Interview with Jeyn Roberts + Signed DARK INSIDE Giveaway

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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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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  1. Reply

    Giselle from Book Nerd

    May 18, 2012

    I really enjoyed LEGEND by Marie Lu! It was such a page turner! I can't wait for the movie to come out :) Thanks so much for the giveaway! I love how she's also Canadian

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    Hwa Sun Kang

    May 18, 2012

    Maximum Ride :)

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    May 18, 2012

    My favorite is Blood Red Road. I really hope there is going to be a sequel.

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    May 18, 2012

    I never read this kind of book before. It does sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    SusieBookworm (Susanna)

    May 18, 2012

    Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I love post-apoc novels, though I have not yet been able to read Dark Inside, unfortunately. My favorites are the Obernewtyn series and Blood Red Road.

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    May 18, 2012

    My fave would have to be Partials:) And no i haven't read Dark Inside

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    May 18, 2012

    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!

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    Darling Nikki

    May 18, 2012

    I haven't read Dark Inside yet and my fave would have to be The Demon Girl.

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    May 18, 2012

    i loved this book but it was free on line for a limited time
    a signed copy would be awesome

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    States of Decay

    May 18, 2012

    My favorite apocalyptic novel is Benighted (aka Bareback) by Kit Whitfield. I haven't read Dark Inside, but it sounds like my kind of book ^_^

    Thank you for the giveaway!

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    May 18, 2012

    The Age of Appocalypse

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    May 18, 2012

    The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld.

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    May 18, 2012

    I haven't read it yet but I would love to. I think my favorite is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

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    ashelynn hetland

    May 18, 2012

    Partials by Dan Wells, but there are so many great ones! hard to pick a favorite. :)

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    May 18, 2012

    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

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    alicia marie

    May 18, 2012

    hmm my favorite maybe the pledge or legend since those are the last 2 i read : ) i haven't read dark inside but i'd love to!

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    May 18, 2012

    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.

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    May 19, 2012

    I'm not exactly sure if I've read any apocalyptic books before but I'm glad to start of with this one!

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

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    Addie R.

    May 19, 2012

    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!

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    May 19, 2012

    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!


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    May 19, 2012

    Blood Red Road. No i havent read this book yet

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    May 19, 2012

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

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    May 19, 2012

    I haven't read Dark Inside yet. My favorite so far is Partials by Dan Wells.

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    May 19, 2012

    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.

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    May 20, 2012

    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!

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    May 20, 2012

    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

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    Tiffany Sill

    May 20, 2012

    I haven't read an apocalyptic book yet… I jus noticed… Weird.. Well I read an apocalyptic zombie short story in an anthology but that's about it..

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      Tiffany Sill

      May 20, 2012

      ooops *Just haha

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    May 20, 2012

    I like Article 5.

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    May 20, 2012

    I haven't read this book yet, but would like to.

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    April Alvey

    May 20, 2012

    I have not read this book yet and i have no clue what my fave is they are all so good.

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    Rachel at thejeepdiva

    May 21, 2012

    I have not had the chance to read this yet but it sounds really good. Thanks!

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    May 21, 2012

    I really liked Dark Inside…I can't wait for the second book!

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    May 21, 2012

    I haven't read this yet but I can't wait!

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    Courtney N.

    May 22, 2012

    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!

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    Danielle B!

    May 26, 2012

    Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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    May 27, 2012

    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

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    Jennifer Haile

    May 27, 2012

    My favorite is The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I haven't read Dark Inside yet.

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    Jolene and Family

    May 27, 2012

    I haven't read Dark inside yet and haven't read many Apocolyptic books. My favs so far are The Host and Cinder

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    May 27, 2012

    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.

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    Emily @ Falling For YA

    May 28, 2012

    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!

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    May 29, 2012

    I've read this book and I loved it! I also like The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

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    Emma B.

    May 29, 2012

    My favorite apocalyptic series is The Last Survivors series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. If you haven't already you should read it!

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    May 29, 2012

    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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    Jasmine Rose

    June 2, 2012

    My favorite is the Gone series by Michael Grant. It's just so crazy and awesome and weird.

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    June 2, 2012

    I haven't read Dark Inside yet. Under the Never Sky is pretty good. =D

    Thanks for this giveaway! GBU<3