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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blog Tour- NIL by Lynne Matson Author Interview and a Giveaway!

I am so excited to have Lynne Matson here with an interview for the NIL Blog Tour! I loved this book and am lucky enough to be able to help spread the word about it! Make sure to enter the giveaway below for a copy of the book!

Haven't heard of NIL? Check it out!

Author: Lynne Matson
Release Date: March 4, 2014
Pages: 384
Publisher: Henry Holt (Macmillan)
On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.
Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing Charley remembers is blacking out in an Atlanta parking lot, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.
Lost and alone, Charley hunts for a way out. She discovers desolate beaches and human remains, but no sign of civilization--until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with hidden dangers, their greatest threat is time.

They can’t stop the clock. They can only hope to beat it. 

Now on to the interview!

Hi Lynne! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books! I absolutely loved NIL!! Thanks for stopping by to answer my questions!

Thank for having me Jamie! And I’m SOOO glad you loved NIL! It makes my author heart happy.:)

Where did the idea for NIL come from?

My husband had won a trip to Hawaii with his company, and it was our first real getaway from our four boys, EVER. (And it was HAWAII!! *still counts my blessings on that one* :D) We landed on the big island, and as we left the airport after landing, we drove through miles of ancient lava fields. Broken red rock stretched endlessly on each side, gorgeous and desolate. There were no roads, no buildings, no people–just the sound of wind blowing over the barren rocks. The surrounding silence was powerful, and eerie, like it had a presence all its own. I remember thinking how creepy it would be to wake up there, all alone, and I remember thinking how much it all looked like an alien planet (think DUNE). And I remember thinking how scary it would be as a teen, to wake up by yourself, not having a clue where you were or how you how got there, and what if–because isn’t this every person’s worst nightmare?!–what if you woke up naked? NIL was born in that moment. 

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

Actually, no. But I see bit and pieces of lots of people I know --or have met-- in all of my characters, which is so fun!

How long did it take you to write NIL?

About six months for the first draft, then longer ( much longer!) to edit and revise to make it the story it is today.

I love that you told this story in dual POV’s why did you decide to do that?

Aw, thanks Jamie! It just felt right. I started writing from Charley’s POV right away. I wanted her to discover NIL with fresh eyes, but I also had this vision of a guy already there…mentally in a different place after fighting to survive and escape for nine months, with inside knowledge of the island. So I started writing Thad the same day that I started writing Charley.

What is for favorite passage/scene in NIL?

Ooooo…tough question.:) I love the scene when Charley and Thad first meet. And I also love the very last chapter of the book! *seals lips to prevent spoilers* And, while it may sound weird, I love the funeral scene of one of the characters you meet early on…it was very moving to write, and felt necessary even though I loved that character.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

Oh my gosh—fun, and sometimes creepy, stuff. I researched snowboard cross in Canada, warthog behavior and aggressive tendencies, tropical plants, solar storms, knife wounds, and more. Being a writer gives you license to research very strange things in the name of “work.” :)

Is there any hope for a second book? I loved the secondary characters so much! I’d love to 
see something about Rives or Dex.

Oh, I love Rives and Dex too! Right now there aren’t any plans for another book, but I’ll admit to having ideas for Rives floating around in my head. If there were to be another book, it would pick up with Rives.

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I just finished Anne Blankman’s PRISONER OR NIGHT AND FOG. It was AMAZING!!! Lucky for me, I’m a member of OneFourKidLit and the YA Valentines, so I’m dying to ALL THE BOOKS. But to name a few, I’m dying to read Paula Stokes THE ART OF LAINEY, Kasie West’s SPLIT SECOND, and Lindsay Currie & Trisha Leaver’s CREED.

Who is your ultimate Book Boyfriend?

Oooo…another tough one. I’m picking Trevor from PIVOT POINT. Honorable mentions to Adam from WHERE SHE WENT, Po from Graceling, and Jace from The Mortal Instruments series. :)

What inspired you to write YA?

All the feels! Seriously, YA is THE BEST because everything is so fresh, so raw, and SO REAL. I can’t imagine writing anything else.

Lightening Round Questions

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter. Hello…my name is Lynne and I’m a Twitter addict.:)

Favorite Superhero?


Favorite TV show?

Off-air? A tie between Friends & LOST.
On air? I barely watch tv these days so I’m going to punt. It might be Scooby-Doo, because it’s getting heavy play in my house right now.

Sweet or Salty?

Sweet all the way.

Any Phobias?

Spiders. I can’t stand them. YOU CAN’T FEEL THEM WHEN THEY’RE ON YOU…*shudders*

Favorite Music?

Alt-rock, with mellow singer/songwriter’s (like Jack Johnson or Hannah Trigwell) as a close second.

This was so much fun Jaime! Thank you for having me!!!!!! 

Thank you Lynne! That was awesome!!

About Lynne:

Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. Back then, Lynne would stay up late, reading Nancy Drew books under the covers (with a flashlight . . . a weak attempt at ninja stealth). Now she still stays up late reading books and writing them. When she doesn't have a book in her hand, you'll find her listening to music, messing around with paint, or hanging out with her husband and their four boys . . . or all of the above. 

Giveaway Details:

US/Can prizes: Two sets of Nil prize packs including swag and a hardback of Nil

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule

Feb 17: Dana Square Interview
Feb 18: Book Loving Mom Review
Feb 19: Jenna Does Books Guest Post
Feb 20: Word Spelunking Review 
Feb 21: Book Addict's Guide Interview
Feb 24: Great Imaginations Review 
Feb 25: A Backwards Story Guest Post
Feb 26: Two Chicks on Books Interview 
Feb 27: As Told by Rachel Review 
Feb 28: Paperback Princess Interview 
Mar 3: The Best Books Ever Review
Mar 4: Wastepaper Prose Review 
Mar 5: Book Haven Extraordinaire Review
Mar 6: Good Choice Reading Interview 


  1. I've been anticipating this book's release! It's even made on my "Waiting on Wednesday" blog posts :) Great giveaway! Fingers Crossed xoxo

  2. I cannot wait to read this book!!! This book is on my top 10 must read list of 2014, I would love to win it and thank you for the chance!!! Fingers crossed!!!

  3. Thanks for having me Jaime! I'm SOOO glad you loved NIL, and I'm so honored to be on your blog!

    Oh, and last weekend I started a NIL sequel…I'll keep you posted.:) LOTS OF QUESTIONS SHALL BE ANSWERED.:)

  4. This book looks so good, and I can't wait to read it!

  5. I've been waiting to read this book forever! Can't wait till it comes out :)

  6. This book sounds AMAZING! (1110cg)


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