Firstly, Happy Release Day to TRACKED and to Author Jenny Martin! I am so excited for this release and can’t wait for my copy to land on my Kindle.
Secondly, I am totally stoked to be today’s stop on the TRACKED Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours and to be able to share an awesome interview with the author in which she shares a few must haves for street racers on Castra, her most favorite and most challenging scenes to write, who her favorite Beatle is, what life is like on Castra, and more!
Thirdly, there’s an amazing tour-wide giveaway for a copy of the book (x5) or a copy of the book + swag (x5). Scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.
And fourthly, if you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule with direct links to each of the stops is at the bottom of this post.
Now, though, here’s some information about the book on tour…
Author: Jenny Martin
Release date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!
On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn’t stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It’s up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?
Q&A with Jenny Martin
Q. If you had to describe TRACKED in 15 words or less how would you describe it?
In this Star Wars meet Fast and the Furious debut, Phee races against an empire.
Q. TRACKED has been compared to The Fast and the Furious. What would you say are the similarities between the two?
When you watch movies like Fast and the Furious, there’s this wild, kinetic sense of energy and movement. I can’t get enough of that kind of adrenaline rush of foot-to-the-floor adventure. As I wrote Tracked, I wanted to capture that and nail it down in words, in a science fiction setting. At least, that was my goal. I wanted to plunge readers into a high stakes world where street and circuit racing was a life or death gamble. Not sure if I truly accomplished that, but Tracked is my heartfelt homage to these stories, the ones I grown up devouring, on the page and on the screen.
Q. TRACKED is your debut novel. How excited are you for its release?
Truthfully, it’s exciting but mostly…surreal. Tracked sold almost three years ago, and that’s a long time to wait! In fact, I think that for so long, my book’s release has been such a hypothetical, not-really-real thing, and now that it’s actually coming out, I can hardly believe it. It feels a little like a fairy tale—one I never thought might actually come true. 😉
Q. What is life like on Castra? What is life like under corporate control?
Phee’s home planet was originally settled by Earth-born colonists, much the way Oklahoma (my home state) was—in a series of wild, claim-staking land rushes, so it’s no surprise that racing became Castra’s national sport. The difference is that on Castra, these colonists were sponsored by six major corporations—companies who helped to build the planet’s cities, its military, its roads…basically everything. So while there’s a democratic government, the politicians are mostly puppets. It’s the Sixers who are really pulling the strings.
Q. What is the most interesting/exciting thing to do on Castra?
If you’re a corporate, life is good, and you’ve got plenty of options—there are plenty of credits in the bank, and lots of shares to wager on every circuit race. But if you’re one of the rabble–a south sider, bound by a Sixer labor contract, you’re just getting by, making next to nothing. Maybe you supplement your income by dealing Black Sap, or maybe you’re a street racer like Phee, just trying to keep food on the table. On Castra, there’s not much of a middle class, and mostly, you’re either a power player or dirt underfoot, grist in some company’s mill. Let’s just say Phee’s not fond of either option.
Q. What are five/ten must haves for a street racer in Castra?
First, you’ve got to have a savvy crew boss, maybe someone tough, like Phee’s gangster crew leader, Benny Eno. Then you’ve got to work your way up in his shop and snag a sweet ride, like Phee’s fierce black Talon. Third, you’ll need a sharp-eyed pacer, to help you negotiate the best route in every race. For that, there’s brilliant, loyal Bear Larssen, or Cash Dradha, who’s got killer instincts on the track. Then you’ve got have plenty of fuel triggers loaded, to keep your rig blazing into first place. And lastly, you better have guts. On the streets and on the speedway, you’ll need them most of all.
Q. What was your favorite and most challenging scene to write in TRACKED?
My favorite scene to write was probably the biggest race. It was such an adrenaline rush to imagine hurtling my way down the track, smashing through the competition. As I drafted, I listened to Foo Fighters’ White Limo and Beastie Boys’ Sabotage, over and over. It was so much fun. As for the most challenging, I think most of the third act scenes. I wanted to get everything right, and resolve things in a satisfying, organic, yet thrilling way. Not sure if accomplished my goal, but I sweated over every word and gave it my all!
Q. What would Bear say are Phee’s best and worst qualities?
Bear would probably say that Phee’s fearlessness is both her best and her worst quality. Phee’s a daredevil, and while it often serves her well…half the time, it also lands them both into a heap of trouble. It’s something that Bear struggles to accept, and something that Phee struggles to control. That makes for some crackling tension—they’re so different, and yet Bear couldn’t imagine caring for anyone else more, or having anyone else for a best friend.
Q. Your bio says you are a “certified Beatle-maniac” – what is it about the Beatles that makes you so obsessed? What is your favorite Beatles song? Who is your favorite Beatle? And have you ever met or seen one around town?
I just love them so much. They’re my all-time favorite band, and I think it’s because they never stopped growing and trying new things. There is no one ‘Beatles’ sound, unless that sound is all-around greatness. They experimented a lot with sound, and I can’t get enough of it.
My favorite Beatles song? Wow, that’s tough. Too tough! I don’t have an absolute favorite song (there are just too many amazing ones to choose from), but I will say, please play Let it Be at my funeral.
My favorite Beatle? It’s a close call between George and Paul, but probably George, because his songs are so soulful. I’ve never personally met any of the fab four, but I have been to a Paul McCartney concert!
Q. If you could give new authors one piece of advice, what would it be?
The solution to every problem is…write another book. Learn to let go of projects that aren’t working, or aren’t taking you where you need to go. Stop messing around with yesterday’s project, and getting going on tomorrow’s. Just keep going, and it’ll be okay. I promise.
About Jenny Martin
Jenny Martin is an author and librarian. Her first novel, Tracked, will be released on May 5th, 2015 by Dial, an imprint of Penguin Random-House. Jenny is also an experienced speaker, panelist and presenter who’s appeared at many state and regional conferences, events and festivals. She lives in Dallas, with her husband and son, where she hoards books and writes fiction. And yes, she’s still on a quest for the perfect pancake.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for…
- FIVE (5) winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED & an awesome swag pack (US ONLY)
- 5 winners will receive a finished copy of TRACKED (US Only)
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
The Tour Schedule
April 29th – Alice Marvels – Review
May 1st – Bookhounds YA – Guest Post
May 5th – Fiktshun – Interview
May 7th – Me, My Shelf and I – Interview