Hello my fellow little munchkins! How are you all doing? I am dong well! I am going to the bank today and then college and will most likely read a book while I wait for college to begin, heck I may even be able to read two books if I tried hard enough. I will also start looking through colleges so that I don’t have to in the future and so that I can start seeing what college I want to go to and which ones I am qualified at.
Anyways, why don’t we get into this interview already?
Welcome to the Bloodlust tour, book #2 in Pixie Britton’s YA Science Fiction series, Kill or Cure. I have loads of fun stuff for you today! An exclusive excerpt, book trailer, a FREE book, and a chance to win a signed copy of Bloodlust! Wait, rewind…did I say FREE BOOK? I sure did! Read on!
Bloodlust (Kill or Cure #2)
Publication Date: February 21st, 2019
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/ Dystopian/ Zombies
He could save the world, or destroy it…
The virus that has swept the Earth hasn’t consumed Tommy, yet, but as his hunger for human flesh takes hold, his humanity vanishes behind the bloodlust of an infected. It’s up to seventeen year old Alyx and her friends to find answers. But saving her little brother isn’t their only problem. Lurking in the shadows of Alhena is the formidable General Sinter, hell-bent on capturing the boy with unrivalled superhuman strength for his own personal gains. With limited options, Alyx has no choice but to risk everything to protect him. A choice that she could live to regret
Kill or Cure: Bloodlust is the second book in the Kill or Cure series. Brimming with suspense, romance and heart pumping action!
“A look of intrigue flickers across Tyron’s face as he tries to take measure of this wild girl standing in the centre of his cage. To the untrained eye, Winter looks like an odd wild girl from the forest, and you wouldn’t necessarily know how deadly she is from first impressions. She’s slight in stature yet athletic and nimble, and it’s not until you’ve spent significant time with her that you can fully appreciate how skilful she is. Every single movement is deliberate and focussed, like she could switch into warrior-mode at the flick of a switch.
I can’t help but grin internally when I realise that this monster-man has just met his match and he has absolutely no idea.”
Excerpt From: Pixie Britton. “Kill or Cure: Bloodlust.” iBooks.
- What is your writing kryptonite?
Social media hands down. It’s a huuuuge distraction because I love to engage with my readers and personally respond to all of my messages. They are an excellent distraction. But I wouldn’t change it.
- What made you want to write this book?
I never really intended to write a book, it just kind of happened. I was day dreaming on a commuter train into London going to my miserable day job, and I was listening to one of my favourite bands, Sigur Ros, when the opening scene to Kill or Cure popped into my head. The image was so tangible it stayed with me for the entire day. At the time, I felt very lost in my career and my brother suggested that I should have a passion project to keep me going…that night I went home and started scribbling down ideas. The rest is history.
- If you could tell your younger writing self something, what would it be?
Well, I didn’t write much in my school years, other than the odd play because I loved acting. But I was more of an avid reader than anything else. And then, when I went to university and studied English literature, I always assumed that I would become an editor…so back then, I had never even considered a career in writing. But looking back at the beginning of my author journey, I would say to myself; don’t let the bastards grind you down and keep going. Writing is a lonely business and you can’t please everyone. I still have to remind myself of this every day.
- Have you ever had difficulty coming up with an idea for your story?
Hmmmm sometimes. Usually I get an idea or concept in my head, and I struggle more with the journey to get to that idea, rather than the idea itself. Sometimes I have too many ideas and I need to rein myself in and keep things focussed.
- As a writer what would your spirit animal be?
A cat. I have one and her name is Pudding. She is my adorable, stinky little trash panda and I adore her.
- What Hogwarts house would the main character of your book be sorted into?
Gryffindor because Alyx is brave, kind and fearless, even to her own detriment.
- What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your character?
Well Alyx is largely based on me as a teenager, and her best friend, Will is based on my husband…so, I’d say, a big cup of coffee? And a biscuit… if he’s lucky.
- While you were editing your book what were some thoughts that were going through your mind?
Stop editing and get the damn thing done lol. I have a tendency to over edit my books and obsess over the little details. I want my readers to have the best experience possible and to feel satisfied with a good story, which means I get hung up on the most insignificant detail.
- Do you google yourself?
Not myself as such, but I do google my books to make sure that no one has pirated them…and unfortunately they have. It happens to the best if us, and there’s very little that we can do about it…
- What word would sum up your book?
This is a tough one, especially for someone that writes words for a living haha. I’d say ‘family’ which sounds lame…maybe it should be something punchier like ‘courage?’ But I think ‘Family’ it’s definitely one of the strongest themes in the book….so let’s go with that.
- Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes absolutely. I actually experienced it for the first time recently. I had been procrastinating for over a week on a particular chapter, and then one day when I was particularly miserable with it, my husband just casually mentioned, ‘You know you have writer’s block, right?’ After that simple acknowledgment, it was so much easier to sit down and mull over everything in granular detail, without looking at Instagram every five minutes…
- What is your writing process like?
I like to sit down with a big mug of tea, pop my headphones on and then disappear into my own little world. I am a firm pantser and just like to wing it with an overarching story in my head. I’ve tried to plan but I never stick to it….
- What advice do you have for other writers?
If you’re a writer and you are just starting out, check out Wattpad. It’s the best place to network and improve your writing skills in a like-minded, collaborative community. I have made some excellent contacts on Wattpad, and that’s where I posted the first draft of Kill or Cure.
- How much research do you do for your books?
A little. My book is quite sci-fi which means you have some artistic license to create weird and wonderful things, but equally, I like to fact check certain things. I’m currently writing the third book in the series where one of the characters gives a blood transfusion to the other. I reached out to a mutual friend who happens to be a surgeon to find out if that’s medically possible, and apparently it is, although ill advised… I should add that she was delighted to have been asked such a random question, and even had to mull it over herself ha!
- When did you decide the you wanted to become a writer?
It was shortly after my book was featured on Wattpad and I received over 100k reads in five months…at that point I thought; ‘Maybe I can do this thing full time.’ I am still struggling with the concept that I’m an author and it feels quite alien to me.
- When did you first start writing?
- Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Computer. Do people still use typewriters? I’d be terrible at that because I have a tendency to edit when I write.
- What do you believe is the hardest part of writing?
Everything else that goes with it…the marketing, the publishing process and the social media. Writing the book is the easy bit, getting people to read it is the challenge.
- What is the easiest part of writing that you consider?
That’s difficult because I’d say that the whole process is quite challenging for various reasons. The part that I enjoy the most is writing witty dialogue. I take a lot of inspiration from conversations with my husband, and often I’ll write something that I know my husband would say in a particular situation. For example, without giving away any spoilers, there’s a particular scene in Kill or Cure where Will is quite confrontational with a creepy soldier…and I can just picture my husband saying the same things.
- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
The end to end process including writing, editing and publishing, usually takes about a year. When I completely ditch the day job this summer, I’m hoping it will be six months.
- Any tips on how to go through a dreaded writer’s block?
Bounce ideas with either a friend or fellow writer. Sometimes it can be the simplest thing and an outside perspective can solve everything.
- How did you decide to pick out your book cover?
A friend of mine who’s an illustrator designed my book cover for me, and I wanted something quite bright and bold. A lot of books in my genre tend to be quite dark and moody, maybe with a female character holding a weapon. I wanted to do something slightly different that stood out on the book shelf but was still in keeping with other YA books. Hopefully I have achieved that.
- Do you think the cover plays an important part of the buying processes?
Absolutely, because unfortunately, everyone judges a book by its cover. It’s a struggle for indie authors with limited budget, but I’d always recommend spending a decent budget (funds permitting) on a professional cover design.
- How do you market your books?
Mostly on Facebook and Instagram. When I go full time later this year, this is something that I’ll be focussing on more. I’d also like to create my own podcast and Youtube channel, but completing the Kill or Cure series is my first priority at the moment.
- Why did you choose said route?
Facebook is great for advertising and connecting with readers, provided that you get the formula right. Otherwise it’s a very expensive learning curve. Whatever your position on Facebook as a platform, it’s still the best place to interact with new readers.
- What is your favorite quote of your book?
“We’re all orphans to the dead in one way or another.”
- How can your readers discover more about you and your work?
I’m very active on all the usual social media outlets including facebook, twitter and Instagram. And I have a free short story prequel available to download on my website http://www.pixiebritton.com called The Last Sacrifice. If you want any advice on writing or you simply want to chat, please message me because I’d be delighted to hear from you!!
- Where do you see publishing going in the future?
The publishing landscape is changing and it’s a really exciting time to be a writer. Gone are the days where the big publishers determine what’s current or trendy, or ultimately if you’re good enough for publication. I think over time, the old ways of publishing will become redundant. There are so many innovative indie authors that are out selling big house hold names. With the advancement of platforms like KDP and draft to digital, literally anyone can become an author. If you have a story to tell, there’s an audience out there in the world that wants to read it.
- Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included.
Thanks for the opportunity. I hope you enjoy the Kill or Cure series – please stay in touch!
Kill or Cure is a YA romance-infused sci-fi novel.
It focuses on human relationships in an undead, apocalyptic world.
A girl who will stop at nothing to protect her brother.
In a dystopian world ravaged by infection, society as we know it has fallen to the mouths of the dead. The remaining fragments of civilisation survive in walled compounds, scattered in the depths of the countryside. When her little brother becomes sick with a suspected flu virus, Alyx Silverthorne will do anything to keep Tommy alive.
With limited medical supplies and only herbal alternatives, his prospects of surviving this mystery illness are bleak. But saving Tommy is just the beginning. The infected are not the only monsters that exist in this new world, and human nature can be more destructive than the dead.
In a race against time, Alyx and her best friend Will stop at nothing to protect him, even from the same people that swore to protect them all.
Kill or Cure is a dynamic, multifaceted story of teenage love and gut wrenching loss in a dystopian world.
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A world infected. A man’s quest to save his family. One impossible choice.
The mission was supposed to be simple; to find survivors and kill the infected. But when Lieutenant, Joe Hudson, discovers that the home of his family has been destroyed by the infected, he’s left with an impossible decision. A choice that could change his life forever.
With limited ammunition and morale hitting an all-time low, the survival of the squad rests on a knife edge. Joe has no choice but to turn to his girlfriend, Suzie, a fellow soldier and secret lover for support. Together they have to cross a line to save his family, but even in this new world where the dead roam the earth, there are some lines that should never be crossed. Joe’s loyalty to his squad will be tested and the ultimate sacrifice will be made.
Set in the same world as the thrilling YA series Kill or Cure, follow Victory Squad in this fast paced prequel. Filled with love, heartbreaking loss and zombie guts.
As if a free book from the series isn’t enough, the author is also giving away a SIGNED copy of the book! All you have to do is enter below!
About the Author:
Pixie Britton is a British indie author and Wattpad extraordinaire. Her debut YA novel Kill or Cure, gained international success online with over 100k reads within five months of initial publication.
Shes lives in Essex, England with her husband and adorable furbaby. One day she dreams of leaving her job as a Treasury Analyst in the city, to become a full time author and creative entrepreneur.
Check out her website https://pixiebritton.com/ and sign up to her mailing list to receive the latest book release information.
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