24 August 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway - Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost

Earlier today I posted my review of Mad World: Epidemic by Samaire Provost.  Now Samaire is back for an interview and a giveaway!

Introduce yourself!

Hello, my name is Samaire Provost and I love to write! I've been writing stories since I was seven years old. I've been submitting stories to magazines since I was twelve years old. I live in California on the coast and my other interests include gardening, reading, singing, and making art. I am really happy to have Mad World: EPIDEMIC published and I think it's a book everyone will find exciting and engaging!

When did you first realise that you wanted to be a writer?

I think it was at a very early age. I loved books and loved reading from age 4 on. I had a huge imagination and I decided I was going to be a writer. I think I was around six years old. I just knew that was what I was born to be. I wrote a few stories before I was ten years old, and then my parents bought me "The Black Stallion" by Walter Farley and I loved it so much that I wanted to write a long, wonderful, in depth story like that. It lit a fire under me for writing chapter books instead of short stories.

Why did you choose to write a zombie book?

I had read a zombie book and it had a female heroine and I'd loved that. I found the story left a lot of questions, though. Like: how did the zombies start? How did it get from the beginning to the huge threat it was when the story started? How would I react to something like that? How would regular people, students at a high school, for instance, react? What would they do?
I read the zombie book and thought to myself, "I think I can do better!"

Where did the inspiration come from to have The Black Death as a catalyst for the disease?

I read an article about how scientists had actually unearthed the graves from the 1350's in Europe and were trying to extract the bacteria from the corpse's bone marrow and reactivate the Black Plague from that era. I read this article, and then did some more research on what those scientists were doing, and I thought, "Well that doesn't sound like a very smart thing to do. What if something went wrong?" And then I started thinking, "Hmmmmm..... I wonder WHAT WOULD HAPPEN. What *could* happen." And boom! I had my premise.

Are any of the characters based on people you know?

Coach Turner is based on a teacher I knew in high school. The rest are my own creations.
All of the main characters have a little of me in them.
The idea of the Advanced Acting trip to Broadway came from my own high school experience.

Something tells me this is the start of a series.....how many books are you intending to write?

I have three planned, but more might be forthcoming. I never say "never" :-)
The sequel to Mad World: EPIDEMIC is nearly completed.

Sell me Mad World: Epidemic in 140 characters or less!

"What would you and your friends do if plunged into an Epidemic so horrific you had to fight for your life and make tough choices to survive?"


And now for the giveaway!

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A Book Tour by Bewitching Book Tours

7 comments:

  1. This is awesome

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  2. I have read this book and I love it!

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  3. sounds like interesting story, looking forward to reading this one :)

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  4. Sounds very interesting, have to read this! :P

    Pauliina

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  5. nice interview... wow you realized you'll be author at the age of 6 amazing... :)

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  6. Read the little bit that Amazon allows and I am really looking forward to be able to read the entire book.

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  7. Thank you so much for hosting my book EPIDEMIC!!

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