Saturday, September 28, 2013

Ultraviolet Catastrophe - Interview with author Jamie Grey! & Giveaway

I was lucky enough today to be able to interview fabulous writer Jamie Grey, who recently released the awesome young adult novel Ultraviolet Catastrophe.

In case you missed it, here is the Goodreads blurb for Ultraviolet Catastrophe:

Quantum Electrodynamics. String Theory. Schrödinger's cat. For sixteen-year-old Lexie Kepler, they’re just confusing terms in her science textbooks, until she finds out that her parents have been drugging her to suppress her outrageous IQ. Now Branston Academy, a school run by the world’s most powerful scientists, has tracked her down and is dying for her to attend - as a research subject. 

She takes refuge at Quantum Technologies, a secret scientific community where her father works as a top-notch scientist, and begins her new life as girl genius at Quantum High. But the assignments at her new school make the Manhattan Project look like preschool - and Lexie barely survived freshman algebra. 
Her first big assignment – creating an Einstein-Rosen bridge – is also her first chance to prove she can hold her own with the rest of QT's prodigies. But while working with the infuriatingly hot Asher Rosen, QT’s teen wonder, Lexie uncovers a mistake in their master equation. Instead of a wormhole, the machine they’re building would produce deadly ultraviolet rays that could destroy the world. Now Lexie and Asher have to use their combined brainpower to uncover the truth behind the device. Before everyone at Quantum Technologies is caught in the ultraviolet catastrophe.
Interview with Jamie Grey

So let's get right to the fun part!

Interview with author Jamie Grey

Q: What is your favorite book of all time?
This is the hardest question in the world for me to answer! You mean I have to choose just one?! I guess if I HAD to just pick one, I’d choose Persuasion by Jane Austen. There’s just so much romance and angst and suspense. I can read it over and over and still find something different.

Q: Who is your favorite author?
Again with the killer questions! I guess if I have to choose one, I’d have to go with the fan favorite and say JK Rowling. She spent an entire series making me fall in love with the world she built and made it so real that millions of other people felt exactly the same way

Q: How did you get the inspiration for Ultraviolet Catastrophe?
I honestly can’t remember where the idea started from. I think I was watching a documentary on Oak Ridge, TN, the city where they built part of the first atomic bomb in secret, and I was fascinated by the thought of a hidden scientific compound. The rest just grew from there.

Q: How long did it take to write it?
Total, I think it took me about 3 months to write, but I had to put it down for a month or two in the middle because real life got in the way.

Q: What advice would you give to writers?
I’m the last person who should be giving advice LOL. But I guess I’ll take a stab at it. I think you should always try to have fun with what you’re writing. Fall madly in love with the story, the characters, the plot twists you come up with, because your readers can definitely tell. And why would they love your book if you don’t?

Q: Do you belong to any writers groups?
I’m a member of the YA Misfits – a group of YA writers navigating the world of publishing together. All the other misfits are so supportive; it’s been amazing to be part of this group. Some of us have decided to self-publish, others have big traditional book deals, and others have gone with smaller presses, but we are all huge fans of each other’s work and I have to say they’re pretty much the best cheerleaders ever!

Q: Tell us about your street team? Would you recommend a street team to other authors considering it?
My street team was amazing. A group of readers and writers came together to help me get the word out about Ultraviolet Catastrophe and it’s been so much fun. They’ve blogged and tweeted, and have just generally been my book’s biggest fans! I couldn’t have done this without them!

I definitely recommend it to other authors considering it. However, it’s also smart to realize everyone is really busy and to make it as easy as possible for people to participate if you’re going to use one. I know I don’t have time to jump through a lot of hoops for someone, no matter how much I loved their book.

Q: What's next in the writing world for Jamie?
I just finished writing a New Adult Science Fiction book. It’s currently with my critique partners, and I hope they love it as much as I do. It was so much fun to write. It’s a space opera about a sexy thief, an arrogant space marine with secrets of his own, and a cybernetic threat that may just destroy the galaxy.

Q: Do you have any writing habits or traditions?
I don’t really. I’m more of a just get my butt in the chair and start to write kind of girl. The only thing I really do is make my significant other take me out to dinner to celebrate when I've finished my first draft.

Q: Who is your favorite book villain?
I think Mrs. Coulter from The Golden Compass is a brilliant villain. She’s layered and complex and you never quite know what her real intentions are. And even when she does something really evil, you can see she had semi-good intentions, which makes her almost sympathetic.

Lightning round:

Coke or Pepsi? - Coke
Sour or sweet? - Sweet
Cats or dogs? – Both (I have 1 of each!)
Coffee or tea? - Tea
Night or day? - Night
Pirates or ninjas? - Ninjas

Thank you so much for having me – these were great questions!!

Win a Prize

Jamie is also running a giveaway for her book so enter today!

Thank YOU so much Jamie for letting me interview you. In case you guys haven't checked out Jamie's book, add it to Goodreads today or pick it up on Amazon. Everyone is raving about it and I have to admit, I am one of those people. It's a fun read that will definitely leave you wanting more!

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