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Monday, March 10, 2014

A Death-Struck Year by Makiaa Lucier (Interview + Giveaway)
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Welcome to my tour stop for A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier!
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Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Publication.Date:March 4, 2014
Pages:288 (hardcover)
Published By:  HMH Books for Young Readers
Website:Makiia Lucier 

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A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age teen debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?


Welcome to Bookish, Makiia! I'm so excited to have you here with us today! How would you describe the story of A Death-Struck Year to those who haven't heard of it yet?

Thank you for having me!

In 1918, seventeen-year-old Cleo Berry’s life is changed forever when Spanish Influenza strikes her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

What made you choose to write a novel based on the Spanish Influenza? Why this time period and event?

Spanish Flu killed an estimated 30 to 50 million people worldwide, but for such a catastrophic event, there’s very little known about it. I stumbled across a fascinating book by John M. Barry-The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. After I read it, I was hooked. I couldn’t leave it alone.

I love when I read books about historical events that just completely hook my on to the time period or event! What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, logistical, etc) you faced?

All of the above! Just writing a good story was a challenge. But once you do that, you still have to find an agent, a publisher, an audience. There’s the constant feeling that you’re in over your head.

I can imagine! Not only are you attempting to write a captivating story, but you need the historical accuracy, too. Did your research yield any surprises in terms of this historical event?

I went into this story knowing very little about Spanish Flu, so everything was a revelation.The gruesome symptoms, the death counts, and the bravery of ordinary people.

Who was your favorite character to write?

Jack. If I had to be an orphan, I would hope to have a cool older brother like Jackson Berry as my guardian.

What's next in line for you? Are you working on a new book now?

I am!I think I’m working on the first draft of a historical fantasy, but who knows what it will end up being by draft 8.

haha, you never know! I'll be interested to see how it'll end up  :)

If I was magically transported back in time to the Dark Ages, I'd . . . have a special dress made in advance. On the outside, it would look like a typical medieval dress. But under the skirts would be secret compartments where I would store penicillin, toothpaste, and bottled water.

I'm addicted to . . .J umboRed Vines.

If I could tell the world just one thing, it'd be . . . sometimes (only sometimes!) I read the end of books just to make sure a character I love doesn’t die. It’s a sickness. Please don’t judge me.

The last book I bought was . . . a second copy of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling. I forgot who I lent my original copy to and it never made its way home.

Thanks again for stopping by, Makiaa! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below to enter to win your own copy of Makiaa's A Death Struck Year!

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MakiiaLucier grew up on the Pacific island of Guam. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a master's in library studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She's had plenty of jobs, mostly in libraries, and currently lives in the small college town of Moscow, Idaho.


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