Blog Tour: Autonomous by Andy Marino ~ Interview and Instagram Photo
I am so excited to be on the blog tour today with Author Andy Marino! Check out my interview with him and read more on this action packed book.
by Andy Marino
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 3rd 2018
William Mackler is about to go on a road trip of a lifetime. After winning a contest—and nearly dying in the process—he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. #Worthit! To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip to see their favorite band. For William, a reckless adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passengers’ digital history—from the good, to the bad, to the humiliating. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you?
Today on the blog I am featuring an interview from the author of #autonomous thanks to @disneybooks @freeformbooks .. . Synopsis: William Mackler is about to go on the road trip of a lifetime. After winning a contest—and nearly dying in the process—he becomes the proud owner of Autonomous, a driverless car that knows where you want to go before you do. #Worthit! To sweeten the deal he gets to pick three friends to go with him on a cross-country trip. For William, a reckless adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect last hurrah before he and his friends go their separate ways after graduation. But Autonomous is more than just a car without a steering wheel. It's capable of downloading all of the passengers' digital history—from the good, to the bad, to the humiliating. The information is customized into an itinerary that will expose a few well-kept secrets, but it will also force William to face some inner demons of his own. Think you know Autonomous? The real question is, how much does Autonomous know about you? This funny, tense, action-packed thriller combines topical social-media-privacy stakes with jaw-dropping high-tech action for a road trip saga like no other. . 😍 #bookishhashtags18 #bookstack #bookstagram #books #booktower #booklover #bookworm #bookish #homedecor #homelibrary #bookaholic #booklove #bookporn #bookphotography #bookstagrammer #bookstagramfeature #hourglass #sciencefiction #disneybooks #freeform #fiercereads #bookblogger
Interview with Andy Marino
1) Did you have to do any research while writing Autonomous?
Definitely! I watched TED talks by driverless car engineers to learn how the cars “see” the road and the world around them. I read a few academic papers on things like possible ways a driverless car might be hacked. I wanted to learn just enough to be able to put my own spin on the technology to make it serve the story without feeling overwhelming.
2) What was your favorite read in 2017?
I finally got around to the Gentleman Bastard fantasy series by Scott Lynch, which begins with The Lies of Locke Lamora. It’s awesome.
3) What was your favorite scene to write in Autonomous?
Any scene where the car’s artificial intelligence interacts with the human characters. I wanted the relationship between the car and the passengers on the road trip to evolve and shift in strange, funny, and unsettling ways. It was a lot of fun to come up with scenarios for AI to try and insinuate itself into a group of friends.
4) What is your next project going to be? (If you can not say too much what genre will it be)
I’m a little superstitious about saying to much about a work in progress before it’s complete, but I can say that it’s a horror novel.
5) At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Since I first started to read epic fantasy—around nine or ten, probably. I used to create the world maps for the books I was going to write one day.
6) Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Panster by nature, plotter be necessity. I love letting a story unfold and letting it go where it pleases—but I’ve gone down so many blind alleys, and piled up so many (thousands?) of pages in service of plot threads that went nowhere, that I’ve learned to respect the power of the outline.
7) Who's writing most inspires you?
Lately, screenwriters (see above question). As I’ve been moving from pantser to quasi-plotter, I’ve been turning to screenwriting for inspiration, especially regarding story structure, and paying attention to when and how crucial information is doled out. Some fundamentals of writing that I used to think I could skip merrily past, I’m now eagerly lapping up.
8) What do you hope readers will take away from Autonomous?
I hope readers will come away with some valuable techniques on how to fight back against the driverless car uprising. Just kidding. I hope the book makes them laugh, and I hope it gives them just enough to think about to allow them to draw their own conclusions about how technology can change the course of their lives.
9) What TV show is a must for you to watch?
I’ll cheat and name three very different shows that I’m always excited to watch: Riverdale, The Americans, and Westworld.
10) What inspired Autonomous?
I knew I wanted to write about artificial intelligence getting to know a group of teenagers, and the driverless car ended up being an interesting way to explore that idea. The car is the setting, because the human characters are its passengers, and it’s also a character in its own right. Once I started fleshing out that situation, the journey took shape.
Andy Marino was born and raised in upstate New York. He spent his childhood orchestrating Lego pirate battles, drawing detailed maps of imaginary video games, and cheating death in Choose Your Own Adventure books. Profoundly influenced by the work of J.R.R. Tolkien and the movie Bloodsport, he started writing his first novel at the age of eleven. Tragically, THE RUNES OF ILLIARM was never completed.
During his teen years, Andy designed sets for school plays and became an expert stockpiler of unfinished art projects. After graduating from NYU with a bachelor’s degree in English, he dedicated himself to writing fiction. The insidious tractor beam of online social networks (like this one!) became the inspiration for UNISON SPARK, a novel about two teens with a secret past fighting the manipulative, all-consuming social network of the future.