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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Q&A with Andrew Klavan + Book Giveaway!!


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About If We Survive:

They came on a mission of mercy, but now they’re in a fight for their lives.

High schooler Will Peterson and three friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor, secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their energy and kindness.

But in one sudden moment, everything went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are everywhere—and Americans are being targeted as the first to die.

Will and his friends have got to get out fast. But streets full of killers . . . hills patrolled by armies . . . and a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home.

If they can just survive.

Q&A with Andrew Klavan, 
Author of IF WE SURVIVE:

Q:           You’ve had many successes as a best-selling novelist and screenwriter.  What do you hope to bring to the young adult reading audience with books like this latest release?
A:            I like to tell stories that move like lightning—and I like to read stories like that too.  I love video games, love them, and it sometimes seems to me that younger people aren’t being offered books that are as fast and as thrilling and involving as those games. That’s too bad because when a high-octane story comes at you off the pages of a book, it’s different, it’s special—it’s almost magic, because it’s like it’s happening inside your head. You know the character’s thoughts. You get inside his imagination and his story gets into yours. No game or movie can do that—only a book. So I figured if I used the skills I learned in creating thrillers for adults, I’d be able to introduce younger people to a kind of exciting reading experience maybe they haven’t had before or haven’t had enough.

Q:           As a screenwriter, do you envision your fiction on the big screen someday? 
A:            Well, look, it was a real thrill to see movies made out of my books. I mean, to have Clint Eastwood star in True Crime, Michael Douglas star in Don’t Say A Word—how cool is that? And, I’m really excited that the Summit Entertainment folks, who have had a ton of success with the Twilight films and Hurt Locker want to put The Homelanders series on the silver screen. But I’ve always been a book guy first and foremost. I love books and I love reading—so I don’t really think about the movies when I write. Sometimes, when a book is finished, sure, I’ll imagine about how it might look as a movie or which movie star might be in it. But while I’m actually writing the book, I never think about it at all. I try to pour all my energy into making the story and characters come alive on the page. Someday, a director and producer and screenwriter and actors may come together to produce their version of the story. But if you want to hear it first-hand, straight from the imagination that created the story, you have to read the book.


Q:           What kind of feedback have you had from readers about your young adult work?
A:            The thing I’ve heard repeatedly that I’m really, really pleased about is: I could never get my son—nephew—grandson—whatever—to read, but he can’t put this book down. I’ve heard it again and again and every time I hear it, I go into a room by myself, close the door, pump my fists and say, “Yes!”  …and then come out straight-faced as if nothing had happened.

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Andrew Klavan's website: http://www.andrewklavan.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/andrewklavan

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27 comments:

  1. Sounds like a fascinating book! Thanks for the gieaway. :)

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  2. I absolutely loved Mr. Klavan's last book Crazy Dangerous! I just love how much action he puts into them :)

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  3. Sounds like a exciting book and full of suspense

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  4. I've been really wanting to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Great interview, thanks for the giveaway! This book is definitely on my TBR list! I loved Andrew's response to the feedback he gets, made me smile :)

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  6. How neat! I've been wanting to read Klavan's books for a long time but haven't gotten around to it...sounds amazing! :)

    Thanks for the giveaway and interview! <3

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway!
    This books looks great- the setting sounds interesting, and I love thrillers.

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  8. This looks like a great book for my daughter. Thanks for the chance!
    mrshud@cox.net

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  9. If We Survive sounds heart-pounding and exciting!

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  10. Exciting and interesting interview. So glad Christian authors are writing for the teen-boy audience. They usually don't want to slow down enough to read because reading bores them. These books sound as though they would actually hold their attention!

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  11. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  12. I loved Crazy Dangerous, which was the first book I've read by Andrew Klavan! Would love to win this one and read more! :) Thanks for a chance to win!

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  13. Sounds like a great book.

    Rafflecopter name: Jeana K.

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  14. It sounds like a very thrilling read!

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  15. Another great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. This sounds like an amazing book! When I read your review on Amazon, I knew I'd want to read this!

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  17. thank you. sounds like a great book.

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  18. i accidently entered points for the blog share.. however i ddi not do that. so i shared on clout but did not enter my points for that.
    https://twitter.com/giveawaymama2/status/273760486091288576

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  19. Sounds like another great book :)

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  20. We need more good authors for young people! This book sounds thrilling. Thanks for the giveaway!
    kandrajane at bellsouth dot net

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  21. My younger brother is one of those can't-get-to-read types and The Homelanders are the first books he really devoured. He was like a five-year-old waiting for Christmas when I told him that If We Survive was coming out and when he discovered I was getting a review copy he constantly checked the mail and then hounded me about reading it!

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  22. This sounds really good!!!!
    My brother doesn't like to read at all!
    Maybe this would get him interested! :)

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  23. A really great interview! I think it's very interesting to hear from a writer who has had success as far as his books being adapted into movies. Very interesting, and very exciting!

    Best,
    Danielle
    http://thereaderscommute.blogspot.com

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  24. Sounds like an exciting book! I'm always trying to find books for my siblings to read--this sounds fantastic for them!

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  25. This book looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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