Friday, June 08, 2012

This Is Not a Test Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! 

What do you think of this: Zombie Friday? Staying in and watching a good zombie movie, reading a good zombie book, and thanking all things holy that the zombie apocalypse hasn't happened yet... Wouldn't that be super cool? x)

Okay, so maybe that's not a thing yet. But I'm still lucky enough to be a part of a mini Canadian tour for the zombie book, This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, organized by the ever-amazing Crystal at Raincoast Books! I finished (and loved) this book not too long ago, and trust me when I say you don't want to miss it! :)

So without further ado...


Interview with Courtney Summers

Quick! If a zombie came knocking on your door, what would you do?

I wouldn't answer it, I can tell you that much!  If a zombie came knocking on my door, probably a search for firearms would quickly commence.  :)

If you had to be stuck in a school with 5 other people during a zombie apocalypse (like what happens in your book) and you could choose them, who would they be and why? 

Instead of picking close friends or family members — lest I offend anyone I don't include — I shall choose celebrities, instead!  I'd pick Louis CK, because he's funny, but not the kind of funny that ends up grating.  It's so important not to lose your sense of humor during the zombie apocalypse!  I think after that, I'd pick Jeff Probst because he probably knows survival tricks from Survivor and also he's Jeff Probst.  Florence Welch because that girl can sing and while I don't know how useful that would be in the zombie apocalypse, it'd make being stuck in a school more entertaining.  Ed Begley Jr. because I think he is awesome and finally, Paula Deen because I bet she could make cafeteria food pretty tasty, though probably not very healthy.  But healthy eating would likely be the least of my concerns during a zombie apocalypse.  I also like how I just assume these people would all perform and/or cook for me to make the experience more bearable.

Who was your favourite character to write in the book?

Sloane, because I couldn't have written from her POV if she hadn't been.  But a very, very close second to Sloane was Trace.  I really liked writing him because he was brash and angry.  I think he could've said anything and gotten away with it and I always like characters like that.

Do you think you could survive trapped in a school for weeks?

If there was food and running water, probably.  Otherwise, probably not!

And for everyone who wants to know (and I think that everyone who reads your book definitely will!): Will there be a sequel to This is Not a Test?

At the moment, I have no plans for a sequel though I can't rule out the idea of revisiting zombies someday.  :)

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Mimi!

This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon CA | The Book Depository | Chapters
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. 

To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live.

But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?


And because I loved This Is Not a Test so much — it's one of my FAVOURITE zombie books to date! — I'm going to be giving away a beautiful finished copy of it to anyone who wants the chance! The giveaway is open internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you). It will end on June 19th which is when the actual book comes out so you can get it as soon as possible! :)

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And this is why I think that Canadian authors are some of my favourites! Michelle Rowen, Kathleen Peacock, Ada Adams, and now Courtney Summers... They're all authors worth reading something by! Didn't her zombie-awesome answers make you smile? :)

My review for This Is Not a Test should be up sometime next week, if you're interested. (And just so you know: It's amazing!) Have a fantastic weekend, you guys!



  1. Awesome interview! I'm a big fan of Courtney Summers and have loved her past books, so I'm definitely wanting this new book of hers. Big zombie fan here you see . . . Anyway thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Thanks so much for tue awesome giveaway! I just finished this book and it blew me away. I love your interview too, even though I didn't really know who the celebrities she would pick are :p

    ~Emily@Emily's Crammed Bookshelf

  3. Fun interview!! I loved your questions and Courtney's answers. Especially the celebs she's stick it out with during a zombie apocalypse :D I LOVE Courtney Summers' books so I cannot wait to read This is Not a Test! Thanks so so much for the giveaway, MImi :D <3

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  5. Great intetview! You actually convinced me to go get it and looking forward for the review :D
    xoxo, Mariam @ Book-A-Holic

  6. I'm seriously scared of Zombies so I would hate to experience a zombie apocalypse. (Strange I know, I'm scared of zombies but not vampires)
    Fantastic Interview! I love how every question related to the books story!
    Happy Friday Mimi!!!!!!

  7. I'm really interested in reading this book although I don't usually like zombie books-it has just gotten such good reviews. Plus I've read some of Summers' previous work so I know she can take topics I don't necessarily care for (like mean girls) and make them work. Great intereview!

  8. What a fun interview. Great job! Canadian authors do seem rather nice. I really want to read this one. Sounds amazing.

    I think picking celebrities was a great way to answer that question too!


  9. Mimi, I absolutely LOVE your interviews! You always ask such creative questions. I really enjoyed reading Courtney Summers' response to this, especially with the 5 people she'd pick! It sounds like a well-rounded group. I'm not generally a fan of zombies but I'm sure this book will change that. Thanks for the giveaway. <3

    PS. It made me so sad to see your notice! I'm going to miss seeing you around more but it's totally understandable considering how busy you are. Good luck with school, Mimi!

  10. I would most definitely not answer the door either. And then I would hide with my dogs. If I didn't make them hide, they would most likely try to lick the zombie and I feel like that would be a mistake:) I'm really looking forward to this book even though zombies freak me out, I've just heard such good things that I can't pass it up. Thanks for the interview Courtney and Mimi!

  11. I dreamed about zombies last night appropriate for zombie day. I enjoyed this one as well. Slosne ismsuch a tortured character. The list of celebrities was great. I am sure Paula could rustle up something as long as you had butter...Jeff might kick someone off the island, though...Ahh no sequel...did Sloane make it?

  12. Mimi, what an awesome post, giveaway, interview!! It's like the trifecta of awesomeness!! I added this to my TBR when I first saw it. Who doesn't love a good zombie tale?! I love your idea of zombie Friday, btw, great way to end the week. If there was a zombie at my front door I'd be doing the same thing as Ms. Summers, looking for some firearms!! ;)

  13. thank you for this great post and the giveaway, I'm very curious about the book.

  14. I love zombie stories more than I love ghost stories I REALLY REALLY want to read this one! Fab interview Mimi and Thanks for the giveaway! :D

  15. I absolutely loved this book too! I remember it took me forever to write a review because I just had so much love for this book! I can't wait to read your review Mimi! So happy that you loved it too! Thanks for the awesome giveaway too! Have a fab weekend!

  16. I think if a zombie knocked on my door, I would just...I hate to say this, but I'd probably ask someone to just kill me. I don't want to be eaten!!! :( Thanks for the interview & giveaway! :)

  17. Oh, I adored this book and your interview is so fun and entertaining; I loved it. :) Yay, Canadian authors unite!

  18. I LOVE that you got to do this interview with Courtney. And I think Sloane was my favorite character, too! :) Cannot WAIT for your review, girl.

  19. I am completely obsessed with zombies at the moment and this one sounds like the kind of gripping read I'm totally in for! And who designed the cover? It is absolutely amazing!

  20. ZOMBIE FRIDAYS?!?!?! I LOVE that idea! Your house, right? ROAD TRIP!!!! Lol. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Mimi, and good luck with school! I know how crazy stressful it can be, but I'm sure you'll do fabulously!

  21. Sounds like a cool book. And, Zombie Fridays? Yeah.

  22. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! If MIMI says it's one of her FAVOURITE ZOMBIE books to date, then IT MUST BE one of the BEST zombie books out there! I.e. I WANTTTTTTTTTTTT! Hahaaa, I had NO IDEA this was a zombie book at first- I don't know why, but I initially thought this would be one of those typical contemporary reads :) BAHAHHAHAHA I doubt ANYONE would want to answer the door if a ZOMBIE was on the other side, knocking!

    I sooooo cannot wait to read this :) AWESOME INTERVIEW!!!! <3

  23. Great interview guys! I absolutely adored this book and can't wait to read it again. If I could pick celebrities to be stuck with in a school, Florence Welch would be one of my top choices too. I love her! :D

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

  24. To be honest, I haven't read any of the author's books before..this would be my first! :) Thanks for the interview, had fun reading it.

  25. What a nice interview ^^ Thanks for sharing! And thank you for the giveaway Mimi! Can't wait to get a copy of this one, so I have my fingers crossed :D

    And I've featured you!

  26. Awesome interview, lovelies! <3 I can't wait to read this book, especially because this book explores different side of usual zombie story! I'm not usually a fan of zombie book (eeek! too many gory details, sorry!), but I'm willing to give this book a go! I can't wait to read your fabulous review, Mimi! <3

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!! :)

  27. Interesting interview Mimi! Zombie Friday sounds great :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. What a fab interview, you guys!! I am SO excited to read this book, partly because you dub it as one of your favorite Zombie reads, Mimi!! <3 I HAVE to have this NOW!! :P I am already such a huge fan of Zombie books anyway, but this one seems ESPECIALLY awesome and so bad-ass!!!! This is definitely going on my TBR list. Can't wait to read your review, Mimi sweets!! :D

    Happy Sunday!! -.- School tomorrow but it's the last week before Summer so I actually can't be bothered to care!! XD

    1. Hey again, Mimi!! I'm just wondering, I have a new feature on my blog where I interview bloggers whose blogs I love, and I was wondering if I could interview you? :) Let me know!!! :D

  29. What a great interview ! :)
    Courtney seems really down to earth.
    I'm excited for the release of this book since I've heard really great things about it. :D
    Lovely interview, Mimi :D

  30. a search for firearms would quickly commence. :)

    Exactly!!! I would immediately get guns and go ablaze! lol
    I could survive in a school yes with plenty of food and books and guns. I would hang out. Cool interview and thanks for the giveaway!

  31. I love the interview! Lol, I wouldn't open either if I saw a zombie outside. And if not? Run like heck? x) LOL. *shudders* I so LOVE the sound of this one and I'll have to read it REALLY soon. Like yesterday soon. *sigh* Thanks so much for the giveaway. :DD

  32. I've been wanting this one for for-ev-er!!! *fingers crossed* Love the interview and the people that she chose is a great cast although I agree with her that they might not be that helpful.


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