Welcome to this stop on the Stranglets Blog tour hosted by Itching for Books. Today I have interview with Michelle Gagnon, the author of the novel and there will also be a giveaway at the end!
1. When did you start writing?
When I was six years old, I actually won some sort of award for my first "novel," a thrilled tale that was aptly named, "Tommy the Toothbrush." In some ways, it's been downhill from there...
2. All of your books so far have been thrillers, what made you choose to write about that particular genre?
I love reading thrillers--there's nothing quite like a story that keeps you up all night turning pages because you feel compelled to know what's going to happen. And I'm a firm believer in people writing what they most enjoy reading.
3. Where did you get the idea for Strangelets? Why did you decide to set your novel in an abandoned hospital?
An editor and I came up with the initial idea for Strangelets while spitballing story plots. And I ran with it from there.
4. Did you need to do much research for the setting? I'm also curious if you visited any abandoned hospitals for research?
I didn't visit any abandoned hospitals, but I've had plenty of terrifying nightmares about them. In terms of research, I read some articles on what the "hospitals of the future" will look like, and drew heavily from those.
5. You've previously written four adult thrillers. How different is it writing for Young Adults when you're used to writing for adults? Was the switch between the two difficult?
Honestly, the only thing I really changed was the age of my heros and heroines; I kept the story itself every bit as dark as I would in an adult thriller. The language is a bit more toned down than it is in some of my other books, however. I feel strongly in staying true to character, so if I'm writing a book with a couple of former Navy Seals chatting, the dialogue tends to get a bit salty.
6. What was your favourite part about writing Strangelets?
I really enjoyed finding out more about Near Death experiences, which one of my characters (Sophie) is obsessed with. That was some fascinating research.
7. What is the main theme of you book? Is there a specific message you wish to get across to the reader?
Try not to get sucked into a black hole!!
8. Describe Strangelets in 15 words?
A motley group of teenagers wake up in an abandoned hospital and must work together to escape. (That's 17 words, but close enough, right?)
9. Out of your three main characters, who was the most fun to write?
I really loved writing in Declan's voice; I have dual Irish citizenship, and it was great fun to appropriate some of the local lingo.
10. What are you current projects?
I'm currently working on the third book of my PERSEFONE trilogy for Harper Collins; DON'T TURN AROUND was released last August, and the sequel DON'T LOOK NOW will be coming out this summer!
Bonus Question: If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I ended up basing my college thesis on entries from my grandfather's WWI diaries. He passed away when I was eight years old; I'd love the chance to be able to discuss his experiences in person.
About the Book:
Release Date: 9th April 2013
Publisher: Soho Teen
Synopsis: 17-year-old Sophie lies on her deathbed in California, awaiting the inevitable loss of her battle with cancer…
17-year-old Declan stares down two armed thugs in a back alley in Galway, Ireland…
17-year-old Anat attempts to traverse a booby-trapped tunnel between Israel and Egypt…
All three strangers should have died at the exact same moment, thousands of miles apart. Instead, they awaken together in an abandoned hospital—only to discover that they’re not alone. Three other teens from different places on the globe are trapped with them. Somebody or something seems to be pulling the strings. With their individual clocks ticking, they must band together if they’re to have any hope of surviving.
Soon they discover that they've been trapped in a future that isn't of their making: a deadly, desolate world at once entirely familiar and utterly strange. Each teen harbors a secret, but only one holds the key that could get them home. As the truth comes to light through the eyes of Sophie, Declan, and Anat, the reader is taken on a dark and unforgettable journey into the hearts of teens who must decide what to do with a second chance at life.
About the Author:
Michelle Gagnon is a former modern dancer, bartender, dog walker, model, personal trainer, and Russian supper club performer. Her bestselling adult thrillers THE TUNNELS, BONEYARD, THE GATEKEEPER, and KIDNAP & RANSOM have been published in North America, France, Denmark, Spain, Argentina, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Australia. BONEYARD was a finalist for a 2009 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense.
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Thank you to Michelle Gagnon for allowing me to interview her. Also thanks to Shane at Itching for Books for hosting the tour. And thank you for stopping by!