Welcome! You are at the third stop of Brian Rowe’s newest novel, Over the Rainbow. Today, I give you a wonderful little interview with Brian himself. That’s not all; we also have a giveaway to celebrate!
Title: Over the Rainbow
Author: Brian Rowe
Expected Release Date: August 6, 2013
Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.
When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion, a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world’s population have mysteriously disappeared. But that’s only the beginning…
All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.
About the Author: Brian Rowe (from Goodreads)
Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He’s written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. He is one half of the blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his next novel.
Now, I was lucky enough to have Brian answer a few questions for me! A huge round of applause for Brian, everyone (:
1. Describe your book, Over the Rainbow, in six words.
Modern re-imagining of Wizard of Oz.
2. What inspired your idea for the story?
I really wanted to tell a full-blown YA action fantasy story with a gay protagonist at the center of it all. I feel like there’s a lot of gay young adult “issue” books, but not enough where a gay teenager is thrown into the middle of a story that would normally be reserved for a heterosexual protagonist. I also really wanted to write an adventure story with dinosaurs, as well as a modern update of The Wizard of Oz. So what did I do? I decided to throw all these elements into one book, and such became Over the Rainbow.
3. What is your favorite thing about writing? The thing you dislike the most?
My favorite thing about writing is the magical moment that happens sometimes when you get so caught up into the scene that the characters start speaking for themselves, where you as the writer have to type faster and faster just to keep up with the characters’ conversation. I had a lot of moments like this on Over the Rainbow, because I made sure to have the five central characters be well-defined before I started writing them. The thing I dislike the most is that occasional day when the writing isn’t flowing, and the characters’ voices aren’t sounding authentic, and what you hoped would be a 3-hour writing session turns into an all-day affair.
4. What books or authors have influenced your writing?
My favorite author is Stephen King, and I turn to his books, and his excellent non-fiction book On Writing, whenever I get stuck. (I have a reference to him toward the end of Over the Rainbow, can you spot it??) Lately, however, I have turned to the excellent young adult work of gay novelists David Levithan and Alex Sanchez, and these writers have greatly influenced Over the Rainbow as well. And then, of course, there’s the original The Wizard of Oz, which I re-read upon outlining the first draft of Over the Rainbow. While my book has similarities to the classic 1939 movie, there are nods to the book as well. The Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite stories ever, and it was so much fun to plant many of its themes and images to a modern day story.
Thank you Brian! It is a pleasure having you on the blog!
There’s a lovely giveaway that goes along with this blog tour (of course it features Over the Rainbow). Now unfortunately, the Rafflecopter will not show up on WordPress. Instead, I have included a lovely screenshot of it for you guys with a link to the actual giveaway.
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A big thanks to Brian! Don’t forget to check out Over the Rainbow and the lovely other stops on this tour!