Thursday, January 5, 2017

Blog Tour {Author Interview + Giveaway}: Life In a Fishbowl by Len Vlahos


I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour for Life in a Fishbowl! I have a fun author Q&A and a giveaway to share with you all! Enjoy :) 

Life in a Fishbowl
By Len Vlahos
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Fifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Gone is her mom's attention and cooking and parent-teacher conferences. Gone is her sister's trust ever since she's been dazzled by the cameras and new-found infamy. Gone is her privacy. Gone is the whole family's dignity as ATN twists their words and makes a public mockery of their lives on Life and Death. But most of all, Jackie fears that one day very soon her father will just be . . . gone. Armed only with her ingenuity and the power of the internet, Jackie is determined to end the show and reclaim all of their lives, even in death.



Describe Life in a Fishbowl in three words.

Sardonic, joyful allegory.

I totally cheated. That’s an encapsulated version of the blurb on the front of the book from Brenna Yovanoff, author of the brilliant Places No One Knows. (You didn’t say that had to be my words!)

Did anything specifically inspire you to write Life in a Fishbowl? Where did you get such a unique idea for a book?

So LiaFB was inspired by a man named Ian Usher. He put his life for auction online. Not his actual life, but his things -- his car, his house, his friends, his cat. He had just gone through an acrimonious divorce and wanted to start over. 

His story became an Internet meme, and when I saw it, I wondered, "Hey, what would make someone put their actual life for sale on eBay, and what would happen if they did? Who would bid? How would it play out?"

At the same time, I had seen a film near the end of high school called Whose Life Is It Anyway?, about a sculptor who is in a car accident and paralyzed from the neck down. He decides to end his life, tackling the issue of euthanasia head on.

Put those two things together, and a book was born. :-)

What does it look like when you write? Do you write in a certain place, with certain music/noises, with certain foods, etc.?

When I lived in metro NYC, I did most of my writing on the commuter train to Grand Central Station. It was the perfect place; good ambient noise, no distractions, poor cell signal; anonymity.

Now that I live in Colorado and don’t have a train commute, my schedule is more erratic. I jump between morning writing in coffee shops, and late-night writing at my kitchen table. (That’s when and where I’m answering these questions.)

If you could co-write a book with any author, living or dead, who would you write with and why?

Douglas Adams. The Hitchhiker’s Guide books are favorites of mine, and every time I pick them up, I laugh like I’m reading them for the first time. No, wait, I want to change my answer. Neil Gaiman, because he’s Neil Gaiman. And he knows more, and has thought more, about writing than anyone on the planet. No, wait, David Mitchell, because he… No, wait. Jason Reynolds, I mean Breanna Yovanoff, I mean Jessica Brody, I  mean… You get the idea :)

What can we expect from you next?

I don’t want to say a lot about it so I’ll give just a small hint: It's a YA novel that takes the current political landscape in America and blows it up. "Nuff said. 

Thanks!


Check out the other tour stops!
Jan 3—Swoony Boys Podcast
Jan 4—Ex Libris
Jan 5—Peace Love Books
Jan 6—Reading is Better with Cupcakes
Jan 9—Here’s to Happy Endings
Jan 10—WhoRU Blog
Jan. 11—Dazzled By Books
Jan. 12—It Starts at Midnight
Jan. 13—The Story Sanctuary

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