Friday, May 9, 2014

Renegade By Debra Driza Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop in RENEGADE Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today we have an awesome interview with Debra Driza & a Tour-Wide Giveaway!


(MILA 2.0 #2)
by Debra Driza
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: May 13th 2014
There is no one left for Mila to trust. Except for a boy she barely knows.

But Hunter has no idea who—and what—Mila really is. She can’t bear to reveal her secret, even though he’s unwittingly joined her search for Richard Grady, a man who may know more details of Mila’s complicated past.

Yet the road to the truth is more dangerous than ever. With General Holland and the Vita Obscura scouring the earth for her whereabouts, Mila must rely on her newfound android abilities to protect herself and Hunter from imminent harm. Still, embracing her identity as a machine leads her to question the state of her humanity—as well as Hunter’s real motives.

Perfect for fans of I Am Number Four and Divergent, this action-packed and heart-wrenching second installment of MILA 2.0 will leave readers breathlessly awaiting the series conclusion.

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ALICIA: Hi Debra, I'm thrilled to have you here today on Addicted Readers! :)

ALICIA: Can you tell us how the idea for the MILA 2.0 Series was created, and has it changed from it's original draft? 

 Debra: The MILA 2.0 series is a collaborative effort between my wonderful editor Claudia Gabel and myself. I think the original idea stemmed from the thought: “What happens when you cross a top-secret, government-created android with the emotions of a teen girl?” And oh my, how it’s changed from the original draft. In the very first version, my Terminator influence came on a wee bit too strong—you could almost hear Mila saying, “I’ll be back.” I had to revise the draft with a little more teenage girl and a little less Arnold. 

ALICIA: 2. I'm always fascinated when it comes to books about robots! So I have to ask what it was like writing about Mila, and what were some of the challenges you had to work through to keep this series on an even ground?

 Debra: As I mentioned above, getting Mila’s voice just right was pretty challenging at first. I mean, obviously I’ve been a sixteen-year-old girl before, but an android? Never experienced that (well, as far as I know…dun dun DUN!) I had to fight my urge to make her very robotic and really work to let her emotional side shine through. Also, during the first book, I struggled with the logical, scientific and fact-oriented part of my brain that screamed, “NO! That technology does NOT exist yet” in favor of the creative side that insisted that maybe it could, one day—and in my book, that day was now. Basically--writing this series made for some very random and heated internal dialogue! 

ALICIA: 3. What author would you say inspired you the most through out your writing career, and what about that author was an inspiration to you?

 Debra: I could say Frank Herbert, or J.K. Rowling, or Walter Farley; Gregory McDonald, Katherine Neville, or Helen Fielding, and none of those answers would be wrong. I’ve always been an avid reader—I’ve been inspired by too many authors to count. But personal connection is really important to me, and because of that, I will say Gretchen McNeil. I first “met” Gretchen in an online writer’s forum. She inspired me not only via her early encouragement of my writing ability, but also through her own tenacity. Gretchen is a go-getter. She’s shown me, time and time again, that you keep on writing and trying and moving forward, regardless of what cards you’re dealt. Gretchen is someone I admire a great deal, and the embodiment of my philosophy that writing is a marathon, not a sprint--when you keep at it, everything will eventually fall into place. 

ALICIA: 4. Which character was your favorite in the MILA 2.0 series, and what made that character you favorite? 

Debra: I hope this doesn’t make me a traitor, but I am really partial to Lucas. I love how comfortable he is with himself; his integrity. He’s a character that has been really fun and satisfying to write because he’s so in touch with what’s important to him and what he believes in. That seems like a rarity these days. 

ALICIA: 5. If you were able to change anything about any book in the MILA 2.0 series, would you want to, and if so, what would you change and why?

Debra: Well, if I had a way to add extra, deleted scenes to the beginning of book one without making the first act longer, I would totally do that. I wrote back story about why Kaylee is the way she is, and scenes that made her a little more sympathetic, but they needed to be cut in favor of pacing. If anyone figures out the technology to insert scenes without increasing length, I am SO in. 

ALICIA: 6. So far which book would you say was the most fun/favorite to write in the MILA 2.0 series, and why was it your favorite?

Debra: Oh, gosh—I think they are all my favorites, in different ways. I’m partial to the first book because it’s the first, and the start of Mila’s journey. But I’m also partial to the second book, because I learned so much more about the characters—and myself—writing that one. The third book is my favorite, too, because a) there’s a lot of Lucas and b) it ties everything up—even though that’s a pretty bittersweet feeling.



ALICIA: 7. What would you do if you found out that YOU were an experiment in a artificial intelligence? Would you do what you were told, or would you run, and keep running?

 Debra: Well, since I don’t even really do what I’m told NOW (I have a problem with authority figures—oops), I sincerely doubt I would suddenly toe the line if I were an android. I imagine I would run for a bit to buy myself time, and then I would face my attackers head on. Even if it meant going down in a sea of flames… (apparently I am stubborn…who knew?) 

ALICIA: 8. If you awoke to find that you were a robot, what would you say would be the best part of becoming a robot, and what would be the most challenging?

Debra: It’s like the Kafka version of MILA---awesome! (except now I am picturing a giant robot cockroach, which = less awesome, eeek!) I think one of the best parts of waking up as a robot would be the feeling of strength! I exercise regularly and weight train to stay strong, and that’s nice…but can you imagine how incredibly powerful you would feel as a robot?

Also, my eyesight is pretty crappy, so I would love the ability to see ALL THE THINGS—like having a built-in pair of binoculars and a magnifying glass, all at once.

As for challenging…I think generally speaking, people tend to fear things they don’t understand, and I could see many folks shunning me for being what and who I was. A huge challenge would be deciding whether or not to share my secret with others. 

ALICIA: Debra, it was a blast chatting with you today, and I can't wait to see what's to come in the MILA 2.0 Series! :)

Debra: So nice chatting with you too, and thank you for hosting me! 

I'm the author of the MILA 2.0 series and the owner of the messiest purse on the planet, aka: the black hole of doom. I think bow ties are cool and when I grow up, I want to be Veronica Mars.

I rarely check my account at Goodreads, so if you need to get in touch with me, try twitter or Debra at

Win (1) of (2) sets of both books in the MILA 2.0 series (Mila 2.0 and Renegade) by Debra Driza (US ONLY)


- What would you like the most if you found out you were an android?

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