Saturday, March 7, 2015

Day 7 of 31 books in 31 days- Book Giveaway by Lois Lowry and Kindle Giveaway

Welcome to the 7th day of 31 books in 31 days, where you win prizes for reading.

Recap of Rules

Everyday that you participate in the giveaway of the day, you are eligible to win a brand new kindle.

How to participate
  a) Like the author of the day on facebook
  b) Follow the author on Twitter
  c) Read any of the author's books
  d) Answer the occasional quiz on author's interview
  e) Scroll to the bottom of each interview and enter the raffle (you'll have to unlock the raffle with your email first)

That's it- then enter the kindle giveaway!

Today's author of the day is the amazing Lois Lowry, Author of our featured book The Giver (Giver Quartet, Book 1). Additionally, Lois Lowry has 30 children's books to her credit. The giver alone has over 4000 5 star reviews. If you haven't already read this sensational work of fiction, read it today and enter the giveaway for an autographed copy of a different book by this sensational author.

Jonas' world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pleasure and pain of life.Now it is time for Jonas to learn the truth. There is no turning back.

                                                      Lois Lowry Interview

Hello Lois,

Thanks for volunteering your time to answer some questions.

1) What do you love about reading? What is the last book you read?

I love that one can enter another world, become another person, through the reading of fiction. (I suppose it is true of non-fiction as well, come to think of it!) and can weigh your own decisions against decisions made by book characters... what would I do in these circumstances? and perhaps even mold your own behavior through reading.

The last book I read was "The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins, a British mystery.

2) Why do you write children’s books? What interests you about the genre?

I have become aware that some young people are profoundly affected by what they read. They are changed by what they take away from books. that is less true of adults. To be someone who affects kids in that way is not something I take lightly. It's an enormous responsibility. 

3) I read your FAQ’s on your site and one of your favorite authors as a child was Lois Lenski, what about her books interested you? How do you think reading has impacted your writing over the years?

I was attracted to her books, oddly, because of her name, which was my name as well. And the book of hers I liked the best... Indian Captive... had a protagonist who was my age and who even (I could tell from the illustrations) LOOKED like me.

4) I know you wanted to write since you were a young child. Did any one book or event inspire you 
to be an author? If so, what was it and why?

The book that most inspired me when I was young (about 9) was the Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. The book that seemed the most real, and dealt with tough even heart-breaking issues.

5)  I have read other interviews and biographies about you online. You have experienced quite a
few trials in your life. What were the ones that impacted your writing the most and how?

The loss of people I loved... a sister, and later a son... probably had more impact on me than anything else, making me aware of the impermanence of things, and the importance of our relationships.

6) Which one of your books is your favorite? Why?

"Autumn Street"... because it is about real people. People I loved, most of whom are now gone.

7) If you could be any fictional character from a book that you have written who would it be? Why
does that character resonate with you?

I actually WAS the character Meg in "A Summer to Die" and Elizabeth in "Autumn Street." These were both autobiographical novels.

8) Is there any book by another author that you wish you had written? If so, why does this book standout for you?

No. There are many books and authors whom I admire but I would not presume to wish to have written their books.

9) You mention that it is hard to make a living as a writer, but is it worth it?
Thank you so much for participating.

For me it is worth it, to be able to do what I love, to have the solitude and independence I treasure.


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