May 01, 2013

ICONS by Margaret Stohl Interview/Giveaway (Blog Tour)

Published by: Little Brown
To Be Released on: May 7th
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Your heart beats only with their permission.

Everything changed on The Day. The day the windows shattered. The day the power stopped. The day Dol's family dropped dead. The day Earth lost a war it didn't know it was fighting.

Since then, Dol has lived a simple life in the countryside -- safe from the shadow of the Icon and its terrifying power. Hiding from the one truth she can't avoid.

She's different. She survived. Why?

When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, off the coast of the sprawling metropolis once known as the City of Angels, they find only more questions. While Ro and fellow hostage Tima rage against their captors, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. But the four teens are more alike than they might think, and the timing of their meeting isn't a coincidence. It's a conspiracy.


Q: How did you come up with the idea of ICONS?

First, like always, there was a conversation with my husband, who’s basically my de facto writing partner. He was the one who said, “That should be a book,” which is sort of a critical moment in the process. After that, it was a matter of days before the first hundred pages of Icons came bursting out of me -- over one particularly gloomy weekend in Dijon, France with my oldest daughter. It was like a dam had broken, and there was no stopping it. I sent it off to my agent and said, “So this happened.” And there you go…

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words.

Antennae. Espresso. Doctor Who.

Q: Describe your main character in six words.

Sorrow. Strength. Compassion. Love. Hunger. Curiousity.

Q: What scene was your favorite to write?

There’s a scene where Dol, my main character, wanders through the Hole – futuristic LA – with Lucas, and most of it actually happened to me. The settings, anyways. I took my girls on a field trip to Los Angeles, which is where we actually live, and we stayed in a hotel downtown and explored a different side of the city. Chinatown, Olvera Street, Union Station, the LA Cathedral, the Griffith Park Observatory – all of that ended up in the book, and it’s sort of my love letter to my hometown.

Q: What scene was the hardest for you to write?

No one scene in particular -- but the revisions process in general always kills me. Especially when a book has flown out of me as organically and as quickly as this one did. Having to do the painstaking page-pedicure after that is soul destroying for me. I hate every minute of it. Survival of revisions always involves a whole lot of late night Netflix therapy…

Q: How different would you say the final version of ICONS is from the first draft?

The initial spirit is still there. The feel of it. Hopefully, everything else is much more polished!

Q: How did you come up with your character’s name?

My main characters are all Icon Children, which means they are types as well as individuals. Doloria Maria de la Cruz has a name that comes from the Latin word dolor, or sorrow. Furo Costas has a name that comes from furor, or rage. Tima Li comes from timor, fear. And Lucas Amare is amaros, love.

Margaret Stohl is the New York Times, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS (Fall 2009-2012) and author of THE ICONS SERIES (Spring, 2013.) You can read a more in-depth biography on Margaret here

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  1. Free books are totally righteous!!!!

  2. I'm looking forward to this! Thank you.

  3. I loved your interview, got a kick out of the 3 words to describe you- curious about the 'antennae' comment. Couldn't quite figure it out.

  4. I love Margaret Stohl's books! I hope I get to meet her on the 12th!

  5. Yay for free books, and what an interesting interview!

  6. I absolutely loved the Caster Chronicles series, and this book sounds amazing, so I am dying to read it! :D

  7. I'm so eager to read this book!! It's bound to be epic.

  8. Omg. Doctor Who. I so love you right now.

  9. I really want to read this book. It sounds awesome.

  10. She sounds like a real person in that I mean no pretense I will enjoy reading her books and . I really like the idea the names each have a different meaning and she cares about the out come.

  11. this sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

  12. This sounds incredible. I enjoyed the interview tremendously! Thanks for the Giveaway!!

  13. Loved loved the interview! And the book really looks amazing!

  14. I'm so excited about this book. I saw Margaret the other day in Springfield! MO and she was fantastic!

  15. I can't wait to read Icons it sounds amazing! Margaret Stohl is an awesome author.

  16. Super interview and Icons sounds like a fab read :) Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. I got such a kick out of your 3 word description!!! Got to love Doctor Who fans. Loved the Caster Chronicles and can't wait to read ICONS. It sounds like a fascinating adventure. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. I really like that Margaret really put thought behind her characters names, not just "We shall call you Bob and you Sue". I love it when characters names hold special meaning. And I love her hubby, because he is the reason that I will be holding Icons in my hands. Hopefully soon! Thanks for participating in the tour!!!


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