Hi! Today we’re celebrating Peggy Eddleman’s debut, SKY JUMPERS!
Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…
They say: Escape one danger. Jump into another. . . .
“Eddleman brings a strong sense of atmosphere to this post-apocalyptic coming-of-age piece, and the underlying message—that it’s possible to contribute in unexpected ways—is a positive one.” —Publishers Weekly
Twelve-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town of inventors struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the deadly band of compressed air that covers the crater left by the bombs—than fail at yet another invention. When bandits discover that White Rock has priceless antibiotics, they invade. With a two-day deadline to finish making this year’s batch and no ingredients to make more, the town is left to choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from the disease that’s run rampant since the bombs, or die fighting the bandits now. Help lies in a neighboring town, but the bandits count everyone fourteen and older each hour. Hope and her friends Aaren and Brock might be the only ones who can escape to make the dangerous trek through the Bomb’s Breath and over the snow-covered mountain. For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and recklessness that usually get Hope into trouble might just save them all.
I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but it sounds like a fantastic adventure with a strong, smart girl at the center!
Now for our interview with Peggy:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Hope is a daring, risk-taking, supportive friend.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
SKY JUMPERS is a fascinating, exciting action novel.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a creative, loyal, organized list-maker. (JS: I love making lists too! I recently downloaded a new list-making app, in fact – Wunderlist – that is my new favorite thing EVER. Just FYI.)
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Scotland, New Zealand, and England
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Graphic design, gourmet cooking, and drawing
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Web designer, muralist, and carpenter
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Hyacinth, tulips, nightshade
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Chicken scampi, cheesecake, hot salsa
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA, SHATTER ME, & SOME QUIET PLACE. (JS: Ooh! DEVIL was one of my favorite books last year!)
You can add SKY JUMPERS to your Goodreads shelf here.
Peggy is offering one lucky reader (US only) a signed copy of SKY JUMPERS! Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter. Contest open until next Thursday, January 23, at midnight EST.