February 3, 2014

Interview with Julianna Baggott, author of PURE + Giveaway

Julianna Baggott

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott is the author of eighteen books, most notably her recent novel PURE, the first in a dystopian trilogy, a New York Times Book Review's Editor's Choice and a People magazine pick for books to read after the Hunger Games, on a list with Orson Scott Card and Philip Pullman. There are over fifty overseas editions of her books.

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Chocolate or vanilla? 
Chocolate -- absolutely.
Paperback, hardcover or ebook?
Paperback -- I like to get messy with them
Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms -- see above: chocolate
Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook -- restraining myself in 140 characters isn't easy

 1. Which character from your Pure trilogy do you relate to most, and why?

Some weary days, I feel like I'm hauling others on my back so El Capitan -- or, at least, today that's who I relate to -- maybe because I'm the sole breadwinner for the family, four kids, two dogs...

 2. Where did you get the idea for the Pure trilogy? From what I hear, it's a very unique idea!

It took a million small little flickering ideas. But, for one, our house is filled with toys and dolls, and I can confess that to clean up, I like to shoot for the toy basket and I have held the heads of a lot of dolls -- sometimes you can't tell where their skin starts and yours ends. So the idea of a girl with a doll-head fused to her fist wasn't a stretch.

 3. When you're not writing, what do you like to do?

Honestly, I like to dance. Almost any kind of dance.

4. I've heard a lot of authors say that they'd actually love to live in the worlds that they've created. Would you like to live in the world of PURE? How do you think you'd do in their society?

Hell no! I prefer PRE-apocalyptic life. I'd die. Flat out in a world of dusts and beasts and groupies. I wouldn't make it to sun down.

5. What's your favorite book, and why?

I have a lot of different favorite books for different reasons at different times in my life. It's why I keep writing, too. If I felt one book -- as reader or writer -- was completely satisfying, I'd stop there.

6. What kind of research did you do while writing Pure?

Lots of stuff, but much of it was about the atomic bombs Americans dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the stories of survivors. Turns out, we, as human beings, have already created the apocalypse at different times in history.

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