Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Burn by Annie Oldham

Welcome to Author Annie Oldham

I adore writing and reading YA novels. I grew up with an insatiable desire to read and then came the insatiable desire to write. I’ve been blessed to have both of those in my life. Away from my writing, I’m the mother of the two most adorable girls in the world, I have the best husband in the world, and I live in the hottest place in the world (not really, but Phoenix sure feels like it). I love to cook, sing, and play the piano.


If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I would have four extra arms. Not necessarily a super power (it would definitely make me a super freak show), but it would sure make holding my fussy one-year-old, cleaning up, making a phone call, and throwing together dinner a whole lot easier.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?

Toast made from homemade whole-wheat bread and homemade jam. I got on a canning kick a couple years ago, and I love it. My pantry’s loaded with jams, peaches, and apple butter. Mmm…apple butter…

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Hearing people tell me they loved my book. Every time I hear it, it puts a smile on my face and I soar through the rest of my day. The writing part of being an author is pretty solitary. So hearing someone talk about how much they enjoyed my book–what parts made them squirm or smile or cry–is the best.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain. I found my mom’s old copies on the bookshelf when I was maybe ten, and I devoured them. Those books really sparked my love for fantasy. I found some hardcovers a few years ago with the same cover art as my mom’s. I snatched them up. I still read them every couple years. They’re amazing.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The idea of a soundtrack for a book is a strange thing for me, yet so many authors have them. I cannot listen to music while I write. Not for the life of me. I adore music so much that it takes up too much of my brain, and I can’t concentrate on what I’m doing. So I write in silence. Well, as much silence as I can have in my house. But there are individual songs I love that speak to me. “Tears and Rain” by James Blunt is a great one for Terra. To me the song is about how people see you versus what’s really going on inside.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
There are two Snow White movies coming out in 2012, and I’m a sucker for retold fairy tales. Charlize Theron looks absolutely stunning and sounds deliciously evil as the wicked queen. I’ll be interested to see how different the two movies are.

How do you react to a bad review?
I remember that it’s one person’s opinion. Once I’ve done that, I try to look at it objectively and see the validity behind it. See if I can use it to improve what I’m currently working on. Authors can’t write in bubbles. Every bit of feedback helps.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I’ve always loved the story and the characters; parts of it make me cry every time. And let’s face it. I’d be one of the coolest kids on the block if I had one.

What do you do in your free time?
Free time? What’s free time? Just kidding. I gobble up books in just about every minute I have to spare.

Write a Haiku about your book
Thanks to my English degree, I knew the format for a haiku off the top of my head 🙂
Terra hates the sea
She sacrifices for land
But will love save her?

The Burn

The Burn is full of nuclear fallout, roving gangs, anarchy, unreliable plumbing. That’s what Terra’s father tells her. She has lived her whole life in comfort in a colony at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. She hates it. And she would pay any price to leave. But when Terra finally escapes the colony, she finds out her father is right. She finds a group of survivors that quickly become friends, and every day with them is a race for survival. When she witnesses and commits unspeakable acts, she has to decide where her loyalty lies: with the colony she despises or The Burn, where every day is filled with nightmares.

Giveaway Details
1 paperback copy open to US & Canada
3 ebooks open Internationally
Ends 12/30/11

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Paperback – Gala
Ebooks – Randi Moulton, momofsix, larissa brunken