I am thrilled to be kicking off the 32 SECONDS Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring with a fantastic interview with Author Johanna Pitcairn in which she manages to come up with a captivating description for 32 SECONDS in… you guessed it… 32 seconds. She also answers questions about the setting, her favorite scene, favorite Julie quote, the book’s awesome new cover, and more!
If you haven’t yet heard about 32 SECONDS be sure to check out its description below. If you weren’t already drawn in by the book’s cover, the intriguing description is certain to pique your interest. 32 SECONDS will be available for free in eBook format from June 15th through 19th, but if you can’t wait until then, head over to Amazon to get your copy.
There’s an amazing giveaway for ten eCopies of the book. So if you’d like to enter for a chance to win, scroll down to the Rafflecopter.
The 32 SECOND Blog Tour runs for three weeks. Follow along to see what other questions the author answers, read a few guest posts, and check out a few reviews of this gripping novel.
About 32 SECONDS
Title: 32 SECONDS
Author: Johanna Pitcairn
Publisher: The Manicheans
Release date: November 16, 2014
Formats: Paperback, eBook
To the average onlooker, the city of Los Angeles represents glitz, glamour, and the celebrity lifestyle. But to seventeen-year-old Julie Jones, the city is a vast host of problems she’s longing to get away from. The latest? An unfortunate disagreement with her ex-boyfriend Mark—one that could land her in some serious hot water.
So rather than face the troubles that torment her, Julie decides to run away from her old life and start fresh somewhere new. But her parents aren’t on board with the plan, and she soon finds her bank accounts frozen and her wallet empty.
With just seventy-five dollars and a full tank of gas, the troubled teen is far too stubborn to turn around and head home. So what’s a girl to do?
What Julie doesn’t know is that her travels are about to take her somewhere unexpected—a place where she’ll be forced to come face to face with the ghosts of her past in order to secure her future.
A tale of redemption, hope, and freedom lost and found, 32 Seconds is a thought-provoking exploration into the human spirit and the nature of forgiveness.
Q&A with Johanna Pitcairn
Q. If you had to describe 32 SECONDS in 32 seconds how would you describe it?
LOL. In 32 words, I could do it easier than 32 Seconds. Okay let’s try. 32 SECONDS is a tale of forgiveness, redemption and hope. Following an ugly breakup, seventeen-year old Julie Jones runs away to start fresh. But her journey to a better life takes her back to the hometown of her youth, where she’ll have to make peace with herself in order to really move on.
Q. What made Los Angeles the perfect backdrop for 32 SECONDS?
My first thought when I pictured my character and where she lived was – the movies. She had to be in a town where glitz and glamour are omnipresent, to represent the superficiality, the façade, the shell of her personality. LA has also a darker side, which I wanted to show. New York could have worked great, and I usually use New York as the backdrop for all my stories, but in this case, LA was just perfect. It worked with the character’s youth, with her energy, with her love of nature, and with the overall vibe of the story. The movies aren’t real. Life is.
Q. What was your favorite scene to write in 32 SECONDS and why was it a favorite? And which scene was your most challenging to write and why was it a challenge?
Looking back on the writing process, every scene was a struggle. I’m not going to lie, I put myself through hell to write this book.
But, if I had to pick a favorite scene, I’d probably pick the beginning, when she runs away, and is angry, and feels the whole world is going to fall apart if she doesn’t put a huge distance between LA and herself. That scene sets the rhythm of the book. And then it shifts completely, like an abrupt turn, and the descent begins.
My most challenging scene was the end. I needed to make it epic, and emotional, while not cutting it too short, and omitting important details. I was happy to finish it, read it, and shed a small tear. To me that meant job well done.
Q. What quote of Julie’s is your favorite?
“Crap will hit the fan faster than a fart in a hurricane.” It just makes me laugh. She has a great sense of humor.
Q. You talk a little bit about the Manichean philosophy on your site. How have you applied those ideas or principles to 32 SECONDS?
Absolutely. I love the duality of principles of everything in life. 32 SECONDS is no stranger to that. Julie Jones, as the main character, portrays the two facets of the same coin. She’s full of anger, and resentments. She’s stubborn, possessive, extremely defiant and vindictive. But she’s also very loving, sensitive, caring, and generous. We all come with tools, good and bad, and life demands that we make smart use of these tools as we grow. Sometimes, being bad is the answer. Other times, it’s not. Julie learns to accept who she is as a person, and what she’s capable of. The decisions she makes are her own, and she always has a choice.
Q. If you could offer any advice to Julie before she attempted to run away from her old life to start a new one, what would it be?
Mmm, it’s a tough one. I’d advise her to think before reacting on impulse alone. But that impulse triggered a chain of events that made her finally decide to change for the better. So I’d maybe just tell her to be careful.
Q. 32 SECONDS’ cover recently got an overhaul. What was the reason for the change? And do you feel the new cover more adequately paints a picture of the story beneath it?
I loved the first cover, and I love the second one. The first cover was a wink at an event that happens at the end of the story. The issue was that this wink didn’t help capture the whole picture, and readers were a bit confused as to what the book was really about. So, when it was mentioned to me that maybe it’d be a good idea to make the cover more “readable”, I agreed and am absolutely thrilled with the result. That cover is gorgeous. A pure work of art. And yes, I do believe it captures the essence of the story perfectly.
Q. Without revealing any spoilers, can you tell us how the novel’s title, 32 SECONDS, relates to the story or what its significance is within the context of the story?
32 SECONDS refers to this pause between a thought and a decision. For Julie, it takes her 32 seconds to make a choice. And once she’s made that choice, she embraces it fully. It is explained in more details at the end of the book, but in a nutshell, that’s the significance of the number. A deeper approach will also reveal that 32 makes the number 5, and Julie as a character has a lot of the characteristics that the number 5 has in numerology. So it’s a double take – 32 seconds, the pause, and 32 seconds, as Julie, the character.
Q. What is it that you love most about mysteries, thrillers, horror, urban fantasy and sci-fi? And how does your love of these genres influence your writing?
I love the fantastic element all these genres possess. And I love suspense. A detective novel in a foreign universe gets me to the edge of my seat every time. Horror is great as it brings the darkness to light. Monsters and horrific creatures are very cathartic. To me, a good fiction novel has a little bit of horror, a love story, a mystery, some fantasy, and lots of humor. When I find all that, I’m set.
Q. You opted against a career in law in favor of one as a writer. After receiving your degree, what made you decide to switch? And given how challenging it can be to work in a creative field vs. a professional one, have you ever looked back and wished you’d tried to juggle both careers or have you never looked back?
Actually, I have a double career. I didn’t opt against a career in law, I just didn’t choose to practice law. I had the choice, and I tried to work as an attorney, but life made me go in a different direction. I still pay the bills with a day job in the legal field though. That being said, I wouldn’t mind having more time for the creative career because the day job just takes a lot of time. And at the end of my day, I don’t have a ton of free time to dedicate to writing, which is sometimes very frustrating. But I have to make do. I love to write, and I am a perfectionist in that regard, because I want to write the best story – to my eyes – and until it’s not there, I keep trying. I don’t set deadlines anymore, because I know I’m not going to stick to them. But I know in my head that a book will get done in a certain timeframe. For instance now I’m working on a trilogy, and I’m writing the whole trilogy before starting to edit. I’m not going to be done this year with it. Probably next year. So a release sometime in 2016 seems doable for me. Anyway, I’ve made peace with myself when I decided to write and publish books. I can’t do everything at once, and I’m okay with that. ☺
About Johanna Pitcairn
Johanna K. Pitcairn has dreamed of becoming a writer since childhood–authoring her first novel at the age of nine, and countless poems, stories, and screenplays by the age of seventeen. Later, rather than pursuing a career as a director and screenwriter, she decided to go to law school, driven by her father’s opinion that “writing does not pay the bills.”
Ten years later, she moved to New York City, which inspired her to go back to the excitement, wonder, and constant change of being a writer. Pitcairn is a huge fan of psychological-thriller novels and movies, and delves into her hopes, fears, friends, enemies, and everything in between in her own writing.
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The Tour Schedule
- June 1st | Fiktshun – Author Interview
- June 2nd | Reading with ABC – Guest Post & Review
- June 3rd | Supernatural Snark – Guest Post
- June 4th | Book Swoon – Guest Post
- June 5th | Candace’s Book Blog – Guest Post & Review
- June 8th | Bewitched Bookworms – Guest Post
- June 9th | Two Chicks on Books – Author Interview
- June 10th | Sassy Book Lovers – Guest Post & Review
- June 11th | Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview
- June 12th | Living in a Bookworld – Author Interview
- June 15th | Me, My Shelf and I – Author Interview
- June 16th | Her Book Thoughts – Guest Post & Review
- June 17th | Literary Meanderings – Author Interview
- June 18th | Bibliophile Mystery – Guest Post
- June 19th | Blissful Book Reviews – Guest Post & Review