Sunday, December 11, 2011

Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway for The Next Thing I Knew


John Corwin!
About John

John Corwin has been making stuff up all his life. As a child he would tell his sisters he was an alien clone of himself and would eat tree bark to prove it. In middle school, John started writing for realz. He wrote short stories about Fargo McGronsky, a young boy with anger management issues whose dog, Noodles, had been hit by a car. The violent stories were met with loud acclaim from classmates and a great gnashing of teeth by his English teacher. Years later, after college and successful stints as a plastic food wrap repairman and a toe model for GQ, John once again decided to put his overactive imagination to paper for the world to share and became an author.

And his book:

Heavenly Series Book 1
The Blurb

Humanity is extinct

When Lucy Morgan drops dead along with everyone else on Earth she refuses to take death lying down even if, technically, her corpse is. She drags her ghostly social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife. More importantly, they want to discover who or what killed everyone and why the heck anyone would do such a mean thing. But what they discover changes everything. And if they can't figure out how to put their newfound ghostly powers to work, humanity will be extinct for good.


Building the Perfect World
By John Corwin

In a perfect world, everyone would have a pet monkey, a garage full of exotic cars, and a house on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Justin Bieber would be in jail and the Brady Bunch would still be the number one show on TV. We'd even be able to eat anything we wanted without chubbing out.

That sort of world might be cool for real life, but in a novel, it would be more boring than boiling lettuce. For a novel the author has to create a world with teeth—sharp jagged ones that like to chomp down on the characters and put them through nine levels of hell before they even have a chance at some semblance of happiness.

Dystopias are awesome at that. I'd love to take the Kardashians and toss them into the setting for The Hunger Games. Maybe even take the women from those Real Housewives shows and pit them against each other in a gladiator-style duel to the death. Technically, I don't think we're far from seeing that sort of stuff show up on TV. Maybe that's why post-apocalyptic scenarios are so popular right now.

Paranormal elements, especially vampires are really popular. If you've ever seen the move Stake Land, they combine vampires with the zombie apocalypse. Anything with zombie-like vampires has to be cool. Talk about putting your characters through the ringer! Escaping from zombies is already hard enough without giving them vampiric super powers.

If someone can combine vampires with zombies, why not combine Twilight with The Hunger Games? I can see the tagline now: Teenaged vampires are forced to fight to the death for blood by an iron-fisted capitol in The Thirst Games. Toss in some werewolves and a romance between a human girl and one of the vampires and you'd have a bestseller in no time at all. Just don't forget to add a monkey into the mix. Every successful novel has at least one in it.

Monkeys aside, the problem with thinking up a fictional world is coming up with all the rules that go along with it. In The Next Thing I Knew, I had to figure out what the rules for ghosts would be and how the afterlife would function. Now that I've practiced creating universes in novels, I'm pretty much ready to take over the world.

If you had the power to create a world, what would it be like? If it has My Little Ponies in it, I'm tossing you into a dystopia!

Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog!

(You're welcome John!:D)


Giveaway Time!

John's generously giving away an ecopy of THE NEXT THING I KNEW. This giveaway is international and it ends on December 31st when the the year ends.


  1. The perfect world would be where nobody has to suffer in any shape, way or form and where children are treated as the precious gifts we are given.

  2. I think peace and freedom makes for a perfect world. Nothing is perfect but if these two make the foundation it's pretty good.

  3. Oh goodness, a perfect world? Well, I think people just being polite would be pretty dang nice. A world where everyone just knew right from wrong and didn't want to do wrong just for fun. I don't think we'd be able to achieve peace or any kind of perfection without everyone being on the same page about what's moral and immoral.

  4. Hm, I don't think a perfect world is possible. However, a decent world would be one of understanding, acceptance, and love. A place with no apathy. The reason why there is so much chaos sometimes is because people fail to see or don't even TRY to see from another person's perspective. Most of the time no one bothers to go, "Oh...I wonder how that made him/her feel?" Or they just don't care. For me, a perfect world - or at least a decent world - is a place with decent, loving, caring people.

  5. I think the perfect world would have people who generally cared about one another, even people you don't know. Maybe stopping and helping someone pick up something they dropped instead of thinking, not my problem. They will most likely appreciate it and then the chain will continue!

  6. In a perfect world every one would have nutrituous, affordable, and good-tasting food to eat. (and the money to buy it)

  7. Is there such a thing as a perfect world? I think these type of books dismantle the myth of a perfect society. And that's why they're awesome!

  8. A perfect world to me is where everyone can live peacefully with each other, there is no pollution and money is not the most important thing in life. :)


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