Saturday, November 24, 2012

Celebrating Debutantes: Author Sarah Crossan (Interview + Giveaway)

Know more about the author who wrote about three teens trying to survive in a hopeless world...

Author Sarah Crossan

"I am so grateful to everyone who’s read Breathe and taken the time to email or tweet me. It’s so exciting to feel that the words you write matter. And to anyone who’s not yet delved into Breathe, I’d say give it a go, if you don’t mind clutching your chest while you read!"

- SARAH CROSSAN, debut author of 2012

How was the feeling of being a published author, at last?

Getting published was wonderful, but not the amazing rush I imagined it would be. It was a quiet day. I got a few nice emails and tweets, but apart from that, I felt the same as I always did. What I would tell people looking to get published, is that if you want writing to fill some void in your life, or to make you feel worthy somehow, don’t bother. That feeling can only come from developing a self worth separate from your writing life.

What is/are the best thing/s that happened after your book was published?

I got paid to write more books! That was a wonderful feeling because I could finally tell people I was writing and not feel guilty—it was my job!
Did you plan, all along, to write/publish a book with the genre of what you got right now?

I wrote a book about three teens trying to survive in a hopeless world. That was all I knew. I had no idea what genre it would fit into. I didn’t care. That’s for the publisher to decide.

Are you interested in writing with different genre or audience?

As well as Breathe, I have a children’s novel called The Weight of Water, which is written completely in verse. It is published in the UK and will be released in the US next July. I love doing different things—it keeps the mind fresh and is a great way to cleanse the palate.

Do you read reviews about your book?

If someone makes the effort to tag me in a review, I’ll read it, but to be honest, I tend to spend every spare minute I have writing. Bad reviews don’t encourage me to write, so for professional reasons, I avoid reading them.

Who is the character on your book who has the most response from your readers?

Everyone seems to warm to Bea because she is just so good. But the other characters grow, and I can’t help but feel that’s important, too. Another character readers are getting a kick out of is Maude Blue. If you’ve read Breathe, you’ll understand why!

Which stresses you more: writing/finishing your book, looking for a publisher/getting your book published, or seeing negative feedback from the readers?

The writing is always the most stress inducing part because that’s the bit that’s within my control. The rest of it, I simply have to let go of.

Fave character from a book (not yours)?

I don’t know about a favorite, but I love Lady Macbeth. The way she uses flirtation and goading to make Macbeth murder king Duncan is genius!
What's the recent thing that made you cry?

Not meeting a deadline. I don’t like disappointing people—and especially not my lovely editor!

When's your birthday?

January, and no, I never got a party because it was too close to Christmas and everyone had run out of money.

Do you read/believe in horoscopes?

Don’t read them or believe them.

Fave movie?

Too many to choose from. I love Dirty Dancy, though, and must have seen it one hundred times.

Fave artist/song?

I am a MASSIVE Damien Rice fan. The problem is, he hardly ever releases new material.

How did you celebrate the publishing of your book? :)

I had a little party with my friends about a week after publication. Lots of great cake!

About Sarah:

"I grew up in Ireland and England and then moved to America, where I now live.
I worked as an English teacher for many years, but have given that up to write full time, which I do most days of the week. I have dreams of one day owning a Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I don’t like mustard at all, but lemon curd I adore."

Find her on: Twitter * Facebook * Website * Goodreads

It takes a lot of air to break free..

by Sarah Crossan

Date published: October 2nd 2012 by Greenwillow

Summary (Goodreads):

Inhale. Exhale. 
Breathe . . .
The world is dead. 
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.

should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?


"An amazing story! Sit down. Inhale. Now, while you still can."
   - Kathleen Duey, author of National Book Award finalist Skin Hunger

"[a] provocative, character-driven, and action-packed dystopian series opener to watch out for."
- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Sci-fi fans with an environmental bent will find this book particularly engaging."
- The Horn Book'

Resist, the sequel to Breathe will be out on October 2013!

Buy BREATHE now!

39% off from BD!
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Also, check out Sarah's book for children!

The Weight of Water
by Sarah Crossan

Summary (Goodreads):
Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother leave Poland and head for the UK to find her father. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school Kasienka finds it impossible to make new friends. While the search continues, Kasienka is kept afloat by William, a boy she meets at the local pool who understands what it means to lose someone and who swims with Kasienka towards her new life.



(Please READ these important details before jumping to the Rafflecopter! :)
- 3 SIGNED copies of Breathe!
- open to US only.
- winners will be picked via Rafflecopter entries.
- the winning entries will be CHECKED. So please be honest in entering each one of them--you never know, it might be the winning entry.
- if the winners has not responded within 48 hours, another winner will be picked.
- all personal details will be kept privately and deleted after.
- Sarah and I are not responsible for any lost or damaged packages.
- ends December 9th

* Thank you, thank you SO MUCH to author Sarah Crossan for participating! I knew that all our dear authors are busy for their upcoming books/sequels and other events that's going on  with their lives, that's why I am very thankful to these wonderful people.

Thank you also to Mary Ann over HarperCollins Children's Books for her time and for the donation of 3 SIGNED copies of Breathe!

You all are amazing! Yes, including YOU, my dear reader. X

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Don't forget to check out my first four featured authors:
Jodi Meadows
Katie McGarry
Sangu Mandanna
Rebecca Serle

More amazing authors to check out next week!

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