Thursday, August 22, 2013

Authors Are Rock Stars!! - Interview with Tiffany Truitt


Hello loves!!! Welcome to my stop on the Authors are Rock Stars Tour Stop!! I am so excited to be featuring the lovely Tiffany Truitt, author of The Lost Souls series!! See my review of Chosen Ones here, and Naturals here. And, super exiting guys!! Both ebooks in the series on are sale August 23-26.

Purchase Chosen Ones: Amazon | B&N
Purchase Naturals: Amazon | B&N

I will start by telling you why I think Tiffany is a rock star. There are so many dystopian novels out there today. You walk into a book store, go to an online book seller, even the grocery store, and you will find numerous dystopian novels. So, what makes Tiffany Truitt stand out among those? Well, for one, the absolute desperate and bleak feel of the setting that some of them lack. Then, the awesome character development. You really care what happens to the characters. And beyond anything else, the believability of it all. I could see something like this happening way in the future. Tiffany is creative and brilliant, but she is also really sweet and friendly. She is more than happy to engage in twitter conversations and make friends with you. These are just a few of the reasons she is a rock star author to me!!


About the author:

Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of  one McDonald's and Banana Rats (don't ask) she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).

Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. The earliest books she remembers reading belong to The Little House on the Prairie Series. First book she read in one day? Little Woman(5th grade). First author she fell in love with? Jane Austen in middle school. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. She currently teaches the following novels: The OutsidersSpeakNight, Dystopian Literature Circles: The Hunger GamesThe GiverThe Uglies, and Matched.
Tiffany around the web:

Interview


Hi Tiffany!! I love your books and am super excited to be hosting you for the Authors Are Rockstars event! Thanks for doing this interview.

Thanks for hosting me! I am excited to stop by.

When you aren't writing what are your favorite things to do?

I adore going to concerts. It’s defiantly my writing escape and my biggest inspiration at the same time. I was lucky enough to go to the Firefly Music Festival this summer. Three days of music from every genre was exactly what I needed to regroup before I enter the editing cave for book three.

What would your perfect vacation be?

Anywhere. I’m pretty much up for any kind of travel. Last summer, I went to Boston, Delaware, and Chicago. The summer before, I went to China. This summer, I spent a week at the beach with my extended family. I’m pretty much up for any vacation where I get to escape from the laptop and spend time with people I love.

What is a typical day like for you? Do you have a routine?

Right now, I am on summer vacation (the perks of being a teacher). Usually, I wake up, attempt to teach the children of the world, come home and snack it up (I have a horrible junk food addiction), travel to my favorite local coffee shop (Café Moka), meet with my writing partner or attempt to create something worth reading, and then watch Netflix until sleep. I have always considered writing a second job.

How did you come up with the idea for The Lost Souls series?

For awhile, I was making a six hour drive to visit a friend at college every other weekend. Needless to say, I had a lot of time to think. I am huge fan of television and music scores, and the idea just came to me while driving and listening to the greats. I wish I could pin point the exact moment it all came to me, but I think it was a collection of random ideas and questions. The story has changed so much since its original draft!

Did you have the whole series planned out before you started writing, or does it come to you as you go?

I def had a general outline. I don’t think my publisher would have offered me a three book deal otherwise. But, the story has definitely changed and evolved in ways I never saw coming. I think that happens as you write and edit. A story is like a child. You can guide it through life, but, eventually, it has to take on a life it chooses for itself.

Do you have any writing habits? Music, snacks, certain places you like to write?

I can’t write in silence. At all. I usually go to my favorite coffee shop, put in the ear plugs, and listen to lyric-less music. Coffee is always a must.

Who would you want cast as Tessa and James if the series was to be on the big screen?

I’ve always said I would like Saoirse Ronan and Ethan Peck.

If the world were really like the world in this series, would you go along with the rules, or would you try to escape?

I’d like to think that I would rebel, but that is always easier said than done. My characters tend to lose a lot for standing up for what they believe in strongly. Something everyone has to weigh when they are faced with difficult choices. Needs vs Wants. Loss vs Gain.

Are you working on anything else other than The Lost Souls series?

I currently have a standalone YA book out on submission with my agent. It’s kinda edgy and the characters are soooo imperfect. I really hope it finds a home. I am also working on what my writing partner and I are calling a pre-dystopian-dystopian. It’s so cool, and if we can manage to get it done, I think people will really dig it.

What books are on your reading pile right now that you hoping to get to soon?

I tend to stick to YA because that’s what I write. My fav of the summer has been The 5th Wave.

Random:

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Chocolate for coke floats. Vanilla for everything else.

Coffee or Tea?

Coffee for writing times. Tea to relax.

Oceans or Mountains?

How about ocean surrounding by mountains?

Quiet night in or night on the town?

I like both!

Skirts or Pants?

Skirts.

Hair down or up?

Usually down.

Okay that's all I have.

Thanks so much! It was a pleasure to interview you. You are a rockstar!! :)


Check out the first two books of The Lost Souls series!!

  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository

What if you were mankind’s last chance at survival?

Sixteen-year-old Tess lives in a compound in what was once the Western United States, now decimated after a devastating fourth World War. But long before that, life as we knew it had been irrevocably changed, as women mysteriously lost the ability to bring forth life. Faced with the extinction of the human race, the government began the Council of Creators, meant to search out alternative methods of creating life. The resulting artificial human beings, or Chosen Ones, were extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.

Life is bleak, but uncomplicated for Tess as she follows the rigid rules of her dystopian society, until the day she begins work at Templeton, the training facility for newly created Chosen Ones. There, she meets James, a Chosen One whose odd love of music and reading rivals only her own. The attraction between the two is immediate in its intensity—and overwhelming in its danger.

But there is more to the goings-on at Templeton than Tess ever knew, and as the veil is lifted from her eyes, she uncovers a dark underground movement bent not on taking down the Chosen Ones, but the Council itself. Will Tess be able to stand up to those who would oppress her, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?




  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Publication date: 4/2/2013

Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.

14 comments:

  1. I love Tiffany's books too! I completely agree about the character development and the believability of the plot.

    She came up with the idea while on a drive? I wish I was that productive. All I do is sleep on drives or get car sick!
    Saoirse Ronan would be perfect for Tess and Ethan Peck is cute.

    Thanks for sharing, Amy! :)

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  2. I've heard such good things about this series. It's nice that it stands out among all the dystopians out there.
    Great interview!

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  3. YAY! She drinks coffee/tea like me. I usually drink coffee when I need energy or to wake up. And tea to relax or on a cold winter night. Awesome.

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  4. Great interview! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. It always amazes me when authors can listen to music while writing. I SO can't do that. I've been wanting to read these books, hopefully I can get to that soon!

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  6. Great interview! Thanks so much for being a tour host <3333333

    Hugs,
    Jaime

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  7. Ooo, bleak settings and great characters are always a plus! I've had the first book for awhile, but I really need to get off my butt and read it since you liked it so much, Amy.

    Also, this next book sounds intriguing. Imperfect heroes and heroines are the best kind. :)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  8. Ahh I haven't read anything by Tiffany but now I really want to from what you said about her in your paragraph and from the interview. The idea of going to a coffeeshop to write sounds so amazing, I did it once at my summer camp and it was so relaxing and really, really fun, even if my TA started screaming at me for not focusing O_O The Lost Souls sounds really interesting and like there's a lot of character development and really hard choices, and I'm also intrigued by her pre-dystopian-dystopian now and how it's going to work out. :)

    Fantastic interview! <33

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  9. I read Chosen Ones a while back and I really liked it. Too bad I never found time to fit in book 2...great interview!

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  10. I've been wanting to read Chosen Ones forever! Since the cover reveal! LOL I'd like to think I would rebel too but it is easier said than done. Especially in a world where you have so much to lose.

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