Ah-MAY-zing Reads 2014: Slambook Interview for Burn Out by Kristi Helvig


We’re at the last stop for this week’s Ah-MAY-zing Reads! Today, I’m interviewing Sci-fi debut author, Kristi Helvig, whose book, Burn Out, is scorching! Read on for more deets on Kristi and her novel!

The Author

kristi helvig slambook interview

Writer loves

  • Color – Icy blue. This color just makes me feel chill and peaceful. It also works well with my hair color. :)
  • Holiday of the year – Halloween. Costumes + Candy = Win!
  • Beverage – Sweet tea—I love Colorado but am still a North Carolina girl at heart.

Fill in the blanks

  • I love writing books because… I get to explore worlds that I have no desire to explore in real life. If a world has scorching heat, no water, and no people, I’d much rather write about it than live it.
  • I usually get my novel ideas from… dreams.
  • The best tip I could give to aspiring writers is… don’t stop dreaming. Definitely keep writing, but don’t ever stop dreaming while you write.

The Book


Your debut novel, Burn Out, is a post-apocalyptic dystopian sci-fi novel. Why did you choose this genre?

I’m a huge sci-fi nerd. The new Battlestar Galactica and Firefly are my all-time fave shows. That being said, I never intended to write sci-fi and was writing a YA fantasy when I had the idea for BURN OUT.

Tora, your heroine, seems to have undergone many hardships and devastations in her life. How did you come up with her character?

I dreamed about her. After watching a science documentary one night (see my nerd comment above), I had this vivid dream involving Tora and the entire plot of BURN OUT. She wouldn’t leave me alone the next day until I started writing her story.

Since Burn Out is a sci-fi, what interesting (futuristic) elements will we see in your book?

One cool thing in my book, is that all devices, from computer tablets to high-powered weapons, are powered by the person’s energy who uses it so there’s no need for batteries, power cords, etc. After the book went to my publisher, I saw a story online that the technology of using human energy for powering electronics is in the experimental stages. It was an interesting case of life imitating art.

What should we look forward to in Burn Out’s sequel?

The sequel takes place on a new planet which involves new challenges and new characters, though I’ll say that Markus returns and he ended up being my absolute fave character in the second installment. Also, minor spoiler alert, but since people have already been emailing me and asking about it—yes, Lucy the dog lives! Oh, and for those peeps out there who will keel over dead at the idea of a love triangle, there’s not one in the sequel either.


kristi helvig dedication

What a lovely dedication! So glad to have been able to interview you on the blog, Kristi! We’ll def be on the look out for your awesome debut novel! Book nerds, don’t forget to add Burn Out to your to-read shelves! You can also grab a copy of Burn Out on Amazon, Indiebound, or Barnes & Noble. If you wish to get updates from Kristi, you can follow her through her blogTwitter and Goodreads!

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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Paij Slater on May 9, 2014 at 2:39 am

    My favorite part was the “Fill in the Blanks” I like that she talks about dreaming :). It sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Alexa S. on May 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I’m really enjoying this series on your blog! I hadn’t heard of Burn Out before, but it sounds pretty fascinating. I do like that there’s an aspect in her book that *could* possibly be in the near feature, and I’m totally loving her dedication too!

  3. Clarisse on May 10, 2014 at 4:57 am

    I am very excited about this book because it is post-apocalyptic and I have never read any book on that genre.

  4. Ashley on May 10, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I agree with Kristi I’m not one to want to go skydiving.

  5. bn100 on May 10, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    the blurb sounds interesting

  6. elaine on May 11, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I like the talk about sci-fi. I love sci-fi!

  7. Anette Fabre on May 12, 2014 at 12:25 am

    Post apocalyptic are so hard to get a grasp on. But this looks very promising!

  8. Jayvee De Castro on May 12, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    My favorite part must be the fact that she said her favorite holiday is Halloween coz, everybody loves candy! FTW! HAHA! She’s really funny!
    I’m looking forward to reading Burn Out because I’m into sci-fi and sci-fi reminds me a lot of Ender’s Game, so this book really would be a treat to read!

  9. Christine on May 19, 2014 at 9:49 am

    To write a dystopian or sci-fi novel absolutely requires an imaginative mind so I’m kind of excited on how the dystopian society/world will be depicted in this book. :)

  10. Hope Tweeddale on May 20, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Dude I’ve been excited for Burn Out ever since I saw the first post about it on #YASH (I think :P) and I reallyyyyy want to read it!! Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway and to Kristi for writing the book ;p hehe

  11. Vivien on May 22, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I loved getting a glimpse at the sequel!!!

  12. Patricia Kajihara on May 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Excited to read a book of different genre that what I always read. I honestly find the cover so intriguing! I’m beyond excited!

  13. Eloisa on May 25, 2014 at 7:22 am

    I love the “Writer loves” part! Icy blue seems really cool. ;)

  14. Anjelie Mendoza on May 26, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I have to agree with the previous comments, I have to say I love your “Writer Loves” portion in the interview. It’s fascinating what are the likes and loves of writers!

  15. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight on June 1, 2014 at 2:15 am

    This book sounds so amazing! And I love her advice to aspiring writers. I actually dreamt an idea that I wanted to write about, but I thought maybe it was silly that I’d had a dream about it, but Kristi, thanks for making me feel less ridiculous :) I cannot wait to read the book!

  16. Alisha Sienkiel on June 5, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I am excited about this book because I love sci fi and dystopia genres and this book sounds very interesting!

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