blo Teens Read and Write: New Book Added & Author Interviews: What Questions Do You Have? (Contest Points)

Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Book Added & Author Interviews: What Questions Do You Have? (Contest Points)

**Giveaway ALERT! A comment on this post (within 7 days of post date) gets you 5 extra entries in our MegaBook Giveaway. If you haven't entered yet, go to the contest post (or click on the contest link on the upper right sidebar) to enter! Good luck!

We've got a couple of exciting interviews coming up. Both Libba Bray and Leslie Livingston are being generous enough to do interviews with us!

We're so excited! Thank you, ladies!

As you know we already have
Darklight by Lesley Livingston in the contest but will also be adding a separate contest for Darklight to coincide with the interview. (Thank you, Karen.)

And
Going Bovine by Libba Bray is now the latest book added in the MegaBook Giveaway. (Thank you, Tracey.)

We are thrilled to be talking to both of these f
antastic authors and we'd like your input.

We know what we'd like to ask but what questions would you like us to ask?

What do you want to know about
authors in general?

What do you want to know about Ms. Bray and Ms. Livingston in particular?

In case you aren't familiar with t
hese books, here the synopsises (or synopsis -es, or synopsizes... How in the heck do you pluralize the word synopsis?) Oh, well, here are a couple of plot blurbs.

DARKLIGHT:
"Much has changed since autumn, when Kelley Winslow learned she was Faerie royalty, fell in love with changeling guard Sonny Flannery, and saved New York City from a rampaging Faerie war band. When a terrifying encounter in Central Park sends Kelley tumbling into the Otherworld, her reunion with Sonny is joyful—but cut short. For they’ve been plunged into a game of Faerie deception and wavering allegiances in which the next move could topple a kingdom...or part them forever.


GOING BOVINE:
Cameron Smith, 16, is slumming through high school, overshadowed by a sister “pre-majoring in perfection,” while working (ineptly) at the Buddha Burger. Then something happens to make him the focus of his family's attention: he contracts mad cow disease. What takes place after he is hospitalized is either that a gorgeous angel persuades him to search for a cure that will also save the world, or that he has a vivid hallucination brought on by the disease.

Either way, what readers have is an absurdist comedy in which Cameron, Gonz
o (a neurotic dwarf) and Balder (a Norse god cursed to appear as a yard gnome) go on a quixotic road trip during which they learn about string theory, wormholes and true love en route to Disney World.

We're really looking forward to your input!

81 comments:

TJ said...

I love the cover of GOING BOVINE. I'd love to see more on it, since I'm debating buying it!

Tynga said...

Opposite of TJ I really don't like Goind Bovine's cover, but I'd like to know the story behind the cover =)

aprilnichole said...

For Livingston - What inspires you when you write? What is the best advice you have been given? (about anything) Will there be any other sequels following Darklight? Do any characters reflect people you know?

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Oh I love this. Already interesting questions from different views. And wasn't there another cover when it first came out? I'll check that out. Great questions. Thanks!

Keep 'em coming!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

Wow, April, you just banged them out! Are you a journalist? Thanks, love the questions!

brizmus said...

I'd be very curious to know where the idea of using mad cow disease came from.
And what kind of research she had to do to get the disease right. Did she know someone with mad cow disease?

Lucía said...

I don't like the cover of GOING BOVINE either, but it's seems a good and funny story. I'd like to know more about this book

Kathy Martin said...

For Libba, Going Bovine is so different than your other books. Which was harder to write and why?

Blodeuedd said...

Been hearing good things about Darklight :)
And bovine sounds so fun

Kelly said...

for Libba Bray-why the cow on the cover?

Patty said...

I've been wanting to read Going Bovine for God-knows how long! And I love Libba and her other books. I want to know how did she become good friends with fellow author Maureen Johnson. Those two make the funniest author pair! LOL.

ninefly said...

been keeping my eye on going bovine for a while now
yay for more authors!

pepsivanilla said...

Since they both write paranormal books, I'd love to know if they've considered writing non-paranormal stories :)

elaing8 said...

Wonderous Strange and Darklight are on my TBR list.Going Bovine I heard good things about.
What jobs did they have before becoming an author?
What cover of their books,is their favorite?
What one question you wished people would ask but haven't yet?

Kathrin said...

Great books and great authors! And you get to interview both of them :-)

I would love to know (from both Lesley Livingston and Libba Bray) where they write, whether they need complete quiet and how they came up with the plot ideas.

Also, thanks a lot for the mega-giveaway!

Stacy said...

I loved Wondrous Strange and Darklight. Going Bovine is on my TBR list and I have heard it described as different from any book you will read..that has me interested!

Adriana said...

Going Bovine is rally good. Libba Bray is one of my favorite authors.

Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

Both books sound like great reads! I'm looking forward to the author interviews.

throuthehaze said...

I've read Darklight and enjoyed it :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I haven't read either of these yet, but they both sound & look like great additions for my To Be Read pile!

Sarah said...

These are both new books for me so I'll be interested to hear more about them :o)

Aye.Me? said...

Both books sound really great. Unfortunately I haven't read any books by either authors so I can't really think of a decent question to ask them.

Libba: Of all the diseases in the world, why did you decide to give your main character Mad Cow?

misskallie2000 said...

Both books sound great and I look forward to reading.

Raíla said...

I don't get interested for neither of them even if I want to. They are not for me, I think. So, I don't have anything to ask :( Sorry. Success with this giveaway!

Erin said...

I'd like to know what kind of research Libba did for Going Bovine??

~Erin D.

InABox said...

I'd like to know how Libba Bray came up with the concept for Going Bovine. There are so many unconnected ideas and characters that appear. What started the brainstorm?

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

Being a teacher I'm always interested in how they did in school! So any questions along the school line would be great.

Mandy said...

My question for both of them is, If you can live off of any one candy, what would it be?

aqtbenz said...

My question is for both authors: are any of your characters/plot events inspired by people/events in your real life?
I haven't heard great reviews about Going Bovine, and the cover is kind of weird. Darklight's cover is beautiful, but I haven't read Wondrous Strange yet.
Can't wait for the interviews!

aqtbenz said...

My question is for both authors: are any of your characters/plot events inspired by people/events in your real life?
I haven't heard great reviews about Going Bovine, and the cover is kind of weird. Darklight's cover is beautiful, but I haven't read Wondrous Strange yet.
Can't wait for the interviews!

Jessica Secret said...

Cool, I love interviews! I've got one with Libba coming up as well. My question is for Lesley: Has music helped/inspired your writing?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

For both authors - what do you do beyond writing? Are you a speaker or freelance writer? Do you have a day job?

Stacy Stew said...

I've never heard of going bovine, but it sounds interesting.

Autumn Embers said...

I would like to know where the idea for GOING BOVINE came from?

Bry xxx

Crystal said...

I hear Going Bovine is awesome!!

Rebecca said...

I've been wanting to read Going Bovine for so long. It looks really really good.

BreiaB said...

I would like to know from both authors, what their inspiration is?

And also, what they like to read when they are doing it for their own enjoyment?


Breiab

BrittLit said...

I love both of these covers and I really need to read them. I would love to know where Libba got the idea for Going Bovine since its pretty wacky!

Ryan G said...

I'm in love with the cover for Going Bovine and I'm fasincated by the addition of Balder. I'm just curious why he was the Norse god picked to make an appearnce in this book.

Kailia Sage said...

I've been hearing a lot of good things about GOING BOVINE. I'm looking forward to the interviews!

I've read all of Libba Bray's books before and the Gemma Doyle series was much different than Going Bovine. For Libba: What inspired you to write GOING BOVINE? Where did you get the inspiration and ideas?

Teddyree said...

I love both the covers, obviously for different reasons, Going Bovine is kooky, makes me smile and Darklight is gorgeous!

I'd like to know some quirky stuff about the authors, do they have any weird rituals they follow when they write ... wearing mismatched or fave pair of socks, stocking up on brain food, writing with certain music, only snacking on blue m&m's :-)

Any funny stories from contact with readers? Most adventurous thing they've ever done?

Book Monster said...

So excited to hear your Lesley Livingston interview!! I'm currently reading Darklight and loving it!!

Amanda Leigh said...

I hadn't heard much about Going Bovine. I'm just interested to learn more about it.

Rheanna said...

I heard recently that "A Great and Terrible Beauty" was being turned into a movie. I'm curious if this is true, how closely will the movie follow the book? (because it is so vividly written) And also who would/will play Gemma?

donnas said...

I cant wait to read Darklight. The first book was excellent.

My questions would be:
Does it have to be silent when you write or what do you have on in the background?
Do you have input on your covers?
Do you get to keep your title for the book?
What is your favorite question you have been asking in an interview?

Jessica said...

I want to know how Libba Bray feels being a Printz winner! That's a huge honor! I also want to know what she's working on now.

Michelle said...

GOing Bovine was too hilarious! I really enjoyed reading about Cameron's modern day quest story. I want to know how she decided to incorporate basically an unreliable narrator - where you never really know if what is happening is just going on in Cameron's head or if it really is happening!

titania86 said...

I love Going Bovine! It was an awesome read. Both of the covers are awesome.

mariska said...

I'm so waiting for the interview of Going Bovine, since I only read some "not that good" review about this book. but i read that this book won an award ?

Hesperus said...

I haven't read any Libba Bray books but I love the unusual cover!

babygirlG said...

I am currently reading Going Bovine. Am loving it so far!

Shy said...

I've ALWAYS wanted to read Going Bovine because it features a male protag! Something different and I think I'd loved that very much. Thanks for adding more books in the pile. Very cool, guys!

Beth said...

I would like to know what inspired Libbra Bray to write the A Sweet and Terrible Beautiful series? It's fantastic.

Beth said...

I would like to know what inspired Libbra Bray to write the A Sweet and Terrible Beautiful series? It's fantastic.

InfinitePlaylist said...

Going Bovine is a great addition! I've read Libba's Gemma Doyle trilogy and loved it, she's such a cool author!

Chase92 said...

Am I the only one who thinks the cover of Going Bovine is a little weird?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Fab idea darlings! :)

I want to know where the idea for Going Bovine came from?

Yunaleska said...

More books! Yay!

Bunny B said...

I haven't read any of those authors books but would love to!

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Yay! More books! Completely random cover, though!! :P

Jenny N. said...

Looking forward to the interviews.

A Life Bound By Books said...

I'm looking forward to both interviews. I have both books in my ever growing TBR piles.

I think I need to start reading faster lol.

-Lisa

Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

Um weird I know I posted a comment on this but it's no where to be found! Anyways... I love interviews that focus on the author, what they do for fun, their favorite authors and books, stuff like that. I had never read the summary of Going Bovine so i'm glad I finally saw it and could read what it is about. Looks good! Can't wait til the interviews!

GABY said...

Everyone says GOING BOVINE is good, so i'm really looking forward to the Libba Bray interview

WilowRaven said...

Looking forward to these interviews :)
Personally I like to hear about facts and tidbits about the characters in that for whatever reason never made it into the book.
Thanks!

Aths said...

I'm definitely looking forward to the interviews. These books are on my must-read list!

Brodie said...

I SO want to read Going Bovine. I read an excerpt for it the other day and it's right up the top of my 'to buy' list now :D Great addition! Can't wait for these interviews.

I always like hearing of where the inspiration for the novels come from, if any of the characters are based on people from their own lives, any fun/random facts about the author, errm... and if you had to spend the rest of your life with one character from your book[s], who would it be and why?

Bani said...

Looking forward to both books and interviews, particularly Libba Bray's since I liked the Gemma Doyle series.

An interesting question to ask might be what author or authors inspired them. Always curious to know about that.

EVA SB said...

Going Bovine sounds like crazy fun.
A neurotic dwarf, a road trip and string theory - what an irresistible combination!

Sheere said...

I always like to know how they come up with the idea to write that story, another proyects they are working on and I love to know about caver's making up so it will be great to read about it!

Kristen said...

Going Bovine was awesome! It was so out of this world, funny and adventureful. I like to know what kind of research they did.

Also.. what types of readers they are.

The Book Vixen said...

I like to get to know more about the author. Where they are from? When did they discover their love for reading and writing? Who are they reading? Who is their favorite author(s)? What is their all-time favorite book? I also like to know about their writing process. Do they write during the day or during the night? How long does it take to go from idea to being published?

Sandra Stiles said...

I think Darklight looks like something I would be interested in.

Jessy said...

Can't wait for the Libba Bray interview. I would love to know how she came up with Going Bovine. I heard it is craazy.

Stephanie said...

This novel won the Michael L. Printz award at the recent ALA Youth Awards. It's been on my wish list ever since as it was the first time I'd heard of it.

My question would be: where did you come up with the idea for Going Bovine? How creative!!

Raspberry said...

Darklight I haven't had a chance to read, but Libba Brays books....I must confess her first series I had a hard time with - it seemed to get weirder as it went on, although the first book was fine. But Going Bovine sounds a little more grounded, so I'm hoping to read that soon. (Or win it from you guys? :)

elizabeth said...

I always see Going Bovine. It looks really interesting. I love the cover!

Maria said...

I really want to read Darklight, I loved Wondrous Strange.

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Zombie Girrrl said...

*gasp* I have the same shirt Lesley Livingston is wearing in her pic! LOL! I love The Flash.
Anyway...
I have a question for Liba Bray: Was Going Bovine really inspired by Don Quixote?

5peasinapod said...

For Livingston: What is your personal wildest fantasy, if anything at all is possible.

Heather
http://www.2manygoodbooks.blogspot.com

Little Miss Youngblood said...

The books sound interesting. I've heard about Darklight, and I've wanted to read it, but I couldn't find Wondrous Strange. =\ And Going Bovine seems like a nice story. I'll most likely add it to my 'to read' books.

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