Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Slayers Blog Tour: Interview with CJ Hill & Giveaway

Welcome to the third day of the Slayers Blog Tour! Today we have author CJ Hill with us for an interview and we'll be giving away one signed copy of the book as well.

Slayers by C.J. Hill
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Genre: YA

About the book: Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And they’re smart: Before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant, so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it – these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights, and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.

The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?

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***Interview***
BCM: Slayers is your YA debut, but you have numerous romantic comedies under your belt as well. How has your past writing experience helped to shape the story in Slayers?
CJH: I love both romance and comedy so even though Slayers is an action/fantasy novel it still has doses of humor and a bunch of hot guys.  I’ve found that hot guys make any book better.  I guess the biggest difference between my romantic comedies and the new CJ Hill books that are coming out, is that in romantic comedies readers are pretty sure that the author will not kill off characters, especially in gruesome manners like being eaten by dragons (or flesh eating scarabs—that’s happening in a future book).  In action/fantasy the reader has no such guarantees. 
BCM: What are the last three books you've read and loved?
CJH: Hmm.  That’s a hard question because I’m always reading. 
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Hitler Youth: Growing Up In Hitler’s Shadow by Susan Campbell Bartoletti  (Who needs dystopia, when you can read about the real thing?)
The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud.  I liked this one so much I bought both the hardback and the audio version.

BCM: Why dragons?
CJH: Dragons are cool for a lot of reasons.  They have a long and rich history—which is especially impressive when you consider that they never existed.  They’re connected with princesses, knights, and magic.  What other animals are big, powerful, fly, and can shoot fire from their mouths? Also, I like the symbolism associated with dragons.  Just like Don Quixote, sometimes we have to pick up our swords and fight the dragons in our lives.  Sometimes those dragons might only be windmills in disguise, but other times they’re big and fierce and can roast us like marshmallows.
How does a person find the courage to face those sorts of dragons?  When we come across dragon-sized problems, how many of us stick around to fight it out instead of taking off for safer ground?  I admit that part of the emotion behind this novel came from situations where I felt like I was facing dragons (large or small) and the people who were supposed to help, ditched the effort after the first flame.
My Slayers know what it’s like to have comrades desert them. Book two and three will probably not get much better for my teen superheroes.
BCM: Which of the characters in Slayers would you say is most like you?
CJH: It would have been cool to grow up a rich socialite like Tori, or to have been naturally athletically gifted like all of the Slayers.  Unfortunately, I can’t relate to any of the Slayers that way. For exercise, I walk instead of jog.  I think running should be saved for those times when I’m being pursued by something dangerous. That said, I’m probably most like Rosa. She wants to help everyone and worries about everything.  My children can attest that I’m always warning them about the danger of something—not eating their green vegetables, leaning back in their chairs, not paying attention in school—they hear it all.
BCM: Can you share a memorable author experience with us?
CJH: Being an author is the greatest job.  Not only do I get to work in my pajamas but I get to help kids enjoy reading.  I think my favorite author experiences are when kids tell me that I’m their favorite author, or that they learned to love reading because of my books.  You can’t get a better compliment than that.

***Giveaway Rules***
Thanks to CJ Hill, we are offering up one signed copy of Slayers to one lucky reader.  
  • Open to U.S. mailing addresses only.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight on November 2nd. 
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter.

The Official Slayers Blog Tour Schedule
Monday October 24th- Fire and Ice
Tuesday October 25th- I'm A Reader Not A Writer
Wednesday October 26th- Books Complete Me
Thursday Ocotber 27th-Bookalicio.us
Friday October 28th- Cari's Book Blog
Saturday October 29th- Rachael Renee Anderson
Sunday October 30th- Tales of a Ravenous Reader

5 comments:

  1. This sounds like a fantastic book. And dragons... DRAGONS. Love!!! Dragon lore is definitely as long and rich as CJH says.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  2. Great interview! And the book seems awesome! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  3. Yay, I am excited for this book! I hope I win!

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  4. I've been wanting to read this book for a while.

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  5. Great interview! Since Firelight I'm interested in more dragon books so Slayers is on my to read list. I'm also looking forward to he Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

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