Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Pure by Julianna Baggott

Welcome to Author Julianna Baggott

In addition to Pure, Julianna Baggott is the author of seventeen books which appear under her own name as well as Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode; there are over fifty overseas editions of her books. Most notably, she’s the author of the National Bestseller Girl Talk, The Madam, and The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, for adult readers; and The Anybodies Trilogy and The Prince of Fenway Park for younger readers; as well as three collections of poetry, including Lizzie Borden in Love. She co-wrote Which Brings Me to You with Steve Almond, A Best Book of 2006 (Kirkus Reviews), which is optioned by producer Richard Brown and adapted by Keith Bunin with Matthew Warchus set to direct.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Best American Poetry, Best Creative Nonfiction, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, and Here & Now. For two years, her alter-ego, N. E. Bode was a recurring personality on XM Radio. Her work has been 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 a Starbucks Bookish Reading Club pick.

She teaches at Florida State University, and is co-founder of the nonprofit Kids in Need – Books in Deed, getting free books to underprivileged kids in Florida. She’s married to David G.W. Scott and has four kids.


Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
What if I tell you why you should read PURE and you start in and it’s the book for you and the world starts disappearing around you (just at the edges) and you’re so engrossed you ignore a tornado warning or something, and your whole house is ripped from the ground with you (and my book) in it? The question is too freighted with possibilities.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
I think I was listening. The thing you love has a way of claiming you, if you’re listening.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I don’t know about the most rewarding, but there are these moments while I’m signing books and someone is waiting and they open the book and start in. Their posture changes, their expression … and you know the world you’ve created is now existing in someone else’s head. It’s an amazing thing, the book.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
At 17, I read One Hundred Years of Solitude and it changed me.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters? 
There’s a song embedded into PURE. Pressia thinks it’s a lullabye but it’s actually a rock song. I won’t tell you which one — but it’s in there.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Protect your relationship with the page. The publishing aspect will have its time and place. But you and the page — that’s what lasts.

Pure by Julianna Baggott

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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