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Interview & Giveaway: Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler

Jackie Morse Kessler is stopping by today on her tour for her new book, Rage.

Check out the information below for a chance to win a copy of Hunger and Rage.

1. The Riders of the Apocalypse series brings up several hard issues that, sadly, teens deal with often. What steps do you take to come up with the appropriate characters to portray each of these important topics?

JK: It took me a while to find both characters. In HUNGER, things really clicked into place when I decided to very loosely base the protagonist, Lisa Lewis, on someone from my past. That being said, there’s a lot of me in Lisa. I used to be bulimic, so the Thin Voice that Lisa hears is one of my personal demons. The bathroom scene that Lisa’s friend Tammy goes through, that was from personal experience. There comes a point, though, when the characters really break away and become their own creations. As HUNGER goes on, Lisa discovers her strength — and that’s all Lisa.: )

As for RAGE, I had no idea who the protagonist would be. Unlike with HUNGER, for this book I didn’t have any personal experience to draw from, because I didn’t self-injure. So I did a lot of research, and based on that I had an idea of who the protagonist would be. But it wasn’t until my cat died that I actually found the opening to the book—and from there, Missy Miller just came into her own.

So I guess it’s two-parts intention and one part “let’s see what this does!”: )

2. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Rage will be donated to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms. What made you decide to do this and to pick that particular organization?

JK: My critique partner, Heather Brewer, suggested it back when I was writing the book. When I finished, I checked out the organization, and I loved what I found. It provides support for those who are coping with self-injury and addiction and depression and suicidal thoughts—it reminds us all that we’re not alone, that we matter, that our voices deserve to be heard. And it helps connect people who are suffering with those who can help. What’s not to like?: )

3. What do you hope young girls ultimately get from reading Rage?

JK: If readers start talking more openly about self-injury, then I’d be very happy.: )

Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
Publisher: Harcourt Graphia (April 4th, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Paperback: 228 pages
Series: Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Rider's Quartet, #2

Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was.. different.
That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.
A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.

Riders of the Apocalypse giveaway!

Three lucky winners will receive one copy each of HUNGER and RAGE along with postcards and a mini-poster!

To enter, send an e-mail to In the body of the e-mail, include your name and e-mail address (if you're under 13, submit a parent's name and e-mail address). One entry per person and prizes will only be shipped to US or Canadian addresses.
Entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on 4/30/11.
Winners will be selected in a random drawing on 5/1/11 and notified via email.

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