{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Character Interview + Giveaway: Control by Kim Curran

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's Control's release day today! And I have a character interview with Scott Tyler, the protagonist of Kim Curran's Shift series! Kim pictures him as Nicholas Hoult! Didn't that make you just want to read it? Stick around to learn more about the sequel to Shift, Control!

Control (Shift, #2)
Title: Control (Shift #2)
Author: Kim Curran
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Date of Publication: August 6, 2013

Scott Tyler is not like other teenagers. With a single thought he can alter reality around him. And he can stop anyone else from doing the same.

That's why he's so important to ARES, the secret government agency that regulates other kids like him: Shifters.

They've sent him on a mission. To track down the enigmatic Frank Anderson. An ex-Shifter who runs a project for unusual kids - as if the ability to change your every decision wasn't unusual enough. But Anderson and the kids have a dark secret. One that Scott is determined to discover.

As his obsession with discovering the truth takes him further away from anyone he cares about, his grip on reality starts to weaken. Scott realises if he can't control his choices, they'll control him.

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I have with us today the protagonist of the Shift series, Scott Tyler! If you need a bit of visual, Kim imagines him as a younger Nicholas Hoult as pictured below. Let's get to know Scott!

Character Interview with Scott Tyler

Can you tell us something about yourself?

I live at home with my parents and my little sister, Katie. And I guess I'm your pretty average 17-year old boy. Or at least I was till I learned I had this freaky power to undo my decisions.

What are your hobbies? How do you spend your free time?

Before I joined ARES – the Agency for the Regulation and Evaluation of Shifters, the secret government division I work for – I used to go to school, play video games and hang out with my friend Hugo. Now, I pretty much train. Like all the time. But at least I get to train with Aubrey, so it's not all bad.

What was your first impression of Aubrey Jones?

She was one of Those Girls, you know? The kind that seem to warp everything around them. The kind that light up a room when they walk in it. She was so beautiful and so.. so cool! I was sure that a girl like her would never be interested in a guy like me. I still can't really believe that we’re together. She's the most amazing person I've ever met. (She won't read this, will she?)

How was it to have the power to undo any decision you've ever made?

At first I thought it was going to be really cool. And it can be. But mostly it's really confusing. Not to mention exhausting. You have to think about your every decision and track your every choice, in case it's something you might want to change later. I sometimes wish I didn't have it, that I could go back to being a normal kid. But then, if I didn't have the power to Shift, I'd be dead. So, um, yeah. It's cool!

How do you even undo a decision? Can you describe it to our readers?

It's different for everyone. For me, it's a bit like trying to remember something you've forgotten. You have to both reach for the idea in your head and also not think about it too much. You think about the decision you want to undo, imagine yourself making the opposite choice, and then you sort of push with your mind. But you can't push too hard or it won't work. When you do Shift, there's this weird flipping in your stomach, like when you go over a hump in a car. This sense of being suspended in two places at once.

Is there anything you don't like about being a Shifter?

Mostly, I don't like how tiring it all is. I also struggle because I can remember my old realities, which is something no one else I know can do. They just forget their previous decisions and slot into the new reality without so much as a bit of deja vu. Me, I hold on to the past. It's like Aubrey says: I really suck at letting go of things.

If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

Having the power to Shift has made me pretty cautious when it comes to wishes, as I know that sometimes you might regret the wishes you made. But I guess I’d wish for my old teacher, Cain, to be alive. For my parents to sort out their lives and either stop arguing or get a divorce. And finally, for my very own desert island!

Any message to our dear readers?

I guess I should probably tell you to be careful about the decisions you make, as you don't have the power to undo them, right? But you know what? Screw that. You *should* make bad decisions. That's what being a teenager is about. What I would say is don’t regret any of the decisions you make. It's like I said to my little sister, Katie: don't spend your life thinking about all the things you wished you’d done.

I kind of envy you the fact that you get to live with the mistakes you make. So yeah, go and get into trouble. Have fun. But have no regrets.

Thank you so much, Scott, for gracing my blog with your presence! If you're not familiar with the Shift series, check out the first book below!

Shift (Shift, #1)
Title: Shift (Shift #1)
Author: Kim Curran
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Date of Publication: September 4, 2012

When your average, 16-year old loser, Scott Tyler, meets the beautiful and mysterious Aubrey Jones, he learns he's not so average after all. He's a 'Shifter'. And that means he has the power to undo any decision he's ever made. At first, he thinks the power to shift is pretty cool. But as his world starts to unravel around him he realises that each time he uses his power, it has consequences; terrible unforeseen consequences. Shifting is going to get him killed. In a world where everything can change with a thought, Scott has to decide where he stands.

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About Kim Curran

Kim was born in Dublin and moved to London when she was seven. She got her first typewriter when she was eight, had a poem she wrote about a snail published in a magazine when she was nine, and that was it – Kim was hooked on writing.

Because she never thought she’d actually be able to make a living as a writer, she decided she needed a trade to fall back on. So, naturally, she went to Sussex University to study philosophy.

While Kim’s plan of being paid big bucks to think deep thoughts never quite worked out, she did land a job as a junior copywriter with an ad agency a week after graduating. She’s worked in advertising ever since, specialising in writing for videogames.

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To celebrate the release of Kim Curran's Control, Strange Chemistry is offering five (5) SIGNED copies of Control and Shift! To enter, all you need to do is tell us what embarrassing moments you'd change if you could shift! Simply tweet @strangechem and use the hashtag #Control to tell us what red-faced moment you'd like to erase. Winners will be picked at random; the competition is open to international entrants; and competition ends on 31 August.

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