Monday, February 13, 2012

Author Interview & #Giveaway: Julianna Baggott, author of Pure

Please join me in welcoming critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott, author of Pure.

Julianna Baggott also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. She has published seventeen books over the last ten years. Film rights for her forthcoming novel PURE have been acquired by Fox 2000.

To learn more about Julianna, please stop by her website to get the full story and other interesting fun stuff!

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Describe Pure in three words.

How about two? What endures.

What is a day in the life of Julianna Baggott like when you’re not writing?

If I'm not writing, I'm not at home or I'm sick in bed. Even if I'm on the road, I'm jotting notes and sometimes writing essays. Even if I'm sick, I'm being dreaming and the worlds of my books often still exist in my fevered head.

How much of your actual life gets written into your fictional stories? Do you ever use real people as inspiration for your characters?

A lot of my life goes into my books. My life is all I have, in the end. What I see, smell, hear ... what arises in my brain is from my experience. Sometimes this is somewhat explicit -- something my husband says in the morning can work its way into a chapter in the afternoon -- but mostly it's not explicit at all, and not even obvious to me.

Do you ever find that it’s emotionally difficult to write some scenes or characters?

Yes. Certain scenes are really hard for me. It's emotional work. And sometimes it requires a lot of visualization of things that only exist in your mind, which is exhausting. But there are also scenes that pop up and you're just trying to write fast enough to keep up.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I really don't have a favorite. There's an author who's novel I love is out of print and wasn't given sufficient love when it was published. MOTHER OF PEARL by the Irish writer MARY MORRISSY. A brilliant book. Let's get it back in PRINT!

Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?

Well, book II, FUSE, is due out this time next year. I'm deep into the editorial process now. So ... yes ... it's coming!
We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .
Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it's his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again

{February 13 - 27, 2012}

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fredamans said...[Reply]

The difference in worlds and how this girl deals with living it in appeals to me greatly.

Tore said...[Reply]

This book sounds very interesting and one I really would like to read.

D. L. Cocchio said...[Reply]

The book sounds new and different. I am anxious to read about this futuristic adventure. It seems intriguing. I would love to read it.

shadow_kohler said...[Reply]

Pure sounds so good! Ive heard alot of good things about it. Ive been wanting to read it. Pure sounds so different and intriguing! Id love to read it! Thanks!

rhonda said...[Reply]

Pure is a booki have been wanting to read.thanks for giveaway

Carol M said...[Reply]

I want to know if he finds his mom and gets his family back together.

Tiffany Drew said...[Reply]

I've been looking forward to this one for a long time. I love the cover and am looking forward to seeing what it has to do with the story.

Jennifer said...[Reply]

I really like this cover. And have heard lots of good things about the book. Definitely looking forward to reading it. Sounds very interesting.

jennifer k

Munnaza said...[Reply]

I actually hadn't heard about Pure before this post. I'm looking forward to learning more about this story and seeing how the setting and the genre come in to play. It sounds really exciting and intriguing.

brandisbookmusings said...[Reply]

What is there not to look forward to about reading Pure. This is a post apocalyptic book that actually sounds original and has been on my to be read list forever!

ashley said...[Reply]

The two different worlds coming together!

Book Flame said...[Reply]

I've actually heard a lot about this book and am interested to read about the world created..

Anita Yancey said...[Reply]

I am most looking forward to reading a new to me author's book. thanks for the chance.

elena said...[Reply]

I'm most looking forward to the fact everyone says this story is definitely unique and creepy!

Maureen said...[Reply]

I'm looking forward to reading a story that looks to be unique.

Ronyka7 said...[Reply]

the story I have read that is very diferent so I'm intrigue

Proserpine said...[Reply]

Hi! Thanks for this giveaway! I read the blurb on Goodreads and I found it pretty interesting! I saw a few review since it's release and heard great things about it!

Forever Lost in Books said...[Reply]

Well, lots of people said it's creepy... so that'S why :D

I'm Cathee in the Rafflecopter :D

Mary @SweepingMe said...[Reply]

I am looking forward to seeing if it's scary good. I hope so. Thanks for the chance!

Jasmine Rose said...[Reply]

I'm really looking forward to the dark and gritty dystopian setting.

Lea said...[Reply]

Hi Tasha! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :) Let's see, I LOVE the cover first of all, it is so beautiful, and also I didn't know this was a cross-over genre book, so that makes it interesting too ;) Definitely hoping to get this one!

Vivien said...[Reply]

The world building, hands down!

Seward Alaska Fishing said...[Reply]

I'm pretty much mesmerized by the's so creepy, but I can't stop looking. This is one of my favorite that this author has done!

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