Saturday, June 29, 2013

THE TESTING: Three Weeks in the Top Ten!

On June 15th The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau hit the number 3 spot in the Children's section of the Sony Ebookstore. On June 22nd it climbed another notch to the number 2 spot, and this week it's still there! This is the first book in what will be The Testing Trilogy.

Joelle, let's start with finding out about your story. What's your book about?

THE TESTING - It’s graduation day for sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale, and the entire Five Lakes Colony (the former Great Lakes) is celebrating. All Cia can think about—hope for—is whether she’ll be chosen for The Testing, a United Commonwealth program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of the slowly revitalizing post-war civilization. When Cia is chosen, her father finally tells her about his own nightmarish half-memories of The Testing. Armed with his dire warnings (”Cia, trust no one”), she bravely heads off to Tosu City, far away from friends and family, perhaps forever. Danger, romance—and sheer terror—await.

Do you believe the e-format helps or hurts you as an author? How?

Personally, I think that anything that encourages reading is a good thing. E-book. Print Book. Audio. If it helps get the story to the readers, I am a fan. E-formats have encouraged a lot of people who might not otherwise be readers to pick up a book and read for pleasure--sometimes for the first time in a long while. There is no downside to that.

Do you think the e-format helps or hurts your readers, specifically children and/or young adults?

I believe that the e-format is a great supplement to the other reading that children and young adults are doing. As a parent and teacher, I would hate to think of a time when kids don't have bookshelves full of fabulous books in their rooms. The printed book is often wonderful for fueling the imagination. E-book with their ability to create new and exciting additional content that often provides interactive experiences adds a new depth to the story that can push imagination to who new realms. The combination is something truly exciting.

What advantages of e-publishing do you think are most relevant to the children's literature market?

I think that e-reading allows parents to have books available for their children at all times, which is a wonderful thing. Also, the new, interactive pieces that are being added every day to these books provide new experiences that continue to expand kids' minds. I will be fascinated to see how those developments grow and change the way young people think of books and the stories they love. 
Find out more about Joelle and her books at  her website. She also has a site specifically for The Testing Trilogy where you can read excerpts, view trailers and of course, take tests! And you can follow Joelle on Facebook and Twitter.

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