Friday, September 20, 2013

Blog Tour Interview with Mindy McGinnis, Author of Not A Drop To Drink (and GIVEAWAY!)

Welcome to the Not A Drop To Drink blog tour! I am thrilled to be a part of this tour, and to feature this wonderful book and author!

Let's meet the author, shall we?

Alyssa: Hi, Mindy! Thank you so much for joining today on my blog!

Mindy: Thanks for having me! We’ve talked so much elsewhere online it’s nice to actually be at your place :)

Alyssa: Awww, that's so nice of you to say! Describe Not a Drop to Drink in seventeen words, to someone who has never heard of your book!

Mindy: It’s a post-apoc survival tale set in a world with very little water. Three more words.

Alyssa: Name another post-apocalyptic novel (recent or not) that you really enjoyed and/or influenced you or your book?

Mindy: THE STAND by Stephen King was probably the first post-apoc book I ever read. It blew me away. I’ve read it four times now, I think.

Alyssa: How did you choose character names in Not a Drop to Drink?

Mindy: I don’t choose their names, they do! I refer to them in my own head very generically, like Girl Character, etc, then when it’s time to name them in the text I just rest my hands and ask them their name. They come up with good stuff.

Alyssa: What’s one song that really represents this book?

Mindy: Rocks and Water by Deb Talan fits it very well, also I had a songwriter / singer friend of mine write an original song for the book, but it’s on the downlow for now!

Alyssa: I'll have to look up that one! What kind of research did you have to do for this book?

Mindy: I learned a lot about SODIS, a natural way to purify water using the sun’s UV-A rays. Other things in the book like gardening, canning and hunting are things I already know how to do, and didn't require research. Even skinning a deer. Yes, I know how to gut a deer. It’s really not that bad.

Alyssa: How do you like your romance? Are you a fan of “love triangles”?

Mindy: Ugh. Honestly I’m just not into romance at all. It’s just so not my thing.

Alyssa: Forgive me for not knowing… but is Not a Drop to Drink a standalone? (If no, do you think you could write more books to make it a series? Or are you finished with this world?)

Mindy: I forgive you. DRINK is a standalone in the sense that all the storylines and plots here are tied off and finished by the end of the book. No cliffhangers, no teases. Lynn’s story ends here. However, it’s a big world, and we only explored a tiny corner of it in DRINK.

Alyssa: :D What are you currently working on in terms of Young Adult projects - something new? Anything contracted?

Mindy: I recently signed another two book deal with Katherine Tegen books, and I will have YA releases in 2014, 2015 and 2016!

Alyssa: YAY CONGRATULATIONS! Although I did know that one :D But woohoo! And that’s it from me! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog, Mindy!

Mindy: Thank you for having me – I’m so glad I could be here. You’ve been a “fan” of mine since before I even had a cover!!

About the Author:

Mindy McGinnis is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio and cans her own food. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature and Religion. Mindy has a pond in her back yard but has never shot anyone, as her morals tend to cloud her vision.

About the Book:

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: September 24, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads):

Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water. 

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it…

The Trailer:

The Giveaway:

Win a signed hardcover of this book! (USA only)
Follow the rest of the tour!

Week One:

9/16/2013-Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf Interview

9/17/2013- Never Too Fond of Books Review

9/18/2013- A Book and a Latte Guest Post

9/19/2013- Books Complete Me Review

9/20/2013- The Eater of Books! Interview

Week Two:

9/23/2013- Readers in Wonderland Review

9/24/2013- Books Over Boys Guest Post

9/25/2013- Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, and Romance Guest Post

9/26/2013- Falling For YA Review

9/27/2013- Some Like It Paranormal Interview


  1. I'm so completely in love with this book and I haven't even read it! Can't wait for my pre-order to get here!

    Great interview!

  2. I just loooove the whole idea of this book...sounds just like my cup of tea <3
    Happy reading

  3. This sounds really good! I look forward to reading it when it releases! :D

  4. So excited to read this book! Love gritty dystopian books! thanks!

  5. Thank you for sharing the interview :) I didn't love the book, but it was pretty amazing :D (Not entering the giveaway, since I live in Norway and all, lol ;p)

  6. I've heard so many rave reviews about this book on blogs, so I can't wait to read it. Also, its great to hear you have more books coming out in the next few years, I'm always so sad when I read a book I really like and the author never has another book (series or otherwise).
    Jennelle J

  7. I want to read this book so bad, it looks amazing!!!!


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