Monday, 25 June 2012

Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Bosworth, Author of Struck+ Win a Signed Copy of Struck (int)

Me : Share something about yourself and your writing what haven’t told any fans before?


Jennifer : Okay, this is shameful, but when I was a teenager I plagiarized a Stephen King story for an assignment. Not because I couldn’t make up my own story, but I was just so in awe of this one particular story that I wanted to pretend it was mine. I didn’t get caught, though!



Me : The protagonist Mia was a lightning addict, what drew you to a subject such a lightning addiction?

Jennifer : I knew I wanted to write about a girl who was a human lightning rod, so I started studying real life human lightning rods. I read about the man who held the world record for most lightning strikes survived. He was a park ranger, and he’d been struck seven times. People actually started to avoid him because they didn’t want to be near him when he was struck. Reading about him, I started to wonder why he didn’t get a different job, one that didn’t require him to be outside all the time. I speculated on the reason, and thought, “Well, maybe he likes being struck. Maybe it’s like a drug to him, makes him feel alive.” At that moment, the idea of a lightning addict was born.

Me : Is there any particular thing inspired you writing Struck?

Jennifer : There were so many inspirations that snowballed into a story, but one of the early inspirations was actually Hurricane Katrina. After Katrina, scientists began talking about how natural disasters were becoming more severe. I live in LA, where we’re always waiting for “the big one” so this got me thinking––and worrying––about what it would be like if a natural disaster as bad as Katrina were to hit LA.

Me : What is the significance of The Prophet in Struck?

Jennifer : Even though Prophet is the villain of Struck, he occupies a special place in my heart. I’ve always been fascinated by villains, or more specifically how they become villains. To create Prophet, I studied a lot of real life cult leaders––Jim Jones, David Koresh, Charles Manson––and tried to find the common denominators. What was it that turned these men into monsters?

If you’re interested in Prophet’s origins, you can read this short story about teenage Prophet on Tor.com.

http://www.tor.com/stories/2012/04/prophet

Me : If you were in Mia’s position and you had to choose one between “The Tower” and “The Lover”, what would you do?

Jennifer : I’d want to choose “The Lover,” but I would eventually accept the inevitable and go with “The Tower.” I’m selfish, but not that selfish.

Me : What is your favorite scene in Struck and why?

Jennifer : I love the scene where Mia goes to Tentville to get medicine for her mom on the black market and is attacked by the Dealer. For me, even though I’ve reread the book a million times, that scene still holds the same intensity as when I first wrote it.

Me : If you have to pick a theme song for Struck, what would it be?

Jennifer : I’m a little bit of a rocker, so I’d go with “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC.

Me : Struck is going to be a series, do you like to share words about it? Is there any other novel you are currently working on?

Jennifer : Actually . . . oh dear, I hate to break it to you, but at this point Struck is a standalone. I’d love to write a sequel, but it would be hard to raise the stakes high enough in the second book. Where do you go after the apocalypse?

I’m working on a book that I do intend to be a series, though. The first book will be titled, “The Knife Sharpener’s Daughter,” and it will belong to trilogy called “Tarnation.” The series is a post-apocalyptic, supernatural western. My main character is an incarnation of Calamity Jane.

Now, here is you chance to win a signed copy of Struck, and the giveaway is open internationally. Feel free to enter and spread the word.
Giveaway closed : July 20, 2012
Winner Chosen : Tiffany Drew
The winner will be notified within 48 hours of giveaway ends, also be announced on announcement page.


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29 comments:

  1. Great interview :). Thanks for this amazing giveaway and for making it international

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  2. It was a really good interview. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Really good interview. I thoroughly enjoyed the questions asked. And the answers! Thank you and good luck!

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  4. Great interview! I read struck and loved it :) Saw Jen on the Fierce Reads tour and heard about The Knife Sharpener's Daughter and I also can't wait for that.

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  5. Awesome interview!I can't wait to read the book.

    Thank you for this giveaway!

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  6. Hey! Thanks for the giveaway!
    This book sounds really awesome and this interview is amazing!

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  7. Wonderful giveaway,thank you so much for this amazing chance!

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  8. Loved the interview. What an interesting sounding book! I will have to add it on Goodreads!

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  9. giveaway of struck/aaaaaaah

    fingers crossed/ lovly interview

    good luck all

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I've been wanting to read this. :)

    I blogged about your giveaway on my own blog, here: http://roseywinterrose.blogspot.com/2012/06/win-copy-of-struck-by-jennifer-bosworth.html

    Thanks again!

    - Esther
    http://roseywinterrose.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm not sure all of my entries were finished. Not a good friend of the rafflecopter.

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  13. Great interview! :) I am so drawn to the cover of this book. Loved hearing about the lightning addict idea...though that strikes me as insane! ;)

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  14. Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. nice interview...thanks for the chance
    wish i win...

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  16. I would like to thank you for an apsolutely fantastic book giveaway, that i would love to have the oportunity of reading and reviewing. Also, i would like to thank you for a most insightful and intreguing reveiw on a book that sounds truly facinating, hence i have added it to my to-read list. x

    Email: lfountain1(at)hotmail(dot)co(dot)uk

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I may have entered Jayjay as my GFC name.
    But my GFC is Jay only with the STOP SOPA icon XD

    *cross fingers*

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  19. Great interview! Thank for the giveaway opportunity as well.

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  20. Really nice interview. I'm looking forward to reading this. Hope I win. ☺

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  21. Pretty interesting interview. I think I will be interested reading this book. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  22. Interesting interview that Meeks me want to read this book.
    I hope I get a chance to win it.
    Thanks for this giveaway and for making it international :)

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  23. Thank you guys for this awesome giveaway!!

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  24. Awesome giveaway! I've been wanting to read this since I first heard of it. Sounds amazing.

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    Follow this link if you're interested!
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  26. Great Interview ... ^^ Thank You so much for this Awesome Giveaway, and making it International... xD

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  27. Go Lightning!!!!!!!!

    Strike me please....i want to read you.

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  28. I`m so gonna buy this book, if I don`t win :D

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