Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Q&A with Andrew Fukuda (and win The Hunt)

A little bird told me an advance copy of RIVER ROAD is winging its way toward me. Wonder what I should do with it? Any ideas?

In the meantime, I'd like to welcome a great author to Preternatura today. Andrew Fukuda used his background working with immigrant teens in Manhattan's Chinatown to craft Crossing, his first book, which was selected by the American Library Association Booklist as an Editor's Choice, Top 10 First Novel, and Top 10 Crime Novel in 2010. This week, he releases The Hunt, first in a new series from St. Martin's Press. Read on for a chance to win a copy of The Hunt! For more on Andrew, check out his website.

ABOUT THE HUNT: Gene is different from everyone around him. He can't run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn't hurt him, and he doesn't have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret: It's the only way to stay alive in a world of night--a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood. When he's chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene's carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He's thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible--and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive in stronger than ever. But is it worth the cost of his humanity?

Now, welcome, Andrew!


Favorite scene:
My favorite scene would have to be where Gene first encounters the other humans (or "hepers" as they're called in the book). There's awkwardness, curiosity, distrust, misunderstanding, and cautiousness in droves. As well as a sprinkling of humor. And it’s all done with virtually no dialogue. Very Castaway-like, if I do say so myself. There’s so much going on in the minutiae of their actions, so much communicated in their silences. The scene rolled off my pen and later required very little editing – a rarity for me!

Hardest scene to write:
The hardest scene to write was probably the now-infamous spin-the-bottle scene. Many readers can’t get past the elbows and armpits (if you haven’t read the book, I think I’ve just lost you!), but there’s actually so much going on here at an emotional level. I wanted that scene to spotlight Gene’s sense of estrangement from society, where the reader would most acutely feel Gene’s loneliness. I must have revised that scene a dozen times to get the nuances right, and the whole process proved to be quite emotionally exacting.

Favorite book when you were a child:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Your five favorite authors:
Stephen King, David Guterson, Jhumpa Lahiri, John Burnham Schwartz, Ernest Hemingway.

Book you've faked reading:
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. I was simply too busy that semester sunbathing on the quad and playing intramural sports. Somehow I was able to write a paper on the book overnight; I grabbed random quotes and wrapped them around a completely random theory. The professor gave me an A+.

Book you're an evangelist for:
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Stark and disquieting, it slayed me inside with its haunting gracefulness. The last paragraph devastated me, and still does with every rereading.

Book you've bought for the cover:
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley. Go ahead, take a look at the cover, and tell me you don't smell the sweet mountain air, hear the laughter of children soughing in the grass, feel the summer sun burnishing youthful hope into your skin. But the cover evokes childhood, like the language of the book itself, with a deceptive simplicity.

Book that changed your life:
The Bible.

Favorite line from a book:
"They wept together, for the things they now knew." From Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri. A sentence that captures--with painful precision--the separation of intimacy, the intimacy of separation.

Book you most want to read again for the first time:
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. I read it when I was still a naïve, thin-skinned 10-year-old. The book's ending floored me; I couldn't move for an hour. But now, after reading a few too many novels with a Sixth Sense–like plot twist, I'm too hardened and calloused to be caught by surprise anymore. Somebody sandpaper my skin down, erase my reading memory, and put The Murder of Roger Ackroyd back in my hands again, please.

Favorite book about books or writing:
Stephen King’s On Writing.

What’s next?
That’s an easy one! I’m currently going through revisions for The Hunt Book 2 (we actually do have a title but we’re staying mum on that for a bit longer). After that, on to The Hunt Book 3. I’ve been evolving from a pantser to a plotter with every book, so I have a feeling I’ll be outlining Book 3 microscene by microscene.

Thanks, Andrew!

Want to win a copy of The Hunt? (I say yes, you certainly do--I really liked this one.) Just say so. As always a comment gets you entered into the contest. Blog followers get an extra entry. Twitter followers @Suzanne_Johnson get a third entry, and a fourth entry for a Tweet or Retweet of the contest. Now, join the hunt!










30 comments:

  1. An advance copy of River Road that doesn't have a home. If I move a bunch of books around, I might find room on my bookshelf. Just sayin!

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  2. The Hunt souns interesting.

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    sgiden at verizon.net

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  3. This sounds really great...way to turn things on their head!

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  4. I actually just finished reading The Hunt! And omg. I loved it so much. <3 Would love to win a copy of it :) Also! Loving the interview :D

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    Love, Carina

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  5. I'd love to play please.

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    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Wow, that sounds like a really good read. Would love to get my hands on this, thanks for the chance

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    june111(at)att(dot)net

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  7. I've been reading great things about this book, thanks for the chance.

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    luarroyave(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. This book sounds really awesome. The cover is pretty fierce as well. Thanks for the cool interview. I like that he said he went from a panster to a plotter. It made me laugh.

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    ferretvamp14[at]live[dot]com

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  9. Hope you've recovered from the tour.
    You should post some stats. How many miles, cities, appearances, signatures over how many days?
    I'm pretty keen on Andrew's new book as well. Please enter my name for the chance to win a free one.

    I follow this blog by email: carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx

    I also follow on twitter: @carlrscott

    And, I tweeted the blog post as well: https://twitter.com/#!/carlrscott/status/200276794790789121

    That's my four entries - what a good little soldier I am.

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  10. I am desperate to read this book! I have heard such good things about it!
    GFC - sarah elizabeth
    twitter - @bookworm_sarah
    I tweeted! - https://twitter.com/#!/bookworm_sarah/status/200295610593714176
    excited!

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  11. I am desperate to read this book! I have heard such good things about it!
    GFC - sarah elizabeth
    twitter - @bookworm_sarah
    I tweeted! - https://twitter.com/#!/bookworm_sarah/status/200295610593714176
    excited!

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  12. An arc of river road? You can send it my way ;)

    Do i want a copy of the hunt? Yes!! I'd love to have a copy of this book.

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    smile_1773@yahoo.com

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  13. I love the idea behind The Hunt - definitely count me in! :-)

    GFC Follower - Mel S

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  14. Yes, I would love to win this book! I keep hearing great things about it.

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  15. I've been waiting for that one for some time...and I can't wait to read it!!!

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    Glassheart18ca@hotmail.com

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  16. I agree with Marie-Claude.

    I've had this book on my want list since I've first heard about it.

    I can't wait to read it.

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    Stacey_dvn (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  17. I really want to read this book. I heard that it is like The Hunger Games with vampires.
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    kapranova.sofija@gmail.com

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  18. I'd like to read this book. It sounds good.

    I follow the blog.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  19. awesome! I actually have been wanting to read this book for ages now.

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    Thank you
    Raihana619@gmail.com

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  20. This is my first introduction to the book, and it looks to be so intriguing! I love this type of plot.

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  21. Please enter me. I read a really good review of The Hunt and would love to win a copy.

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  22. I would love to read The Hunt!

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    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  23. I would love to read this book unfortunately my budget doesnt allow me to buy any at this time. Maybe I could win. *crosses fingers*

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    pefrw at yahoo dot com

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  24. i loved this book

    don't enter me
    gr8 interview

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  25. Okay, this book sounds amazing! :D

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    jenelleriane at gmail dot com

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  26. love to have a chance to read this book :)

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    eli_y83@yahoo.com

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  27. The Hunt sounds very interesting!

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    +1 blog follow-Janhvi Jagtap
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  28. I'm reading great things around about this book!!!

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    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  29. Read so many great reviews on this book - definitely on my TBR list!

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    +1 GFC follower: Leanne Goon
    +1 twitter follower: @leannessf
    +1 Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/leannessf/status/201894023751929856

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Leanne
    leannessf at gmail dot com

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  30. Fukuda has created an amazingly intense and creepy world where vampires have completely taken over and humans are almost extinct. Readers can easily sympathize with Gene and experience the heart-pounding and chilling suspense along with him.

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