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Interview with Jeyn Roberts + Signed DARK INSIDE Giveaway

Posted by on May 18, 2012
Today on the blog, I’ve got the talented Jeyn Roberts, who’s juggled more careers than most. Her debut novel, DARK INSIDE, hit shelves last fall from Simon and Schuster YA. See her answers to my questions, and be sure to enter to win one of two signed copies of her book, right after the break.

Jeyn Roberts


IceyBooks: Describe DARK INSIDE in 7 words.

Jeyn Roberts: Scary, dark, apocalyptic, keep the light on.

IceyBooks: You’ve had quite a few careers, it seems! What made you come back to writing? Are you now a fulltime writer?

Jeyn Roberts: Yes, I’ve always wanted to be the kind of person that goes out and tries everything. Well, ok, not everything, but you get the idea. I’ve always been a writer. Even when I was playing in a band, I was still writing songs. Novel writing came a bit later. And yes, I am now a full-time writer. Hopefully I’ll get to continue doing it as long as possible.

IceyBooks: You were first published at the age of 16. Looking back now, do you have any advice for your teenage-writer self?

Jeyn Roberts: Oh yes! If I could go back, I’d tell myself to be more open to criticism. I used to take everything so personal. I wish someone had pointed out to me the value of having others point out my mistakes. As writers, we get so close to our characters and ideas. We make a lot of mistakes. Having people proof read and edit isn’t personal. I wish I had learned that earlier.

IceyBooks: Where did you find the inspiration for DARK INSIDE?

Jeyn Roberts: From dreams! When I was a teenager, I used to have a series of reoccurring dreams. I was always hiding out in dilapidated buildings with other people while some great evil terrorized us. Some of the scenes from Dark Inside are taken from actual dreams.

IceyBooks: Did you have any say in how the covers of DARK INSIDE and RAGE WITHIN turned out?

Jeyn Roberts: Writers rarely have any say in how the book covers turn out. I’ve heard some stories from writers who ended up with covers they hated. I was very fortunate. Both the UK and USA covers are brilliant. I love them so much!

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Watch the Trailer

Dark Inside (Dark Inside, #1)

Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs… and now us. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies.

This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in—or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad.

Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness—and to find each other and a place of safety.

Are you as excited for DARK INSIDE as I am? Thanks to the generous people at Simon and Schuster, I’ve got not one, but TWO signed copies of DARK INSIDE for two lucky readers! Fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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46 comments

  1. I've read Dark Inside and really enjoyed it! It has been my favorite apocalyptic/postapocalyptic novel so far. I got very freaked out while reading it. I love a good scare!

  2. I can't choose a favorite apocalytipc read ever, but one that I read recently and really loved was The Way We Fall. It was really great. =) I haven't read Dark Inside yet, but I really want to! It sounds like such a fantastic read!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

  3. Yes I have read Dark Inside and it is probably my favorite. It was my first apocalypse type book and I am so excited for rage within.

  4. I haven't read many apocalyptic books. I think Ashfall by Mike Mullin was the only one I've read and I thought it was okay.
    But I'm really excited for Dark Inside!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. My favorite so far is The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa – combo of vampires and apocalypse!

    Haven't read Dark Inside yet, but really looking forward to it!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

  6. I haven't read Dark Inside.. And my favorite read is anything with zombies in it! I guess the Forest of Hands and Teeth? :)

  7. I haven't read Dark Inside yet but it sounds great. I love apocolyptic movies, but I have yet to read a book, only post- apocolyptic.

  8. Oh I have so many favorites, but I really loved Rot & Ruin! I love zombies, and it was so well-written! Definitely one to check out if you haven't!

    No I haven't read Dark Inside yet, but I really want to!

  9. I haven't read it yet! But it sounds super good. I have a lot of favorites, but the two I'm really thinking of right now are The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner and Cinder by Marissa Meyer

  10. My favourite apocolyptic read might just have to be Legend by Tahereh Mafi. I haven't read Dark Inside yet, but it's been on my list for a while and I would like to very soon!

  11. I really loved Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I think that counts for Apocolyptic. This book looks so good! Thanks for hosting it and giveaway it away! :D

  12. I love the Avatar series by Tui Sutherland, it depicts an apocalyptic future and throws in mythology to make you stay up all night reading to know what happens next. I highly recommend this trilogy. I haven't read Dark Inside yet.

  13. My favorite apocalyptic read is probably The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa because it was kind of a cross between I Am Legend and Underworld two of my favorite movies! I haven't read Dark Inside yet, but it is on my TBR list for sure!

  14. The ones I recently read are the Gone series. I love that series. I'm not sure if those count. I haven't read many. I haven't read Dark inside but am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for this great giveaway!
    -Maritza R

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