Saturday, September 29, 2012

Mini-Interview with Sarah Crossan, author of Breathe

Inhale. Exhale.
Breathe . . .
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

Alina has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.

Quinn should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

Bea wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to? [Description from Goodreads]

Today we have the pleasure of chatting with Sarah Crossan, the author of the soon-to-be-released book Breathe.

Great to have you on the blog today, Sarah!
Wonderful to be here!

1) What was your inspiration for the world you created in Breathe?
I was inspired to write BREATHE when I witnessed logging in Washington State. It is such a majestic place, and I found it sad that entire mountainside were bare. I am terribly afraid for our planet.

2) That must have been a sad sight to see. It’s awesome, though, that it inspired you to write a book and share your opinion with the world. How are the characters of your novel (Quinn, Bea, and Alina) unique? Tell us a little bit about them.
The characters in the novel might not be the most likeable characters when you first meet them, but they all grow through their experiences and learn to be their best selves, which I think is more important than being perfect to begin with.

3) As a reader, I completely agree with you. Having the characters grow on you as the book progresses is much more memorable and a better experience for the reader. What’s the best advice you have for aspiring authors?
If you want to be a writer, you have to do the work: Sit down at your laptop and get typing because there is no substitute for experience. It’s also very important to read as much as possible. Do both these things because you want to. If it doesn’t feel like a joy, you should stop and try something else. If you love it, keep going!

Great advice! I’ve heard it over and over again from author after author, so it really must be the key! Thanks for sharing that nugget of wisdom with us. It was a pleasure chatting with you! Can’t wait to pick up your new book!
Thanks so much for having me!

Be sure and buy Breathe on October 2nd!

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