Author Interview & ARC Giveaway: Starters by Lissa Price

Welcome to Author Lissa Price

Lissa Price’s debut YA novel STARTERS, a futuristic thriller, was called “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story,” by Dean Koontz. The LA Times said it is “Dystopian sci-fi at its best,” and “Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to… ‘The Hunger Games’ will find it here.”  She has lived in Japan and India, but now resides in the Southern California foothills with her husband and the occasional deer.
Lissa studied with Caroline Leavitt, Donald Maass and Janet Fitch, and read at the Iowa Summer Workshop. She’s a member of SCBWI, SFWA, ITW, as well as one of the Apocalypsies, a group of 2012 debut YA authors. In 2012 she joined Beth Revis and the talented gang of ten YA dystopian and science fiction authors at The League of Extraordinary Writers . Lissa is hard at work finishing the sequel, ENDERS, due out in December.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
The future (you’re asking someone who writes futuristic thrillers).

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl!

Pet Peeves?
People who drive slow in the fast lane (they’re usually on their phone).

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Most fans tell me they read it in two days.

What is your dream cast for your book?
Meryl Streep for Helena, Hailee Steinfeld for Callie. I need ideas for Michael and Blake. The Old Man can be anyone because of the bizarre mask.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Today I’d say Wellington, NZ. But that answer would probably change tomorrow.

Hidden talent?
I can direct actors.

What do you do in your free time?
What’s free time? When I had it, I loved to kayak, swim and snorkel. See films, listen to new groups at The Music Box Theater in Hollywood, eat at unusual places with friends.

What is your guilty pleasure?
The Voice TV show

Favorite places to travel?
Africa. South Africa, Botswana, Namibia.

Favorite sport?
NBA basketball

Write a Haiku about your book
Starters sell their spring
Enders buy, and shed winter
Callie caught between

Spontaneity or Planning Ahead?
Planning ahead.

PC or Mac?

Facebook or Twitter?

Favorite quote from a movie?
When the child was a child, 
It threw a stick like a lance against a tree, 
And it quivers there still today.

Starters by Lissa Price

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party–her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first–the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .

Giveaway Details
1 ARC of Starters
Open to US only
Ends 5/25/12

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