Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Drought by Pam Bachorz

Welcome to Pam Bachorz!

Bio:
Pam Bachorz grew up in a small town in the Adirondack foothills, where she participated in every possible performance group and assiduously avoided any threat of athletic activity, unless it involved wearing sequined headpieces and treading water. With a little persuasion she will belt out tunes from “The Music Man” and “The Fantasticks”, but she knows better than to play cello in public anymore. Pam attended college in Boston and finally decided she was finished after earning four degrees: a BS in Journalism, a BA in Environmental Science, a Masters in Library Science and an MBA. Her mother is not happy that Pam’s degrees are stored under her bed.

Pam draws inspiration from the places she knows best: she wrote CANDOR while living in a Florida planned community, and set DROUGHT in the woods where she spent her summers as a child. She currently lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband and their son. When she’s not writing, working or parenting, Pam likes to read books not aimed at her age group, go to museums and theater performances, and watch far too much television. She even goes jogging. Reluctantly.

Interview:

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
As a dystopian writer I’m too worried about the future to head there… I’d like to go to the past if I didn’t have to drink the water. Actually I’d love to just go to my street in the 1930s and see what it was like here, just when all the houses had been built–before TV, before central air, when each family only had one car.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
LM Montgomery, Theodore Roosevelt, Cleopatra, Moses and my deceased father. Now THAT would be a party. I have questions for all of them!

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Manufacturing more time.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Leftover birthday cake. Which is why we have to have cupcakes in my house–and only enough for the celebration. Otherwise I’d just be living on cake.

Night owl, or early bird?
I like to think I am a night owl, but I find some of my best work gets done before noon. I remain in denial and often find myself up at midnight or 1 AM, writing.

One food you would never eat?
Anything that’s still alive. I watch those Survivor challenges and know that I could never, ever swallow something that’s wiggling.

Pet Peeves?
I hate when people are excluded.

Favorite Cartoon?
Phineas and Ferb is getting heavy rotation in our house and I have to admit I like it. I want them to build me a treehouse or a time machine.

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Baseball, but only the Red Sox. I keep kleenex close at hand, as well as the phone so I can call family members and yell “what do they think they’re doing?”

How do you react to a bad review?
Most reviews have something you can learn from. Especially after a piece of chocolate. I know I learned from the reviews of CANDOR and hopefully that made DROUGHT stronger.

If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you choose to be?
Mermaid, hands down. I’ve dreamed of being a mermaid since I was a little girl.

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. That is my all-time favorite book and my all-time favorite adaptation.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
I get my life organized. I’m one of those people who literally breathes easier when my surroundings are uncluttered and tidy. But it all falls apart when I’m in the middle of writing. So I go through fits of organization and chaos, depending on where my writing projects are.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
I am lucky enough to have a study, tucked into a finished attic, where I write. It’s my favorite spot to write. I read anywhere and everywhere–while I brush my teeth, while I make lunch, while my kid is taking a bath. But my favorite spot is a threadbare red barrel chair that I’ve begged my mother to keep for me.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
You haven’t read anything quite like it.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Well, back to ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: I would live in Anne’s Prince Edward Island, at the turn of the century. Red roads, gorgeous vistas, genuine people and puffed-sleeve dresses!

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
THE OLD APARTMENT, by Barenaked Ladies, captures the brutality and broken heart of the story’s villain. LOOK AFTER YOU, by The Fray, makes me think of the way Ford loves and nurtures Ruby… and she does the same for him, in the end.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
NEVER SIT STILL.

What is your guilty pleasure?
All the ditzy little games on my iPhone.

How would you describe the target audience for your book? How would you classify your book (which genre)?
I’d say 8th grade and up, for the age of the target audience. I find DROUGHT a tough one to classify for genre, as I did for CANDOR. I’d say it’s a little dystopian, a little fantasy, a little romance and a little thriller.

Please visit Pam’s Website to learn more about her and her books: http://www.pambachorz.com/

Drought by Pam Bachorz:

Ruby dreams of escaping the Congregation. Escape from slaver Darwin West and his cruel Overseers. Escape from the backbreaking work of gathering Water. Escape from living as if it is still 1812, the year they were all enslaved.

When Ruby meets Ford–an irresistible, kind, forbidden new Overseer–she longs to run away with him to the modern world, where she could live a normal teenage live. Escape with Ford would be so simple.

But if Ruby leaves, her community is condemned to certain death. She, alone, possess the secret ingredient that makes the Water so special–her blood–and it’s the one thing that the Congregation cannot live without.

Drought is the haunting story of one community’s thirst for life, and the dangerous struggle of the only girl who can grant it.

Giveaway Details:
1 copy of Drought by Pam Bachorz
Open to US only
Ends 2/7/11

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