Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Giveaway and Author Interview with Christina J Adams and The White Lilac

The White LilacThe White Lilac
by Christina J Adams
Kindle Edition
Published February 20, 2012

Premise: Ganked from Goodreads:
Fifteen year old Caryn Tobin is willing to sacrifice her life to save the world, and to atone for her part in the death of a friend. Kai Garrett will risk everything to discover his past and why he was abandon. When their paths join, they form an unlikely friendship that could change everything. The fate of the world hangs in the balance.

I am so happy Christina agreed to share some information about her book, not to mention THREE Kindle copies!!! 

She got my attention when she checked out my blog and noticed my love for dystopians: 
The White Lilac, my young adult dystopian novel, is similar to The Hunger Games and Across the Universe and was released this February as an e-book on Amazon Kindle. 
She also sent me an excerpt - here's a small, delicious piece:
    If I do this I will only have one week left to live. I stand near the edge of the practice aquarium unable to step forward. My heart pounds in my chest at the sight of the gray water and I am overwhelmed by the desire to hyperventilate again.    
“Caryn, you need to focus,” Seventh Official Anderson says from somewhere behind me. 
“Are you listening?”    I swallow and nod, but I can’t take my eyes off the water.
With no further ado, I give you Christina J Adams!!

1. What inspired you to write The White Lilac?

For me the concept of sacrifice, especially the kind of sacrifice that goes above and beyond the norm, intrigued me. A great example of this are the brave men and women who fight for our country. They get up everyday not knowing if it will be their last, but they still go out and do their jobs. Their sacrifice and courage are inspiring. In my book, I wanted to explore the kind of person who would be willing to sacrifice themselves and the possible motivations that might drive them to do that. I also wanted to make the story entertaining and complex, but the original inspiration for this story came from the theme of sacrifice.

2. What is your favorite scene or part of your book? Why? (No spoilers, please!!)
It's hard to pick a favorite scene, especially without spoilers. But if I had to pick, I would probably go with the first time each of the two main characters are introduced. I tried to jump right in with the action and place the characters in familar, yet unique, situations. When Caryn is introduced she is getting ready to participate in a swimming competition that takes place in an aquarium (not the normal place for a swim meet), but she is afraid of the water. When Kai is introduced he is completely submerged in a lake hiding from the two thugs on the dock who are looking for him. I just like the way these scenes set the tone for the characters and the way the world they live in comes to life in those scenes.

3. Please share something personal about you!!
I lived in Uzbekistan for almost a year. It was such a unique experience and it opened my eyes to how diverse other cultures can be. It's extremely humbling to be the only one in a room who doesn't understand the language or to have people suddenly laugh at something you said and you are baffled as to why. But it was also good because it has made me keep an open mind toward others, especially when I'm in new situations or around people I don't know. And it has influenced my writing, whether in the form of the words I use--like jigger, the name of the fish in The White Lilac, means liver colored (their closest word for brown) in Uzbek--or in descriptions or even the recreation of certain emotions I experienced while I was there. Most of the time I'm not conscious of it, it's just a part of who I am.

The Author:

 Christina J. Adams finds inspiration in the green rolling hills and farmland surrounding her home in Maryland. She loves hanging out with young people, and gets more excited about a new book coming out, from one of many favorite authors, that it’s probably not good for her health. She didn’t think being a writer was a serious profession until after high school, but has since decided it is the best career ever.

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