By: Melanie | November 27, 2013 | (27) Comments

Blog Tour: These Broken Stars

Blog Tour: These Broken StarsThese Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
Series: Starbound, #1
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: November 20, 2013
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Pages: 384
Source: Received in exchange for review
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It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

Today, I have Amie and Meagan here for an interview!

Hey Amie and Meg! Welcome and thank you for sparing some time to answer my questions.

Hey Mel! Nice place you got here! Ooh, are those Tim Tams…?

1. I heard that you two actually travelled around the world together. Where was the best place you’ve been? Can you name a place that helped inspire you to write These Broken Stars?

We looooove to travel, particularly road trips! One of our favourite trips was in the United States—we saw the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, and we got upgraded to the high rollers suite in Vegas! (Spoiler: we are totally not high rollers!) Some of the incredible landscapes on that trip definitely inspired parts of These Broken Stars, from the towering sequoias to the endless plains. Our favourite place to brainstorm These Broken Stars (and all our books) is a set of hot springs just outside Melbourne. We soak and talk for hours.

2. So what is like to co-write yet still be living on the other side of the world? What were some of the difficulties and how did you communicate (like with the dreaded time differences)?

We’ve been chatting together for so long that we work around the time differences pretty seamlessly these days. We use a combination of gchat, video chat, emails and text messages to make plans, brainstorm and just talk about our days. After being flatmates for so long, we’re still in touch every day about stuff outside writing.

3. Meg, what where some of the things you loved about co-writing that you didn’t get to experience when writing Skylark?

Meg: For me, it’s an entirely different experience, and so much fun. For one thing, whenever I’d get stuck, I could just hand the book over to Amie, and she’d always be able to get it unstuck again. But I think the best part was having someone as intimately familiar with the story and the characters as I was. We were able to come up with ideas together that I never would’ve come up with on my own, and take this book to places a solo book wouldn’t go.

4. You named the spaceliner, Icarus. How does this name tie in with the Greek Myth, Daedalus and Icarus?

Meg’s cat (also called Icarus) is highly suspicious we named the spaceliner after him, but given its eventual fate, we wouldn’t dare. That guy knows how to get revenge. The Greek myth involves the inventor, Daedalus, making wax wings for himself and his son, Icarus, to escape a labyrinth. Icarus, too arrogant to heed his father’s warnings, flies to close to the sun; his wax wings melt, and he falls to his death. We liked the idea of a man—Lilac’s father—so proud that he named the pride of his fleet after the Icarus of legend, thinking that his Icarus would be too mighty to fall. Of course, he was wrong.

5. Who is your favourite character in the book? Name them and describe the twitter style (140 characters or less.)

Lilac and Tarver are too obvious, so we went for Lilac’s father instead—his shadow is long, even when he’s not onscreen. So here we go:

Monsieur LaRoux: Powerful, merciless, ruthless and as rich as God. Do not get in this man’s way, and make sure he gets what he wants.

6. These Broken Stars is a science-fiction work (and romance…gosh I am loving the romance so far—currently reading as I am interviewing you two). What do you love most about this genre?

We love both science fiction and romance, and we definitely wanted to write both. We love the way science fiction lets you take a seed from today’s world and spin it out into an infinite what-if—in science fiction, the sky’s the limit! As for romance? We love a romance that’s a slow, steady burn—Lilac and Tarver are attracted to each other pretty early on, but instalove this is not! Insta-I-can’t-stand-you, perhaps. The romance takes a little longer to deepen, and we admit we do love the stories that have you screaming JUST MAKE OUT ALREADY by the time it happens.

7. Recommendation time: What’s your favourite 2013 release novel?

Oh wow, HUGE question. We couldn’t possibly pick one! We’d recommend THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd, REBOOT by Amy Tintera, RED by Alison Cherry, BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke and THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas. And as we write this, CHAMPION by Marie Lu has just released, so we’ll both be disappearing to read that ASAP!

Thanks for stopping, ladies! I can’t wait for everyone else to read These Broken Stars.

Thank you so much for having us!

My review of These Broken Stars can be found here. (4.5 starred review)

About Amie Kaufman

Amie Kaufman is the co-author of the These Broken Stars, the first in the Starbound trilogy, and writes science fiction and fantasy for teens. Amie had the good fortune to be raised just one block from her local library, and took full advantage of that fact growing up. She and her sister spent their childhood summers re-creating their favourite books by camping in the back yard, mapping their neighbourhood, climbing trees, stepping through magical doors and sailing the local seas. Raised in Australia and Ireland, she has kissed the Blarney stone six times, thoroughly cementing her gift of the gab.

As she grew older (but not up), she continued her education, and graduated with honors degrees in history, literature and law, and a master’s degree in conflict resolution. These days she combines writing with work as a mediator, as well as regular travel throughout the US, Europe and Asia. A few of her top travel moments include camping in the Sahara overnight, climbing a mountain in Vietnam, standing on the Great Wall of China and cycling the Loire Valley, but she has a huge list left to cover.

Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and their very quirky rescue dog, Jack. She’s a huge fan of chocolate and naps, has an enormous music collection, and an entire room of her house is devoted to her library. She still sails, and though she climbs fewer trees, she remains partial to investigating the occasional magical door.

About Meagan Spooner

Meagan Spooner grew up reading and writing every spare moment of the day, while dreaming about life as an archaeologist, a marine biologist, an astronaut. She graduated from Hamilton College in New York with a degree in playwriting, and has spent several years since then living in Australia. She’s traveled with her family all over the world to places like Egypt, South Africa, the Arctic, Greece, Antarctica, and the Galapagos, and there’s a bit of every trip in every story she writes.

She currently lives and writes in Asheville, North Carolina, but the siren call of travel is hard to resist, and there’s no telling how long she’ll stay there.

In her spare time she plays guitar, plays video games, plays with her cat, and reads.

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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27 Responses to Blog Tour: These Broken Stars

  1. Jess says:

    Great review! 🙂 Looking forward to the book even more now!!
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  2. hehe, fun interview/guest post. I really want to try this book out.
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  3. Melliane says:

    that’s a great interview! THank you! I know I really need to try this book but I also really need more time for that lol
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  4. Tanja says:

    I’ve finished this book recently and I’m having hard time reviewing it. I wrote like 5 reviews the other day but simply words won’t type for this one. I cannot collect all my thoughts. Anyhow I love the interview Mel!! It’s amazing to know more about the authors. Also the whole symbol of Icarus was really well-done. Great post Mel 🙂
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  5. Writing with someone must be extremely difficult, and I’m glad these ladies had so much fun doing it AND did such an excellent job!
    I was so pleasantly surprised by this book, I can’t wait the next one.
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  6. Fantastic interview, my arc copy of this was messed up…boo, so I will need to wait for release! It sounds like a blast!
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  7. Awesome interview Mel, I have just read the book and really enjoyed it! The whole process of Co authoring really intrigued me and gee Story flowed seamlessly.
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  8. That was a fun interview, Mel! I’m sure we could all use some Tim Tams!
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  9. Shelly says:

    I’m so excited for These Broken Stars! I’ve heard such amazing things about it! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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  10. Rachel says:

    I didn’t know these two lived on opposite sides of the globe! That’s amazing they co-wrote this. I love the idea of a slow-burn romance so I’m really looking forward to reading this. Plus, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things. Wonderful interview, ladies! 🙂
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  11. Emily says:

    Oooh! This is so awesome 🙂 I didn’t know that they lived in different countries either! It’s really cool how they came together to write this novel, and a supposedly beautiful one at that! 😀 (and did you say TIM TAMS? Where are mine?? ;D )
    Great interview, all of you!! 😀 <33
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  12. I can’t wait to read this one, and I’m even more excited now. Great interview, you guys! 😀
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  13. Giselle says:

    I’m not sure how I’d do co-writing a book. I’m so anal and picky that it probably wouldn’t work haha. I loved this book though so they definitely have it down path and I love how close they sound!
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    • Melanie says:

      I think I’d fail at co-writing a book. I tend to want to do things by myself even though working on something together does work sometimes. But writing a book? no.

  14. Faye says:

    Awww, what a fun interview! I read THESE BROKEN STARS months ago and totally loved it. It was a long read but I really wish it was longer! I love space dramas, so I hope to co-write a book of this caliber in the near future as well.
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  15. Jess says:

    What an awesome interview! 😀 I haven’t read my ARC yet – I know, I know! >.< – so I think the reading experience is going to be even richer, now that I have all these awesome background details!

  16. Schen says:

    Nice interview! I’d totally get it, especially since that the cover is awesome! I have nothing more to say… but, the authors? Oh, they’re totally perfect. These two are perfect friends to each other. I really wonder how they get to make an, according to reviews I’ve seen, awesome book knowing for a fact that they worked together; aren’t there going to be some fights on this and that along the way?
    Anyway, though, they completed a loved book. Who am I to ask about their understandings? Knowing that they worked together to create this piece of literature, and finishing it, is enough for me to know that they did an awesome job in doing so.

  17. Misti says:

    Thank you so much for the interview. It’s always great to hear from an author. I think she’s terrific. I also really like the cover of this book. I haven’t read it yet but it’s definitely on my TBR list. Thanks again.

  18. Sara says:

    Very interesting! Sounds like a must read!

  19. Thanks for sharing this lovely interview. I’m so excited about this book :D!
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