Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jennifer Bosworth Author Interview

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JENNIFER BOSWORTH lives in Los Angeles, California, where lightning hardly ever strikes, but when it does she takes cover. She is the writer half of a writer/director team with her husband, Ryan Bosworth. 


What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I’ve been fired from almost every job I’ve ever had. I’m basically no good for anything except being a writer.

What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
Don’t punch other kids. Even if they deserve it, you’ll get suspended.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Let the reader know that your characters aren’t safe. Be willing to pull the trigger.

What are some of the common challenges that new and experienced authors face and what advice do you have for over-coming them?
For me, the hardest part of being a writer is coming to terms with the fact that, no matter how many people love your work, no matter how many awards you win, no matter how great a book deal you get, you’ll never feel validated unless you love what you’ve created. I always thought I’d be validated once I got a book deal, but, if anything, I’m harder on myself and my work than I ever was before. Write for the love of writing, not for the praise or the accolades. Write for the right reasons.

For those who are unfamiliar with your novel; Struck, how would you introduce it?
It’s a post-apocalyptic novel with a supernatural twist, similar to Stephen King’s “The Stand,” but with earthquakes and lightning instead of a plague.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Mia?
I didn’t realize how hurt and lonely she was until I wrote her (several times, through several rewrites). She’s so tough on the outside that it took me a while to figure out she was in pain.

Why do you feel you had to tell this story?
When I think about the way it was to be a teen, I remember a feeling of possessing power, but still being powerless. Of feeling like there was all this potential bottled up inside, but I didn’t know how to use it. Having lightning trapped inside seemed like an appropriate metaphor for what it feels like to be a teen, and I needed to explore that.

Do you have a favorite quote that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire you?
“When there’s nothing left to burn, you have to set yourself on fire.” I heard it in a song, but I’m not sure who first said it. It’s a theater mantra, I believe.

If you could introduce Jeremy to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
Probably Gandalf. He needs a new father figure.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
Gah! There are so many! I’m working on a film project right now titled, “Robots of the Civil War,” which is an alt-history, steampunk series I’m writing and producing. My husband will direct. I’m also working on a novel called THE HIVE, which is sort of like “Big Love” meets “The Ring.” It’s a weird one, for sure. Working on a few other screenplays and novels, too, but I can’t talk about them . . . yet. Soon!

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
Write fast! That’s when you find your voice. Whenever I write slowly I find myself imitating other authors. If I write fast, my voice takes over.

Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?
Salem, MS on Halloween!

What book are you reading now?
“Breed” by Chase Novak. It’s about rich people who will do anything to get pregnant, even if it means going to an Eastern European country and subjecting themselves to an experimental treatment that leaves them . . . less than human.

What do you think is the most useless class in high school?
To be honest, I found just about every class in high school useless except English and History.

When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
I don’t lie! I have truth tourettes.

What's the worst summer job you've ever had?
Cleaning my dad’s furniture store. I’m allergic to dust!

When was the last time you cried?
At the SCBWI summer conference, during the breakout session I was teaching. But they were good tears.

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.

Praise for STRUCK

“...compelling.” ―BCCB

“With a complex plot, several intriguing characters, and a believable future L.A., this novel should earn a spot on supernatural romance shelves.” ―School Library Journal

“Part apocalyptic survival fiction, part supernatural romance, this taut novel is entirely absorbing.” ―Horn Book

“A creative premise and developed setting with a fast, fun...plot.” ―Kirkus

“Bosworth's debut catches attention with vivid descriptions and a snazzy premise…” ―Publishers Weekly

“Cinematic! Struck builds into a massive, darkening, electric storm of a novel.” ―Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why and The Future of Us

“Fast-paced and crackling with action, Bosworth's gritty saga of a lightning-kissed girl with a dangerous gift kept me rapt until its final riveting pages. Struck is a striking debut.” ―Ransom Riggs, author of Miss Peregrin's Home for Peculiar Children

“The premise is wonderful . . . This story has a solid build up and a terrific ending.” ―Terry Brooks, author of the Word & Void series

After major natural disasters left its wrath and destruction on Earth, Mia finds herself stuck in the aftermath’s wreckage of Los Angeles. As a survivor in a world that has forever changed, she sets herself apart from the two militaristic groups, the Followers and the Seekers. However, being a lightning addict that can withstand multiple strikes, she is sought after by the two groups due to their beliefs that Mia, the lightning addict, will bring on the apocalypse.

Characters within the story are well rounded and plausible. Readers will feel an immediate connection with Mia as she struggles and faces many of the same issues that the typical teenager goes through. The romance is present but is not a main focus of the book. There is a little bit of everything.

Jennifer Bosworth’s Struck is set in an apocalyptic world. She references the Bible and many religious theories of how the world will end. Her writing style will make it comfortable for readers who are less familiar with religious views. She takes a world of chaos and produces a story that is worth your every while. She presents a wonderful writing style that lures your interest in and keeps it throughout the book. Struck is a unique story that will resonate long after it is read. One of my favorite reads for 2012.

You can purchase Struck at the following Retailers:

And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you JENNIFER BOSWORTH for making this giveaway possible.
2 Winners will receive a complete Swag of Struck by Jennifer Bosworth.
(Signed Copy of Struck, T-shirt, Necklace, Temp Tattoo, Tarot Cards, Fingerless Glove, Bookmark)
3 Winners will receive one Signed Bookmark & Sticker.


  1. I don't doubt it at all. :]

  2. I do, because of the book, Choker. It had me thinking a lot about myself and my mind...

  3. I've thought about it before, but it only makes me feel paranoid.

  4. I believe in all supernaturals =]

  5. There is no way we are alone, there has to be other intelligent life out there :)

  6. No. I believe there are others out there.

  7. No one can say it is real or not, because we have never seen anything else, but I think there is.

  8. No, I dont. I dont think we are alone

  9. No, I'm pretty sure that are others out there :)

  10. I don't doubt about it!
    I'm reaaally looking forward to read Struck. :)
    One of things I love the most in interviews and when the authors tell her currently read, I'm soo totally going to read “Breed” by Chase Novak! Thanks Jean! (Ileana-Rafflecopter)

  11. I don't doubt it :)

    Great interview! The "Robots of the Civil War" film project sounds exciting! Thank you for the giveaway!

  12. No :)
    Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  13. Why shouldn`t be another living organism out there? I don`t doubt it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Never doubt it. :)

    Awesome giveaway!!

  15. No, I am open to the idea of others, anything is possible I guess.

  16. I definately believe there are others!

  17. Odd question.
    Honestly, no. The snarky person in me, says "yes". :D

  18. I don't doubt why would we be the only beings

  19. I don't doubt! It would be silly to think we're the only ones.

  20. I don't know....I think I don't doubt.

  21. No, I don't! I believe in supernatural beings ^_^

  22. I go back and forth. At times I think there might be some things - like demons or ghosts, but not aliens. I don't know!!

  23. No, I'm sure there are others out there besides me!

  24. I think it might be possible!

    Megan McDade

  25. Hmmm...I would like to say no. I would really love to meet some of these smexy men I read about who happen to be vamps, weres, etc.... but truly I don't think so. I would actually probably die of a heart attack if I ever met one. LOL

  26. No, it makes too much sense that there would almost HAVE to be other life out there.

  27. Actually no, I am pretty open to whatever's out there!

  28. Actually I am opened minded and believe there is possible unexplained things (Take technology for instance look at a computer from 1980's to what is today)
    Thanks :)

  29. No. I can't say I do. I have a very open mind about that. Wouldn't be surprised if there was/is.

  30. So many other worlds of course there has to be more of us somewhere RIGHT ?

  31. Absolutely not!...I have never been more certain of anything in my life

  32. I'd say at times it does go through my mind.. but it's more for fun rather than for belief

  33. No I do not doubt.. I am a paranormal investigator.. I have seen "others" and experienced them. I also believe there are more life on other planets.. we are not the only ones :-0

  34. Nope, there are others :D

    -Enna P.

  35. never ! theres probably lots of things out there

  36. I've never thought about that. Hmm.. I don't think so.

  37. I believe in the existence of us humans, angels and devils... and of course the creator of everything... God.

  38. There's probably more out there.

  39. I have doubts about it, but open minded.

  40. Not at all...well at least not the possibility :)

  41. i'm open minded to every possibility

  42. Not really. Sometimes the way a book tells about the existence of others in a very scientific and convincing manner opens a lot of possibilities.

  43. Yes, I do believe in existence of others. Like ghost..

  44. No-I mean, there's animals, aren't there!
    I also believe that there's angels...

  45. No, there must be other kinds of.. creatures!