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Friday, September 8, 2017

Zero Repeat Forever Blog Tour: Author Q&A + Giveaway

Hey guys, today I have the pleasure of being on the Zero Repeat Forever blog tour! Gabrielle answered some questions of mine about herself and her book, so I hope you guys enjoy it! Also, you'll find some other awesome goodies along with a giveaway in this post, so be sure to check it all out!

Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: August 29, 2017
Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Audible | iBooks | Book Depository
He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…
Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

Gabrielle is a writer, teacher and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. You can read about her books here. She is represented by Barbara Poelle at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency.

In 2014 she was the Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library. In 2015 she was nominated for the BC Book Prizes and chosen to tour the province to promote BC Books. In 2017 Gabrielle took part in the TD Canada Children’s Book Week Tour. She has also been nominated for the White Pine Award and the CLA Award.

Gabrielle won the Westchester Award for Audacious. Audacious was included in CBC’s list of 100 YA Books That Make You Proud to be Canadian. A poem from Capricious was chosen for the 2014 Poetry in Transit Program. Pandas on the East Side was chosen as an Ontario Library Association Best Bet for Junior Fiction in 2016. It was also nominated/shortlisted for the Chocolate Lily Award, The Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow Award and the Myrca Award.
Connect with Gabrielle:  Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads

Was there any difference in your approach to writing Zero Repeat Forever compared to any of your other books?

ZRF was my first Nanowrimo book, so I wrote a lot FASTER than I had in the past. It’s also my first science fiction, so I had to do a lot more thinking about the world-building.

What are your favorite and least favorite types of scenes to write?

I like writing kissing scenes! Also action scenes. I don’t like scenes with a lot of dialog, especially ones where you need to do a lot of exposition.

What is the strangest thing you've ever had to Google for research?

Like a lot of writers I worry that the FBI will come after me for my searches on things like “grenade” and “toxic gas”. Probably the weirdest thing I’ve ever Googled recently is how to say “snowflake” in other languages. My favorite was the Afrikaans “sneeuvlokkie”

Are any of your characters based on people you know? If so, then who?

Most of my characters share at least some characteristics with me, but no one in Zero Repeat Forever is based on any real person.

Which of your characters do you personally relate to the most, and why?

I relate to Eighth because he is so lost most of the time, both physically and socially. He has memory problems as do I, and he prefers the company of one friend over crowds, as do I.
Have you ever considered writing under a pseudonym?

I might write some adult romances under another name. Wait and see. ;-)

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Writing to the end and completing projects, is one of the hardest things. My advice would be to start small—even a poem, then work up to a short story, then a novella, before attempting a novel.

Can you tell us anything about your next project?

I’m writing the sequel to Zero Repeat Forever right now. After that I think I’ll write a middle grade fantasy but I haven’t quite decided.

Week One:

9/4/2017- That Artsy Reader Girl- Interview
9/5/2017- Read. Eat. Love.- Review
9/6/2017- Novel Novice - Guest Post
9/7/2017- britreadsbooks- Review
9/8/2017- Brittany's Book Rambles- Interview (You are here!)

Week Two:

9/11/2017- Bibliobakes- Review
9/12/2017- A Dream Within A Dream- Guest Post
9/13/2017- Lattes & Paperbacks- Review
9/14/2017- BookHounds YA- Interview
9/15/2017- Nerdophiles - Review

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  1. Great interview! I loved the answer where the author said she had to google snowflake in other languages. And of course this book sounds amazeballs! :D

  2. Great interview! I love that this was a nanowrimo book!

    1. I love that too, it makes you wonder how many of the nanowrimo books will be published someday!

  3. This cover is so beautiful! Awesome interview!

  4. Haven't heard about this until now, but it sounds amazing! Love the interview as well. Her advice for aspiring writers was on point! Normally I just hear "keep trying" and "don't give up", which is great advice, but sometimes it loses it's meaning after being said so many times.

    1. Glad I could put it on your radar! And I definitely hear you on the "keep trying" and "don't give up."

      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I have seen this book a few times and never realized it was a science fiction novel. The concept is so interesting! I always love it when authors divulge information about past Google searches. Thanks for sharing this one! :)

    1. I think it sounds really interesting and I always want to look at author's search history.

      Thanks for stopping by~

  6. I hadn't really taken the time to read the synopsis before this post, but now I think I might be interested in it. I love the author's interview, especially about the words she's googled.

  7. Sigh, I like this cover a whole bunch. <3 Such a lovely interview post Brittany :D Thank you for sharing about this one. <3 Curious about the book :)