Sunday, 27 June 2010

Blog Tour: 13 To Life by Shannon Delany

Welcome to Shannon Delany's Start Your Day with Serial Tour! Shannon's debut novel (and first in her YA paranormal series) 13 to Life started as a winning cell phone novel written in serial segments. During the tour you can read bits of the book in order. Miss a day? Hop to Shannon's blog and check the link to the blog tour calendar in her sidebar.

There will also be a contest that will close at the end of the tour. Winners get a bunch of stuff.

13 To Life
by Shannon Delany

Summary: When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.

Interview with Shannon:

Anytime I read a book with awesome characters, I always wonder if the author based them on real people. Are any of the characters in your book inspired by anyone in your life and which of your characters, if any, is most like you?

Legally I should probably say no, my characters are all fully fictitious. But people who know me (or have been on the other side of some of my more interesting phone conversations) know that I’m a people watcher and notorious eavesdropper. All of my characters have grown out of bits and pieces of real people I’ve known. I just sort of Frankenstein the pieces together. Most like me? In many ways—Jess. Poor kid.

From your experience so far, what has been your favourite part of being an author?

Being able to talk (well, communicate) with authors I respect, learn from their experiences and pass along what I learn to fellow aspiring authors. Meeting members of the Class of 2k10 at BEA was a big highlight for me.

What made you to want to write and are there any other authors that have inspired you?

I always needed a way to express myself clearly (especially since I had a speech impediment in elementary school). And although (on a philosophical level) I believe language is inadequate for true expression, I’ve always had a fascination with language and probably that was part of what drove me to write (beyond any circumstance and boredom).

Authors who inspired me: Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game still rocks!), Robin McKinley (The Blue Sword was something I reread as a teen), Anne McCaffrey (The Ship Who Sang—awesome!) and Mercedes Lackey (Arrows of the Queen—hers was the only fanclub/author’s list I have ever joined. Misty was everything I aspired to be as a teen writing.) I got to meet Mr. Card. He was amazing. Humble and frank.

Are there any books that you would recommend to the readers of my blog whether it be personal all time favourites or upcoming releases you think we should look out for?

The ones I just mentioned are great reads. Also—David Wisniewski’s GOLEM (a picture book that will blow your mind!) Robert Sabuda’s interpretation of Alice in Wonderland and Art Spiegelman’s MAUS. Looking forward to? Ann Aguirre has her debut YA coming out that’s tentatively titled RAZORLAND. I got to read it as a beta and can’t wait to get it in my hands for real! Also Jackie Kessler's debut novel HUNGER sounds intriguing! For other great books, check out the Class of 2k10 ( That’s essentially my reading list for the year.

What is your favourite movie(s) and how would you feel about your book joining one of the many book-turned-movies that are being made recently?

Favorite movies? The Princess Bride, The Last Unicorn, Dangerous Liasons... I’d love to see my series turned into movies. We started hearing interest from movie producers as soon as my win at was announced, but really—who knows? That’s all out of my hands. But if I landed a movie deal—well, I’d have to host a big party somewhere to celebrate!

I know some writers love to write to music and make playlists to go with their stories, are you one of them and if so, what do you listen to?

I don’t often listen to music as I actively write (fingers on keyboard), but I do have playlists. Each of my characters have their own playlists and different action sequences get a list, but generally I listen to a playlist before I write for the day.

I listen to everything! Cleaning out my Jeep the other day I had to laugh—my Garth Brooks CD was in the Linkin Park case and Cold Play had gotten into Wicked. So, country, rock, alternative, musicals—whatever mood strikes, there’s great music for it out there. I have the same attitude about music as reading: broaden your horizons by sampling it all. I encourage aspiring authors to read broadly and listen broadly to music, too. There will be playlists up at my sight, I hope readers and writers check them out and buy some new stuff for their MP3 players.

How did you come up with the idea for 13 to Life?

The idea sort of emerged organically during the contest—I seriously had no idea what was going to happen at the end of the original, serialized version of 13 to Life. I barely knew what was going to happen from one section to the next (especially when I was waiting for readers to vote on an event!). It was exciting (and nerve-wracking).

If you could be a character in any book, which would you choose and why?

I honestly don’t know. The books I love are filled with high drama, action, danger and adventure and I’ve recently come to understand that although I love drama in books and in my writing, I’m not a fan of it in my life. I guess I’m happy enough being me not to be interested in jumping into a book at the moment.

Which three places in the world would you most like to visit?

I’ve been very lucky and have gotten to visit a bunch of places from the UK, France, Spain, Canada and Germany... I’d love to return to most of the places I’ve already been (and I love leading tours!) but I’d especially like to return to the UK, Spain and Germany. Three new places I’d love to explore? Must it only be three? The old Eastern Bloc countries, Russia and the Caribbean. I have stories started in all those places.

What is your definition of love?

Ugh. That’s a great question! There are so many types of love I can’t give a blanket definition. For romantic love I define it by the spark and chemistry two people feel for each other. But romantic love changes over time—it mellows and sweetens as a relationship builds and surpasses that fire you first feel for someone. And filial love’s different still... I guess my definition of any type of love would have to be: an emotion that grows out of one of us but is far too big for only one alone to handle. Yeah. Cheesy.

Excerpt (used with the author’s permission):

13 to Life: Chapter 4, part G:

Mr. Miles turned to the board and scrawled Porrajmos. “This is the word that equates with the genocide of gypsies during World War II. It translates to “the Devouring.” We’ve spent quite a bit of time on the war, the Holocaust and its victims, but today I think we should deal with one of the oddities…”

Shannon's hosting several contests during the Start Your Day with Serial Tour. The big contest will award one lucky winner with a royal amber pendant, pietersite jeweled bookmark, stuffed wolf, 13 to Life mousepad, pen, tote, signed poster, personalized copy of 13 to Life and both of the 13 to Life pins. All you need to do is comment at 13 of the blogs hosting Shannon during her 30 day tour. Everyone who does so will be entered into a random drawing. Winner may be international.


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  1. Porrajmos. Never heard of the word before. I'm off to do some research.

  2. Great interview! The Princess Bride and the Last Unicorn are both amazing movies =D

  3. Definition of love...Tough question with a great answer. Loved the book and I have really enjoyed the Serial Tour!

  4. Really great interview. I love, love, love The Princess Bride and I thought I was the only one who enjoyed The Last Unicorn. I have always wanted to be a writer and moving along this serial tour I am made to believe I can do it if I want to no matter what people say or obstacles come at me.


  5. What an awesome interview! You did great!
    (: And I want this book so badly.

  6. I love it when an author admits she didn't know where the story was going--kind of like life.

  7. Alessandra--Porrajmos is a term for the "gypsy" or Rom holocaust during World War II that is often overlooked in history. The term was recently coined by a professor who has researched the events extensively.

    thekams --I love both of those movies!

    Jen, thanks so much for following along on the Serial Tour--it's been tough for me to keep up with and all my hosts and hostesses have done such a great job!

    skyla11377--Thank you. I absolutely encourage you to push forward in your dream of becoming an author--there is no one right way to publication and we all have a story to tell.

    Take care, and thanks, girls, for hosting me!

  8. I haven't had the chance to read any of the books you mentioned or the movies. I will have to check them out though.

  9. Great interview. The more I read the more I want to go the book asap. Thanks for sharing!



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