Monday, July 2, 2012

Book Giveaway and Author Interview: Downburst by Katie Robinson

Downburst by Katie Robinson
Kit’s only goal is to stay alive. Right now, that means dodging brutal gangs while peddling fake I.D.s on the back streets of Winnipeg. But things get complicated when Kit sells a license to a girl named Aura—a girl who could almost be her twin. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kit is plunged into an underground society with heart-stopping surprises at every turn. To protect herself, she’s forced to assume Aura’s identity. But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, and when Kit learns the truth about Aura, she knows she has to get out before the storm breaks. There’s only one problem: escape isn’t an option. Suddenly, staying alive just got a lot harder.
Our Interview:

--The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less.
Identity confusion, magic realism, hard-core action, a drop of romance, crazy windstorms, and Native American myths about Thunderbirds.

--How did you get the idea for the story?
I asked myself what I would enjoy reading and then brainstormed like crazy to come up with an exciting and suspenseful plot.
--Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
I’d love to have dinner with Joe. If I could get him to tell me his stories, it would be a fascinating conversation.

--What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
Most of the books I read are for school, but I try to make time for pleasure reading. Some of my favorites include The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
--Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
The next book in the Windstorm Series—Coiled Snake—will be released later this year. We don’t have a firm date yet. (“Coiled snake” is the Greek translation for cyclone.)

--If a fairy godmother told you your life could be like a favorite book for 24 hours, which book would you pick and why?
Probably a Star Wars novel. Who wouldn’t want to be a Jedi for a day?

--Do you need anything to write (music, coffee, etc)? Are there any songs on your playlist- songs that inspired you or that were playing while you wrote?
I don’t really require much to get in the zone. If I need help with a particular scene, I’ll play a song that reflects the mood I’m going for. Angels and Airwaves, Linkin Park, Loreena McKennitt, Hans Zimmer, and Native American drum music all made their way onto my playlist.

--If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Flying. Definitely.

--Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
I really enjoy wildlife photography and just being outside, especially in the summer.

--Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
If you have a story you want to tell, don’t be afraid to tell it!

Lightning round: this or that?
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Edward or Jacob? Impartial
Hockey or soccer? Soccer
Ebook or paper? Paper
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Phone call or email? Email
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Dog or cat? Dog
Messy or neat? Neat
Ninjas or pirates? Pirates

Contact Katie on her website or Facebook page.

About Katie, copied from her site:

Katie Robison earned her bachelor’s degree in English and French from Brigham Young University and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in medieval and early modern literature at the University of Minnesota.
When she’s not teaching or doing research, she enjoys running, playing racquetball, inventing new recipes, shooting nature photography, and, of course, writing.
Katie was creating stories as soon as she could hold a crayon, completing her first (intelligible) chapter book when she was seven and her first novel when she was sixteen. Her move to beautiful—and wild—Minnesota inspired much of the content for her latest project.
She lives just outside Minneapolis with her husband and their Siberian Husky.

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  1. Interesting author interview, I'm intrigued by the fact that Katie is doing a PH.D in medieval literature.

  2. Katie sounds like someone I could sit down and discuss anything with for hours. All her answers match mine. And I didn't know they even had a degree for medieval literature. Fascinating! The book sounds great.

  3. Girl, you are all over the internet. Surprised by your presence, and love your interviews!

  4. Love the Lightning round, This book looks really interesting too!

  5. I like to know with going to school, how she found time to write.

    I loved the Star Wars answer, being a Jedi would be so cool.

  6. This book looks like a very interesting read! I'm really looking forward to it!!
    Lisa Hackney

  7. I think I just found a new book that I would like to read!


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