is scheduled to come out in 2013. It takes place about four months after the end of UNRAVELING and the whole book spans less than ten days. It’s another thriller and this time both Janelle and Ben’s lives are directly in danger.
Wow, I can’t wait… it sounds intense! Can you tell us about your writing process? Do you use an outline? Did you know the ending of UNRAVELING (or the series) before you started?
I outline most of the book before I actually start writing. I need to know where the story is going and how it’s going to end—especially if it’s a mystery, knowing what’s going to happen will help me with the details that are going to help the reader and the main character figure it out. My synopsis for Unraveling was about thirty pages. I did surprise myself a few times while I was writing though.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy? Writing doesn’t count!
I love photography, and my favorite part of the process is developing the negatives and printing black and white photos. While I haven’t been able to take a class in a long time, I take a lot of pictures. I also read a lot.
That’s awesome, I think the development process of photography is somewhat of a lost art, so it’s cool to meet someone that still uses negatives. So, what’s on your to-be-read list for spring?
The top three are:
Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta
Saving June by Hannah Harrington
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Great picks! I’m excited for Girls of Nightmares and Froi of the Exiles too, and I love Melina Marchetta. This was so much fun! Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions!
Many thanks to Janet Reid (Liz’s agent) and Liz for providing a personalized signed finished copy of UNRAVELING to one of my lucky readers! Just fill out the Rafflecopter below — US addresses only please (sorry).