Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Guest Post and AWESOME giveaway - the INSOMNIA Pre-Order Blog Hop with Jenn Johansson!

Today, I'm welcoming fellow Lucky 13 Jenn Johansson onto the blog! Jenn's debut YA thriller, INSOMNIA, is out on 10th June from Flux, and is also being published in Italy (Newton Compton) and Germany (Heyne Fliegt). Read on to find out more about INSOMNIA and which part of it Jenn enjoyed writing the most, plus you can enter an epic pre-order giveaway!

Her eyes saved his life. Her dreams released his darkness. 

After four years of sleeplessness, high school junior Parker Chipp can’t take much more. Every night, instead of sleeping, he enters the dreams of the last person he’s made eye contact with. If he doesn’t sleep soon, Parker will die.
Then he meets Mia. Her dreams, calm and beautifully uncomplicated, allow him blissful rest that’s utterly addictive. But what starts out as a chance meeting turns into an obsession; Parker’s furious desire for what he needs pushes him to extremes he never thought he’d go. And when someone begins terrorizing Mia with twisted death threats, Parker’s memory blackouts leave him doubting his own innocence.

My favorite part of writing Insomnia
 There are so many things that I love about writing, but one is a more recent discovery. My first book wasn’t a thriller. I thought I wanted to write paranormal or contemporary, something a little more mainstream. I fought the surge of excitement I felt every time things got scary or intense. I tried to love writing the kissy scenes, I really did—but it’s just not in me. I love me some creepiness. I love the cathartic release after a scary book has tied me in knots and it finally lets go. And I love writing intense scenes. Everything a reader feels when reading a particularly tension filled scene, I feel while writing it. My pulse pounds and my head spins. My fingers ache from being held too tightly around a pen or over the keys. There have even been times when I’ve freaked myself out so badly over a particularly suspenseful scene that I had to walk away before it became too much. It’s incredible. It’s exhilarating. It’s a true rush.
Insomnia helped me learn to embrace the rush. 

J.R. JOHANSSON is a young adult thriller author published with Flux & FSG/Macmillan. She has a B.S. degree in public relations and a background in marketing. She credits her abnormal psychology minor with inspiring many of her characters. When she's not writing, she loves reading, playing board games, and sitting in her hot tub. Her dream is that someday she can do all three at the same time. She has two young sons and a wonderful husband. In fact, other than her cat, Cleo, she's nearly drowning in testosterone. Find her on Twitter, her blog, website, Tumblr, Facebook and on Goodreads

Thanks for such a great post, Jenn! And now, drum roll please…

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  1. Thank you so much for having me, Emma! :) It was fun getting this ready with you!

    1. You're welcome, Jenn! Thanks for such a great post!