Oh, y’all. I’m so excited to be part of Gena Showalter’s The Queen of Zombie Hearts blog tour, hosted by the fabulous ladies at Kismet Blog Tours! Gena is a favorite author of mine and both her young adult novels and steamier adult offerings. Lucky for us, Gena was kind enough to do a quick interview with me!
Book Swarm: First off, thank you so much for doing this interview, Gena! I tend to keep things short and sweet on my blog so I only have a couple of questions for you (plus, I know how busy you are!).
Gena Showalter: Thanks so much for having me over!
BS: Because her life’s been turned upside down, Ali had many insecurities and issues she had to work through in the second book. Can you give us a hint about how she’s doing and what growth we might see in this final installment?
GS: She is learning humans can be more dangerous than monsters, there are no real shades of gray, and doing what’s right isn’t always the popular choice. Oh, and she and her boyfriend Cole may or may not take things to the next level…
Oooh! *rubs hands together*
BS: So, I hear you wrote a letter to Cole, proclaiming your love for him. What draws you to him?
GS: I adore his snark, his sense of power, his willingness to admit when he’s wrong, his wit, his love for Ali, his willingness to die for his friends, his courage, his body—uh, I mean, his strength.
He does have some impressive…strength, doesn’t he?
BS: While there are some obvious references to the original Alice In Wonderland, I’m curious: any Easter eggs or more subtle references readers might have overlooked?
GS: I took bits and pieces of character personality traits and applied them to my own characters. There is a Mad Hatter, a Queen of Hearts, a Chesthire Cat, and Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Also, in Alice in Wonderland, Alice cries a pool of tears. My Ali cries more than ever at her sister’s funeral. Alice falls down the rabbit hole. My Ali spirals down a dark pit of despair at the loss of her family. I went for subtle references like that.
BS: You also write several highly successful and popular adult series including Lords of the Underworld and Alien Huntress (all of which rock!). What’s the difference in your writing process or mindset when you’re writing your YA series versus your adult series?
GS: Thank you! To be honest, my process is pretty much the same. I do my best to create fully realized characters, plot twists, big reveals, action, and my personal favorite, sizzle between the hero and heroine.
We do love that sizzle, no matter what kind of story it is.
BS: I’m always fascinated by writers’ creative processes and spaces. So, tell us, what does your writing space look like?
GS: As you can see, I like to be surrounded by pictures of my loved ones. And the potholder hanging from the cabinet, well, I stole it from my mother and then bragged to her about my awesome stealth, so it has a special place in my heart. And taunts her every time she comes over.
LOL! Such a good daughter!
BS: What are your must-haves when you’re writing?
GS: A bottle of water and some kind of music or white-noise. I can write anywhere, anytime, with a computer or a notebook or even speaking into a voice recorder. Chaos doesn’t bother me. I even wrote during the big tornado that swept through Moore, OK. It was me and my notebook in the celler—I alternated between writing and praying. And though I don’t need it, I really enjoy writing while my precious dogs are sleeping around me (I have four.) You can’t see them in the picture, but they have beds around my desk.
Wow. That’s some harrowing writing you’ve survived. And yay for puppies! They help with everything.
BS: Again, thank you so much! I’m thrilled to have you on my blog!
Look for the White Rabbit Contest
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the white rabbit will appear on a different blog and stay there for 48hrs. Once you have found the rabbit, click on it and you will be directed to a Rafflecopter entry form for the Grand Prize Giveaway! To enter, you must answer the daily question found at the tour stop!!!
Where could the Rabbit appear? On all Book Blogger Tour Hosts and The Harlequin Paranormal Blog, so go now and hunt the rabbit. Will you find it?
Look for the White Rabbit Question:
What’s one reader quirk you have (ie dog-earing pages, creasing the spine, reading the end first)?
Each tour stop is offering up a copy of either ALICE IN ZOMBIELAND, THROUGH THE ZOMBIE GLASS, or QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS!
One lucky grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card and a complete set of the White Rabbit Chronicles. To enter for the grand prize, you MUST follow the tour each day, hunt down the white rabbit, and answer the daily question.
Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open to US/Canada.
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Monday, September 8th – Two Chicks on Books & Harlequin Paranormal Blog
Wednesday, September 10th – The Book Swarm
Friday, September 12th – Supernatural Snark
Monday, September 15th – Such a Novel Idea
Wednesday, September 17th – Bewitched Bookworms
Friday, September 19th – Katie’s Book Blog
Monday, September 22nd – The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger
Wednesday, September 24th – Adventures of a Book Junkie
Friday, September 26th – Book Rock Betty
GENA SHOWALTER is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the Intertwined novels and several other popular YA and adult series. Her stories have been featured on MTV and in Seventeen magazine and have been praised as “unputdownable.” Growing up, she always had her nose buried in a book. When it came time to buckle down and get a job, she knew writing was it for her. Gena lives in Oklahoma with her family and three slobbery bulldogs. Become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @GenaShowalter and visit her at genashowalter.com/young-adult/ and at HarlequinTEEN.com.
Book III in the White Rabbit Chronicles
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #3
Published by Harlequin on September 30, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
I have a plan.
We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.
Either way, only one of us is walking away.
Alice 'Ali' Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers; until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters; and the worst has only begun.
As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing and turning Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.
Book II in the White Rabbit Chronicles
Book I in the White Rabbit Chronicles
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