Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Fox Inheritance Blog Tour (Guest Post & Giveaway!)

As part of the blog tour for Mary E. Person's The Fox Inheritance, the sequel to the widely popular The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I had the chance to ask Mary a question. So without a further ado...

My Question: 
Will you talk about the bridge between The Adoration of Jenna Fox and The Fox Inheritance, and the upcoming third book?

Mary's Answer: 

Thanks for kicking off my blog tour, Lauren! I'd be happy to talk about that!

When I finished The Adoration of Jenna Fox, I thought I was done, but I did keep wondering about one particular scene and a ‘what if’ question developed. Without giving too much away for your readers who haven't read the first book, it was the scene where Jenna threw something in the water. I kept wondering if she really had the right to do that, and also I couldn't get it out of my head that with all the pirating and illegal copies of everything from books to games, wouldn't it be likely that there would be copies made of something that was so very valuable.

I did my best to put this question out of my head, especially since I was now working on another book, but the question kept surfacing and I eventually succumbed to my curiosity. I set my work-in-progress aside for just one afternoon, and wrote what I thought would be just one quick chapter to get it out of my system. But after that I was hopelessly hooked. The voice exploded in my head. I had given it life and I couldn't wait to write more, but I was hesitant too, because I hadn't really planned to write a second book in the Jenna saga–plus I was in the middle of another one!

What should I do? So I ran that first chapter past my editor and agent to get their reactions, and I got a huge thumbs up from both of them. That's all I needed to dig in. This time I was certain it was only going to be a two volume series, but about mid-way I began to get a sneaking suspicion that a third story was lurking, and by the time I was done I was crazy with the possibilities. Did I dare tell my editor? But when I told her she was just as enthusiastic as I was. She thought a third story was begging to be told too.

I’m very much an organic writer, not planning ahead too much, and it's really interesting for me to see how this three part story has evolved and how the emotional plots seem to be following the natural progression of relationships in our lives. The emotional plot of Adoration centered around the first people in our lives–our parents–and the very strong and lasting bonds we have with them. In The Fox Inheritance the emotional plot revolves around our next meaningful relationships, our friends and peers who help to shape us at such a pivotal time in our lives and leave us forever changed–sometimes for better or worse. And the third book seems to be evolving into the final relationship we seek–a deep and lasting love relationship. But we’ll see. It's not finished yet and I'm often surprised at the unexpected turns my stories take before I get to the end.

Of course these are the underlying emotional plots–there’s a lot more going on that I had a great time exploring. The Fox Inheritance takes place 260 years after Adoration. That’s a huge jump into the future! So much could happen! I had lots of new territory to research before I wrote it, but like I did with the first book, I tried to make the advances and changes believable based on current events and where technology is now and where we may be headed.

For instance, I had read about a monster volcano in Yellowstone that erupts roughly every 600,000 years and now at 640,000 years was overdue for an explosion. If it explodes at full capacity it could be cataclysmic and even a “species-ending” event, plunging earth into winter for several years. Even though such an explosion happens in the future I have written, it doesn’t play a front and center role other than we see some of the lasting effects of it–like the rise of robots to supplement the wiped out workforce. All kinds of Bots! One in particular that I became quite fond of! But I’ll be talking about that in another post . . .

Thanks so much for having me here, Lauren! I hope you and your readers enjoy The Fox Inheritance!

Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary!

About The Fox Inheritance:
Once there were three. Three friends who loved each other—Jenna, Locke, and Kara. After a terrible accident destroyed their bodies, their three minds were kept alive, spinning in a digital netherworld. Even in that disembodied nightmare, they were still together. At least at first. When Jenna disappeared, Locke and Kara had to go on without her. Decades passed, and then centuries.

Two-hundred-and-sixty years later, they have been released at last. Given new, perfect bodies, Locke and Kara awaken to a world they know nothing about, where everyone they once knew and loved is long dead.

Everyone except Jenna Fox.
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To find out more about Mary and her books, check out her website. 

Tomorrow the blog tour will take Mary to the Ya Ya Yas book blog where she will be talking about AI and her fictional fave robots.

Mary has also offered up one signed, personalized hardcover copy of The Fox Inheritance! To enter, please fill out the following form.

Official Giveaway Rules:

~ Must be 13 years or older
~ Must have a US mailing address
~ This giveaway will close on August 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST
~ For an extra entry, comment on this post.



  1. Oh I am so excited! To be honest, I was very hesitant about reading ADORATION, but after I did, WOW! I loved it. It was just so different. And when I saw Mary had written a sequel, I was astounded. (I didn't think she was going to go there either!) I'm so happy Mary answered the link question today b/c I really wanted to know. Also, today is the 1st time I read the synopsis of INHERITANCE. I'm sooo pumped! Thanks for the post and giveaway!

  2. I love the way an authors mind works. First to have come up with Adoration and then Inheritance, I would give anything to have a creative mind like this.

  3. Very different and awesome. I'm very excited.

  4. I can't wait to read it! Awesome interview and awesome giveaway!


  5. I fell in love with Jenna Fox a long time ago. I just loved the world. I'm so glad to dive back into it. I've been wanting to know more about Kara and Locke.

  6. I haven't even read the first one yet, but this series looks awesome.

  7. I LOVED the Adoration of Jenna Fox, so I can't wait to read this one! Thanks so much for the giveaway! :)

  8. This sounds really good! I'd love to read it and then pass it on to my granddaughters. Thank you for the giveaway!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  9. such an awesome giveaway thank you so much :)

  10. I absolutely LOVED The Adoration of Jenna Fox and have pretty much been hounding everyone I know to read it. It's such an amazing book. I cannot wait to read The Fox Inheritance.

  11. thanks for the giveaway! so excited !

  12. I have Adoration sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get my hands on Inheritance so that I can read them back to back. It's getting pretty lonely over there by itself, I know it would love to find it's mate :) Thanks for the chance at winning this!

  13. Sounds really cool. I would love to read it. Thanks for having this giveaway.


  14. I really loved the first book, so excited to see where this one leads!

  15. I loved her answer! I still have not read The Adoration of Jenna Fox but I did get to read about a chapter or 2 at the library and it's funny because I didn't realize it was a dystopian and then I just saw that the sequel takes place 260 years after it. That's very interesting!

  16. I just finished listening to this one and really really enjoyed it. I found it quite a bit different than the first book since it's some much further into the future and it's a new main character. He was very interesting to watch Locke work through all the dilemma and feelings he had.

  17. I thought The Adoration of Jenna Fox was brilliant and I'm really excited that there's now a sequel!

  18. I saw one of my best friends carrying around Adoration of Jenna Fox and I was instantly intrigued. Fox Inheritance sounds just as great!

  19. Oooo robots and a volcano! Awesome!!!!

    I can't wait to read this one!

  20. I've heard great things about this series. I'd love to get started on it!

    thecozyreader @

  21. This is awesome and different but im so excited

  22. I was SO psyched when I heard there was going to be a sequel - I read Adoration last year and fell in love with it! Can't wait for this installment! :)

  23. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! I read the first book awhile ago, so it would be awesome to read this one!

  24. I just recently bought The Adoration of Jenna Fox, so I need to read it ASAP! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  25. Okay, my interest is piqued by your title of "The Fox Inheritance". Beth Fox

  26. I bought The Adoration of Jenna Fox and can't wait to get into it. It's been highly recommended by everyone I know who has read it! :)

  27. This sounds like a great book I would love to read as well as my grandaughter.
    Enjoyed Mary's interview with you Lauren.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  28. I can’t wait to read this book. I am very curious if the fact that Jenna threw away Locke and Kara's boxes away will be mentioned or explained.

    hootowl1978 at gmail dot com

  29. Though I yet to read Adoration, it is in my TBR pile and this book also sounds like an awesome,awesome read.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  30. What a great interview! Also, I've nominated you for the 'Versatile Blogger Award', head over to my blog to check out the details. Congrats!


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