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Interview with Anne E. Johnson and Giveaway - June 19, 2012

Please welcome Anne E. Johnson to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Interviews. Green Light Delivery, Anne's debut for adults, is out today. Happy Publication Day to Anne!!


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Anne:  To be at my most productive, I need to be working on several things at once. I typically have two novels and two short stories in various phases of drafting, usually quite different from each other. That way, if I get stuck on one thing, I can use a different part of my brain on something else.


TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Anne:  Anthony Burgess is my absolute favorite novelist. And it's not just his sardonic wit that I love. I most admire how fearlessly, unapologetically intellectual his fiction is. I don't dare write like that, but in my dreams I do. It takes great courage not to worry whether your readers know what the heck you're talking about, or even know the words you're using.

Among my other favorite authors are Ursula K. LeGuin, Robert A. Heinlein, Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Chandler, and E.L. Doctorow. As you can see, I have wide-ranging taste. And everyone I've ever read, good or bad, has influenced my writing.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Anne:  I am more plotter than pantser, but I'm not afraid to change the plan as I go along if it's not working out or if I get a better idea. I approached Green Light Delivery in an atypical way, however. I wanted Webrid, the main character, to feel very lost and confused and pointlessly wandering in the first half. Therefore, I plunged in without a plan, so I wouldn't know where I was going, either.


TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Anne:  The most challenging thing is being buried in ideas. I realize that it's a classy problem, but I get very frustrated by how long it takes to turn an idea into a novel. I'd love a machine where I hook up my brain, slide in a dollar bill, and out comes a finished work. Okay, maybe a hundred dollar bill.


TQ:  Describe Green Light Delivery in 140 characters or less.

Anne:  Urban alien Webrid notices a green laser light beaming from his head. He'll do anything to get rid of the blasted thing.


TQ:   What inspired you to write Green Light Delivery?

Anne:  Having just finished a complicated historical fiction (a medieval tween mystery called Trouble at the Scriptorium), I wanted to write something bizarre and funny for adults. I kept in mind the huge entertainment value I get from reading Douglas Adams and Raymond Chandler, and tried to combine those styles into one novel.


TQ: What sort of research did you do for Green Light Delivery?

Anne:  While I love doing research, I save it for my historical fiction projects. This one was born from my imagination plus little homages to a hundred different novels.


TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Anne:  Webrid was definitely the easiest character to write. He talks and thinks like a combination of a noir gumshoe and a gas-station attendant. And I seem to have a lot of Webrid in my personality, carefully hidden from the world, of course.

Zatell was the hardest to write because she's shaped so strangely. Imagining and describing her motions was difficult. She has a large number of all-purpose limbs radiating out from a central head/body, and her face is like the center of a flower. She doesn't so much walk as roll.


TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Green Light Delivery?

Anne:  My favorite scene happens when Webrid, a working-class man (well, alien), finds himself in a fancy hotel in a city he's never been to before. He feels so out of place amid the luxury that he sets off on foot through the unfamiliar streets, figuring that eventually he'll reach a "bad" part of town where he'll find the rough-and-tumble types he can relate to. And he's right.


TQ:  What's next?

Anne:  I'm currently working on a sequel to Green Light Delivery. I also have some novels for tweens, Ebenezer's Locker and Trouble at the Scriptorium, and there will be sequels to both of those.


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Anne:  It's my pleasure. Thanks for inviting me!



 About Green Light Delivery

Green Light Delivery
Candlemark & Gleam, June 19, 2012
Trade Paperback and eBook, 284 pages

Interview with Anne E. Johnson and Giveaway - June 19, 2012
Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It’s not glamorous work, but it mostly pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla’s capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.

Then he gets mugged by a robot.

Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn’t know who his client is, or what he’s carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what’s in his head. Literally. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process.



About Anne

Interview with Anne E. Johnson and Giveaway - June 19, 2012
Anne E. Johnson is a fiction writer based in Brooklyn. Her eclectic background includes degrees in classical languages and music history. She has published over twenty short stories, many of them for children. Green Light Delivery is her first science fiction novel and her first novel for adults. You can learn more at her website, http://anneejohnson.com.

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a digital copy (eBook) of Green Light Delivery from Candlemark & Gleam!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Robots! Do you have a favorite from novels, comics, TV, or movies? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars - June 2012

It's time for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars for May 2012!




As part of this year's Debut Author Challenge I thought it would be fun to choose a favorite cover from each month's debut novels. At the end of the year the 12 monthly winners will be pitted against each other to choose the 2012 Debut Novel Cover of the Year. Please note that a debut novel cover is eligible in the month in which the novel is released in the US.

January 2012 Winner - Control Point (Shadow Ops 1) by Myke Cole. Cover Art by Mike Komarck.

February 2012 Winner - Dead Harvest (The Collector 1) by Chris F. Holm. Cover Art by Amazing 15.

March 2012 Winner - The Company of the Dead by David Kowalski, Cover Art by Amazing 15.

April 2012 Winner - Blackbirds (Miriam Black 1) by Chuck Wendig. Cover Art by Joey Hi-Fi.

May 2012 Winner - Nightshifted (Edie Spence 1) by Cassie Alexander. Cover art by Aleta Rafton.


For June you have 5 covers to choose from.













 



2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts


There are 5 debuts for June.  Please note that I use the publisher's publication date in the United States.

Take a good look at the covers. Voting for the your favorite June cover for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Cover Wars will take place later this month.

The June debut authors and their novels are listed in alphabetical order by author (not book title or publication date). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments.


Beneath the Shadows
Author:  Sara Foster
Format:  Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher:  Minotaur/Thomas Dunne Books, June 5, 2012
Price:  $24.99
Language:  English
Genre: Gothic Suspense
ISBN:  978-0312643362
US Debut

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
In this thrilling gothic suspense debut by Sara Foster in the tradition of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah, a young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance.

THE ANSWERS ARE HIDING BENEATH THE SHADOWS

When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits an isolated North Yorkshire cottage, they leave the bustle of London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam vanishes without a trace, leaving their baby daughter, Millie, in her stroller on the doorstep. The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village on the untamed heath. Everyone—the police, her parents, even her best friend and younger sister—is convinced that Adam left her. But Grace, unable to let go of her memories of their love and life together, cannot accept this explanation. She is desperate for answers, but the slumbering, deeply superstitious hamlet is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace hunts through forgotten corners of the cottage searching for clues, and digs deeper into the lives of the locals, strange dreams begin to haunt her. Are the villagers hiding something, or is she becoming increasingly paranoid? Only as snowfall threatens to cut her and Millie off from the rest of the world does Grace make a terrible discovery. She has been looking in the wrong place for answers all along, and she and her daughter will be in terrible danger if she cannot get them away in time.


Silver
Author:  Rhiannon Held
Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Tor Books, June 5, 2012
Price: $14.99
Language: English
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN:  978-0765330376

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Andrew Dare is a werewolf. He’s the enforcer for the Roanoke pack, and responsible for capturing or killing any Were intruders in Roanoke’s territory. But the lone Were he’s tracking doesn’t smell or act like anyone he’s ever encountered. And when he catches her, it doesn’t get any better. She’s beautiful, she’s crazy, and someone has tortured her by injecting silver into her veins. She says her name is Silver, and that she’s lost her wild self and can’t shift any more.

The packs in North America have a live-and-let-live attitude, and try not to overlap with each other. But Silver represents a terrible threat to every Were on the continent.

Andrew and Silver will join forces to track down this menace while discovering their own power and their passion for each other.


Green Light Delivery
Author:  Anne E. Johnson
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher:  Candlemark & Gleam, June 19, 2012
Price: $19.95
Language: English
Genre: SciFi - Space Opera/Noir
ISBN:  9781936460281


2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It’s not glamorous work, but it mostly pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla’s capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.

Then he gets mugged by a robot.

Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn’t know who his client is, or what he’s carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what’s in his head. Literally. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process.

Green Light Delivery is a fascinating, fresh take on sci-fi that pairs the nonstop action and intrigue of Raymond Chandler’s noir novels with a completely alien setting, spanning worlds and introducing us to creatures with a hundred ears, poisonous bones, or radial symmetry instead of bilateral. It’s full of adventure and humour, and will satisfy anyone looking for a space opera that’s a little out there.


Osiris
Author:  E.J. Swift
Series:   Osiris Project 1
Format:  Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher:  Night Shade Books, June 5, 2012
Price:  $26.99
Language:  English
Genre:  SciFi
ISBN:  978-1-59780-417-2

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
Nobody leaves Osiris. Osiris is a lost city. She has lost the world and world has lost her . . .

Rising high above the frigid waters, the ocean city of Osiris has been cut off from the land since the Great Storm fifty years ago. Most believe that Osiris is the last city on Earth, while others cling to the idea that life still survives somewhere beyond the merciless seas. But for all its inhabitants, Citizens and refugees alike, Osiris is the entire world--and it is a world divided.

Adelaide is the black-sheep granddaughter of the city's Architect. A jaded socialite and family miscreant, she wants little to do with her powerful relatives--until her troubled twin brother disappears mysteriously. Convinced that he is still alive, she will stop at nothing to find him, even if it means uncovering long-buried secrets.

Vikram, a third-generation storm refugee quarantined with thousands of others in the city's impoverished western sector, sees his own people dying of cold and starvation while the elite of Osiris ignore their plight. Determined to change things, he hopes to use Adelaide to bring about much-needed reforms--but who is using who?

As another brutal winter brings Osiris closer to riot and revolution, two very different people, each with their own agendas, will attempt to bridge the gap dividing the city, only to find a future far more complicated than either of them ever imagined.

Osiris is the beginning of an ambitious new science fiction trilogy exploring a near-future world radically transformed by rising seas and melting poles.


The Age of Miracles 
Author:  Karen Thompson Walker
Format:  Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher:  Random House, June 26, 2012
Price:  $26.00
Language:  English
Genre: SciFi - Dystopia
ISBN978-0-8129-9297-7

2012 Debut Author Challenge - June 2012 Debuts
With a voice as distinctive and original as that of The Lovely Bones, and for the fans of the speculative fiction of Margaret Atwood, Karen Thompson Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a luminous, haunting, and unforgettable debut novel about coming of age set against the backdrop of an utterly altered world.

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Guest Blog by Anne E. Johnson - Green Light Delivery as a Sci-Fi Stew

Please welcome Anne E. Johnson to The Qwillery as part of the 2012 Debut Author Challenge Guest Blogs. Green Light Delivery, Anne's debut for adults, will be published in June.


Green Light Delivery as a Sci-Fi Stew
by Anne E. Johnson

I didn’t set out to write Green Light Delivery as science fiction. At first it was a “bizarro” exercise, and I tried to create something utterly and inexplicably weird. But after about three paragraphs of the first draft, I realized that I wanted a cogent, if wacky, story. That meant human―or at least humanoid―behavior and motivations for the characters. But I was determined to have plenty of weird and wonderful in there, despite a logical narrative arc.

I didn’t even know whether Webrid, the main character, was human when I first started writing. As it turns out, nobody in Green Light Delivery is human because it takes place in an alternative universe. That alone, by some definitions, makes it science fiction.

Before I knew it, I was writing a sci-fi adventure! Some might even call it a space opera, because it involves an entire planetary system.

The scientific element of the novel is non-technical. This is partly due to the fact that the world is seen through Webrid’s eyes, and he doesn’t know a thing about technology. And, although his main problem is a science-based one (there’s some sort of high-tech laser embedded in his skull), he doesn’t understand what’s going on. Lucky for him, some of his friends paid attention at school!

Many people notice a “noir” element to the writing of Green Light Delivery. This does not mean it’s a detective story! There is no private eye. Webrid is stuck solving his own mystery. But there are choices I made in language and perspective that reflect a “pulp” sensibility. For one thing, this involves a certain kind of dark, sarcastic humor, which I do try to control when interacting with people in real life, but which I always have at my disposal.

Setting and character type are also essential for a noir feel. Much of Green Light Delivery takes place in the gritty city of Bargival, where Webrid lives and works, carting items in a hand-pushed cart. He’s an intensely urban (decidedly not urbane) character, who feels uncomfortable among the rich, the educated, or the rural. And he surrounds himself with tough types. At one point he runs into a drug dealer in an alley, and is relieved to meet someone he can relate to.

And then there’s Webrid’s general attitude. Definitely based on the noir model. He has an eye for the ladies, a sardonic world view, and some nagging issues of self-esteem. I didn’t spend my college years reading all those Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett novels for nothing! I did make the decision not to use first-person, though. Unlike Chandler and Hammett, say, who become Philip Marlowe and Sam Spade, I wanted to give the reader a slightly wider-angle view of the proceedings. However, even in the third person, Webrid’s heart and mind are the only ones truly exposed to the reader.

Green Light Delivery was fun to write, and I think readers will find influences from many types of literature in its pages. The reason I became an author of fiction is because I so love reading it! And I’m a sponge: once I discover a particular author or style or genre, it’s part of me forever.


About Green Light Delivery

Green Light Delivery
Candlemark & Gleam, June 19, 2012

Webrid is a carter, like his mother and grandfather before him. It’s not glamorous work, but it mostly pays the bills, and it gives him time to ogle the sexy women on the streets of Bexilla’s capital. Mostly, he buys and sells small goods and does the occasional transport run for a client.

Then he gets mugged by a robot.

Now, with a strange green laser implanted in his skull and a small fortune deposited in his bank account, Webrid has to make the most difficult delivery of his life. He doesn’t know who his client is, or what he’s carrying, but he knows that a whole lot of very dangerous people are extremely interested in what’s in his head. Literally. And they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

With the help of some truly alien friends, a simple carter will journey across worlds to deliver his cargo. And hopefully keep his head in the process.
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About Anne

Anne E. Johnson is a fiction writer based in Brooklyn. Her eclectic background includes degrees in classical languages and music history. She has published over twenty short stories, many of them for children. Green Light Delivery is her first science fiction novel and her first novel for adults. You can learn more at her website, http://anneejohnson.com.

Anne's Links

Website
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Blog
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