January 8, 2014

The Kill Order Blog Tour: Author Interview + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on The Kill Order blog tour being hosted by Random House! Today I have an author interview with James Dashner to share with you along with some awesome info about the paperback release - and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the post!

The Kill Order (Maze Runner #0.5)
Author: James Dashner
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopia
Release Date: January 7, 2014 (paperback)
Publisher: Delacorte Press


The prequel to the New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series—The Kill Order is a modern classic for fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. It can be read alone or as a companion to the action-packed series.

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

Mark and Trina were there when it happened, and they survived. But surviving the sun flares was easy compared to what came next.

Now a disease of rage and lunacy races across the eastern United States, and there’s something suspicious about its origin. Worse yet, it’s mutating, and all evidence suggests that it will bring humanity to its knees.

Mark and Trina are convinced there’s a way to save those left living from descending into madness. And they’re determined to find it—if they can stay alive. Because in this new, devastated world, every life has a price. And to some, you’re worth more dead than alive.

Praise for THE KILL ORDER:

“A must-read.” ―Shelf Awareness, Starred

“A clever prequel that will appeal to fans…while enticing those unfamiliar with the later books.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A gritty and unnerving look at a postapocalyptic world that both recalls early classics of the genre and looks forward to Dashner’s already established trilogy.”
Kirkus Reviews
1.   What was your inspiration for writing the Maze Runner series?

I think it was a lot of things from my entire life of devouring pop culture that came together to inspire me. But two books stand out in particular: Lord of the Flies and Ender's Game. You can see those influences in the story pretty easily. The TV show Lost was also a huge inspiration.

2. Did you have to do any special research for the series?

A lot of it came from stuff I enjoy reading already, speculation about developments in science and technology, world climate stuff, etc. But I did dig deeper on topics that I wanted to make as authentic as possible within my story.

3. Are any of the characters based off of people you know?

No, not really. I can't help but trickle in bits and pieces of every person I've ever met, but I never base a character completely on someone I know. My books would be way too boring!

4. How did you come up with the idea for your newest series, The Eye of Minds?

It's hard to ever answer that most common question of where I get ideas, but this one had some definite seeds planted by movies that I loved. The first was The Matrix, clear back in the 90s. I kept thinking there would be a twist in those films that never happened. That stuck with me. And then Inception also really struck me, ironically with the idea of a dream within a dream within a dream (appropriate for this blog!).

5. How many books do you have planned for The Mortality Doctrine series?

It's fully planned out as a trilogy, but I actually have ideas for further stories within the universe. But for now, it's three.

6. How did you become a writer? Was there a person or situation that prompted you to start writing?

I've been one my whole life, I guess. I still have copies of stories I wrote when I was eight-years-old. Granted, they were lame, but I've been doing it ever since. But I think the single biggest thing that turned me into an author was my love of books and reading, something that I got from my parents.

7. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?

Two things: practice, a lot. Try your very best to write each day. The act of writing, all by itself, makes you better. Also, go to conferences designed for writers (there are a lot of them). That will improve your craft, as well as help you meet other writers, editors, and agents.

8. What's next for you?

2014 will be all about making the sequel to The Eye of Minds (called The Rule of Thoughts – out August 2014) as good as possible, as well as promoting the movie, coming out in September. It's going to be a fantastic year!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with us today James!
James is the author of THE MAZE RUNNER trilogy and THE 13TH REALITY series. He also published a series (beginning with A DOOR IN THE WOODS) with a small publisher several years ago. He lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains.

Twitter: @jamesdashner
EOM Website: www.theeyeofminds.com
Maze Runner Movie Twitter: @MazeRunnerMovie
Maze Runner Movie Tumblr: http://themazerunnermovie.com/

Look for more exciting Dashner news in 2014, which includes:
The Rule of Thoughts (The Mortality Doctrine) – on sale August 26, 2014
The Maze Runner Film Adaptation – September 19, 2014
Giveaway: The awesome people at Random House are donating (1) paperback copy of The Kill Order and (1) hardcover copy of The Eye of Minds to (1) lucky winner! (US Only)

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