Today I’m excited to participate in the Creative Blog Tour for Kill or Cure by Pixie Britton hosted by MTMC Tours! Kill or Cure is the gut-wrenching first book in the Kill or Cure post-apocalyptic dystopian teen fiction series. If you like feisty young heroines, struggles against chaos, and teenage love, then you’ll adore Pixie Britton’s action-packed trilogy! The ebook is ON SALE for 99c during the tour.
We are diving deep into Kill or Cure! Take a look at the book, the series, watch trailers, read an exclusive interview with Pixie Britton and enter to win a copy of the book for yourself.
She’s on a desperate quest to protect her family. But will defending them save the planet or result in her doom?
Alyx Silverthorne’s broken world is falling apart. With her parents dead and her little brother Tommy infected, she fears she’s about to lose everything that matters. But when her beloved sibling dies and returns to life stronger than before, their only choice is a dangerous cross-country journey to the capital for answers.
Teaming up with her deserter uncle and the best friend in love with her, they arrive at a secret military base wondering if Tommy is in fact the cure. But the affection of a strapping young soldier is cold comfort when his sinister commander takes a terrifying interest in her family.
Will Alyx survive the lies of the living or be consumed by the mouths of the dead?
Kill or Cure is the first in a series!
And here’s the animated trailer for the third book: Kill or Cure Oblivion –
Now, let’s meet the author behind this series!
Pixie Britton is an Amazon best-selling author, occasional podcaster and public speaker. When she’s not writing her debut YA series, Kill Or Cure, she’s working with local schools running creative writing workshops and taking pictures of her cat.
Her author career started on the social media platform Wattpad, where her debut novel gained 100k reads within five months. Shortly after, she approached Troubador publishing in the UK and subsequently published two books with them in the Kill or Cure series. The third and final book in the series was released in February 2020.
She lives in a small town outside of London called Leigh-on-sea with her husband and adorable fur baby Pudding. As an all round book nerd and fan girl, she loves to discuss Stranger Things, The Handmaids Tale, The Walking Dead and any film in the Marvel Universe.
If you’d like to connect with Pixie and chat, she’s probably procrastinating on Instagram.
I was fortunate enough to listen to the audiobook of Kill or Cure. It was fantastic! So I wanted to ask Pixie Britton more about writing and then turning that book into an audiobook. How does that work? Here’s what she had to say.
How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
I’m really lucky because the narrator for the Kill or Cure series, Shakira Shute, is a good friend of mine, so we worked together quite closely throughout the whole process. She’s a huge fan of the series too, so before she went into the studio, we openly discussed the voices and narrative style. But overall, she just nailed it from the beginning. Shakira made the whole process so easy. I had full faith that she would bring the story to life and she did not disappoint.
Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
Many of the characters in the series are based on people that I know. Will, for example, is largely based on my husband. He has the same ‘cheekiness’ and boyish charm as Will. I can also see a bit of myself in the main character Alyx, or more specifically, me and sixteen. And bad boy Colt, well, he’s kinda inspired by a couple of ex-boyfriends from a loooong time ago – not that I like to admit that out loud, because I’m sure they would be smug about that haha.
How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?
It’s strange really because I go through ups and downs. In the last few months my freelance work had started to dominate my time and I found myself becoming really grumpy and exhausted. I have a tendency to say yes to everything, because I don’t like letting people down. But the problem is, if you say yes to everything without making time for yourself, that’s when burnout happens. During the Christmas holiday I was so exhausted, I had all these big plans to spend lots of time writing, but in the end, I just numbed out to Netflix and napped on the sofa. For a few weeks, I had no time to invest in my author business, so I knew that something had to give. This year, I decided that things needed to change, so I dropped a couple of clients and opened up my schedule again to make time for writing. My mental health immediately improved, and I have been so much happier as a result. I’m always at my most creative first thing in the morning after I have exercised. So, I would say that exercising is my non-negotiable self-care routine, and whatever happens, I try to be active at least five times a week. If I sit around too much, my creativity dries up… I become sleepy and unproductive. I know it might sound weird, but I’ve had some of my best ideas doing mundane things after I have exercised, like brushing my teeth or showering. If you want to solve that plot point that’s been nagging at you, go for a run – you won’t regret it.
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?
I don’t think it’s cheating at all. It’s just a different way to experience great storytelling. Especially for those that struggle with reading. If someone can’t read because they are partially sighted or if someone struggles with dyslexia… or if someone drives long distances for a living, and reading is not an option for them; why not listen to an audiobook? Sure, a truck driver probably could read after a long shift, but would they want to? I know I wouldn’t. For me, I love listening to audiobooks and podcasts when I’m cooking. If you haven’t tried that before, I really recommend it. I can’t read a book when I’m cooking, but I can listen to one. In some respect, listening to an audiobook is similar to watching a movie, it can be a super immersive experience, especially when the narrator can bring out the ‘feels.’ Don’t get me wrong, I love curling up in bed and binge reading a good book, but I do love an audiobook too.
Coffee or tea??
Tea all the way! I’m British, so it’s a national requirement. Besides, if you don’t drink tea, the Queen takes away your passport… okay, I made that up but it’s pretty much true.
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