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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Tour, Range by J. A. Huss.

So, today I am participating in a book tour!! This is my first tour and it is for Range by J. A. Huss. It is the forth book in the I Am Just Junco series. Click HERE to go to the Goodreads page for the first in the series Clutch. And go HERE to go to the authors page on Goodreads. 

My Stop in the tour includes an author interview so lets get to it. 

Thank you so much for having my on your blog, Kimberly!  I am thrilled to be here answering your questions.

Thank you for being here and I am thrilled to be asking you questions. So lets get into the first question.

Question 1. What made you start writing was there a specific event, or have you been writing your whole life?  There was a specific event – I screwed up my knee and I could not walk for six weeks so I sat in bed feeling sorry for myself.  I had a lot of time to think and I decided to start my own business writing science curriculum for homeschool families—I have two science degrees that I was doing nothing with and this was a perfect way to use them. So I started writing non-fiction first. I did that for five years before I started my first fiction book, but I had been thinking about the Junco story the entire time.

Ouch that had to hurt, but at least something good came out of a broken knee. 

Question 2. How did you come up with the idea for the I Am Just Junco series? I had this stupid job driving around Colorado inspecting hog farms and I would literally spend fourteen hours in a truck by myself, driving to places in the middle of nowhere. I thought up the entire Junco world out there on the plains of Colorado and in fact, that’s where the story starts off in Clutch.  Junco’s prairie.

I didn't know Clutch was set in Colorado, you learn something new everyday. That also sounds like a very boring job, I don't know how you could have done it. 

Question 3. What book of yours was the easiest to write and what book was the hardest to write?  Clutch was the hardest to write because it was the first.  I had a plot consultant and must have done four full drafts. And I had a lot of edits.  But Fledge, the second book, even though it’s the longest, was the quickest and the easiest first draft.  I had that one in 
my head long before I finished Clutch. 

Question 4. If you had a choice between being human or Avian what would you choose?
Definitely human.  Just thinking about how difficult life would be with wings makes me cringe.  It was hard to write about it, let alone live with it.

I don't think I would like wings either, but I would love to have the ability to fly. So, it would be a tough decision for me. 

Question 5. How much (if any) research did you have to do while writing the I Am Just Junco series? 
I did a lot of research on snipers and the military since Junco is a sniper in her day job.  I also researched bird wing configurations to get the whole learning to fly thing down.  And the mythology in the series is real – it’s from ancient Sumer/Babylon. I tried to stay close to the real story in those myths, but I changed them when I had to. I also researched the constellations a lot because I had to make sure that Junco and Tier could actually see the stars they were talking about in Clutch. It was November in that book and not all the constellations are visible in November. Ditto for Range – only this time it was September, so the night sky was a bit shifted.

That's a lot more research then I thought you did. I never really thought about how much research goes into writing a book, but it seems like a lot. 

Question 6. What book have you read (besides you own) is your all-time favorite? 
My all-time favorite is a military science fiction book called Woken Furies, but no girl besides me reads that stuff. So I’m gonna go with Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. I LOVE that series.  I cannot wait for the third book so I can read them all again in order. :) I’d stand in line for a signed book in that series. I’m a fangirl of Laini Taylor.

Now I really need to read that series.

Question 7. Were you a reader first then a writer, or were you a writer first then started reading? 
I have always been a reader.  It was my favorite pastime as a kid and at Christmas I’d ask for books.  One year I got the entire Black Stallion series and I was thrilled. (I’m also a horse freak – I have a degree in horses so that’s why Junco rides horses.)

It's encouraging to know that a reader can become a great writer. 

Question 8. What is the best aspect of writing and what is the worst?
The best is meeting other writers and bloggers.  I love that part more than anything. It’s also pretty cool to get that paperback in the mail the first time. It feels good.  Bad reviews are definitely the worst.  Some people will just never like my books, and while I’ve come to terms with it, it still sucks. :)

It would be so fun to meet other writers! And that's why I really hate giving a book a negative review. It's like, some one put their heart into writing this book, how can I come out and say I hated the book?

Question 9. What was the funniest character to write?
Oh, this is hard.  I love them all, but I like writing Annun the best.  He’s like that annoying screw-up in high school who never studies for the tests and who always passes anyway.  Annun is the last guy you want to go to for advice, but the only guy with the answers. Even Tier has to admit he likes Annun. 

I don't know if I know that character yet, but he sounds like a great guy :D. 

Thanks a bunch for the interview, I love your blog and I’m so glad you’re part of the Range and Magpie Bridge tour. :)

Thank you for letting me to be a part of the tour.

Now for the giveaway.

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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).

She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.

Author links:

Tour Schedule 

RELEASE DAY Monday – April 1
I Am Just Julie: http://jahuss.com/
I Am Just Junco: http://www.iamjustjunco.com/
Tuesday – April 2
The Book Tart: www.thebooktart.com
The Story Behind the Book Cover: http://thestorybehindthebookcover.blogspot.com/
Mrs. Potter's Book Publicity Services: http://www.mrspottersbookpublicityservices.com/
I Smell Sheep: Guest Post http://www.ismellsheep.com/
Wednesday – April 3
The Cover Contessawww.thecovercontessa.com
Thursday – April 4
Friday – April 5
Antics of a Bookworm: http://lilfriap.wordpress.com/
Froggarita's Bookcase: www.froggaritasbookcase.com
Saturday – April 6
Books, DIY`s and Randomness: http://bookishrandomness.blogspot.com/
 Sunday – April 7
A Dream Within A Dream: http://adreamwithindream.blogspot.com
 Monday – April 8
From the Bootheel Cotton Patch: http://fromthebootheelcottonpatch.blogspot.com
Tuesday – April 9
Wednesday – April 10
Thursday – April 11
Saturday – April 13
Sunday – April 14
Alexia Purdy's Blog: http://alexiaepurdy.blogspot.com
Monday– April 15
Wandering Thoughts of A Writer: http://themusingwriter.blogspot.com
Tuesday – April 16
White Sky Project - www.whiteskyproject.com 
Wednesday – April 17
Thursday – April 18
Friday – April 19
Saturday– April 20
Michelle's Paranormal Vault Of Books: http://concisebookreviewsbymichelle.blogspot.com/
Sunday – April 21
whYAnot reviews: http://whyanot.wordpress.com

Happy reading. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for hosting the tour, Kimberly! I really appreciate it! :)