Author Interview: Under Zenith by Shannen Crane Camp (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted February 19th, 2014 in Author Interview, Blog Tour, Giveaway / 18 comments
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Welcome to the Under Zenith Blog Tour. I am very interested in reading Shannen Camp’s work. Under Zenith sounds so dark but hopeful. To learn more about the book and the author behind it, check out the author interview below. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.

Title: Under Zenith
Author: Shannen Crane Camp
Release Date: 2.11.14
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing (also known as CHBB)
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon

It was the most important day of her life, and for 21-year-old Isla Edison, graduating from college with a useless degree in vocal performance was all part of her master plan. Dying in a car accident only hours later wasn’t part of that plan. Yet there she was, standing over her own lifeless body and panicking about ruining the truck her parents had bought as a graduation present. Talk about a bad way to repay them.

If coming to terms with the hereafter wasn’t enough to deal with, Isla suddenly finds herself stuck with Hayden, a gorgeous Brit with a bad attitude and a penchant for throwing her off cliffs to keep her in line. Worst of all, Hayden is her Guide, and until she completes six impossible and totally random tasks to reach her mysterious Destination, she’s stuck with him. Isla’s major problem, though, is that she doesn’t know what reaching her Destination actually entails, and soon the mystery surrounding her new afterlife seems more ominous than any purgatory she could possibly imagine. Now Isla must decide if she’ll trust her dark and brooding Guide despite his “bad boy” act, or if she’ll risk failing her tasks and facing the unknown alone.

Jennifer: What do you hope your readers will take away from Under Zenith?

Shannen: I wrote this book with a very visual idea in mind. I’m really hoping the dreamscape aspect of it translates well and people come away with a sense that they’ve visited these very surreal landscapes with very odd things happening in them. I want it to be kind of a weird ride so that by the end, you’re a bit surprised where the story went.

Jennifer: What were the best and most challenging parts of writing your book?

Shannen: My main boy character, Hayden, is a very gruff guy. I wanted to write him as very sarcastic and a little mean at times, but I didn’t want the reader to hate him. I wanted them to try to see past that aspect of his personality, so to do that, I had to give Isla a personality that was just as strong. Not necessarily strong in the same way, but strong in the sense that she could hold her own against someone like Hayden and you would feel like their relationship was balanced and not like he was dominating her.

Jennifer: How did you come with the idea for Under Zenith?

Shannen: I’ve been dabbling in a few different genres lately (but never really straying far from Young Adult and New Adult). I really enjoyed writing dystopian but kind of missed the contemporary aspect so I thought I’d try writing a story that didn’t really have any restraints on what I could do with it. I wanted it to start out normal, and get really weird really fast so that I could literally make anything happen in this book and the reader wouldn’t think it was out of place because Isla and Hayden are in this space where anything can happen. I also loved the idea of exploring a kind of “afterlife” setting. Trying to figure out how someone would come to terms with their own death was an interesting challenge, plus I’d already had these two characters in my mind for a while, it was just a matter of putting them together in a story. With their clashing personalities I knew it would be fun.

Jennifer: If you were going to come up with a theme song for your book, what song would it be?

Shannen: “Heaven” by The Milk Carton Kids because if Isla really is in Heaven, it’s not at all what she was expecting and she feels a bit jipped.

Jennifer: Can you tell us three surprising facts about yourself?

Shannen: I write and read like 15 books at a time because I have a really hard time focusing on one thing.

I was born exactly at midnight so my mom got to pick my birthday (which means I’m a Midnighter! Like from Scott Westerfeld’s books!).

Annnd my biggest fear is the most ridiculous thing in the world. I’m terrified of those metal spikey bomb things you find in the ocean. You know… the ones from like WWII that I’ll probably NEVER see as long as I live. Yeah. Dumb thing to be afraid of but the Finding Nemo ride at Disneyland is NOT my friend, I can tell you that much.

Jennifer: Finish this sentence: I cannot write without…

Shannen: Silence. I really wish I was one of those people who can go to Starbucks and whip out a book, but most of the time I wear earplugs when I write. Like I said. I’m easily distracted!

Jennifer: What kind of books do you like to read? Have any favorites?

Shannen: Young adult fiction and murder mysteries are by far my favorite genres! Favorite books are really hard to pick, but “Uglies” by Scott Westerfeld is probably in the lead with “A Series of Unfortunate Events” in close second.

Jennifer: I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to answer a few of my questions. Is there anything else you would like to mention before we part ways?

Shannen: Thank YOU for being part of this blog tour! I hope everyone enjoys the book and falls in love with Hayden the psychopath like I did! Don’t feel ashamed. Just love him.

Author Bio
Shannen Crane Camp was born and raised in Southern California, where she developed a love of reading, writing, and anything having to do with film. After high school, she moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, where she received a degree in Media Arts and found herself a husband in fellow California native Josh Camp. The two now live in either California or Utah… they still can’t decide.

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18 Responses to “Author Interview: Under Zenith by Shannen Crane Camp (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Melanie

    Hmm, I think I’ve seen this one around before! I do enjoy weird and surprising books so thanks for putting this on my radar!

    Lovely interview, ladies! <33

  2. Braine TS

    I love a smart mouthed hero as much as I love a snarky heroine… I can’t write with a lot of noise either and I have Uglies so I think I will seriously take the time to read book 1 at least.

  3. Giselle

    I really like the sounds of this especially the MC! I love the bad boy facade but good boy at heart, you know, but I’m sure it’s always a challenge to get the balance just right! And WOOT I loved the Uglies series I wish I could read it again for the first time!

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    Clashing personalities…sarcastic brit? This is book candy for me 😉 The whole beginning with her dying and going into the afterlife, well it definitely has potential. Especially if the world is as unique and artistic as it could be. I’d heard about this one before, but I really like the added info! Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  5. Mia Searles

    Wow, now this book sounds interesting. I’ve read a couple of these “types” before, where the girl dies and the boy Is sort of the “grim reaper”. But I’ve never read one where the guy is a guide and they actually go into an afterlife/dreamscape in order to complete specific tasks. Hmm, definitely has a unique feel to it! Let me know when you get around to reviewing it. I’d like to see what you think.

    Very informative interview, btw. 🙂

    Mia @ The Muses Circle

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