Google+ Reading Teen: Blog Tour: Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne Author Interview & Giveaway

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne Author Interview & Giveaway

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 28, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312569041
ISBN-13: 978-0312569044
Buy the book on Amazon
Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with twelve other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.
Knowing that the chemical weapons saturating the air outside will turn him into a bloodthirsty rage monster, Dean decides to stay in the safety of the store with Astrid and some of the younger kids. But their sanctuary has already been breached once. . . .
Meanwhile, Alex, determined to find their parents, heads out into the darkness and devastation with Niko and some others in a recently repaired school bus. If they can get to Denver International Airport, they might be evacuated to safety. But the outside world is even worse than they expected. . . .

Emmy Laybourne will be on tour in June as part of the Fierce Reads Tour.

Sky on Fire is featured in our Spring 2013 Fierce Reads Book Trailer:

Watch the original Monument 14 Book Trailer:

Follow Emmy Laybourne on Twitter:

Emmy Laybourne’s Author Website:

Author Interview:
It’s such a delight to be here on Reading Teen today. I feel honored to be having this exclusive interview with Austin Reale.
Austin: If you could rewrite the series from another character's point of view, whose would it be and why?
Emmy: Max! Max Skolnik all the way. I’d love to hear the story of the terrifying sequence of events that takes place in the novel from the perspective of a seven-year old. And Max, with his colorful tangents that give us a peek into a very seedy world, is a TON of fun to write!
A Max Skolnik retelling of MONUMENT 14 might start something like this:
“I was on the bus and I was very tired, even more tireder than usual because in the night time I heard this loud crash-banging sound and I went into the living room and there was my Uncle Buck and he had our two trash cans right in the living room! The crash bang was him emptying out our trash cans right on the floor cause we have the silver metal kind.
And he’s yelling at my mom and she’s yelling at him all on the count of lottery tickets. He’s saying she threw out the winning ticket and she’s saying nobody ever wins those things, they’s rigged. And I yell, “WAIT. Are you talking about the lottery tickets that was right on the coffee table?” And he’s surprised to see me standing there but he nods, yeah, looking kind of like a big bear with his hairy chest and his gut hanging over.
So I goed into my room and I come out with the tickets.
And they’re both goggling at me and there’s beer cans everywhere and I say, “I keep all the lottery tickets I find.”
“Why?” asks my Uncle Buck.
“So you won’t yell at my mom all the time when you lose them.”
Then they’re laughing, oh, ha ha, what a kid you got there, Maggie. And my mom’s saying, he’s precious, ain’t he? Ha Ha.
You know how hard it is to get back to sleep when grown-ups are laughing?
So anyway, I’m on the bus and I’m tired and then I hear some hail clattering up on the roof of the bus and Mrs. Wooly says, “What the hay?” and then it gets scary...
I tell you, I could write like Max forever!
Austin: Do you have any writing traditions, things you always do while writing?
Emmy: I have LOTS of traditions. When I’m working on a book, I try to start work around the same time every day - for me this is around 9 am. And then I have a little ritual to get me started - I dim the shades, and turn on my Monument 14 playlist (it features a LOT of Radiohead). Then I take off my wedding rings, put on some nice smelling hand lotion, and sometimes I light a candle and say a little prayer to my muse. It usually sounds like this, “Please help me to write truthful, exciting prose today. Help me to stay focused and to follow my gut. Help me to tell a good story.”
Sounds dorky, I know, but it really works. Try it. You’ll see...
Austin: Monument 14 is obviously set in the future, but you've always been vague on exactly when it is set. Do you plan on giving more backstory on this futuristic setting in future books?
Emmy: MONUMENT 14 is set in the year 2024. You’re right that I’m a little vague about some of the details. This is one area of the book that I didn’t handle perfectly. Before I started the series, I could have done more “World building” - really taking the time to think through the changes that we could expect to find in the next decade. Instead, I just used a couple of ideas (like the “mini-tabs” that people use instead of phones, and some of the medical advances) and avoided going into much detail. In the books to come, SKY ON FIRE, which comes out May 28, and SAVAGE DRIFT, which will be out in Spring 2014, we learn a lot more about the world these kids are in. A LOT more!
Austin: What was your inspiration to write such a series?
Emmy: At the time when I had decided to develop some ideas to pitch my Agent, I had two small children - ages 5 and 2. When you have a 2 year old you spend a lot of time in Target (or at least I did!). It seemed I was there twice a week, picking up diapers or paper towels or laundry detergent. As I walked the aisles I started daydreaming about what it would be like to live there...
Austin: And finally, do you have any advice for young YA authors?
Emmy: My advice is to write and write and write. I recently spoke with a young woman at my old high school, George School in Pennsylvania. She told me that she’d finished a short story that she thought was really, really good. She wanted to know what I thought she should do with it - submit it to contests, try to get an agent, etc.
I told her that she wasn’t going to like my answer, but that the thing to do was to write five more stories. Then give them to her friends, workshop them, revise them, live with them and make them really sing. To get them to the most concentrated version of themselves - evocative, scary, delightful, surprising - whatever the stories themselves want to be.
And that when she had those five stories finished, then to go back and do another edit of that first story and then start sending her work around.
There’s nothing like practice, my friends. The more words you write, the better you get! It’s just that simple.
I really loved discussing my work with you, Austin. Thanks for having me on your site.
Tomorrow my book tour will head over to Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf. I’ll be discussing Character Development - specifically, how to juggle multiple characters within a large cast.

Monument 14: Sky on Fire Blog Tour Schedule

Monday 5/20

Squeaky Books

Tuesday 5/21

Reading Teen

Wednesday 5/22

Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

Thursday 5/23

Book Haven Extraordinaire

Friday 5/24

Chick Loves Lit

Monday 5/27

Jean Book Nerd

Tuesday 5/28


Wednesday 5/29

Princess Bookie

Thursday 5/30

YA Romantics

Friday 5/31

Adventures of a Book Junkie

One hardback of Monument 14 and one paperback of the sequel Sky On Fire

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide
    credit and sources back to your site? My blog site is in the
    very same niche as yours and my visitors would genuinely benefit from some of the information you provide
    here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Many

    my web site - binarychief

  2. LOVE that it is from a boy's POV!! Those covers are awesome:)

    Thank you:)

  3. I agree with Christina K--the cover is incredible. Grabbed me.

  4. Great interview! I laughed about her being in Target constantly because I know the feeling. With a toddler you really do feel like you almost live there! Lol!! Hearing Monument 14 from Max's POV would be so fun!!

  5. Thank you for this amazing giveaway! These books both sound great! Thank you for the chance to win!

  6. I haven't read Monument 14 yet, but I'm really looking forward to finally picking it up off my TBR shelf.

  7. I loved this interview so much! It would be so interesting to read M14 through Max's view. Looking forward to the next stop...:)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! I've thought that this series looked really interesting for a long time, but haven't started it yet.


  9. Thanks for the giveaway!!! I have the 1st book that i havent read yet. Its in my to be read pile!!

  10. Thanks for a great stop. I enjoyed the interview.

  11. I loved the first book in this series so this one is a must read.

  12. I haven't read these yet but really want to. Thanks for the chance!
    Sarah in rafflecopter

  13. Loved the first book!


  14. Thanks for the chance to win!
    I have been wanting to start this series for awhile now.

  15. Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read Monument 14 yet, but it's on my TBR list!

  16. I loved Monument 14 and can't wait to read this sequel! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I love the cover and I can't wait to read the series. It sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. I've been wanting to read these! Thank you for the chance to win!

  19. I cannot wait to see what happens to the kids once they leave that mega store behind.

  20. I loved the first book! Cannot wait to see what happens next!

  21. Thank you for the giveaway!

  22. I'VE been wanting to read this! the cover definitely pulls you in. And I love popcorn.

  23. I'VE been wanting to read this! the cover definitely pulls you in. And I love popcorn.

  24. i love this serie .. is the new GONE series.... i need to read the sequel ... sky on fire ... right now jiji
    thanks for the giveawway
    almendra in the rafflecopter

  25. Great interview! I love the idea that having young childen and spending so much time at a store that one could envision living there was part of the inspiration:)

  26. This looks like an awesome book, I've been seeing it around and I'm intriqued. Thanks for the chance.

  27. These books sound great! Must read. :D

  28. Hi Emmy! I love Monument 14 sooo much! This was a great interview. I think it's really cool that you are doing this book tour. Thanks for the chance to win your awesome book! Can't wait to read Sky on Fire!!!

  29. This was a great interview! I believe I'd enjoy the books very much.

  30. This is the first time I've heard of this book, I really like the sound of it.

  31. Thanks for the interview, it was awesome! Can't wait to read the book!!!

  32. Thanks for the chance! I really want to win this!

    octoberbaby1990 at yahoo dot com

  33. I absolutely LOVED Monument 14!

  34. Monument 14 was really good and I'm so excited that the bus is being featured on book 2 since I thought that it should have been on book 1. Can't wait to read it!

  35. I've had Monument 14 on my TBR for a while now! Thanks so much!

  36. This looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!! Good luck everyone!!

  37. Thank you! :D I love the cover. :D


Leave us a comment. Commenting people are our favorites! And we like to give things to favorites :)