Ready for a new dystopian YA read? Today, I’m happy to welcome debut author Heather Anastasiu, whose book GLITCH was released last week. Heather lives in Minnesota, has pink hair, and loves tattoos–which you can see at her website.
Want to win a copy of GLITCH (which is the first in a new trilogy)? Read on…ABOUT GLITCH: Zoe lives in a world free of pain and war. Like all members of the Community, a small implanted chip protects her from the destructive emotions that destroyed the Old World. Until her hardware starts to glitch. Zoe begins to develop her own thoughts and feelings, but nothing could be more dangerous in a place where malfunctions can get you killed. And she has another secret she must conceal at all costs: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers. As she struggles to keep her burgeoning powers hidden, she finds other glitchers with abilities like hers, and together they plot to escape. But the more she learns about beauty, joy, and love, the more Zoe has to lose if they fail. With danger lurking around every corner, she’ll have to decide just how much she’s willing to risk to be free.
Give us the “elevator pitch” for your latest work? Glitch imagines a future in which world peace is finally achieved, but at a terrible price—by enslaving most of the global population through emotion-deadening bionic hardware.
What is your favorite scene in the book? My favorite scene is probably where one character is trying to explain the word ‘love’ to my protagonist (who lived the first seventeen years of her life without being able to feel emotion).
Hardest scene you’ve ever written: A fight scene in the middle of book two of the Glitch trilogy. I swear I’ve rewritten it from scratch more than ten times!
What’s on your nightstand or top of your TBR pile? Endlessly by Kiersten White
Favorite book when you were a child: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Your five favorite authors: John Steinbeck, Kristin Cashore, Margaret Atwood, Cassandra Clare, J.K. Rowling
Book you’ve faked reading: Huckleberry Finn
Book you’re an evangelist for: The Dark Light by Sara Walsh
Book you’ve bought for the cover: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Book that changed your life: Christy by Catherine Marshall
Book you most want to read again for the first time: Harry Potter!
Most horrifying moment while reading a book: When the giant horde of ants overruns the village in The Poisonwood Bible. That scene stuck with me for years!
Favorite book about books or writing: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
Editing book three in the Glitch Trilogy and working on a new sekrit project I just started plotting out!
So…want to win Glitch? Leave a comment to enter. You know the drill–extra entries for blog follow, Twitter follow @Suzanne_Johnson, and Tweeting the contest. Now…twitch, er, glitch!