Friday, 31 October 2014

Blog Tour! The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur + Guest Post

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee
Behind 352 Pages
Released: 18 November 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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At the Other End:
Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically-enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve memories perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief, including Gena’s best friend.

Anyone could be next. Which is why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims that they’ve not only met, but that Gena knows who the thief is.

The problem is, Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting things— or how much else she might forget. As growing tensions between Mementi and ordinary humans drive the city of Havendale into chaos, Gena and Kalan team up to search for the thief. And as Gena loses more memories, they realize they have to solve the mystery fast.

Because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.


Shallee McArthur originally wanted to be a scientist, until she discovered she liked her science best in fictional form. When she’s not writing young adult science fiction and fantasy, she’s attempting to raise her son and daughter as proper geeks. A little part of her heart is devoted to Africa after volunteering twice in Ghana. She has a degree in English from Brigham Young University and lives in Utah with her husband and two children.

She is represented by Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates. Her YA sci fi novel, THE UNHAPPENING OF GENESIS LEE, debuts from Sky Pony Press Nov. 4, 2014.

And because people always ask, her name is pronounced "shuh-LEE." But she answers to anything that sounds remotely close.
Find Shallee:
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1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Well, this is my first book, so you haven’t seen me in a bookstore yet! (Unless you’ve been to my local bookstore at the same time I’ve been there. Wait, are you stalking me?) BUT, I do have a blog and I’m on Twitter and Facebook, so maybe you’ve seen me around there.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?

Well, the book isn’t out as I write this, but when my ARCs came out it was sort of like a as09uroiuf(*&(*^. Or something like that. You think “I WROTE A BOOK THAT PEOPLE ARE READING.” And you have fits of lunatic laughter that devolve into terrified sobs.
Man, I sound like an emotional wreck, don’t I?

3. What inspired you to write this novel?

Ever read the book The Giver? That book changed my life when I was like nine, and I knew that someday, I would write a book of my own about memories. And then there was my mom, who has memories attached to every object she owns (“this is the first brush I ever used to brush your hair as a baby!”). And finally, there was my husband, who said, “Wouldn’t it be cool if we could store memories of important objects IN those objects?”
And I said, “Heck yeah, it WOULD be cool.”

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?

First I think, “NOOOOOO!” Kinda Darth Vader style, and all. It really is just a bit (or a lot, depending on your mood) crushing to know that someone doesn’t like this story you’ve created.

But then I think, “Well, that book and that person just weren’t meant for each other.” Because, like in life and romance, not all books and all people are meant to be a couple. And that’s fine. That’s expected. That’s GOOD. Because maybe that person will find another amazing book that is meant for them. And maybe a new person will find that YOUR book is meant for them.

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
All in all (if we don’t count revisions with my agent and editor), it was about a year and a half. 

The planning and revisions took the longest—I wrote the first draft in 6 weeks.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
My first reaction was “AHHH, COVER!” I really loved the concept—I got to put together a document to send the designer before-hand of pictures and things that inspired me, and the designer really got what I was going for. I actually requested a few modifications to the cover to make the central image and title really pop, and my publisher and designer were great to work with. I love that it captures the idea of Gena (the MC) being “unhappened,” and I love that it shows her dancing, and I love that she’s in the stars. All of these things are important in the story.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?

Oh yes! But if I tell you, I’d have to kill you.

Ha, kidding. I’m finishing up a new book now that’s a psychological spy thriller. It’s CRAZY, and so much fun. Apparently, I really like twisted psychological plot lines…

8. Top 5 books

  •  The Giver by Lois Lowry
  •  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  •  Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  •  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  •  Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
Oh man. Anything from Maggie Stiefvater. I wish I could write the gorgeous, mystical stories and real, complex characters with the kind of lyrical prose she pulls off.

10. Why read your novel?

Not going to lie, I always have a hard time with this one. Mostly because I know it’s not a book for everyone, so I don’t want to tell everyone they have to read it because of one particular reason!

But I will say, if you’re into psychologically-driven science fiction that deals with the complexities of mental illness, the risks of advancing technology, the messiness of families, and the question of the role memories play in our identity, then maybe this book is one for you.

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  1. I'm so totally ALWAYS up for psychologically-driven novels. Particularly sci-fi flavoured ones! I've had my eye on this for a while and when I (finally, lol!) get a chance to read it, I'm pretty sure I'll have a fabulous time.
    The author sounds so nice!! And I love your questions, Gina. xD

    1. YES! I've gotten so into psychologically driven novels as well, and the sci-fi is just an added bonus!! Can't wait to see what you think of it when you read it :D She is! We were talking before the post when I was doing the bookmark, and she is so nice :)


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