Terra Blog Tour: Character Interview With Gretchen Powell + Giveaway!



 About The Author:

Half-Chinese and the daughter of a US diplomat, Gretchen Powell spent her childhood growing up in far-off places. She made it all the way to her mid-twenties whilst maintaining her deep-seated love for young adult novels, so she decided to write one of her own.
Her creative process involves copious amounts of Sour Patch Kids and sleeping fitfully. Her many interests include anything with polka dots, Harry Potter, and playing the ukulele.

When she isn’t crafting devastated futuristic worlds and fiery heroines, Gretchen also writes a healthy living blog, entitled “Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!”

She lives in Northern Virginia with her two adorable miniature schnauzers. They wear many sweaters.

Find Gretchen Powell on the Web:WEBSITE | TWITTER| FACEBOOK| GOODREADS
 Character Interview – Staring Terra:

Lucy (Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf): Hello and welcome Terra, it’s such a pleasure to welcome you on the blog! I would definitely love to hear more about you later on but, before we get to that, first thing’s first, I want to know how’s it like working for Gretchen Powell? How would you describe your relationship – character to author? Be Honest!
Terra: Hello there. Hmm, interesting question. I guess that generally I would say that our relationship is good, first and foremost. I tend to throw a lot of things at her as she writes – making changes in story or interactions with other characters on a whim, so the fact that she rolls with the punches is pretty great. In all honesty, we definitely do get sick of each other now and then; she throws her hands into the air claiming I’m being too angsty, I get annoyed when she doesn’t spend as much time writing as she should. It’s a give-and-take. But it works for us, so I guess I can’t really complain.

Lucy (Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf):  Now, getting back to the story, could you please describe a little bit about the novel and your role in it? Perhaps share some dilemmas you face, if any, without giving too much away?
Terra: The long and short of it is that life here in my time, on Earth as I know it, well, it blows. The ground’s all dried up, the sun’s too harsh, and did I mention it rains acid? It’s not exactly peachy for me, or for my little brother, Mica. I’m a scav, meaning I support both of us by scavenging recyclables to trade in for credits. So let’s say that one day, I’m out on a routine scavenging run, and I come across something… strange. Something that I haven’t exactly seen before. And when I turn it in on Collection Day, it nets me a whole lotta credits – way more than I’ve ever gotten before. Well, if it were you, wouldn’t you want to go out and find other things that are just as strange and just as valuable? That’s what I thought.
Of course, if you knew ahead of time that doing exactly that was about to start you on a path that might change everything—and I do mean everything—that you know, and you might think twice.

Lucy (Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf):  Terra, from your point of view, what do you think makes a good story?
Terra: Action, intrigue, a unique plot (well, as unique as things can be these days), strong characters, and—it almost pains me to admit this—a little bit of romance. You have all that, more likely than not you’ve probably got a great story on your hands.

Lucy (Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf):  How would you describe Gretchen’s inspiration for ‘Terra‘ the novel?
Terra: I know that she reads a lot (a lot, a lot, a lot) of dystopian fiction, so I’m sure that her goal when setting out to write her book was ensuring she was writing something that she would want to read. I’d say it worked.

Lucy (Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf):  What do you enjoy doing on your spare time when you’re not playing the lead role in Gretchen’s novel?
Terra: I scav, mostly. That takes up most of my time. Well, when I’m not watching out for Mica, or trading up at the Marketplace. I dunno, I don’t have a lot of spare time, now that I think about it. Mica and I will hang together and watch a bit of TV every now and then, but that’s about it.

Lucy (Moonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf):  Can you give your readers a little hint as to what Gretchen is going to be working on next? If so, will you be making a guest appearance?
Terra: As far as I’m aware, the only thing that she’s working on now is the next chapter of my own story! The sequel to Terra is being written as we speak. And on that note—I really should be getting back. Thanks for having me!

Title: Terra (Terrestrials #1) 

Author:Gretchen Powell
Publication Date: December 12th 2012
Hopewell Media

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra’s world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything–a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

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  Tour-Wide GIVEAWAY:

1 Prize: 1 signed copy of Terra and three signed bookmarks.

  Blog Tour Schedule:

Week One

May 6thParajunkee – Guest Post

May 7thGobs and Gobs of Books– Interview

May 7thCaught Between the Pages– Guest Post

May 8thPoisoned Rationality – Interview

May 9thLost in Books– Guest Post

May 9thMy Book Addiction – Review

May 10thMoonlight Gleam’s Bookshelf – Interview

May 10thLibrary of a Book Witch– Review

Week Two

May 13thJenna Does Books – Guest Post

May 13thBuried Under Books– Review

May 14thThe Best Books Ever – Interview

May 14thPieces of Whimsy – Review

May 15thSeeing Night Reviews – Review

May 16thPaulette’s Papers – Interview

May 17thBurning Impossibly Bright– Review

May 17thMelissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf– Guest Post

Happy reading until next time!