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Following Zippy by C.B. Burdette Book Tour, Interview, and Giveaway

Title: Following Zippy
Author: C.B. Burdette
Published: July 2014
Word Count: 67,000
Genre: Young Adult
At fifteen most guys only have to worry about the style of their shoes, or mustering up the courage to talk to the pretty girl sitting across the room. Gabe Perkins isn’t most guys. After being diagnosed with a terminal illness, he begins to make friends with a girl so ethereal that he starts to question his own sanity.
C.B. Burdette grew up a gypsy at her parents hands. With a dad in the Air Force, she was able to experience life on the road, soaking up culture. After spending 6 years working as a model, she realized that the industry wasn’t much of what she was looking for in life. More often than not, C.B. felt like Jo Stockton in Funny Face and escaped into the world of film, where work is based on something more than beauty, something she could truly emote through. Between spending 12 hour days on set, and tending to her daughter and cat, C.B. escapes real life through writing fiction.

“Look at those fish,” she said, diverting her attention towards the creek.

“What about them?” I asked her.

“They’re just swimming along. Living. Breathing. I wonder,” she said as she nudged her shoulder against mine, “If they know what purpose they serve.”

“Well, they probably don’t.”

“Why’s that?”

“Because, they’re fish?”

“Don’t think so low of the marine species.”

“Zippy, they’re little minnows. They’re so little they probably only live a few months. Why worry about their place in life.”

“I don’t know. Something of the simplicity of them is nice though, you must admit.” She gleamed ear to ear, “Imagine, if you were a little minnow, swimming down the creek.”

“Oh, crap.”


“I have no clue. Do you really think there’s something out there that really cares about this little fish. Or even, you know, something out there that is looking down at us, talking about us like we’re little fish. Just tiny little minnows swimming down a stream, unsure of what fate lies ahead of us?”

“I do.”


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C. B. Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Yes and no. I love words, their beauty, and the way they feel rolling off of the tongue. However, at the same time I feel like it’s more important to keep simplicity with words. Rather than using 500 words drawn out across a page, I find keeping something simple and describing it acutely is more powerful than dragging feet.
  2. What is your favorite color? Red
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in Sumter, South Carolina. My dad is/was Air Force so I grew up like a gypsy,  bouncing from one place to another. I’ve lived in South Carolina, Virginia, D.C., Florida, Colorado Springs, and now Georgia.
  4. What is your favorite football team? Whichever team wins.
  5. Who is your favorite author? Must I really pick JUST one? Depending on my mood, I really am in love with C.S. Lewis, John Green, Gillian Flynn. John Green and Gillian Flynn write in ways that truly let me smoothly and lazily escape, but C.S. Lewis is fabulous if I’m looking to find something deeper in a moment.
  6. What is your favorite book? Again…must I pick just one? Two books that have left a great impact on me, or were adventures that I revisit in my mind are ‘Where the Crow Flies’ By Anne-Marie MacDonald, ‘Sarah’s Key’ by Tatiana De Rosnay, and of course ‘Night’ by Elie Wiesel.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? Run around the house cleaning up after a four year old and insane bobtail cat and my other child…aka my husband.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? I work in Film and TV and on occasion do some modeling work.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Just do it. No, seriously, sit down and write.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Gift, unless you become overridden with the urge to write that you begin scrolling out words all over your wall. Then you might be cursed. Or possessed. Whatever.
  11. Where do you write? On the couch, at the kitchen counter, in my bed. Wherever my tush feels comfiest.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Siiiiilence. I might keep the TV on, but that suckers going on mute!
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Errrrr, coffee. Maybe water. But totally coffee.
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Learning to take a break, and put down the computer. I get in the zone and before I know it, my whole day has blown through.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? It would all depend on what constitutes as the ‘start’ and ‘finish’. As far as writing it took me about three months to write. Constant writing though, full time. Thoughts started plucking my brains much earlier than when I actually wrote it, especially if you add in the brainstorming, thought jotting process. Even though the words land on the last page, I don’t believe an author ever really ‘finishes’ their book. Given how much marketing takes place, you’re always spending time working on your book.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? Actors that haven’t yet done much work. I would want fresh faces.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? My protagonist would think of me as an older sibling. He doesn’t have any older brothers or sisters, but does have Zippy looking out for him. I suppose I’d be somewhat similar to the influence that Zippy has on his life. So in a way he’d want to spend time with me, yet might get annoyed with my advice at times.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? Online marketing and a lot of it. I tried FaceBook, but wasn’t too impressed (are those people who ‘liked’ my page even the type to read!?). Honestly I love the GoodReads setup. It’s fabulous because you really feel as though you can reach an audience and have a connection with those who read your books.
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I had a publisher once tell me that they thought there was ‘unnecessary swearing’ in Following Zippy. Honestly, I think there may be all of 4 ‘swear’ words. I’m sorry, but if I’m a fifteen year old boy who’s just found out he has a terminal illness, I’m probably not going to say, ‘Ohhhh Fiddlesticks!’. Just saying…
  20. What has been the best compliment? Some of the best compliments I’ve received are those which people have posted on GoodReads. Those are the most important to me, because they come from the people reading my books. The people who really do matter.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? I think it’s easy to say that a book is purely based on ‘real life experience’ or purely ‘all imagination’. I personally believe that when an author writes they use their imagination to expand upon little happenings in their own life.
  22. How did you come up with the title? Originally the book was going to be titled ‘She Fell’, but it didn’t have anything to do with Gabe…Following Zippy was more fitting given the relationship Gabe has with Zippy.
  23. Will there be a sequel? Although I’m in love with the characters in Following Zippy, there probably won’t be a sequel. At least not one with Gabe.
  24. What project are you working on now? I have a series that I’m working on as well as children’s books. Can’t say too much about the series, all I can say is that it will be a Young Adult trilogy from three different perspectives. The children’s books have been a blast to write, four of them are already published.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? Favorite animal? All of them! I’ve been a vegetarian for 9 years with no cheats or hiccups. Personally my absolute favorite animal would have to be piggies. They’re truly brilliant little creatures.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and _____Don’t go crazy, cause Ain’t nobody got time fo that.


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  2. Many thanks for hosting a stop on my tour Kristy. May you and your readers live life to the fullest.


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