#WinterWishList2014 Book Feature #21 interview + giveaway!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

This is a brand new segment I am starting where I feature a book a day, in the month of December, that I am looking forward to in 2014. It can be any book from any genre, from any author or publisher!

This is a great way for me to help you make you TBR pile bigger! And to share the books I cannot wait to read! Hope you enjoy!


Title: Unravel
Author: Imogen Howson
Series: Linked #2
Publisher: Simon and Shuster
Release Date: July 8th 2014

Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government's secret experiments in Linked, which Booklistcalled a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they've hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there's a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they've found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia's Spares.


I read Linked earlier this year and I have to say that it blew me away. Not only was it a great Sci-Fi read, but it was a great overall YA novel. It had adventure, mystery and a world that was so well built that I really thought it could be real. Reasons why I can't wait for Unravel? The way the first book ended left some questions unanswered and I seriously cannot wait to see what happens to these two twins that I rooted or in Linked!

Do you have this book on your wish list for 2014? Why can't you wait for it? 

1. Linked and Unravel are both in the YA genre, what made you gravitate towards that genre?
Honestly, I think it's because I'm still an eighteen-year-old in my head!  I love YA books and teen movies, and whenever I have an idea for a story the characters I most want to write about are teenagers.

2. Since Elissa and Lin are twins, did you have to do any research on how their relationship would form and grow since they did not grow up around each other?
I did a little bit of background reading about twins who hadn't grown up together, and was fascinated by the ways in which they often end up very similar (in similar jobs, marrying people who look alike, etc).  With Elissa and Lin, though, I kind of cheated because they have a telepathic link, so although when they first meet they don't exactly know each other, there's still a huge sense of recognition and of familiarity. 

3. Who is your favorite character that you have written in the Linked series? And why?
I'm very fond of Lin.  Partly because she's damaged and vulnerable and kind of dangerous, and I love that in a character.  But also because she's grown up outside normal society, so she sees it from the outside and doesn't have some of the "polite" filters that most people have.  She says what she thinks, not because she's trying to be rude, but because she doesn't quite know how to behave.  And sometimes because she does know how to behave, but she can't be bothered to!

4. Science Fiction is a genre that many find intimidating. How did you find writing in that genre? What was the hardest part?
I find writing realistic, contemporary fiction, much, much harder than science fiction or fantasy, actually, because you have to think how people really talk and you have to get your facts right.  What I love about writing science fiction is being able to make it up as I go along--not just the story, but the whole world.  Including technological gadgets, and food, and what sort of fashions people might be into. 
The hardest part is related to that, though.  It's all very well to make things up as you go along, but if you don't root it in some sort of reality that people can recognize, the whole thing starts to become too unbelievable and the pretend world falls to pieces.  When I was editing Linked, my editor made me work extra hard on making sure things made sense.  She's very hot on science fiction, so I was really lucky to have her working on Linked--she made sure all the pieces hung together.

5. What is next for you? Are you continuing Elissa and Lin's story or are you starting something new?
I would love to revisit Elissa and Lin at some point in the future, but for now I'm working on something new.  It has spaceships and earthquakes and cheerleaders and mutants, and I'm having a lot of fun with it!

I want to thank Imogen for being here today and ansering my questions! And because she is so awesome! She is giving away a copy of Linked to one lucky winner!
See below for details! (Giveaway is International!)

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  1. Oh wow. I didn't know there was a second book coming out when I finished the first! Ah! Now I'm all excited!! :D