Monday, July 16, 2012

BLOG TOUR # 42 - TEAM HUMAN - 6 BOOK GIVEAWAY - INTERVIEW WITH JUSTINE LARBALESTIER & SARAH REES BRENNAN - ALLEN & UNWIN



Today I have for you an awesome interview with the lovely ladies Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan and 6 Paperbacks to giveaway. 5 for Aussie addresses, big thankyou to Allen & Unwin and 1 for International, big thankyou to me for buying this for the lucky winner, hehe:D 

Thank you ladies for taking the time to answer my Q's. So without further ado, here is my interview:D

Enjoy!

INTERVIEW



Michelle:   I am very intrigued with the whole duo writing team thing. Could you please let us in on how you decided to come together and write Team Human and how does an Australian and an Irish writer make it work? Do you each tackle a chapter, do you just write into the dead of the night and then pick each others work until a happy medium?

Sarah
Sarah Rees Brennan: We'd each write two chapters and then turn them over to the other, alternating, and both of us would go over and over and over each chapter until we were happy. Justine loves cutting... which is lucky because I love adding. Very symbiotic! Or like I kept kicking sand into the hole Justine was digging on the beach. Not sure which. ;)

I did always think it was fun to write at top speed so Justine would wake in the morning and find new chapters lurking for her there. Time differences are cool.

Justine Larbalestier: It wasn't just in the morning! Sometimes I'd finish a chapter for her to read and comment on and she'd get back to me to talk about within about twenty seconds and would then go off and write the next chapter before I had time to get up from my desk. Truly, Sarah, is not human.

Michelle:   I really loved Francis’ character. Who thought him up and that sun proof suit?

SRB:  Aw, thank you! Well, we both thought of him, really, though I think I like him better than Justine does. (She's the hardcore Team Human girl!) He was a mixture of a lot of different fictional vampires (and non-vampires, the way he writes his Great Work is based on a character called Casaubon from George Eliot's Middlemarch) and yet we wanted to make him our own as well: he's funny (not on purpose) but he's also a loyal and loving person. We wanted our vampire to seem real.

Justine was very firm that our vampires be allergic to the sun--I totally agreed with her--and we felt the sunproof suit was the next logical and hilarious step.

Justine
JL:  Francis, like all the characters in the book, was made up by both of us. The book is truly collaborative from start to finish. We named him Francis about Lymond from the Dorothy Dunnett books. Don't tell any Dunnett fans--they take Lymond very seriously--but we did that as a joke.

Michelle:  Would you ladies consider or have considered a novella about Francis?

SRB: Mayyyybe. I am much pleased by this Francis devotion!


Michelle: Sarah, what 10 words would you use to describe Justine?

SRB:  I only need one word. She's indescribable. ;) 

Michelle: Justine , what 10 words would you use to describe Sarah ? 

JL:  I'm going to cheat and use the same word as Sarah. 

Michelle:  Sarah , I am really loving, The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy, Team Nick. The Lynburn Legacy book # 1 Unspoken , is due for release September 11th 2012, I must read this. How many books will be in this series and do you have any other paranormal series you are looking at writing? I find Nick and the crew very addictive reading.

Oh, thank you very much! Team Nick is a fine team to be on. A little demon-y but still good. ;)

The Lynburn Legacy is going to be three books. I love a trilogy, because I have a rule for trilogies--book 1, set up, book 2, make out, book 3, defeat evil!--and my Gothic tale of a girl who finds out her imaginary friend is a real boy lends itself very well to those rules, and that's all I'm saying.

But Team Human was my very first stand alone (Justine had to guide me through it) so it'll always be special!

Michelle:  Do you ladies have any works you would like to plug that are in...the works, no pun intended...well maybe:D 

SRB: Well, I'm playing with the idea of writing a retelling of a classic tale, and I'm also working on something I call the Ice Queen of Boston series. I've never written a bad-girl heroine before and I'm loving it!

JL: The book I'm working on right now is still too delicate for me to talk about it.

Michelle:  What character in any of your books was the hardest emotionally for you to write and why?

SRB: Oh lord, I couldn't pick one. They were all hard to write emotionally from time to time! If you're not crying, it's not working, I think. Same if you're not laughing. (Writing books for me: like having a mini nervous breakdown...)

JL: Probably Micah from 'Liar'. It's very draining to write about some who has such a tenuous grip on reality.

Michelle:   If you could write your co-writer into a paranormal story, have fun, what character would you write her as, and what would you name her?

SRB:  I think I'd prefer to write her as a superheroine? She's very strong (sports, all those mystifying sports!) and very into justice. Just-Justine? Justicine? I like Justicine! (There may be a reason Hollywood did not break down my door begging me to write the latest Spiderman movie.)

JL:  Definitely as a vampire. In fact, sometimes I suspect Sarah already is a vampire. She sure does spend a lot of time awake. And she hasn't aged a day since I first met her . . .

Michelle:  What are both of you ladies philosophy on life?

SRB:  'I may not agree with a word you say, but would defend to the death your right to say it.' OK, I stole that from Voltaire, but it's good, right?

JL:  I'll go with Sarah and Voltaire.

Michelle:  If both of you went on a night time date, with Francis, where do you think he would take you?

SRB:  Like both of us at once? ... I guess it'd end up just being me, since I think Justine might run away. ;) Oh Francis knows how to show a lady a good time. We might go to the opera, or for a promenade around the park. And he would look at me with his beautiful blue eyes and draw in close and whisper 'I feel deeply uncomfortable doing this without a chaperone.'

Classic Francis.

JL: Sarah is right I wouldn't go on a date with Francis. But if he and Sarah were on a date I would, in fact, stick around to chaperone. Poor Francis who knows what Sarah would do to him? :-)

Thanks ladies for this fun interview, all the best with your next projects.

Michelle



This is a cool little vid. The person making it was unwell so some parts are unfinished, but you get the idea of how long it would take them to draw these great images of the characters.

GIVEAWAY TIME


 AUSSIE ADDRESSES ONLY

ALLEN & UNWIN HAVE KINDLY DONATED 

5 PAPERBACKS OF TEAM HUMAN 





BUT!!!

INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES ONLY

I SHALL VIA BOOK DEPOSITORY DONATE 
1 X PAPERBACK TEAM HUMAN

PLEASE CHECK WITH BOOK DEPOSITORY THAT THEY POST TO YOUR COUNTRY




61 comments:

  1. Great Interview, Mich! Love it!

    Thanks for the giveaway :D

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  2. The more I read about this book the more I want to read it.

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    1. The ladies have a lot of fun with the characters:D

      Mich

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  3. I have been wondering about this one, it sounds great!!!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    Emma@EmmaMichaels.com

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    1. Hi Emma,

      You are in it to win it, so good luck:D

      Mich

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  4. Amazing interview! I absolutely adore Sarah Rees Brennan and this line "book 1, set up, book 2, make out, book 3, defeat evil!--and my Gothic tale of a girl who finds out her imaginary friend is a real boy lends itself very well to those rules, and that's all I'm saying." About killed me! I LOVED LOVED Unspoken and am dying of impatient waiting for the sequel!

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    1. Hi Emily,

      Im ust check if I still have Unspoken on my ereader, it may have gone poof! Darn timers, lol!! My ears pricked up at the Ice Queen of Boston series. I love Urban Fantasy:D

      Mich

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  5. Oh my goodness! Such an insanely fun interview! I kind of love the idea of them bouncing chapters back and forth between each other :D
    Also: OMFG. JUSTINE'S BOOTS IN THAT PICTURE.

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    1. Hey Sarah * waves*

      Yes , I noticed the boots too, aren't they fabulous!!

      Mich

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  6. Oh I forgot, my email is kitchuel(at)aol(dot)com in the rafflecopter.

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  7. I have been wanting to read this one for a long time. Thanks for the review. I entered the International contest. I am in the US.

    pefrw at yahoo dot com

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    1. Good Luck Rachel , gotta be in it to win it:D

      Mich

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. This has been on my list since I first saw the cover.
    Starr.k.griggs@Gmail.com

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  9. Thank you so much for adding the INT part to this giveaway!! Super awesome of you!! This one sounds interesting and I went to the Team Human chat and had a lot of fun!!
    I am a Canadian follower:)
    t.mahaffy25(@) gmail(dot) com

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    1. Hi Tiffany,

      Thanks for dropping by:D

      I try to get to chats but the time difference sometimes has me stuck on getting to them:D

      Mich

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  10. This book looks like an awesome read. I am leaving my email address like requested but I know Rafflecopter give you a button when you draw winners to email them.
    rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

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  11. I can't wait to read this book!
    thanks for the giveaway!
    by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

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    1. Hey Evie,

      Excellent you are locked in:D

      Mich

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  12. What a fantastic interview! Book sounds amazing :)
    kerrieb@virginbroadband.com.au

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  13. I've seen this book around the blogs and your blog post and interview with Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan has really got me interested in reading 'Team Human' now. So thank you Novels On The Run & Allen & Unwin for giving 6 of us a chance to win and read Team Human. Natasha @ Paranormal Goddess Book

    natasha dot paranormalgoddessblog at yahoo dot com dot au

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    1. Hi Natasha,

      Thanks for the lovely tweets:D

      Mich

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  14. Thanks for the chance!! I have had this on my wishlist since I first heard of it :) Sounds so good. I entered as Natalie Cleary.
    natcleary(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. LOL I love this interview! These ladies are hilarious and very talented, working together must have been so much fun! I can't wait to read Team Human! Thank you for the giveaway!

    andreea.c88(at)gmail.com

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  16. Loved the interview! I'm so excited about this book! Can't wait to read it!
    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hey Veronika thanks for dropping by:D

      Mich

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  17. I can't wait to read this!! Thanks for the giveaway and the awesome interview :)

    geobobspinelli(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I can't wait to read this book!
    thanks for the giveaway!

    student dot caprino at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Roro,

      As you know got to be in it to win it. Hope you are enjoying your Soul Screamers Vol 1:D

      Mich

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Rachel (Azrael) Robertson
    malibu311 at gmail dot com

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  20. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! Michelle, I ALWAYS enjoy your author interviews, you always ask the authors interesting questions. I find a lot of other interviews on other blogs seem to ask the same questions, you always suprise me! :-)

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    1. Hi TBZ,

      Thanku! My brain does gymnastics trying to work out what to ask all the time. Interviews are quite hard to write. Stay tuned in a couple weeks I have Jay Kristoff Interview, that was fun. I actually sweated that one out . Also Katie McGarry interview and giveaway for Pushing The Limits. Also another two interviews but they haven't hatched into Q's yet, I am a tad behind on them, oops!

      Michelle:D

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  21. Great interview!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!
    yabookaddict@hotmail.com
    I have an Aussie address...

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  22. That was an awesome interview. Love your series faves too! I'm in the US!
    cpowers21@gmail.com. Thank you for the contest and the interview!!!

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway!
    bambii.j96@hotmail.com

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  24. Fabulous thank you!!!

    AUSTRALIA

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. I can't wait to read this book!
    Love this his post. Thanks for sharing :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    INT
    filiafantasy at gmail dot com

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  26. I've read great reviews on this one, so definitely on my TBR list!

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Leanne
    USA
    leannessf at gmail dot com

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    1. Oops - accidentally entered for Aussie only, so please disregard!

      Thanks,
      Leanne

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  27. Tehee!! I'd love to be entered. Thank you !
    thebookish96@gmail.com

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  28. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
    star_chaser76(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  29. I messed up the twitter link. I just leave the link here.
    twitter link: https://twitter.com/prydoxs/status/229592202072969217

    email: xgirl.wni@gmail.com

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  30. Thank you for the giveaway! :D would love to read this~

    daesungie at gmail dot com

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  31. Great giveaway!

    tatsourpatchkid@gmail.com

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  32. Thanks for the giveaway! I accidentally entered the aussie version though I'm in the US (that's what I get for watching the Olympics and entering contests at the same time, huh?). I entered the US one but don't know how to delete my other entries.

    Anyway, thanks for the chance!
    Leslie
    Workingforthemandroid at gmail dot com

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    1. LOL!! With rafflecopter, if you get drawn under Aussie I can't redraw rafflecopter. It chooses it. So no manual respins, lol!! I shall have to just put number of entries into random org and get it to choose a number then scroll down all the correct entries and choose the number matching.

      :D

      Mich

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  33. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway :)
    Jessie Hay
    jessiehayy@hotmail.com

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  34. Another awesome giveaway! Thanks :DD

    maryanngacayan at yahoo dot com
    gfc-Mary ann

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  35. Thanks for the giveaway! :D
    treechanie(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. Great interview & thank you so much for the international one opportinuty :)

    sandric.sk at gmail dot com

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    1. No problems, always like to have something for INTL followers:D

      Mich

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  37. This sounds great! I have The Demon's Lexicon but haven't gotten around to reading it yet... I should change that. ;D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    moltres[at]snet[dot]net

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  38. Jessie Hay
    jessiehayy@hotmail.com

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  39. Thanks everybody for entering.... I have intl winner easy peasy but I have been doing several redraws for Aussie one as a lot of INTL entered there too. So I am just waiting for two more people to confirm if they are Aussie and the other 3 to respond to emails sent and we are cooking with gas and I will announce winners:D

    Michelle

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