Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Celebrating Debutantes 2013: Gregg Rosenblum (Interview + Giveaway)

Check out Gregg Rosenblum's thoughts about book reviews, fun stories after the publishing of his book Revolution 19, and many more!

Gregg Rosenblum

1. What do you feel about the number '13'?

Well I'm not particularly triskaidekaphobic or paraskevidekatriaphobic (thanks Wikipedia!)...2013 has been a good year, so I can't complain.

2. What's the best thing that happened after your book was published?

It's a blast to walk into a bookstore and see my book on the shelves. It's been almost a year since publication of Revolution 19, and I still walk into bookstores on my lunch breaks just to look at my name in the Y.A. section.

(Sidenote: If I were a published author, even years after, I'd do that as well. I think it's really cool to see your book and name there.)

3. How did you celebrate the publishing of your book?

I was deep in tough revisions of Book 2 (Fugitive X, coming in January '14), so in a sense it was a bit anticlimactic. I did take a break from writing for a few days, just to breathe and appreciate the coolness of getting the book out. And yes, I did have a pretty big party.

4. Do you read reviews of your book?

I try not to, because even the good ones (and of course definitely the bad ones) can be distracting. Especially because when Revolution 19 came out, I was as I mentioned in the middle of revisions on Book 2. And when Book 2 comes out, I'll be revising Book 3. So it can be tough to stay focused on the project in front of you when the outside world is letting you know what it thinks of your work.

But the short answer is yes, of course, I read reviews. How could I stay away? I wrote a book because I wanted to share my work with readers, so certainly I want to hear what readers have to say. But the trick--which I'm still working on--is to not let good reviews go to your head, or allow bad reviews to plant seeds of doubt. Easier said than done, but it's part
of being a writer. You have to just trust yourself.

5. What is your best or most unforgettable moment with a fan?

I had a fan of Revolution 19 tell me that she "loved the book and read it in one sitting in like 6 hours!" I was very happy of course--I'm glad she found the book so fun that she couldn't put it down--but there was a small part of me that thought, "Six hours! But it took me a year to write!"

(Sidenote: I'm sorry, but that just made me giggle. :D)

6. Was there any book/s from other debut author of 2013 that you loved?

Well that Robert Galbraith book, Cuckoo's Calling, was pretty good for a first try...oh, wait a minute...

7. Are you interested in writing in a different genre or for a different audience?

Certainly. I'm all over the place with my interests...YA, adult, science fiction, fantasy...I'm not sure what will be next when I finish this trilogy. Maybe an urban fantasy? Something a bit gritty but funny? Not sure what that means, exactly, but I think I like the sound of that.

8. Share us one embarrassing moment you've had.

Just one? How do I choose? Okay, here you go...the first time I asked a girl for her phone number, in 7th grade, she told me she had forgotten it. Ouch.

9. Favorite color? The color of my wife's eyes...forest green, with a hint of brown.
(Sidnote: I think that was just so sweet. :)
Favorite movie? Again, just one? So varied...The Wizard of Oz, Raising Arizona, A Clockwork Orange, Moonstruck, The Full Monty, Return of the Jedi (not because it's good, necessarily, but just because)...I could go on and on.
Favorite ice cream flavor? Ben & Jerry's Phish Food Fro Yo. Not technically ice cream, I guess, but I think it counts.
Favorite song? Can't do it! I could name a thousand and have an explanation for each. I can tell you that my least favorite song in my phone right now is "Mr. Hippopotamus" which for some reason I've had in iTunes for seven years, since my daughter was 3 years old.
Ultimate celebrity crush (dead or alive)? Jimi Hendrix

10. What's next for you?

Launching Book 2, "Fugitive X" in January 2014. I'm currently working on Book 3, and that's scheduled to come out in January 2015. After that...more books, I hope!


More about Gregg!

Gregg Rosenblum works at Harvard, where he wages epic battles against technology as an editor/webmaster/communications/quasi-IT guy. He graduated from UC San Diego and has an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.

Find him: Twitter * Goodreads

Here's Gregg debut novel!

Revolution 19
(Revolution 19 #1)
by Gregg Rosenblum

Published January 8th 2013 by Harper Teen

Blurb (Goodreads):
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.

Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.

Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.

The Escapist

Head over Oops! I Read A Book Again for debut author Amy Evans!

Yesterday: Kit Grindstaff (The Flame in the Mist) and Lisa Amowitz (Breaking Glass)
Tomorrow: Annika James (Wanted) and SK Anthony (Kinetic)

Calling YA/NA/MG debut authors of 2014! Want to join us on this fun event? Fill out this form! Don't forget to spread the word with your debuting friends!

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  1. I can't even imagine being able to not read reviews but I like that he is through one book or the next before he really reads them. I have seen too many cases where reviews have changed the way an author write! WHy do I want to read it... Well it sounds like the type of sci-fi/post-apocalyptic that I LOVE!! Thank you so much for the chance to win <3


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