Sunday, August 16, 2015

Me, My Shelf and I Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Lifeless (Adrianne Strickland)

Words Made Flesh #2
Author: AdriAnne Strickland
Release Date: August 8th, 2015
Publisher: Flux Books

When Tavin Barnes escaped Eden City with Khaya, the Word of Life, he became the most-wanted fugitive overnight. But he never expected his flight would end with the ultimate curse: becoming the next Word of Death. Now he's a prisoner inside the Athenaeum, where his new life under the Godspeakers' control has begun.
As the Word of Death, Tavin can kill with a touch, an ability he must learn to harness or risk hurting the people he cares for. But Ryse, the Godspeaker charged with Tavin's training, is pushing him to be as ruthless as she is. Her goal: make Tavin an elite assassin, whether he wants to be or not. His first target: the Chinese ambassador to Eden City ... and that's just the beginning.


AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can't seem to stop. WORDLESS is her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy from Flux Books.

1. What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

The original inspiration for both Wordless and its sequel Lifeless came from the religious phrase “the Word made flesh” that I came across during research for a different project, and even though Wordless and Lifeless aren’t at all religious, it was the seed of the idea! It just got me thinking… what would a word made flesh be like? What about words like fire, darkness, or death? Who would they be?

2. Who is your favorite character in the book?

Probably Tavin, my MC, simply because I’m in his head so much and I sympathize with all that I put him through (I kind of torture him), but Pavati is a close second for her humor and her strength!

3. Which came first, the title or the novel?

Usually I’m terrible with titles and I wait until the last minute, but this time the title for Lifeless came first, since my agent, editor, and I had already decided we were going with the “–less” theme for the books in the series. It was the only one that fit!

4. What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

Erm, I don’t want to spoil anything, but it’s the end of Chapter Fourteen, when Tavin uses his powers in a very serious way. I tried hard to capture how emotional that would be, and I think I succeeded at least a bit, since several readers have reported crying!

5. Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

To be patient. I thought I knew the meaning of patience then, but after the querying, revising, editor-submission, and editing process, now I truly know. It’s a good life lesson, especially if one wishes to continue writing.

6. What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I love how stark and dark it is—exactly what I was envisioning!

7. What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2015?

I’m pretty excited about Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff… but then, my awesome editor at Delacorte already sent me an ARC that I devoured in no time! I’m still excited to see the final version. Go YA sci-fi!

8. What was your favorite book in 2014?

Oh, man, that’s too hard, so I’ll list my top three: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor, Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker.

9. What’s up next for you?

My good friend Michael Miller and I co-wrote a YA space-opera, Shadow Run, that just sold to Delacorte/Penguin Random House! It’ll be out in fall 2016, and we’re very excited to show the world the first installment in our action-packed, romantic sci-fi adventure.

10. Is there anything that you would like to add?

I hope you all enjoy Lifeless! It was fun and harrowing to write, and I hope it’s the same to read.

One winner will get a copy of WORDLESS and LIFELESS by AdriAnne Strickland

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