Interview with Courtney Summers, Author of This is Not a Test

12:00 AM

This is Not a Test

1) What inspired you to write about the apocalypse?
I really, really love writing about characters dealing with extreme situations and
there's not much more extreme than a zombie apocalypse.  I knew exploring that would be
an opportunity to push people to their limits and I'm at a point in my writing where
that's one of my favourite things to do.  My poor characters!  They never have it easy.

2) What drew you to write for young adults?
I wrote three books before Cracked Up to Be and none of them are published (and never
will be, hopefully! They were terrible!), and the first two were adult books with
distinctly YA voices so I was drawn to YA before I actually realized I was and I think
I'm drawn to it because it just fits.  That's not to say I'll never write adult fiction,
but for now the stories in my head are best suited to the YA category.  I LOVE reading YA
too, and they always say write the book you'd love to read.

3) What was the most difficult part of This is Not a Test to write?
I can't say because it would be a spoiler, but I can tell you that the book itself was
just generally difficult to write.  I'm a big zombie fanatic so when I decided to write a
zombie book myself, I felt a lot of pressure to do as right by the genre as I could.  It
was pretty stressful at points.

4) Do you ever find yourself putting little parts of yourself into your characters?
Probably in some characters more than others, but if I've done my job right no one will
be able to tell which ones.  :)

5) Which character was your favorite to write?
In This is Not a Test, my favourite character to write was Sloane.  She needed to be or I
wouldn't have been able to write her at all.  My next favourite was Trace because he's so
abrasive.  I love how he just said whatever he was thinking, no matter how hurtful it
was.  Out of all of my books, my favourite character is always the one I'm in the process
of writing.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Anna!

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  1. Great interview! I want to read this book, it sounds like it would be something I would enjoy!

  2. I've heard quite a bit about this one. Great interview!


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