Blog Tour: Authors Are Rockstars – Author Interview With Sarah Crossan

 Hello fellow book lovers,
I have a special treat for you all today!

As part of the Authors Are Rockstars tour hosted by Fiktshun and Two Chicks On Books (Thank you ladies mmwwwaahh!), I had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah Crossan! Awesome right!?!

 

 About The Author:

Sarah Crossan is Irish. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and Drama teacher at Cambridge University and worked to promote creative writing in schools before leaving teaching to write full time.

She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Warwick in 2003 and in 2010 received an Edward Albee Fellowship for writing.

She currently lives in NYC.


Find Sarah Crossan on the Web:
 Why Sarah Crossan is a Rockstar:

 SARAH CROSSAN IS A TOTAL ROCKSTAR!
Want to know why!?!

Sarah Crossan grew up in Ireland AND England!
Two beautiful countries that I’ve always wanted to visit!

Earlier this year, Sarah Crossan released a children’s novel written in verse named The Weight of Water,  about a little girl and her mother leaving their home in search for her father. The Weight of Water was The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week! Congratulations Sarah!
Sarah was a teacher, a freelance magazine writer, a book reviewer, AND an educational writer!
How’s that for being awesome!?
I cannot wait for BREATHE to be released! As soon as I heard about it, just HAD to pre-order a copy. What would you do if you lived in a world without air? I have no idea, but I plan on finding out what the three survivors in BREATHE do!

Everyone, mark your calendars on October 2nd for the release of BREATHE!

 Guest Post:

What was your inspiration for becoming a writer?
I have always been an avid reader. I love how transformative literature can be and I simply wanted to try to do this myself. It began at school where I wrote short stories and poems, and although I didn’t have the confidence to study creative writing at university until after I completed my first degree, I was always secretly writing.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I sometimes have a hard time speaking. I worked for many years as a teacher, so that probably sounds silly, but I find that when I have something important to say, I muddle my words and can never quite express myself clearly. When I write, I can edit my ideas and I’ve always liked that. Twitter and Facebook are a little scary to me because reactions are so immediate there’s little time for reflection before ‘publication’.
What elements do you believe makes a good story?
It all depends on the type of story one is trying to tell, but generally speaking I’d say that the emotional landscape must be convincing. People like exciting stories, but we read to know ourselves through other characters and ultimately this is what readers remember.
When you are not writing, what do you enjoy doing on your spare time?
When I have any spare time, I like to spend it with friends or family. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing so long as we’re together. In terms of hobbies, I practice yoga and I love to travel. I am also a big fan of tea!
Name the top three things that you cannot live without?
The people I love. Great books. A decent night’s sleep.
Have you ever envisioned yourself being a writer and having your work published?
Of course. It’s the first step to getting published. I have a strong belief in the power of positive energy. That doesn’t mean that when I found an agent I wasn’t gobsmacked though!

Which character in Breathe do you believe you relate to most and why?
Every time I am asked this question, I give a different answer depending on how I am feeling on a particular day. Today I feel I can relate to Bea because I’ve been feeling a lot of love for my parents recently.
Is there a message/lesson that you would like your readers to take away from the novel?
I don’t think novels should be preachy, but I suppose the environmentalist aspect of the novel is blatant. I hope it will make people think about the way we consume and how the planet is suffering as a consequence.

  If you are currently working on another novel, can you give us a hint on what you have in store for your readers?
I’m editing the sequel to BREATHE. Readers will meet new characters as well as get to know old ones even better. It’s a little creepier than BREATHE and a little sexier too. I’m really excited about it.

  BREATHE:

Book Title: BREATHE
Author: Sarah Crossan

Release Date:October 2, 2012
Publisher: Greenwillow
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .

The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

ALINA
has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful, it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.

QUINN
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

BEA
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them, and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

Find BREATHE Online:

 GIVEAWAY (Closed)

I've decided to offer 1 pre-order copy of BREATHE 
to one lucky commenter!
***INTERNATIONAL!***
(Where The Book Depository Ships!)
Giveaway policies:
·         To Enter: Please leave a comment to show your excitement for the release of BREATHE and leave your e-mail address.
·         This giveaway ends on September 4th, 2012
·         This giveaway is open to those 13 years of age or older. 
·         All giveaway winners will be announced on the blog.
·         I can disqualify any entry as I see fit. 
·         I will use Random.org to select the winners.
·         Once the winners have been notified, they will have 24 hours to confirm their interest otherwise new winners will be selected.

 Blog Tour: 

Don’t miss out on this awesome Authors are Rockstars blog tour!!!
August 1st

Tour Kick-off Posts at Fiktshun and Two Chicks On Books

Karsten Knight stops at Fiktshun
Jus Accardo stops at Two Chicks On Books

August 2nd
Lissa Price stops at Two Chicks On Books
Alexander Gordon Smith stops at Jean Book Nerd
Stasia Ward Kehoe stops at Dizneeee’s World of Books

August 3rd
Suzanne Young stops at Chick Loves Lit
Gabrielle Zevin stops at Kaitlyn in Bookland
Rachel Harris stops at Hackaroo’s Reviews

August 4th
Scott Tracey stops at Bookalicious
Susan Dennard stops at Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Reviews and Goodies
Jessica Spotswood stops at Narratively Speaking

August 5th
Jackie Morse Kessler stops at Books With Bite
Ann Redisch Stampler stops at Booking It With Hayley G
Michelle Gagnon stops at Fiktshun

August 6th
Gena Showalter stops at My Para-Hangover
Cayla Kluver stops at Catching Books
Jody Gehrman stops at Epic Book Nerd

August 7th
Bethany Griffin stops at The Bookish Brunette
Lauren Oliver stops at Fictitious Delicious
Anna Carey stops at Good Choice Reading

August 8th
Jordan Dane stops at Sarah’s Books & Life
Claire LaZebnik stops at Peace, Love, Teen Fiction
Melissa de la Cruz stops at Debbie’s World of Books

August 9th
Tiffany Truitt stops at The Bookaholic
Heather Anastasiu stops at Falling For YA
Amy Kathleen Ryan stops at Bookshelvers Anonymous
Alyxandra Harvey stops at Bookpics

August 10th
Leah Clifford stops at Books Over Boys
Inara Scott stops at Smiling_Ina’s Bookish Corner
Rachel Cohn stops at Justin’s Book Blog

August 11th
Fiona Paul stops at Fiktshun
CJ Redwine stops at Bibliognome
Jodi Meadows stops at Librarian Mouse
Stephanie Thomas stops at My 5 Monkeys

August 12th
Sarwat Chadda stops at Page Turners
Courtney Summers stops at A Good Addiction
Mary Lindsey stops at IB Book Blogging
Kate Avelynn stops at Shortie Says

August 13th
Kim Harrington stops at Geek Chic
Saundra Mitchell stops at Poisoned Rationality
Suzanne Lazear stops at What the Cat Read

August 14th
Lisa Desrochers stops at Emilie’s Book World
Brodi Ashton stops at Emily’s Reading Room
Sarah Beth Durst stops at Winter Haven Books

August 15th
Chloe Neill stops at A Book Obsession
Emmy Laybourne stops at Proud Book Nerd
T.M. Goeglein stops at Book Briefs
Marianna Baer stops at TSK, TSK, What to read?

August 16th
Rachel Vincent stops at Nina Reads
Courtney Allison Moulton stops at The Book Cellar
Jennifer L. Armentrout stops at Confessions of a Bookaholic

August 17th
Jennifer Bosworth stops at The Readers Antidote
Dan Krokos stops at Jenuine Cupcakes
Becca Fitzpatrick stops at Katie’s Book Blog

August 18th
Michelle Zink stops at Mercurial Musings
Gina Damico stops at Lisa Loves Literature
Jennifer Castle stops at Little Shelf
Gretchen McNeil stops at YA Book Queen

August 19th
Wendy Higgins stops at Stuck In Books
Elizabeth Norris stops at Literary Exploration
Veronica Rossi stops at Singing & Reading in the Rain

August 20th
Robin LaFevers stops at In the Best Worlds
JA Souders stops at The Book Goddess
Elizabeth Miles stops at Book Twirps
Lisa Stasse stops at Two Chicks On Books

August 21st
Julie Kagawa stops at Starting the Next Chapter
Rae Carson stops at The Book Swarm
Tahereh Mafi stops at Brooke Reports

August 22nd
Lesley Livingston stops at The Ravenous Reader
Ingrid Paulson stops at The YA Sisterhood
Talia Vance stops at Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

August 23rd
Cara Lynn Shultz stops at The Reading Geek
Colleen Houck stops at Making the Grade
CC Hunter stops at Lady Reader’s Bookstuff
Kelly Keaton stops at The Bookish Type

August 24th
Victoria Schwab stops at Moonlight Book Reviews
Dan Wells stops at A Life Bound by Books
Mike Mullin stops at Xpresso Reads

August 25th
Kimberly Derting stops at Avery’s Book Nook
Julia Karr stops at Wholly Books
Carrie Harris stops at The Bursting Bookshelf

August 26th
Lisa Burstein stops at I’m a Book Shark
Lisa and Laura Roecker stop at Gypsy Book Reviews
Miranda Kenneally stops at Paper Cuts

August 27th
Cynthia Hand stops at The Starrey-eyed Review
Sara Zarr stops at The Fake Steph
Simone Elkeles stops at YA Reads
Amber Kizer stops at BelleBooks
Michelle Hodkin stops at Word Spelunking

August 28th
Marissa Meyer stops at Fiction Freak
Tara Fuller stops at Tater’s Tall Tails
Victoria Scott stops at Mostly YA Book Obsessed
Sarah Crossan stops at Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf

August 29th
Jeri Smith-Ready stops at Bookhounds
Chloe Jacobs stops at The Reviews News
Melissa West stops at Stories & Sweeties

August 30th
Michelle Rowen/Morgan Rhodes stops at The Book Hookup
Sarah J. Maas stops at Ink Scratchers
Katy Longshore stops at A Little Shelf of Heaven

August 31st
Maria V. Snyder stops at Two Chicks On Books
Tessa Gratton stops at Fiktshun
Danny Marks stops at Citrus Reads

Tour Wrap-up Posts at Fiktshun and Two Chicks On Books

Happy reading until next time!