Friday, 15 April 2016

Blog Tour + Guest Post + Giveaway - The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody

The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody

Publisher: Turner Publishing

Release Date: April 19th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction


One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible. Against this backdrop, a group of young friends in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum dream about life outside their totalitarian existence, an idea that has been outlawed for centuries. When a shocking discovery turns the dream into a reality, they must decide if they will risk their own extinction to experience something no one has for generations, the Surface.

A Day in the Life of Jennifer Brody (Author of The 13th Continuum)

9:30 AM—This is about the time I usually wake up. I’ve never been a “morning” person. I take my mini Goldendoodle named Commander Ryker for a walk and feed him breakfast. Unlike me, he’s a morning dog. He’s always super excited to wake up. I like to do a short yoga practice on my porch if it’s nice outside. It helps to clear my head and get me ready to write. Then I make a blueberry smoothie for my breakfast.

10:30 AM—I pack up my laptop and jet over to a local coffee shop in Hollywood called Solar de Cahuenga, where I like to write most days. In fact, I’m here right now writing this post! I usually get chai or green juice and settle into a table close to a plug. The coffee shop has lots of windows and great views of the Hollywood sign. Writing can feel very solitary, so getting out of the house is key to maintaining your sanity. Lots of other writers work here. Everyone around me is clacking away on their laptops and working on cool Hollywood projects. Occasionally, my writer friends meet me for “writing dates.” We chat and catch up, and then we put our headphones on and dive into our work.

11:30 AM—Hopefully by now, I’m done procrastinating on social media and checking email and ready start writing. Currently, I’m working on Book 3 of the series—The United Continuums. I’m almost done with the first draft (exciting!) and will rewrite it before I hand it into my publisher in early June. To get started, I reread the last part I wrote to get my head back into the story and then start writing forward from where I left off. Usually, I can write about one chapter on a good day. Writing can seem really glamorous, but a lot of it is finding the willpower to wrestle with the blank page.

1:00 PM—Many days, I’ll have a marketing call with my publisher to go over all the promotional stuff happening with the book. Or I’ll talk to the film producers working on adapting my books into a movie. Currently, we’re looking for the perfect director to bring it to life on the big screen! Then it’s back to writing.

3:00 PM—This is when I start to fizzle out and get really hungry. So I’ll wrap up my writing for the day and make a few notes about what I want to write next. Sometimes, I head home for lunch. But most days, I go to a little hole-in-the-wall Thai and Vietnamese restaurant around the corner from the coffee shop. They have amazing Pho (Vietnamese soup), curries, and noodles dishes. Okay, writing this is making me really hungry right now! After lunch, if I’m feeling energized, I might do some more work.

5:00 PM—Time to head home! If the weather is nice outside, I’ll take my dog for a hike or to the dog park near out house. I live in the Hollywood Hills, so it’s really beautiful around my house with tons of great hiking nearby and good walks in my neighborhood. Also, since it’s LA, the weather is nice almost year round. Actually, I do a lot of my best brainstorming and thinking while I’m walking. In fact, I came up with the idea for The 13th Continuum while hiking near my house. If I’m stuck on a part of my story, getting up from my computer and going for a walk always helps me figure out how to fix it.

7:00 PM—I love to cook, so I’ll usually make dinner. My husband comes home late from work, but if he’s home early enough, we’ll eat together. I don’t write in the evenings because I can’t turn my brain off and I’ll end up staying up all night. If I’m staying at home, I love to watch Netflix. Currently, I’m binging House of Cards and Daredevil. But I also love going to movies and concerts. LA has so many great venues and events happening all the time. I feel really lucky to live in such a vibrant place. 

11:00 PM—Get ready for bed and READ! I can’t go to sleep without reading. It’s the only way I can relax. I’ve been like that since I was a little kid. I love reading on my Kindle. I always tell aspiring writers that the most important thing they can do is read a ton. Currently, I’m reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. It’s such a fun, imaginative, action-packed book! I also like to write in my journal before bed. I’m a chronic scribbler. It’s also where I keep track of new ideas for things I want to write.

12:00 AM—Lights out! A good night of sleep is key to having a productive writing day tomorrow! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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Jennifer Brody’s debut novel The 13th Continuum sold to Turner Publishing in a 3-book deal and is being packaged into a feature film. The book is the first in a trilogy and will come out in Spring 2016. She is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. She lives and writes in LA.

After studying film and graduating from Harvard University, she began her career in feature film development. Highlights include working for Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and New Line Cinema, most notably on The Lord of the Rings films and The Golden Compass. In 2008, she produced the feature film Make It Happen for The Weinstein Company. Her recipes and articles have appeared in xoJane, Fox News, Parade Magazine, Whole Life Times, and Meatless Monday, and many other publications.

She is an alumni of the Sirenland Writers Conference, where she studied with Meg Wolitzer, and the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop, where she studied with Victor LaValle. She recently completed a 3-week residency at The Lemon Tree House and has been accepted for a residency in Spring 2016 at the Helen R. Whiteley Center, run by the University of Washington.

She founded and runs BookPod, a social media platform for authors with 400 members. She’s also a mentor for the Young Storytellers Foundation. In Spring 2015, her mentee’s script was picked out of over 900 scripts for the Glee Big Show, where it was performed by the cast of the hit Fox TV show, and in Fall of 2015, her mentee’s script was chosen for the Biggest Show, where it was performed by Jack Black and Leslie Mann.

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