Welcome to the Unravel Blog Tour. I have yet to start this series because I suck, but I have heard great things so far. I hope you guys will enjoy the author interview below and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end.
Unravel (Linked #2)
by Imogen Howson
Release Date: July 8th 2014
Genre: Dystopia, Young Adult
Find It: Goodreads | Amazon
Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments inLinked, which Booklistcalled a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares.
Imogen: Apart from just how hardit was to write a sequel? I think what surprised me was just how much happened in it. I wasn’t expecting it to be longer than Linked, but there was so much going on that it ended up being quite a bit longer. And there was one sub-plot that I had to mostly abandon because there just wasn’t room for it.
Jennifer: If you were going to come up with a theme song for Unravel what song would it be?
Imogen: Oh, I totally suck at thinking of songs or book soundtracks or anything. Oh, can I steal the theme song from Firefly? That would work!
Jennifer: Can you tell us a little about your experience in getting published?
Imogen: I was trying to get published for a long time before Linked sold. I wrote one book that got rejected by everyone in the world, and then I sold a handful of short stories and novellas, which was lovely and very encouraging after so many rejections! Then Linked was my next long book. My now-agent, Mandy Hubbard, saw the first version of it and invited me to do some extensive revisions exclusively for her. Her ideas were brilliant—I was kind of ashamed I hadn’t thought of some of them for myself—and Linked became so much better after I’d done them. Mandy offered representation, then she sent Linked out to editors and it sold within a week. I was still celebrating getting an agent, and then suddenly I had a contract and New York editors calling me on the phone to talk about the book I’d only just finished writing!
Imogen: I’m scared of the dark.
I have double-jointed thumbs.
I am always cold. My life is a constant battle of trying to turn the heating up and everyone else turning it down. I really shouldn’t live in England.
Jennifer: Do you have any advice for beginning writers?
Imogen: Read everything. Stuff that you think is good and stuff that you think is bad, and stuff that you like even though everyone else says it’s bad. There isn’t really good and bad in literature—just what works for you. So learn what works for you, and then write what you want to read.
As a child, I loved reading so much that I not only read in bed, at the table and in the bath, but in the shower and – not so successfully – on my bicycle.
I enjoyed books in a slightly unorthodox way, too – many of my childhood books have ragged edges where I tore paper from the margins in order to eat it.
I wrote my first book at eight. It was entitled The Dragon in the Teapot and would probably have been a huge hit if I hadn’t lost the only copy on a family day out.
Some years later, armed with several different types of backups, I’m busy writing romantic science fiction and fantasy for young adults and adults.
I live with my partner, our two teenage daughters, and three cats, near Sherwood Forest in England. I’m a Christian, a feminist, and a lover of cheese, chocolate, stationery shops and eighties pop music. I still read in most places, but I no longer eat paper.
I’m a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the group blogs The Lucky 13s and Author Allsorts, and the online writers’ community Romance Divas. I’m represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.
You can keep in touch with me on Facebook – or Twitter (Website | Goodreads)
Or please feel free to contact me by email.
Great interview! Sequels can be tough to write. So many expectations…plus you have to remember all the details from the first.
Ugh, those details can be killer.
Great interview, ladies. 🙂
Anna from Shout with Emaginette
Lessons learned: Never give up on your dreams and perseverance pays off.
Love it and congrats for finally getting published!
Happy you enjoyed the interview.