MFT Guest: Kieryn Nicolas Interview and Giveaway

Today Kieryn Nicolas is on the blog talking about dystopia and her newest book Flawless Ruins.  Kieryn is a teenager herself and I have to say that she did a great job in creating a dystopian society.  But without further ado here is Kieryn (and a giveaway at the end!).

Before giving a book report on Inside Out by Maria Snyder, I’d never heard the word dystopia. After I finished presenting about the book in my freshman English class, however, my teacher mentioned how interesting the dystopia genre was and how intriguing the social commentaries were. I’m sorry to say I totally missed the next classmate who presented because my mind was already churning, deciding, oh, yeah, I’m totally writing a dystopia. Soon. Because seriously, how cool is that word? Dyyyystopia.Yeah, I actually thought that.

I do remember, during the science fiction week of a Young Writers Workshop I did a few summers ago, concocting societies with today’s societal flaws portrayed in an exaggerated manner. I didn’t know the word then (or maybe I forgot) but I’d loved the idea and after my book report I knew we had been stirring up dystopias. There, I decided, further proof I should write one.

My idea didn’t arrive until a few months later, when I was complaining about both the fictional and real worlds’ obsession with “perfect” love interests. “Half the books I checked out over break had pretty much the same guy. Just a different name and I think in one he was blond.” I’m sure writing perfect, why-aren’t-they-real? guys isn’t really a flaw in society, but as I complained I labeled it as such. And during this mini-tirade the idea for Flawless Ruins came into being.
Dystopias are awesome to read but I enjoyed writing one just as much. It probably won’t be my last, though my current manuscript is more of a contemporary (not sure how to classify it yet).

If you want to learn more (such as, more about me, or where to find Flawless Ruins—or Rain!) check out my website: Also, I blog Tuesdays at, and you can find me on Facebook!

Flawless Ruins Description:

In 2238, life in America is finally perfect. The Wars are over and the CommWall is in place, blocking communication with what remains of other continents. The women are content to have great education, choice careers, and glamorous hair. Best of all, when every girl turns seventeen she’s given her Like; an adorable, perfect spouse tailor-made just for her. 
Everyone looks forward to the day she gets her Like, and Morgan Waters is no exception—until she accidentally stays out past curfew and stumbles across someone who appears to be a Like but claims to be a man. Morgan’s perfect world crumbles down around her in the midst of a forbidden romance, forcing her to deal with the realization that her life may not be so flawless after all.

The Giveaway:
I’m giving away my copy to one lucky person.
Open to US/Canada only.
Must be 13 or older to enter.
Ends July 5th, 2011

To Enter:
Leave a comment with contact info.

This is just one giveaway of this great event!  For the schedule of The Favorite Things event check out the schedule post.  And make sure you head over to My Bookish Ways to see what she has going on today as well!

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  1. I’m really enjoying the dystopian books right now. I haven’t read these books yet, but I’d like a chance. Fun author post. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    brandonaimee AT gmail DOT com

  2. I just started in Dystopia as well and I am with Kieryn, I started because I like saying it LOL! Fun to say, intense to read. I laughed about your complaint too. Why are they always so perfect? Where are these perfect men? Stop lying to us! LOL! Seriously it is funny though. Great post and giveaway guys, this was a fun read.

    drharleyquinn87 (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. I love dystopian novels, Wither being my favorite. The “Like” in this novel makes it sounds so intriguing! Thank you so much for this giveaway, I would love to read and review this novel :) edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

  4. I still haven’t read Inside Out yet, but the fact that it affected Kieryn so much that it contributed to her desire to write Flawless Ruins, means that I need to read it. Eventually. The idea behind Flawless Ruins sounds kind of similar to Matched and Delirium, but different at the same time. I like the whole ‘stumbles across someone who appears to be a Like but claims to be a man‘ line. That line catches my attention so much and makes me want to read the book.

  5. I remember my first real writing piece was dystopian. I labeled it science fiction but imagine my surprise when I looked back and found out it was really dystopian. Dystopia is all the hype right now and I’m loving it! So many awesome books.

    Lindadao2060 at yahoo dot com

  6. i absolutely love dystopian! i’ve read so many books about a new societyy, and they’re all unigue! looks like a great read:)

    starlightgirl678 at aol dot com

  7. It sounds interesting. I’m going to add it to my to-read list (and I’m always in awe of teenagers who write so well – since my writing was not so good at that age)

    tommygirl828 (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. I’m really loving the fresh outpouring of the dystopian genre. Thanks for the giveaway, these sound very interesting.

    faefever25 at hotmail dot com

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