Welcome to my stop in THE VAULT by Emily McKay Blog Tour hosted by Penguin Teen. Today on my stop we have an Interview with author Emily McKay + an awesome Giveaway!!
In a world where vampires rule and teenaged humans are quarantined as a food source, there is only one choice—resist or die. But fighting the vampires comes at a terrible cost to twin sisters Mel and Lily and their best friend Carter . . .
With Lily exposed to the vampire virus and lying in a coma, it’s up to Mel and Carter to search for the cure. Time is not on their side. With every passing heartbeat, Mel is becoming more and more purely vampire.
Desperate, Carter and Mel decide to split up. Carter will recruit human rebels from the Farm in San Angelo to infiltrate the guarded kingdom of the vampire Sabrina and steal the cure. Mel will go back to her mentor, her friend, her betrayer, Sebastian, who is the only one who can access an underground vault that may house the secret to the cure.
That is, if he’s still alive after she staked him to the ground. Now her worst enemy may be their best hope for curing Lily—and saving the human race.
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Hi Emily, I'm honored to have you here today on Addicted Readers! :)
1. Before we get started, can you tell us in depth, a little bit about THE FARM series, for readers who may be unfamiliar with it?
In the Farm, a virus has swept through the country, killing many people and causing massive genetic mutations in others, turning them into monsters. The monster, who are called Ticks, are incredibly fast and strong and nearly impossible to kill ... and they crave human blood.
Because teens are most vulnerable, the government rounds up all the teenagers and sequesters them on Farms for their own protection. But life on the Farms is hard. The Farm is about two sisters, Lily and Mel, who are convinced things on the Farms are more sinister than they appear and have decided to risk everything to escape to freedom, despite their fears that things may be worse on the outside.
And of course, there’s a hot guy (Lily’s crush from the Before). There are also tons of secrets, lots of betrayals and Lily and Mel never know who they can trust.
In The Lair, they have escaped, but life outside the Farm system is hard and complicated. There are more secrets and betrayals. The Vault, which will be out in December, wraps up the series with one final battle for the fate of humanity.
2. How did you come up with the idea for THE FARM series, and did it turn out to be everything you thought it would be?
I originally had the idea because I wanted vampires to be scary again. I didn’t understand why vampires (who are smarter, stronger and impossible for us to kill) would hide from us. Why wouldn’t they just farm us as food? I mean, we don’t hide from cows!
The entire series was built out of that idea, but it became so much more complicated than that. Once I started asking myself questions about how and why the virus that creates the Ticks evolves and, additionally, how and why the vampires have been hiding before now, the story became more complicated.
3. What was the most challenging aspect of writing THE VAULT, and what made it a challenge?
Finishing a series is really hard! This was the first time I’d finished a series like this. It’s hard to say goodbye to characters that you love and to feel like you’ve done their story justice. Plus, I really wanted the story to be what the fans were hoping for. There are people who love the books and I want them to love the way the series ends!
4. In 10 words, what best describes THE VAULT?
Do they have to be ten words in a sentence or ten random words? :-)
If it’s ten random words:
5. What gave you the brilliant idea to have an autistic character in THE FARM? And was it challenging to write Mel's character?
When I created Mel, I wanted to write a character who seemed vulnerable but that had incredible strengths that weren’t readily apparent to the other characters or to the reader. Having her be autistic seemed the perfect choice. All the things that make her different are the strengths she needs to survive in the world she’s in.
She was so much fun to write! I feels like she’s been such a gift to write. I did a lot of research before I wrote in her point of view. I watched interviews with people on the autism spectrum and books written by them. After that, it was all imagination. I constantly worry about whether or not I got it “right.” About whether or not I did her justice. I just hope I did.
6. If you lived in the world of THE FARM, what would be 3 things that you would have to learn in order to be able to survive in that world, and why?
For sure I’d need to be better at shooting a bow and arrow! That’s one of the easiest ways to kill a Tick: incapacitate it by shooting it through the heart and then chop it’s head off. I can shoot an arrow, but I don’t think I’d do as well under pressure.
The second is syphoning gas! That’s a crucial skill outside the Farms. If you need to get anywhere, you have to syphon gas, ‘cause the gas pumps don’t work anymore.
And hot wire a car. I’d want to know how to do that for sure.
7. You awake in quarantine, tortured, alone, and being bled dry, what do you do?
Totally depends. How much blood have I lost? Enough that I need to get food and water before I can fight? In that case, I’d look for juice or food first. Otherwise, I look for weapons--anything I can cut or stab with, anything that can be used to stab something through the heart. And I’d probably bring the bag of blood with me. That would be a useful distraction in a fight with a Tick or a vampire.
8. Ultimately, would you, Emily, survive in the world of THE FARM, why or why not?
I think I’m a lot like Lily. I could survive if I had someone who needed me to keep it together. If it was just me, all alone, maybe not. But if there was anyone who depended on me, I’d fight.
- Favorite place to write?
I have a spot on the sofa in the living room that’s my go-to writing spot when the house is empty. If my kids or The Geek is around, I often retreat to the rocking chair in my bedroom. I have a lovely office, but I rarely us it.
- Favorite author?
J.K. Rowling. Gah. She’s so fabulous.
After that, probably Jim Butcher. His Dresden Files books are amazing. I have a serious author crush on him.
- Favorite book?
Gah. That’s way too hard. Even if I narrowed it down to “favorite YA” or “favorite mystery” or “Favorite UF with a blond heroine” I would still be here debating all night!
So, in lieu of that, I’ll list a couple of books/series I really love, okay?
The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.
The Amelia Peabody books by Elizabeth Peters
anything by Pamela Morsi
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (part of the Mary Russell mysteries, but I’ve only just started the series, so I’ve only read the first)
- Favorite book-boyfriend?
Again ... such a hard question!!!!
I have a weird thing about the book-boyfriend question. Here’s the thing, once the guy gets his girl, I feel weird about crushing too much. Apparently, I have serious pouching issues even with fictional characters. :-)
So, I probably have to go with Harry Dresden. because he’s been single in many books now, but is still super hot.
- Favorite book genre?
Romance for sure ... or anything with a romance in it. There has to be a romance, or I just get frustrated! But I also (usually) want some action and some shenanigans with a good mystery thrown in. :-)
- Favorite movie?
I really loved Guardians of the Galaxy. I felt like it really had it all and was *so* much fun! But I also really love Pride and Prejudice and The Usual Suspects and Fight Club and The Mummy and The Fifth Element and You’ve Got Mail and Crazy Stupid Love! Oh, and Playing by Heart! That’s an oldie but a goodie!
- Favorite song?
Right now, I’ve been listening a lot to a song by a guy named Richard Shindell called “Are You Happy Now” it’s a long-time favorite of mine. It’s this mellow and sad song about a guy who’s girlfriend leaves him for another guy on Halloween. And she takes the candy ... which just seems extra cruel!
And, I’ve been listening to the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Tape ... so I listen to the Pina Colada song a lot, which I’ve loved ever since I was kid, even though it’s really not romantic at all!
- Favorite food?
Raw chocolate chip cookie dough.
Which I know is pathetic, because I’m an adult and I should know better, but there you have it. That and popcorn. Maybe I should change my answer and say something like “Sliced fresh red pepper and edamame.”
Yeah. Let’s pretend I said that.
- Favorite animal?
I’ve always loved penguins. Ever since the third grade when I read Mr. Popper’s Penguins.
And I adore cats. Now, I have a tuxedo cat, so it’s like I have the best of both worlds! He’s a penguin cat!
- Favorite weekend thing?
Watching a movie at home and eating home made popcorn (cooked in the pan, with oil and *real* butter ... that part is very important.) Sometimes, when The Geek is out of town, the kids and I will rent a movie and have smoothies and popcorn for dinner. That’s awesomeness right there. When my hubby is in town it’s still awesome, obviously, but I feel like I should cook dinner.
- Favorite vacationing place?
I absolutely love Costa Rica, the really out of the way, back woods parts of Costa Rica. The rain forest there is amazing and I love seeing the interconnectedness of life in the rainforest. It’s amazing. The bugs and creepy crawlies don’t bother me at all!
Emily, I had a blast having you here today! I LOVE THE FARM series, and I'm sorry it's time to say goodbye. But they say all good things must come to an end, and this must be one of them. I'm curious to what will see from you next, and I'll definitely be stalking your facebook page to see what's to come... ;)
PRIZES: One Winner will receive a Paperback of ANY book in THE FARM SERIES (WINNER'S CHOICE)
CONTEST RUNS: December 4th, 2014 to December 22nd, 2014 11:59pm.
OPEN TO: International
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Emily McKay has been reading romance novels since she was eleven years old. Her first Harlequin Romance came free in a box of Hefty garbage bags. She immediately fell in love with the genre and has been devouring them ever since.
In her spare time, she loves to garden and cook … well, bake. Mostly cookies. Naturally, she still loves to read a good romance. She’s been blissfully married for eleven years. When they can ditch their five pets for a couple of weeks, she and her husband like to travel to exotic and exciting locations like Greece, Costa Rica, and Ignorant Flats, Texas.