Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Provex City Blog Tour: Interview with Michael Pierce + A Giveaway

Today I'm excited to be a part of the promotional tour for Michael Pierce's young adult fantasy novel Provex City. Michael was nice enough to answer a few questions for me, and you'll want to check out the full list of participating blogs for more fun reviews, interviews, and guest posts. Thanks to CBB Book Promotions and Michael there is a fantastic giveaway for this tour as well, all the details are at the bottom of this post.

I went to school with the same kids from first grade until we all graduated, so I’ve never had the uncomfortable first-day-at-a-new-school experience. If you have, can you tell us what was running through your mind just before you walked through the doors for the first time?

I was the “new kid” a lot when I was in school. My family moved every couple years. It was hard because I didn’t make friends quickly and as soon as I began to get comfortable in one place, it was time to move again. What always ran through my head on those first days was, “I hope I’ll find my place here.” I always did, it just took time.

What one aspect or element of Provex City do you wish existed in this reality? 

It would be awesome to have energy healing instead of traditional medicine and surgery. It’s quick, easy, and painless. Then I could get my tendinitis nullified.

Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." If you could open a door into any fictional world, which one would you most like to visit?

I’d love to open a door into Hogwarts. Like Jeremy in Provex City, I’d have a hard time coming back.

When you stumble upon a scene that gives you trouble when you’re writing, what’s the first thing you do? 

If I can, I like to go for a walk, listening to music and letting my imagination wander. At the start of my walk I ask myself the question, “Where do I go now?” I’ll usually have an answer by the time I get home and be eager to get back to the story.

Oliver finds that he shares the bedroom in his new house with a ghost. If you had your choice of paranormal roommates, what supernatural entity would top your list? 

I’d like a ghost of my very own. I’ve been fascinated with ghosts since I was in elementary school. I don’t want him/her trashing the place, but a few spectral pranks could be entertaining.

What’s one thing writing Oliver’s character has taught you about yourself? 

That with a little focus and dedication, I can accomplish great things as well! I’m teaching Oliver to believe in himself, but he’s also doing the same for me.

Using only the title of another piece of fiction, please share with us what we can expect from you as an author after Provex City

SUSY Asylum.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions Michael! More information on Michael and Provex City can be found here:

Watch the Trailer


Fifteen-year-old Oliver Grain begins his school year fighting off bullies, learning about the boy who committed suicide in his room, and trying to understand why his history teacher, Mr. Gordon, has taken such a personal interest in him.

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you believe you can make bullies simply disappear? Do you believe you can walk through walls?

Mr. Gordon tells Oliver: "When you truly believe anything is possible, you will be able to open doors where there were only walls." And one of those doors leads Oliver to Provex City, which puts him in far greater danger than he can possibly fathom.


•    Three winners will receive a paperback of Provex City and a $15 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
•    Five additional winners will win paperback copies of Provex City. (INT

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  1. I do like that writing about him made you learn something too :)

  2. Sounds like an interesting book - thanks for the chance =)

  3. Wow...you went to school with the same people from 1st grade till graduation? That's so..cool! Ooohh I would totally open the door to Hogwarts as well :) And I'm happy to stay in Hogwarts forever :) Anyway, this book sounds really interesting<3 Awesome interview!

  4. This definitely sounds like an intriguing book! And I'm not sure how this painless energy healing works in the novel, but I would also be all over that in real life if it existed. :-) Great interview!

  5. I haven't seen this book before but the interview is really nice. I was "a new kid" few times and it wasn't easy, also I'd love to find the door for Hogwarts!! Great interview! :)

  6. Oh I love the cover and sound of this book Jenny, I love how having a little break when you're stuck writing makes you pumped to write more! Lovely interview Jenny! :)

  7. Ghosts kind of freak me out. I'm not sure I'd like one as a friend, though I can imagine the possibilities, especially if I was being bullied or needed to spy on someone!

  8. Going for a walk not only clears your head, it's good exercise!
    Great interview, Michael.

  9. Seriously? You never had a first day at a new school moment? WOW. I've had a few. My first was when I was in 2nd grade and we moved in the middle of the year. Apparently I walked around school and introduced myself to the teachers saying, "Hi. I'm Hannah and I'm a Christian." That's what happens when you grow up around missionaries. So ... yeah.

    I didn't do that when we moved and I was older. ;)

  10. Thank you for hosting me with an interview today! Your questions were a lot of fun to answer. :)

  11. This sounds really interesting and what a great post. I would love if we had energy healing. Just think how wonderful that would be. Thanks for sharing this, it was new to me!

  12. I agree a door into Hogwarts would be awesome. I am not sure about the ghost in my room though, only if it was friendly! Thanks for the chance to win!

  13. Thanks for hosting a stop Jenny!
    I would love to open a door to Hogwarts too. ;)
    I have had several moving to new schools experiences. But it didn't take too long for me to find my place.

  14. Hmm, I love a good fantasy book, you know me Jenny! Cool interview and thanks for the giveaway!

  15. I've been preachng focus and dedication for so long, it's not even funny! I think Oliver and I will get along just fine. I've visited a few tour stops already and have already decided to read Provex City, so the interview just convinced me further that I've made the right decision.
    Thanks for sharing, Jenny!

  16. Wonderful Interview as usual Jenny!!

    And I agree with you Michael: Healing powers would be amazing to have in real life...

  17. I swear if I visited Hogwarts, I'd never come back. LOL

    Btw, I thought I could walk through walls, but I was wrong... *ouch* :)

  18. I'd LOVE to visit Hogwarts. Gosh, I think it's even on my bucket list I made for fun with my friends a long time ago.. I had to change schools only once, because we moved and even though it was scary at first, it was so incredibly awesome and easy to find new friends. Most of them are still people I hang out with and some of them are even my best friends. Lovely interview! Nothing less to expect from you, Jenny:)

  19. First days at school are the absolute WORST! Very nerve-wracking and scary. I can't imagine having to go through it as often as Michael! Crazy!! Energy healing would be so awesome. I hate taking some meds and some of them have side-effects/don't work so a new easy form of healing would be great. :)

  20. Great interview. I think the closest I'll ever get to Hogwarts is a theme part, but then that could be fun to. Energy healing would be really cool to.

  21. What a great lesson...with focus and dedication so much can be done!

  22. You're lucky to not have had the "new kid" experience on the first day of school. I really like the quote Mr. Gordon tells Oliver; that's a nice attitude about life. Thanks for featuring this one, as I had never heard of it until now!

  23. A visit to Hogwarts would be awesome ... or Narnia. I can't figure out which world would be more fun and less dangerous to visit :)

    Did you grow up in a small town, Jenny, or just not move? In a way you're pretty lucky to never have been a new kid; it's definitely very awkward moving to a new school, especially in the middle of the year.

  24. I wish my schools had been like Hogwarts- minus the villains.

    Who'd want to leave??