#BIR2012 This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers: Author Interview & Giveaway!

Posted December 11, 2012 by Pixie in Author Interviews, Blog, Uncategorized / 29 Comments

This Is Not A Test was a very different kind of story for me.  Usually when I pick up a “zombie” book, I blow through it  – that was not the case with This is Not A Test…because it isn’t a zombie book. I had to put it down and think about it from this narrators perspective. What really hooked me is that the narrator didn’t want to survive the Apocalypse, she was actively trying to get herself killed. The story is more character watching and calculating motives instead of a fight for your life.  For more information about the author Courtney Summers, check out her website.

This is Not a Test is a zombie apocalypse book โ€“ but itโ€™s not like any book I have read before. This one is more of a character study, than โ€œhow I survived storyโ€. Did you always plan for it to read that way or is that just how Sloane wanted since she was in such a dark place.

Thanks! I always knew that whatever zombie apocalypse book I wrote would be more about the people than the dead because those are exactly the kind of zombie stories that I’m drawn to. Night of the Living Dead is my all time favourite zombie movie because of the people in it and how they work with and against each other. From draft to draft, this book was always people first–BUT the way they respond to their situations would be nothing without the zombies. ๐Ÿ™‚

The cover is what initially drew me to the book โ€“ the girl looked so peaceful, but when you looked closer you noticed the blood splatter, so creepy. What was your reaction when you first saw the cover? 

We went through a few cover possibilities for This is Not a Test and when I saw the finished version, I was thrilled by how unsettling it was. The blood spatters made my day. I like how you don’t know if the girl on the cover is a survivor or a zombie.

In June you mentioned that This Is Not a Test has been optioned for a TV movie โ€“have you heard anything else about this? 

Nope! We’ll see if anything happens–I’m just grateful for the possibility it might. Fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is Not a Test is a stand alone with a cliffhanger ending โ€“have you ever thought about writing a sequel or companion?

Well, I never say never when it comes to sequels. ๐Ÿ™‚ Of all of my books, it lends itself most to the possibility, though.

You will have a short story featured in Defy the Dark โ€“ can you tell us anything about your short story? Is this your first published short story? Do you have a preference novel vs short story? 

Yep–it’s my first anthology and I’m super excited about it. It’s an honour to be in such great company. Writing novels and short stories are challenging in their own ways, but I prefer to write novels. I don’t want to give anything away about my story but it’s about a girl with an interesting perspective on life… *ominous music*


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29 responses to “#BIR2012 This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers: Author Interview & Giveaway!

  1. Hmm I'd have to have a machete. Water purification tablets and a lighter would be helpful too. I'd want to have a copy of Alice in Wonderland with me as well. It's my all time favorite & I wouldn't want to leave it behind.

  2. I would definitely want to survive the Zombie Apocalypse! We have an arsenal! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Besides, what better way to get out some frustration than slaughtering zombies.

  3. You know…it's kind of weird to say this, but…I'm not sure I would want to survive the ZA!!! It would be really depressing unless ALL my family also survived, and what are the chances of that?! Plus, just READING about what they went through in This Is Not a Test stressed me out, I can't imagine what it would be like to actually go through it, phew! By the way, this IS the best book I've read this year, when I finished it I felt like there was an anchor pulling on my heart it was so heavy, and my stomach was all twisted. I was BAWLING. Just thinking about it makes me want to read it again, NOW. I would love to have my own copy! Thanks!

  4. This is a hard question. I know I would want to survive but I honestly can't see myself actually doing it. The second I see the zombie version of someone I loved before the ZA I would balk, not be able to turn away and then BAM, get eaten.

  5. Tough question. It's kind of exhausting to think about fighting zombies forevermore. But at the same time, I would think that my natural desire for survival would be there also.

  6. This is a hard question because I wouldn't really know unless I was in a situation like that. I think I would try my hardest to stay alive and as long as I have my family with me that would make me want to live even more.

  7. Yeah, I think I would want to survive. As dismal as it might be, I would like to think humans could unite together and at least have an island somewhere to live!

  8. Wouold I want to survive the zombie apocalypse? To be honest, it would depend on the state of the world, how much survived, what the earth looked like, our resources, and the people who were left. If I'm the only one, I'd rather just die along with everyone else. And if the state of planet is awful, I don't want to live either (because the lack of resources and stuff would make me die anyway).

  9. The part of me that craves action says "Oh yeah! Bring it zombies!" But the part of me that doesn't want to be looked at like a piece of steak says "Save me a bullet" ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the great giveaway! This is one of the books at the top of my wishlist, it sounds really good!

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