Alicia here, with a very special post today.
Photo from Nancy.
On Saturday, January 14th, I met up with a group of authors and bloggers (all information on them is at the bottom of this post) at Books Inc.'s Santa Clara location for a fun brunch! Each blogger was paired with an author that we got to interview. I got Parker Peevyhouse, author of Where Futures End. Parker and I hit it off wonderfully and I had an absolute blast interviewing her. She is the nicest author I've ever interviewed before, and I just had a great time talking to her.
The Ravenous Reader has a full roundup of the event, including pictures, tweets and video. Plus, they have links to all of the other blogger's interviews. Check it all out right HERE!
And there's an article about it Publishers Weekly!
My interview with Parker Peevyhouse:
*Just a note, I’m paraphrasing everything Parker said, so any mistakes are mine. *
Pitch your book to us.
Cloud Atlas meets Donnie Darko. Or, if you don’t know Donnie Darko, Cloud Atlas meets Black Mirror.
How did you come up with Where Futures End?
She likes to write short stories, had some ideas about it, and decided to put them all together. It was a big and exciting experience to mash everything up.
There are five main characters: Dylan, Brixney, Epony, Reef, and Quinn. Which was your favorite to write?
The answer changes a lot, today her favorite is Brixney. She likes that Brixney does what she needs to do. Brixney is also more badass than her, so she enjoyed getting to write out things she would never say out loud.
How did you decide on which time periods to write, and which characters to place in them? (The restaurant is so weird.)
She wanted looked at futuristic periods and knew that she wanted to include a weird futuristic restaurant. She also wanted to look at how social media, video games and a debtor society would work. She decided on the characters by thinking about who would suffer the most in each period.
Do you watch Black Mirror? I found a lot of parallels between the two.
She watched it after got the book deal and her book was written. Her editor told her about it and that she needed to watch it. She enjoyed it and saw the parallels.
Do you have any writing rituals?
She has to start off by listening to music. Some of her favorite bands to listen to are Vampire Weekend and Arcade Fire. She likes to match her characters to specific songs.
You just announced your next book deal, can you tell us about it?
The book is called Scatterling and will be out in 2018 from TorTeen. It’s about a boy who wakes up in a mysterious place where the only exit is shut. He has no memory of how he got there, and there is a big gap in his memory. There’s also a girl (no memory either) locked inside with him, but they don’t trust each other. Every time they try to escape, they end up where they started with no memory of escaping, until they slowly do remember.
Any genre you would like to write in, but are scared to?
No, she’s very attached to sci-fi/fantasy.
Book you wished you wrote?
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin, it’s her kind of book.
If you could live in any book which would it be and who would you be?
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and she would be herself.
Where were you when you got your book deal?
If you could travel to the past or future, where would you go?
The past to meet Jane Austen.
Favorite reads of 2016?
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.
Books you are most looking forward to in 2017?
The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro, which she’s already read and loved it. The Speaker by Traci Chee. Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel.
Ice cream or cake?
Salty or sweet?
Coffee or tea?
Netflix or Hulu?
Instagram or Twitter?
Paperbacks or ebooks?
Hot or cold days?
Ocean or mountains?
Not Your Mother's Book Club isn't REALLY a club. It's the name of Books Inc.'s Young Adult Author Salon. So really, we're just an inclusive bunch of PASSIONATE readers who get to hang out with the coolest authors on the scene! We throw parties, eat snacks and read, read, read, read, read...
Not Your Mother’s Book Club events go into the Not Your Mother’s Book Club Fund, which Books Inc. turns around and uses to spread the love of reading throughout the Bay Area communities.
Hannah at NYMBC
Nancy and Christy at Tales of the Ravenous Reader
Hikari at Folded Pages Distillery
Jesalin at JBelkBooks
Alyssa and Addie at San Jose Public Library
Enna at Books, Boys, and Blogs
Amanda R. at Forever Young Adult
Cristina at Girl in the Pages
Joss at Tealreader
Camille at The Young Folks
Alicia at Shooting Stars Mag
Thanks so much Parker for the fantastic interview, and to Nancy, Christy and Hannah for putting this amazing event together!