Saturday, January 28, 2017

Authors love Bloggers Brunch: Interview with Parker Peevyhouse

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?
For Where Futures End, she had just gotten back from the dentist and her mouth was all numb. She just kept saying, “I can’t talk!” For Scatterling she was at the park with her kid and burst out crying. Everyone stared at her.

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?
Any type.

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.

Participating Blogs

Hannah at NYMBC
Nancy and Christy at Tales of the Ravenous Reader
Jesalin at JBelkBooks
Alyssa and Addie at San Jose Public Library
Amanda R. at Forever Young Adult
Cristina at Girl in the Pages
Joss at Tealreader
Camille at The Young Folks

Participating Authors

Rahul Kanakia
Traci Chee
Christy Lenzi
Alexandra Sirowy
Sonya Mukherjee
Jessica Taylor
Kelly Gilbert
Parker Peevyhouse
Tim Floreen
Nina LaCour
Tara Sim
Tricia Stirling

Thanks so much Parker for the fantastic interview, and to Nancy, Christy and Hannah for putting this amazing event together!


RO said...

My goodness! Looks like you guys had an awesome time with a great turnout! Loved the interview! Hugs...

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Traveling to the past to meet Jane Austen would be amazing!

Jasprit said...

You're so lucky that you have a lot of bloggers that live near by and can get together for events like these. Thanks for sharing this post with us :)

Keertana said...

This sounds like SUCH a cool event! So jealous you get to meet so many amazing bloggers and interview authors like this--The Westing Game is such a great read! Wonderful post!!

Diva Booknerd said...

What a wonderful bookclub Alicia! I love that readers can sit down with authors and just chat in such a social setting, sharing thoughts and books with one another. A fantastic interview, sounds like a wonderful day! Thank you so much for sharing <3

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA said...

What a fantastic event to attend!! You're so lucky to have this event in your area!! Great interview, Alicia!!!

kimbacaffeinate said...

Wow, what a turnout! It sure looks like everyone had a blast. I will have to check out Where Futures End.

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Wow this is awesome event!! Great interview!!

Jennifer Humphries said...

This is the kind of book club I want to be a part of! So fun!

Nicole Hewitt said...

Great job on your first interview!!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Oh what a fun event to take part in. Glad you had a good time!