Friday, June 22, 2012

This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers Blog Tour (Interview)

Hey Everyone! I would like to thank Courtney Summers and Raincoast books for the privilege of being apart of the This Is Not A Test Blog Tour! I really did love this book from the beginning to end since now I have been liking more zombie type books lately. Here is my interview with Courtney Summers!!

1. How did you come up with the idea for This is Not a Test?
Courtney S: I've always been a fan of zombies and I always knew I'd write a zombie book one day, so
when the time came for me and my editor to decide what my fourth book would be about, I
submitted two zombie related ideas to her.  The pitch for THIS IS NOT A TEST was
basically, "Teens stuck in a high school during the zombie apocalypse."  She liked its
potential, so she gave me the go ahead.  As I was developing the idea, I thought a lot
about the zombie movies I watch and enjoy and one thing I noticed is survival is usually
hardwired into the main character from the get-go and then I started to wonder--how would
I react in a zombie apocalypse?  Would I be that character?  The one that wants to live? 
I'd like to think I'd fight, but if I've lost everything, the people I love, would I
still really want to?  I decided it would be interesting to write about a character who
doesn't want to survive--who is, in fact, determined to die--during the zombie apocalypse
and it all snowballed from there!
2. Name 2 things that describe Sloane?
CS:Two things... Sloane is very defined by other people in her life, initially.  So these
aren't things, but people (but there are two of them!):  her sister and her father.
3. How would you describe your books in 3 words?
CS: Not very uplifting.  :)
4. What was your favorite scene to write?
CS: My favourite scene is a huge spoiler, so I'll have to go with my second favourite:  I
loved writing the first chapter.  It was fun to explore that chaos and panic--and gore!
5. What kind of research did you do for this book?
CS: I mostly researched the ways technology--cell phones etc--would fail and how the water
could continue to run in the school.  In a lot of zombie movies, the power miraculously
stays on for the duration of the story but that's not realistic.  I had lots of notes and
exchanged emails with people in the know about that sort of thing.  I also did a lot
research about what would be believable in terms of the design of the school itself.  I
wanted it to be easily fortified since I knew I was going to center most of my conflict
on interpersonal relationships.  I looked into windowless schools (some do, scarily
enough, exist!) before deciding on transom lighting and skylights so the place wouldn't
be as easy to break into--stuff like that.  I also know the cause of my zombie outbreak,
though my characters don't.  I'm keeping that to myself for now, though.  :)
Thanks for having me on your blog, Amanda!
About the book:
It’s the end of the 
world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is 
little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. 
One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a 
monstrous version of their former self.

To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed
and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. 
Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly 
waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse
 through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.

But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling 
ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s 
happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent 
bids for life—and death—inside.  When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?


  1. Awesome interview. I won this so just waiting to get it in and then I'll dive right into it. I've been waiting forever it seems for this one to come out!

  2. Great interview! :D I've read THIS IS NOT A TEST, and it's really good, so it's no surprise that Courtney did so much research on how everything was going to work out. She's a genius.

    Thanks for sharing!

    The Book Galaxy

  3. Great Interview. I just read this as part of an ARC tour for Southern Book Bloggers. It's in a class all its own. Loved it!


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