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Author Interview & Giveaway: Pure by Julianna Baggott

We are so pleased to have Julianna Baggott here today to talk about her highly anticipated just released, Pure.  We are also featuring this title in our Dystopian Reading Challenge 2012.  Thanks to Hachette/Grand Central Publishing, you also have a chance to win a copy of the book. Comment below for a chance to win!

About Julianna:

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. She has published seventeen books over the last ten years. Film rights for her forthcoming novel PURE have been acquired by Fox 2000. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, written under pen name Asher, was published in spring 2011. There are approximately 50 foreign editions of her novels to date.

Julianna began publishing when she was twenty-two and sold her first novel while still in her twenties. After receiving her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she published her first novel, Girl Talk, which was a national bestseller and was quickly followed by Boston Globe bestseller The Miss America Family, and then Boston Herald Book Club selection, The Madam, an historical novel based on the life of her grandmother. She co-wrote Which Brings Me to You with Steve Almond, A Best Book of 2006 (Kirkus Reveiws) optioned by producer Richard Brown and adapted by Keith Bunin with Matthew Warchus set to direct.

Her Bridget Asher novels include The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, The Pretend WifeMy Husband’s Sweethearts. More info can be found at her Bridget Asher blog.

She also writes bestselling novels for younger readers under the pen name N.E. Bode as well as under Julianna Baggott. The Anybodies trilogy was a People Magazine pick alongside David Sedaris and Bill Clinton, a Washington Post Book of the Week, a Girl’s Life Top Ten, a Booksense selection, and was in development at Nickelodeon/Paramount; The Slippery Map (fall 2007), and the prequel to Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), a movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman. For two years, Bode was a recurring personality on XM Sirius Radio.

Julianna’s Boston Red Sox novel The Prince of Fenway Park (HarperCollins), was published in spring 2009. It is on the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards List for 2011-2012.
The Ever Breath (Random House) was published in December, 2009.

Baggott also has a highly acclaimed career as a poet, having published three collections of poetry and having been published in the best literary publications in the country, including PoetryThe American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry in 2001 and 2011.

Baggott’s work has appeared in over a hundred publications, including the The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Glamour, Ms., Real Simple, and read on NPR’s Here and NowAll Things Considered andTalk of the Nation. Her essays, stories, and poems are highly anthologized.

She is an associate professor at Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program.

In 2006, Baggott and her husband co-founded the nonprofit organization Kids in Need – Books in Deed, that focuses on literacy and getting free books to underprivileged children in the state of Florida.

You can visit Julianna around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Welcome Julianna!

What initially sparked the main idea/concept for your world?

Julianna: It’s a convergence of many strands — some things I’d been working on for years (characters) and a restlessness to write something big (world-building), mixed with history and scientific research — a threading of so many different things all woven together.

Tell us something about your research process and the choices you make when creating the story. 

Julianna: The layers of research in science came along as I was writing. I’d want to know about some idea and invariable some version had been invented or some use for the invention was already underway. Fascinating to do the research. This isn’t a sci-fi novel, to my mind. But it’s heavily science-inspired in different parts. I’d say the same for the historical elements. I created a revisionist history to create a new world, a speculative future. These things do have a way of manhandling the plot in ways that I love. To be taken out of authority while writing is a good thing.

What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) did you draw from while writing Pure

Julianna: I drew on some Marquez and Cortazar, as well as Aimee Bender and George Saunders. I also love the dark poems of Atwood, as well as her fiction. I love reading poetry — poems that are ecstatic and angry and imagistic. I like Terrance Hayes, Rachel Zucker, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Seamus Heaney, Marie Howe, Andrew Hudgins, Adelia Prado… many many more…

What is the biggest challenge you faced while writing Pure?

Julianna: Eventually it’s not writing our doom and destruction. It’s trying to understand what endures. Love, kindness, beauty, faith, hope?

If you could meet any character from Pure, who would you want to hang out with for a day? What would you do for fun?

I’d want to throw Pressia an old fashioned birthday party — pointy hats, balloons, games, a donkey, streamers … I’d want it to be at home with everyone she loves.

If the apocalypse were coming tomorrow and you could only choose four books to keep safe and bring into the “New World”, which ones would you pick?

Julianna: Sorry fiction and poetry, I’d pick all nonfiction. Medicine, construction, farming, hunting, tools, how to make and build things — the basics. I’d be completely practical.

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This giveaway is provided by Hachette/Grand Central Publishing

One winner will receive a copy of Pure by Julianna Baggott

Available on February 8, 2012 from Hachette/Grand Central Publishing

About the Book:

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost-how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .

There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked. Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss-maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.

When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

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29 Responses to “Author Interview & Giveaway: Pure by Julianna Baggott

  1. debbieNo Gravatar
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    That is tough. I would choose the stand, because it is my favorite book, the foxfire book, because it tells you how to do many things for survival, the combined works of shakespeare, because that should survive and a dictionary because language is to important to be lost.

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  2. ValiaNo Gravatar
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    Just four??? ok, ummm, this is seriously hard! I think I’d go with any Jennifer L Armentrout book, Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Sherlock Homes collection.

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    The Bible, Across the universe, 13 reasons why and Lola and the boy next door.

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  4. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Hard to answer, but the Bible, anything from Kresley Cole, The Hunger Games and Twilight.

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  5. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I would bring The Hunger Games (definitely can pick up some survival tips), Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series (my favorite paranormal series), and Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

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  6. Valerie SweepsNo Gravatar
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    Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. I have a very old copy and it goes with me everywhere I travel.

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  7. ArianneNo Gravatar
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    Bummer I can’t pick 4 series instead? Haha
    I’d take:
    Savor the Moment by Nora Roberts
    Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
    With This Kiss by Victoria Lynne
    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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  8. CarlNo Gravatar
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    The Grapes of Wrath, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and The Boy Scout Handbook.

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  9. SusieBookwormNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the giveaway and interview! Based on the author’s influences, I can tell I’ll like her book!

    I’d take It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Life of Pi, and 100 Years of Solitude. Some of my faves.

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  10. VivienNo Gravatar
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    So tough!
    Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
    Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Under the Dome by Stephen King

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  11. Nicole MNo Gravatar
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    Hmm… City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (my friend would bring Clockwork Angel so I’m set there), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, and my own written book.

    I saw this in the bookstore recently and loved the cover!! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

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  12. thegirlonfire27No Gravatar
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    Hmmmmm…

    Scorpio Races by Maggie Siefvater
    Feed by Mira Grant
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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  13. SayomayNo Gravatar
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    Ok this is probably cheating but Id bring my His Dark Materials copy (which inclued all three books) Harry Potter 1 and 3. And finally Battle Royale!

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  14. KellyNo Gravatar
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    OMG this is really difficult to answer! I think I would bring one book from each of my favorite book series: The Hunger Games, The Iron Knight, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Clockwork Prince (or City of Glass).

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  15. Heather@Buried in BooksNo Gravatar
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    Okay, I’m going to have to steal Julianna’s answer and go with a book on construction, medicine (I guess herbal remedies), surviving in the wild, and self defense.

    Heather

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  16. KristaNo Gravatar
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    My choices would be the biggest books I know, well because I could read them over and over.
    Roots by Alex Haley
    The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexender Dumas
    A Suitable Boy by Vakrem Seth
    and of course my favorite book ever, for pure enjoyment
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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    Hmmmmm The Forbidden Game, Keturah and Lord Death, Lover Awakened and The Darkest Night. Love these books and I think they would make me so happy and lighten the burden.

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  18. dusiaNo Gravatar
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    If the apocalypse were coming tomorrow and you could only choose four books to keep safe and bring into the “New World”, which ones would you pick?

    Hmm, difficult question. I’d choose Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Forest of Teeth and Hands by Carrie Ryan, Iron King by Julie Kagawa and sth by my faourite Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski

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  19. savannaNo Gravatar
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    That’s hard.

    Angel Fire by L.A. Weatherly
    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
    All You Desire by Kirsten Miller

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  20. Alyssa SooklalNo Gravatar
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    Wow, what a question! I woukd say

    Across the Universe (Beth Revis)
    Fire (Kristin Cashore)
    Divergent (Veronica Roth)
    Under the Never Sky (Veronica Rossi)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Alyssa

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  21. KausarNo Gravatar
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    Wow… don’t know what to pick…

    Vampire Academy (the entire series)by Richelle Mead
    House of Night (the entire series) by P.C Cast
    The hunger games by Suzanne Collins
    and a lot more…

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  22. Tiffany DrewNo Gravatar
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    The Hunger Games
    The Giving Tree
    Skipping A Beat
    Websters Dictionary

    :)

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  23. Sarie GroblerNo Gravatar
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    If I cannot take the entire backlist of my fav authors I would take one book of each:
    Lara Adrian – Kiss of Midnight
    Sherrilyn Kenyon – Acheron
    Lynsay Sands – Love Bites
    JR Ward – Lover Eternal

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    The Devil In Winter
    Tempt Me At Twilight
    Seduce Me At Sunrise
    Lords of the Underworld Companion

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  25. Chenise J.No Gravatar
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    I would bring Jude by Kate Morgenroth, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan and Divergent by Veronica Roth!

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    The hunger games
    Hush Hush
    The Iron King
    Clockwork Angel

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    The Hunger Games

    The Bride Stripped Bare

    The Princess Bride

    The Lie – Chad Kultgen

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  28. PepcaNo Gravatar
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    Tough choice! Let’s say: The Lord of the Rings, Breaking Dawn, The Bible, and something like a collection of world’s most beautiful poems.

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    I would bring the BIBLE.

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