Apr 19, 2013

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Furious Blog Tour: Author Interview with Jill Wolfson and a Giveaway

Hi everyone! Today I have the pleasure of sharing an interview with the author of Furious, Jill Wolfson. Be sure to check out Furious, in stores now. icon smile Furious Blog Tour: Author Interview with Jill Wolfson and a Giveaway

1. Have you always been interested in the Furies or did the idea for the book just pop into your head one day?

The Furies didn’t pop into head; they popped into my kitchen. One day when my daughter was in high school, she and her two best friends came home and announced that they knew what they were going to be for Halloween: The Furies. (They had a class in Western Civ that semester).

As I finished cooking dinner, I thought about these three girls – each with plenty in her life to be angry about – and knew that I had just found the subject for my next book.

The mythical elements appealed to me. I had never written fantasy before and was up for a new challenge. I wanted a story that was dramatic and dark, but one that also had the potential for the characters to be kind of funny.


2. Who was your favorite character to write about in FURIOUS?

 The first voice I heard was Ambrosia’s and it was loud and clear. She is so unlike me in every way – dark and resentful, a person who doesn’t care who gets hurt as long as she gets what she wants. When I was a teenager, I was definitely more like shy, droll Meg. So it was really fun to write in the voice of an over-the-top mean girl.



3. Can you share a favorite quote from FURIOUS with readers?

I like this one from Ambrosia about her lust for payback:


“I aim for a different ratio: ten thousand eyes for an eye, revenge with daily compounding interest.”

4. Did anything happen in the book while you were writing it that surprised you or was it all planned out beforehand?


I know that some writers plan out an entire book with outlines and charts before they start writing. That’s definitely not me. I have a vague idea when I sit down to write, but mostly I create the story and the characters as I’m writing.

This can sometimes get me into trouble. For instance, all of a sudden, something happens in the middle of the book and I have to go back to the beginning and rewrite so that the lead-up makes sense.

In Furious, I was often taken by surprise. At first, Stephanie (Tisiphone) was the main character telling the story, but then Meg started talking more. And Raymond started out as a girl, but eight chapters in, she became a he.

To be honest, that’s one of the most enjoyable things about writing – when your characters start doing what they want.


5. The zombie apocalypse is coming and you have to choose one character from FURIOUS to help you survive it. Who would you choose and why?

 My first thought is Ambrosia. She’s ruthless, driven, an alpha girl who could go head to head with any old zombie. But, nah, I’m going to team up with Raymond. He might seem like an odd choice because he’s more brains than brawn. But he is so full of light and has such an upbeat personality, he’d charm even a zombie. Plus, if we happen to lose the battle and get devoured, he’d make me laugh the whole time.

Thanks so much to Bailey for great questions and for hosting this stop on my blog tour. I hope you enjoy Furious. Remember to find the Fury in yourself! 

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Thanks to Macmillan, I have a copy of Furious to give away to one lucky reader. Must be 13 years or older to enter and live in the U.S. or Canada. icon smile Furious Blog Tour: Author Interview with Jill Wolfson and a Giveaway Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to be entered.

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Furious 175x300 Furious Blog Tour: Author Interview with Jill Wolfson and a GiveawayAbout the book:

Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.

We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.

We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.

JillWolfson Furious Blog Tour: Author Interview with Jill Wolfson and a GiveawayAbout the author:

Jill Wolfson was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After attending Temple University, she worked as a journalist for newspapers and magazines around the country, such as the Fort Lauderdale (Florida) Sun-Sentinel and San Jose (California)Mercury News. Her award-winning novels for young people include What I Call Life;Home, and Other Big, Fat LiesCold Hands, Warm Heart, and Furious, all published by Henry Holt.

Jill has taught writing at several universities and is a long-time volunteer in a writing program for incarcerated teens. She lives in a beach town in Northern California.

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  1. I love the answer to the zombie apocalypse. My first instinct is to go with the ruthless character too, but she’s does have a point. Charm wins.

  2. Thanks for the great interview and chance to win! Love the quote you chose and love strong characters too! Ambrosia sounds fun!

  3. Tamara A. says:

    I love the idea behind this book. That quote has me hooked, I can’t wait to read this book and see how these girls find their power and what they do with it. Thanks for the giveaway and the interview :)

  4. Danielle P says:

    This book sounds super good. I especially LOVE books that take a twist on Greek Mythology!

  5. ensconcedya says:

    I’ve been really excited about this book. Great interview, by the way! Terrific last question, I’ll have to borrow that one sometime :-) Over the top mean girls are really fun and I really love that quote! What a great line!


    Christina @ Ensconced in YA

  6. Thanks for reading.
    I hope you love FURIOUS and find the fury in yourself!

  7. I have to say, I love reading about authors discussing their characters because it’s so interesting to see which ones really come alive and, as Jill said, just start doing what they want. It’s fun knowing when the author lets her characters take the reins and how that impacts the story :)

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