Apr 23, 2012

Blog Tour: Socialpunk by Monica Leonelle: Interview & Giveaway

Hello, darlings! Today I'm happy to welcome Monica Leonelle, author of the Socialpunk Trilogy. Monica answered few of my questions about her writing process. You can also check out samples of the first book in the Socialpunk trilogy and enter a fabulous giveaway!

Socialpunk (April 2012)
Socialmob (July 2012)
Socialhood (October 2012)

About Monica: 

Monica Leonelle is a well-known digital media strategist and the author of three novels. She blogs at Prose on Fire (http://proseonfire.com) and shares her writing and social media knowledge with other bloggers and authors through her Free Writer Toolkit (http://proseonfire.com/free-writer-toolkit).
Monica Online:


What or who inspired you to begin writing in first place?

I started a Gen Y blog in 2007 called Twenty Set. It actually gained quite a bit of steam early on, but eventually I moved away from Gen Y topics. The reason I started that blog, though, is because I couldn't clear my mind! I literally just needed to get things out of my system. So I wrote that blog 4-5 times a week for about six months until my ideas stop churning so quickly. My love for writing as an adult grew out of that experience.

What are the three books that (in your opinion) everyone should read?

When I was a kid I loved this book called The Girl With the Silver Eyes. Here is the exact cover of the book I had: http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Silver-Eyes-Apple-Paperbacks/dp/0590442481. It's one of my absolute favorite YA novels, and, surprise! Maggie Stiefvater loves that book too. This was the first novel that made me want to write fantasy and science fiction.

As for the other two, I'd probably recommend the first book in the Harry Potter series and the first book in The Hunger Games series. They are both just so good. Loved them!

Who is your favorite fiction character?

I love Jace from The Mortal Instruments. Actually, I love almost all the characters in that series.

Where do you draw inspiration for your characters  and the worlds you build in your novels?

I wouldn't say any one person is my inspiration, because that doesn't create anything new. You create new things by combining inspirations from all sorts of different sources and then adding your own touch or twist. But if you want to be inspired, you should expose yourself to all sorts of media—books, television, movies, radio, art museums, you name it. If you are writing one book you should consume at least ten books, ten movies, ten TV shows, ten songs, etc. to prepare. It doesn't matter if they are related or not—in fact, the more diverse, the better. And how much fun is it that I just told you to watch TV in order to do work? You're welcome for that.

About Socialpunk:

Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.

You can read preview chapters HERE.

Monica has kicked off an extensive and well-organized tour and it's a pleasure to be part of it. To check out all tour stops and participants, go HERE.

Last but not least: Monica is hosting a grand giveaway where you can win a brand new iPad 3, a Kindle Fire (or gift card equivalents for Apple and Amazon), and 20 signed hardcovers of Socialpunk.
I have Socialpunk on Kindle, reading it right now, so expect my review soon :)

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