THE FORGETTING Blog Tour: Interview + GIVEAWAY


Hello everyone! Thank you for stopping by on our tour stop for THE FORGETTING by Sharon Cameron, hosted by RockStar Book Tours. We had the opportunity to interview Sharon and we were beyond excited to do so because this book was so captivating. It's definitely a top five read for one of us this year and we know you will enjoy it too. Get to know a bit more about the Sharon and THE FORGETTING in our interview below and make sure to enter the Giveaway to win your very own copy!! Good Luck!



About the Book

Title: THE FORGETTING

Author: Sharon Cameron

Pub. Date: September 13, 2016

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 416

Formats: Hardcover, eBook


What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.



In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.



But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.




About Sharon:

Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.



Now that you have read a bit about Sharon and her newest novel THE FORGETTING. Join us for our interview with Sharon and get to know more about her and her amazing new novel. 



THE FORGETTING is one of my favorite reads for this year. What was the genesis for this wholly unique and amazing story?

Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! As a person who is always trying to delve into the secrets and mysteries of the past (which is a rather romantic way of saying that I like mucking around in courthouse basements and digging up the stuff your great-grandparents chucked away years ago), I have always been amazed at just how much the human race has forgotten. History is a puzzle with half its pieces missing. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what the world would be like if we had our pasts intact, but then it occurred to me, “What if there was no past, no pieces at all? What if ALL of it was forgotten? Without memories, who would we think we are, and who would we really be?” Out of that grew the idea for THE FORGETTING.


Nadia is unlike most heroines for she has a quiet strength. Her intelligence and determination is a force to be reckoned with. Was her character fully formed in your mind from the beginning or did she evolve as the story came to life?
I think Nadia was always Nadia from the day I first wrote her. But getting that personality to come through in the writing was definitely an evolving process! When your character speaks and interacts very little with others, it creates a challenge to “show” that person to the reader, even when you’re writing in first person. I think the first five chapters of the book had at least seven or eight drafts before I felt like she was really starting to come through in the writing the same way I saw her in my head.

Talk a little about your writing process. Do you plan or are you more of a "pantser"? Do you have a place where you like to write?
I have discovered that I am absolutely, positively 100% a “plantser.” I tend to start with a really messy three or four page synopsis where I just tell myself a story, beginning to end. This gives me direction for when I start putting chapter one on the page. But inevitably, the plot I come up with when I’m writing is 500,000 million times better than what I planned in the synopsis. So I replan. And then I write. And I make it better and replan, and write again. I tend to end up with maybe six written synopses per book. But it’s so much better that way, because it allows the story to grow naturally, while saving me from writing hundreds of pages in the wrong direction.

What is your most favorite line in THE FORGETTING? and why?
Ah! It’s too hard to choose just one! But I think at least one of my favorites has to be “I love plants.” I giggled when I wrote it then, and I giggled when I wrote it just now. No explanations, cause…spoilery! You’ll just have to read.

If THE FORGETTING were being turned into a movie and you had complete control over who was cast (anyone in the past or present). Whom would you choose for Gray and Nadia?
Okay, I think I’m the only author that never, ever does this! No one is ever quite like what I have in my head. But if we’re going on looks only, I’d say these two come pretty close.
Tyler Posey for Gray. Especially with his hair grown out longer. He looks a little playful, which is very Gray-ish.


Amanda Seyfried for Nadia. She’s got a really good serious face when she wants one, which is a plus for Nadia.



What do you want people reading THE FORGETTING to take away from their experience in reading it?
I want for my readers what I always want when I read a book: To leave this world and go live in someone else’s for a little while. Being lost in a book, truly immersed, is one of the best feelings there is, and when we’re immersed we get to really live through that character, walk the steps of their feet like they’re our own. I hope when a reader sets down THE FORGETTING that they will have lived what Nadia did, made those decisions with her, and that it will leave them something to think about in their own lives. But mostly I just want them to be dying to pick up the book and start it again. Because it all felt real.

Thank you very much for you time.
You are so very welcome!
 

What an amazing interview! And now you have an opportunity to win one of three finished copies of THE FORGETTING. Just enter the Giveaway below and GOOD LUCK!! Make sure to follow along with the other stops on this tour.


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE FORGETTING courtesy of Scholastic. US Only.


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Tour Schedule

 Week One:
9/5/2016- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
9/6/2016- IceyBooksReview
9/7/2016- Such a Novel IdeaGuest Post
9/8/2016- Jessabella ReadsReview
9/9/2016- Take Me Away To A Great Read- Interview

Week Two:
9/12/2016- Stories & SweetiesReview
9/13/2016- Novel NoviceGuest Post
9/14/2016- The Book ShireReview
9/15/2016- Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview <-- That's us!
9/16/2016- The Best Books Ever - Review



4 comments:

  1. Great interview! Sounds like an amazing story. Hope I win, need it to go with my The Dark Unwinding books 😁

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  2. Thanks for the awesome giveaway this one sounds great! Crossing my fingers!
    Also, Tyler Posey is one of my favorites, so that is a great pic! I had fun reading the interview!
    Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

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    1. This one is one of my next reads. Love me some dystopian :)

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