Thursday, November 2, 2017

Blog Tour: Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan...Character Interview & Giveaway!

Haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but today I am pleased to be part of the Blog Tour for Cat Jordan’s Eight Days on Planet Earth.
Cat was kind enough to share an interview with main character Matty Jones, so keep reading to learn not only more about what sounds like a fascinating story about a young man and an encounter that changes his life, but to also get a chance to “meet” this young man…
Eight Days on Planet Earth
by Cat Jordan
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen

Summary from Goodreads:

A heart-wrenching romance full of twists that are sure to bring tears to readers’ eyes, from Cat Jordan, author of The Leaving Season.

How long does it take to travel twenty light years to Earth?

How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip, but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for 
her spaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.

Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad’s gone—but now there’s Priya. She 
must be crazy…right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. And if he can learn to believe in what he 
can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.
About the Author
When I was a teenager, the very first book I ever tried to write was pretentious and stilted and set in a future where there was no paper. Obviously, I fancied myself another Ray Bradbury (who I was thrilled to meet not once but twice!). The book had an awesome title and no plot but I had the most fun creating the characters and the world they lived in. That to me is the most enjoyable part of writing a novel: envisioning a world and populating it with all kinds of people and dogs. Gotta have a dog.

The worlds I create now as an adult are based on my travels from coast to coast in the US, to Europe and Mexico and Canada, and on the people I have met and loved and admired and feared. And dogs.

Currently I live in Los Angeles. With my dog.
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And now here is author Cat Jordan with a brief interview with Matty Jones…

David Matthew Jones is from a small town in Pennsylvania. At seventeen, he has absolutely zero plans for himself other than to finish high school but before he can do that, he has to get through a boring summer.

Matty: Now wait a minute, I don’t have zero plans.

Cat: So you do have plans?

Matty: Well, not, like, specifically right now. You’ve kind of put me on the spot. I mean, I have ideas. Ideas are like plans, aren’t they? Besides, I have a whole year to figure it out. I’m not graduating until next year.

Cat: But you are graduating?

Matty: You sound like my mother. Geez, of course I’m graduating. Maybe Brian and I will go into business together. Doing, I don’t know, something cool.

Cat: So tell me about yourself. Tell me something you want people to know about you.

Matty: Me? Like what?

Cat: Well, what do you look for in a girlfriend?

Matty: Why would I want anyone to know that?

Cat: Humor me and answer the question.

Matty: I guess…I don’t know…she’s gotta like me, for one thing.

Cat: She has to like you? That’s it?

Matty: If a girl likes me, then I’m pretty much going to like her back.

Cat: What else? Tall? Short? Curvy? Slender?

Matty: I’m not that shallow, Cat. Please. I mean, yeah, Emily is pretty and all but she’s smart and she can do a ton of things really well and she can be really snarky sometimes which is funny as long as it’s not directed at me. Oh wait, don’t tell people I like her. If she hears that--

Cat: I’m pretty sure she knows already.

Matty: Yeah, you’re right. (laughs) She definitely knows.

Cat: So tell me something else about yourself.

Matty: I like pizza. I like baseball. Watching, not playing. I like my dog, Ginger. I like riding my dirt bike and hanging out with Bri and Em. I’m pretty good at playing videogames and I know how to tie knots.

Cat: That’s a weird skill.

Matty: Brian and I were Cub Scouts for about a month and that’s where I learned. I can also start a fire with a magnifying glass. That was by accident.

Cat: Your parents—

Matty: Yeah, I have a couple of those. Mom is a nurse, works in the ER at the hospital. Dad…well, he used to be a farmer like my grandfather but…

Cat: But what?

Matty: Look around you. Do you see a thriving business? Hardly. When I was a kid, Bri and I used to play hide and seek in the cornfield. It was massive and so much fun. Ginger would jump over the fence and chase the chickens we used to have, which was hilarious. She wouldn’t do anything to them but I think she liked to see them flap their wings. (laughs) Being a kid? It was fun. Lots of fun.

Cat:  That field is something special, huh?

Matty: Are you one of those people? Is that what this is about?

Cat: No! I’m just curious.

Matty: It’s just a field. Okay? How many times do I have to tell you people? Aliens did not land there fifty years ago. It is a lame piece of land that belongs to the government. I mean, technically we’re not even supposed to walk through it, although people do it all the time. I don’t know what they would do to us if we were caught.

Cat: Take us to Area 51?

Matty: That’s not real either! I think I’m going to end this here.

Cat: What? Why?

Matty: Have fun in the field, okay? And if a spaceship comes to get you, try not to get probed, if you know what I mean.

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