Friday, August 17, 2012

Authors ARE Rockstars Tour Stop with Jennifer Bosworth: Interview + GIVEAWAY


I'm so honored to be part of this tour and representing Jennifer Bosworth, the amazing and gorgeous author of Struck. She's as amazing in person as she is on paper. Here's a little about Jenn:

Jennifer Bosworth was born in Price, Utah, a small, coal-mining town in the desert. As a kid, her favorite thing to do was roam alone through the barren hills and tell herself stories. As an adult, she continues doing the same thing, only now she's roaming the streets of Los Angeles, her favorite city in the world. And where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover.

Jennifer attended college at the University of Utah, where she later taught continuing education classes on writing horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Jennifer is also half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth. Struck is Jennifer's first published novel.

Learn more about Jennifer Bosworth on her website.


I had the pleasure of meeting Jenn at one of the Fierce Reads tour stops and she is such a great person and just so cute! She has a quirky personality, and I love that about her. Her writing is phenomenal and I felt like she really put a lot of herself into Struck, and that takes a lot of guts. It also helps that she lives in LA, and so we're pretty close to each other.

Anyway, I'll have her tell you more! Here's the interview:


My first burning question is if there's going to be a sequel any time soon to Struck?
Ack. I want to tell you yes, but I simply don’t know. Struck sold as a standalone, but now everything is a series, so you never know. Luckily, I wrote in some threads into the story that could lead to a sequel, so if my publisher asks for one, I’m ready. I already have a title and everything. AFTERSHOCK. You want?
 What was it like getting your debut novel published?
The whole thing has been kind of surreal. I still don’t believe it actually happened. And the weirdest thing of all is that my brain child is just . . . out there. Being read. Like, at the moment I’m answering these questions, someone might be reading Struck. That’s incredibly strange to me.
 What is your favorite character to write?
Villains! I love villains because of their complexity. Why did they become the bad guys or bad girls? That’s what I want to know, and that’s what I like to explore. My heroines also tend to be extremely flawed. I don’t understand “good” people. I’m not one of them, and I’ll never get them.
Do you have any writing quirks?
I do enjoy my vices. Coffee, whiskey, beer, wine. Coffee is my everyday fuel. The rest are for difficult writing days. Oh, lemonheads (the candy) and kettlecorn are also great writing sustenance. 
What was the hardest part about writing Struck?
There’s so much going on in the story. I felt like I was juggling chainsaws trying to get the plot right. If I dropped one I’d lose a hand.
What kind of research did you do for Struck?
My research centered around lightning, earthquake, and cults. Here are a few interesting things I learned:
•Lightning doesn’t strike the ground. Energy on the ground reaches up and meets the lightning halfway. If you watch slow motion lighting videos, you can see what’s really going on.
•There is an 8-mile deep fault that runs right beneath downtown L.A. It’s the fault I write about in Struck. So, yeah, great place to construct a lot of really tall buildings.
•Cult leaders usually don’t start out with bad intentions. Power corrupts.

What made you choose Los Angeles as your setting?
A lot of people want to destroy L.A. because they hate my city. I actually destroyed it because I love it, and I figured that would raise the stakes for me. Struck is, in a weird way, my love letter to Los Angeles. You always hurt the one you love.
 Why did you decide to incorporate religion into Struck?
That is a dangerous question. I’ll try to give a dangerous answer worthy of the question. I was brought up in an extremely religious community, and as a “youth” I didn’t feel like I was free to think for myself. Once I left that community and discovered that I was actually free the whole time, I realized I’d been a bit brainwashed. But the truth is, I didn’t incorporate religion into Struck because I wanted to create a metaphor for how I felt as a teen. It just kind of . . . happened. I had something to say about that subject, and it slipped out in a metaphorical way. Now I’m suffering the consequences, because a lot of people are offended by Struck. But the truth is, I’d rather put out a book that pisses people off but challenges people to think for themselves, than put out a book that says nothing. 
In the end, I wish that, instead of telling young people, “This is what you believe,” adults asked young people, “What do YOU believe?”
If you could do anything differently with Struck, what would it be?
I’d focus a bit more attention on Mia’s brother, Parker. He’s one of those “good” people I mentioned, the ones I don’t understand. I’ve gotten a few reviewers calling me out on his character not being fleshed out enough, and I get where they’re coming from. I’d go back and give him some more dimension.
Have you ever been struck by lightning?
I have not, and I don’t think I’d want to be. It really messes people up. But I was one of those kids who liked to stick things in light sockets, so I’ve had a few shocks in my day.
Lightning Round
[Like my play on words there? Eh?]

Favorite book that you've read so far this year?
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn.

Favorite food?
Kettlecorn. I could eat my weight in kettlecorn.

Vampires, werewolves, or other? 
Harpies never get any love.

Would you rather have the ability to read minds or be invisible? 
Be invisible. I’d steal so much s*#t.

Winter or summer?  
Can I choose fall? I’m a Halloween fanatic, so October always wins! 





Interested yet? Well, here's a synopsis of her book and my review of it:


Goodreads rating: 3.72
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR
Series: Struck #1
Source: Bought

 Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

I'm not sure why this novel has a lower rating. Out of the Fierce Reads books, it was one of my favorites. And there were a lot of good books in there. When we're introduced to Mia, we have no idea who (or what) she is. I mean, really, who wants to be struck by lightning? Well, Jen does but we won't tell. She's living with her younger brother and her ailing mother in their home after a massive earthquake rocks LA. If you've ever been to Santa Monica, you've seen the homeless people. Now imagine more of them, all in white, and following a strange cult leader that supposedly predicted the earthquake. Because that's what's happened in the aftermath of the quake. But their leader is not at all what he seems. And neither is the creepy yet hot stalker Jeremy.

I loved the dynamic between Mia and Jeremy. At first, Mia thinks Jeremy is a stalker. Which he is, admittedly, but it's for a good cause. He wants to protect her, not hurt her, but Mia doesn't trust very many people. Her mother has been catatonic since she almost died during the quake, and her brother feels helpless. The white cult with the prophet ends up getting their claws into both of them, and Mia has no one to turn to but Jeremy. And finally, Mia begins to trust Jeremy and begins falling for him. Oh, and he rides a motorcycle, so already he's pretty hot. You just can't help but love him and how he's always trying to do the right thing but goes the wrong way about it. I'm hoping to see a lot more of them in the next book.

There was so much in this book to be suspicious of. We're even meant to be suspicious of Jeremy, and just when you think you can trust him, it turns out he's still not who we thought he was. Everyone's intentions are so messed up and almost always unknown in this book. It's not so much mystery as being suspicious of everything and everyone, and there were big twists I was not expecting. Bosworth has written a unique story that turned into a truly beautiful novel. The fact that Mia has these physical flaws, yet Jeremy still finds her attractive (he hasn't seen all of the lightning scars, but he's seen some), made their romance real to me. Mia is super relatable because we all have scars, whether they're outward or inward, and Mia has some of both.




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90 comments:

  1. Awesome interview! I loved it! I actually have a copy of Struck waiting to be read, and this post made me want to move it up to the top of my TBR pile!

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  2. All authors. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  3. Awesome interview. And I love that you got the chance to meet the author. That's so cool! Your graphic is amazing too!

    (And yes, I loved that you called it a lightning round!)

    Thank you so much for hosting this rockstar author and for being a stop on the tour today! So glad you got to host an author you've met and whose book you love!

    This stop totally rocks.

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  4. All authors, rocks my world with there awesome creations!

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  5. So hard to choose just a few, They're all amazing, all rockstars in my opinion!! They give us what we love, which are great books to read!!

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  6. Marian Keyes.
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

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  7. I can't pick one its so hard. But jennifer is up there i want to read struck BAD. Thanks for a chance :)

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  8. Ah that's a hard question. I'd probably say Veronica Roth because Divergent has such a cool, rebellious vibe. I'm really excited to read Struck, though. I like the way it combines something paranormal with the relatable problem of addiction. I don't think I've ever read anything like that, so I'd be interested to see what it's all about. Plus, it sounds like there's some hot apocalyptic action-bring on the quakes!

    Jennifer Bosworth sounds really down-to-earth and funny. Aftershock is such a good title for a sequel too, I hope she writes one! And her comments about writing and religion are spot on in my opinion, why not challenge young people to think for themselves?

    Thanks very much for hosting this interview and giveaway.

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  9. Eveyr author is like a rockstar to me! It's impossible to choose one, I have so so many... Thank you for the giveaway!

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  10. Okay so... I absolutely LOVE Jenn. like.. I want to be besties with her. She's so nice and so humble about everything she's accomplished and I just love it. I got to meet her during the Fierce Reads and I saw her a few times at Comic-Con as well which was awesome. She's great. Fab interview!!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

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  11. I think a LOT of authors are rock stars. I'm a big fan of Rachel Vincent, who is also on the tour! :D

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  12. I think all authors are rock stars. I do like Kimberly Sabatini. She's great.

    :).

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  13. One of my favorite authors is Richelle Mead and in my eyes she is a rock star. There are, of course, a lot authors I love but she is one of the best.

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  14. Great interview. Crossing my fingers I can win a coveted copy!

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  15. Jennifer Bosworth of course. Who else has amazing lightning on their covers?!

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  16. How can one simply choose a single author? Nonsense! They all are, of course. :)

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  17. Wonderful interview! That is so awesome that you got to meet her!

    I agree with the others that said that all authors are rockstars :)

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  18. Alxyandra Harvey, Susan Dennard, and COurtney Summers are 3 of mine!

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  19. great interview! jennifer seems like a really cool person. and i love kettle corn, too. you usually have to pry it out of my hands.

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  20. I think all authors are rock stars. They give us so much joy in what they write.

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  21. All authors are rockstars in my book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  22. All authors are Rock Stars! ♥

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :))

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  23. Definitely all of them, but Shawntelle Madison completely rocks.

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  24. Thanks so much for being a tour stop. The post is awesome!

    -Jaime

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  25. Ann Agguire - her twitter is full of awesome

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  26. If I were picking an author that I believe is a rockstar, I would say Marie Lu the author of Legend. Her writing is amazing and she is so young. I believe that she is going to rock this world with her writing! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. J.K. Rowling and/or Suzanne Collins. They both created very interesting (and frightening) worlds.

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  28. Libba Bray. She is hilarious and so much fun to listen too. I couldn't believe she narrated her own audiobook for beauty queens! Such a great book.

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  29. C.S. Lewis, Shannon Hale and Jane Austen are my rockstars!

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  30. Tiffanie DeBartolo is a rockstar! She works as a music producer and she wrote one of my favorite books of all time How to Kill a Rock Star.

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  31. Great interview! I loved Jennifer's vices. LOL!!

    Thanks so much for being part of the tour, you did awesome!!

    -Patricia

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  32. I am leaving a comment for a participant (if that's allowed) who mentioned they were having trouble leaving their comment here for the giveaway. It's below:

    BAKERETTE: I really think all authors are rockstars, whether I've read them or not, because they have the courage to pursue something they want to share. And I thank all who have shared with us! Rock on!

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  33. I think Holly Black is a rockstar.

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  34. J.K. Rowling and Lissa Price:) and Sarah Dessen

    -JennyC

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  35. She's definitely a rock star just for liking Lemon Heads! ^_^ Other wise, Jay Asher and Jenny Han.

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  36. I love this interview! So funny! Jennifer is awesome :)

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  37. Struck sounds fantastic! And based on this post, Jennifer seriously sounds like a rockstar to me! :)

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  38. There are a lot of authors I think are rockstars! But, if I have to choose one, Libba Bray is most definitely a rockstar to me : )

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  39. Great interview :) I love a lot of authors but my absolute favorite is Kim Harrison. She truly is a rock star to me :D

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  40. There are so many great authors. One I'd choose is Kelley Armstrong.

    Thank you.

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  41. There are so many amazing authors who are rockstars to me (if I had to name all of them, this comment would probably go on forever), but I'm a die-hard fan of Richelle Mead and Jennifer Armentrout. Although judging from this interview, Jennifer Bosworth sounds like a rockstar too ;D

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  42. Awesome interview! I can't wait to read Struck!!! My rockstar author = Colleen Hoover.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. Trick question because they are all ROCKSTARS!!!

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  44. Honestly anyone who can put pen to paper and write a coherent sentence is a rockstar in my book.. i do have a few authors whos brain i would love to curl up in with my footie jamas and a blankie.. Stacey Rourke and Libba Bray..

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  45. I think all author are rockstars, but my favorites just Cassie Clare and Jeri Smith-Ready!

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  46. I think many authors are rockstars, but one I recently read and comes into my mind is Marissa Meyer :)

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  47. Jennifer Armentrout is my fav rockstar!

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  48. SO many, many authors but if I have to pick...Lauren Oliver, Kady Cross and Robin KaFevers.

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  49. Every ya author is a rockstar! But my fave is def Cassandra Clare.Ev

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  50. John Green, Melina Marchetta, and Cassandra Clare!

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  51. I think all authors are rock stars. I love meeting authors, and meeting John Green, Melina Marchetta, Richelle Mead, and Cassandra Clare in person were some rock star moments for me.

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  52. I have a bit of an obsession with Veronica Roth!

    --Markella

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  53. Laini Taylor is pretty awesome ;)

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  54. I love Meg Cabot very much because it was due to her books i entered and loved the YA genre

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  55. In truth I believe ALL authors are rockstars, because they each give us something different and rock it in their own styles!

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  56. Most authors are! Especially favorites! VERONICA ROTH is totally a Rockstar!

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  57. Jennifer Armentrout!!! She's AMAZING on so many levels! :D

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  58. I think all authors are rockstars but J.K. Rowling is the queen :)

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  59. Patrick Ness, Darren Shan, Cassandra Clare and more

    Thanks :)

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  60. I have two authors that I think are rockstars--Anna Godbersen and Melanie Rawn

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  61. All Authors are Rockstars!! Thanks :D

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  62. My latest fav is Marjean Brook.

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  63. I'll pick two - Maggie Stiefvater and Colleen Hoover.

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  64. Seriously, anyone that can finish a book is a rockstar. I have three that I've been working on for nearly a year, and it is sooo hard! Anywho, the authors I fangirl over are Leah Clifford, Kevin Hearne, and Stephen King. :-D

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  65. J.K. Rowling!!

    This was a great interview. I'm dying to read this book, I watched the book trailer a few days ago, totally loved it!

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  66. All authors are rock stars really :) But my favourite ones have to be Cassandra Clare and Tahereh Mafi! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. All authors are rockstars!! But JK Rowling is probably the ultimate rockstar :P

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  68. I think Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, and J.K. Rowling are rock stars. Thank you for the giveaway! :D

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  69. Ilona Andrews, Chloe Neill and Patricia Briggs are rockstars!

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  70. Veronica Rossi, Wendy Higgins, Chloe Neill, J.T. Geissinger, JR Ward, Becca Fitzpatrick, Julie Kagawa, Richelle Mead, Josephine Angelini, Cassandra Clare, JK Rowling and Jane Austen and many more!!!

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  71. I think Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, Maggie Steifvater, Lauren DeStefano, and Heather Anastasiu are all rock star authors!

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  72. COME TO ME STRUCK!!!
    I believe every author is a rockstar!

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  73. Ooh this is tough. Every author is a rockstar. If I had to chose one it would either be J.K. Rowling or Sarah Dessen. I started reading because of these two ladies.

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  74. Marissa Meyer, I totally love Cinder! :D

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  75. Every author deserves a chance to shine a be a rockstar :)

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  76. So hard to choose because to me they all are rockstars for the beautiful books they have poured themselves into because if you think about it rockstars do that with their work to :)

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  77. My rockstar would be between Richelle Mead, Rachel Vincent and Jeaniene Frost. Every single book they bring out . . . they are so brilliant!

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  78. I think every author it's a rock star. A new book it's a new song they shared :)

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