Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Interview and Giveaway Lisa M. Stasse of The Forsaken

Interview with Lisa M. Stasse

Bio Info-
Lisa M. Stasse was born in Syracuse, New York, and has since lived in Spain, Russia, Hawaii, and North Carolina. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Government and English literature, and is currently a digital librarian at UCLA. Lisa loves watching science fiction movies, cooking Spanish food, and dancing around her house to 80's music (when no one is watching). She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband and their two-year-old daughter. All three of them are learning how to surf.

I reviewed The Forsaken yesterday and have to say I loved it!

Here are some questions I asked Lisa about The Forsaken.

Me-Why did you choose dystopian/post apocalyptic over any of the other genres to write?

I've always loved dystopian lit, and right now there's so much energy in that genre, especially when it comes to YA. Dystopians give you lots of room to tackle big issues, but also tell really compelling and intensely personal stories. I love Divergent and The Hunger Games, so those were big influences on me, among all the other classic dystopians as well, like 1984 and Brave New World (and Lord of the Flies too, if we can count that one!)

Me-What were your influences to write this particular story?

In addition to the books mentioned above, I really wanted to tell a story about a regular girl (one without any amazing traits or powers) who gets thrown into the harshest situation possible and has to not only survive it, but transcend it. I get really influenced by movies and certain TV shows as much as I do by books, so I think the show LOST was a big influence, along with movies like The Dark Knight and Blade Runner. Oh, and I enjoyed The Forest of Hands and Teeth too.

Me-In Alenna's shoes, dropped on an island supposedly filled with psychopaths and killers, what would your reaction be? What would you do first? 

I would be terrified! I would probably try to hide somewhere. But maybe not. Maybe I'd pretend to be a psycho too, so that I'd fit in. Then I could secretly work on my escape plan without attracting any attention to myself. That might work. Maybe.

Me-Dropped on a deserted island, what three things would be the most important to you for survival?

The sensible answer would be water, food, and a phone to call for help. But what I'd really want is some coffee (I definitely can't survive without it!), and some chocolate (again, hard to survive without that), and then I'd probably just sit there and take some cool photos of the sunset with my iPhone. Maybe I'd be happy camping out there for a day or two. It could be fun! ;) Like a desert island vacation.

Me-This is the first in a triology, can you tell us when the next book will be out and what we can expect (or some small hint)?

I'm just finishing up copyedits on Book 2 of THE FORSAKEN trilogy right now (as in literally a couple hours ago I was working on them!) The book will be released next summer. It continues Alenna's journey as she and her friends fight for freedom, and it gets even more epic! But they run up against some unexpected betrayals along the way that complicate their plans.

Me-What do you like to read? What are you reading right now?

I read nonstop (I'm a librarian at UCLA). Right now I'm reading a great nonfiction book called Wild, and I'm also reading Ender's Game again (a great book--I'm so excited about the movie coming out).

Me-Anything you'd like to add?

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I really appreciate it. Here are all my links! Come visit me and say hi:

The Forsaken Book Trailer

And for the Giveaway:

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  1. Great Interview! and all those fantastic places Lisa lived already... Hawaii? That's pretty awesome :))

    And I agree, I think if you want to get a Dystopian out in the hands of YA's to read then now. Though, Dystopian will always have a place in the shelves, right now it's getting crazy. Everyone loves it and do not seem to get enough :)

  2. I think so too, though I don't think the market is as inundated with it this year as it was last year. This year it's mainly sequels. But this one really knocked my socks off.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway!! This book sounds so good =)

  4. Loved the interview and your review yesterday really has me wanting to read this one. I do have to say the author would take being on that isle better than I would have been! :)

  5. Lisa seems so nice! I instantly liked her. :) And a librarian at UCLA? What a great job!

  6. Oh! I love the interview. I've been super curious about this one since I first saw it, so I can't wait to give it a go! It sounds fantastic. :D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! *fingers crossed*

    1. I know and international for an actual book! I'll keep my fingers crossed for you too!


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