Welcome to day 4 of my Birthday Bash Extravaganza! Today I'm having the lovely C.J. Redwine over, author of Defiance which will be published on August 28th (US) and September 6th (UK). It's one of my most anticipated releases of 2012 and I can't wait to get my grabby little hands on it!
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
Hi C.J., it's awesome having you over on the blog! Lets get right into the questions, shall we?
What made you want to write?
That's just the way my brain works. I've been making up stories since I was in the second grade and realized it was someone's job to make stuff up and write it down.
What inspired you to write Defiance?
I'd had the image of a Leviathon-like creature living underground for a while. One day I saw a picture of a fortress that reminded me of a city-state and the world of Defiance was born. On a more personal level, once I understood who Rachel was and what was going to happen to her, I committed myself to writing a story about being broken and how to rise out of the ashes of your brokenness and find hope again.
Who is your favorite character in Defiance? Why?
Ack! That's like asking me which of my four kids is my favorite! I honestly love every character, even the evil ones.
Who was the most fun to write?
Logan. It was a challenge to write a character whose go-to response is logic and deduction, but I just love who he is and how awkward he becomes around Rachel.
How would you describe Defiance if you had to pitch it in 25 words?
A girl escapes her tyrannical leader to rescue her father and finds love, heartbreak, and a war two decades in the making.
Short random Qs!
Favorite day of the week?
Favorite fictional character?
The entire cast of Harry Potter.
Favorite TV show?
Favorite book of 2012 so far?
Everneath, Timepiece, Incarnate, Shadow & Bone, & Smart Girls Get What They Want =D (can't pick just one!)
Thanks so much for stopping by on the blog, C.J.! You gain a bazillion points in my book with your answer to who your favorite character is. WIN!
And since this still is my Birthday Bash Extravaganza, I'm giving away a copy of Defiance! Just fill in the form to be entered, and that's it! You can gain extra entries, but they are in no way required to be able to win.
»» This giveaway is now closed. Winner TBA ««
C.J. Redwine loves stilettos, lemon bars, and any movie starring Johnny Depp. She lives in Nashville with her husband, four kids, two cats, and one long-suffering dog. To learn more about C.J., visit her website at http://cjredwine.blogspot.com/
That's it for today's BBE post! Make sure to check back tomorrow for more awesome!
Birthday question: Which book(s) did you get for your last birthday?