April 18, 2013

Blog Tour: Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon – Interview and G!veaway

Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon

presented by Strange Chemistry!

We are so thrilled to have Christian on the blog today for a quick Q&A
where he shares some of this Top Favs with you!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!


When you’re studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school… is a different kind of animal.

Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she’s learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn’s all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she’s feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn’t enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she’s started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can’t deny what she’s feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what’s happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she’s actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients… or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year….

add to goodreadsZenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon
Publication Date:  May 7, 2013
Publisher:  Strange Chemistry

Available for purchase:
Chapter-Indigo | amazon | B&N | TBD | indiebound


Top Favs with Christian Schoon


You’re home alone, there’s a fire!  Top 3 things you’d grab and save from the fire.*


1.       My critters (yeah, I know, I’m kind of cheating here, but we’ve got LOTS of cats,  a couple  dogs and 2 ferrets and I’m not leavin’ without ‘em.)

2.       My vintage Guild Starfire bass guitar (I played this in my high school rock band, and it’s… my preeeecious….)

3.       My computer (boring, I know. But sensible.)

*Post-script: Our house actually did burn down. Back when I was still in LA writing ad copy and scripts, we lived way up a canyon in the far-reaches of unincorporated Malibu.  It was one of the area’s periodic wildfires. But we had an entire half day to pack up the two cars as the flames came down the hillside toward us. Only had 2 cats then.  They were saved, as were the guitar and computer.


Top 3 Favorite snacks while writing and why:


1. Candy Corn – because I have a minor addiction dating back to some indeterminate childhood thing probably having to do with a Halloween-related incident… and because it doesn’t get yer fingers sticky (and I must point out it’s not some off-brand of “candy corn,” it’s gotta be Brach’s, and not even every batch of Brach’s is totally consistent and acceptable. You’ve been warned.)

2. Fruit roll ups – hey, they’re a health food! Also non-sticky.

3. Cheezits – After my wife and I raved about our own trip to Bali, an artist friend of mine moved there for a year to paint. When we flew out to visit him, he requested two things from America: decent wine and Cheezits.  I can only second this impulse. They’re cheese, only crunchy and aerodynamic.


Top 3 Favorite books that inspired you to write and why

(There are many, many books that fit this category, but here are three that come to mind just now)

1.       Burrough’s Barsoom series; read them when very young, and never quite came all the way back to Earth.  The idea of conjuring up an entire world filled with its own culture and life? Powerful mojo.

2.       Wild Animals I Have Known by Ernest Thompson Seton, one of the very early books that convinced me that, yes, I too am part wild animal, somehow, must be… Since an author could make me feel that so deeply with a book, it made me want to try my hand at doing it too.

3.       Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small. Sentimental in the best, most admirable sense of the word.  Many of his stories illustrate how high drama can be evoked in the most homely of settings.  A crusty old hermit on the verge of deciding it was time to put down the ratty, ancient tom cat who’s been his only friend most of his miserable life?  I dare you to read that one without getting a little torn up.


Top 3 favorite movies of all time and why:


1.       Never Cry Wolf – A masterful piece of cinema. Perfect melding of storyline, human & animal personalities, musical score. A profoundly moving, uplifting, heart-shattering  and inspiring film.

2.       King Kong (original 1933 version, dir. by Merian Cooper with Fay Wray ) – So Freudian you don’t even wanna start to think about the implications, but then ya do… And just a thrilling thriller of a monstrously delightful old-school/archetypically old-Hollywood action-movie romp.

3.       Alien – Changed the face of modern SF as we know it. And yet it’s just a simple monster-in-the-closet premise. Giger’s influence remains massive; Ridley Scott rocked the SF universe (with Blade Runner as a follow on, of course).  And the parasitic biology was just the coolest/ creepiest/most-convincingly-imagined creature ever.


Top 3 favorite gadgets and why:


1.       My Kindle Fire. Whoa… there are books in this thing! Plus, it’s about the size of a tricorder.

2.       My PC. Also has a book inside and it’s mine. Plus, all of Skyrim is in there. Yeah, all of it.

3.       My Boss BR-1200CD Digital Studio, ‘cause I can record like a gazillion guitar/vocal/bass tracks on it by bouncing from original track to virtual track. Plus, it comes with an entire drummer inside it. And he rocks.


Top 3 favorite dream destinations and why:


1.       Bali/Java – The wife and I spent our honeymoon backpacking these unearthly beautiful islands. Magical is a badly abused word that actually applies here.  Go, if you ever have the chance.

2.       Virunga  Nat’l. Park, Rwanda – Mountain gorillas. Oh, did I mention… MOUN-TAIN GOR-ILL-AS??

3.     Any body of water where I can swim with free-roaming dolphins. That would be for the swimming, with the dolphins.


About the Author:



Christian Schoon paid his new-writer-dues as an-house copywriter at the Walt Disney Company, followed by a stint as a freelance script/copywriter in Los Angeles. After moving back to the Midwest, he bought a farm, started volunteering with a group that rescues abused/neglected horses and another group helping to re-hab wildlife: black bears, cougars, coyotes, raccoons, assorted other critters. His animal welfare work, combined with his life-long sci-fi geekery, inspired Christian to write his first book, the young adult science fiction novel Zenn Scarlett.

The book is the first of a series, and follows the adventures of a 17-year-old novice exoveterinarian specializing in the treatment of large, dangerous, decidedly unearthly animals. Extraordinary alien life forms, exotic medical procedures, xenophobic paranoia, ominous instances of cross-species ESP and unlikely romance ensue… The book debuts in the U.S. on May 7, 2013, in the UK on May 2; from Strange Chemistry, the new Young Adult imprint at Angry Robot Books.

Connect with the Author:  Website | Twitter | Goodreads

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  1. krsz

    a lion and a pheonix

  2. Christian Schoon

    Just wanted to say a sincere and heart-felt thanx for letting me hang out here w/ you & your readers. Plus, I have to offer up major kudos for a truly fab looking site. Really, this place is awesome. Thanks again.

  3. Chapter by Chapter

    Thanks for stopping by Christian! We’re so happy to be part of your tour!!

  4. Tiffany Falick

    I’d have to say a Leopard and Lion! my two favorite animals!

  5. Kristia

    Wolf and fox. Thank you for the giveaway!

  6. Carl

    How about a giraffe/tarantula? That would be kinda freaky!

  7. Rachel R

    Lion and fox!

  8. danielle james

    Monkey and emu mix!

  9. Gaby

    Mmm a tiger and an elephant.

  10. Vivien

    Lion & Bee

  11. Cassandra Loskot

    I’m thinking horse and eagle or person and eagle, it would be cool to fly or be a shifter like a tiger shifter :) So many possibilities if it could happen :)

  12. nurmawati djuhawan

    cat and dog :p

  13. nrlymrtl

    Just stopping in to say high. I am reading an ARC of this book now and it was great to read your interview. I would also make my pets a priority if I had to evacuate the area.

  14. Christian Schoon

    Exactly, NRLYMRTL. Critters first; other stuff you can replace. And, if you’re like us, a good house-immolation every few years really cuts down on the clutter….

  15. Meghan Stith

    Hmm… a Komodo Dragon/Blue Jay. It’s a flying Komodo Dragon!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  16. Dita Škarste

    Zebra and monkey, lol.

  17. Filia Oktarina

    Tiger and Eagle.

  18. January

    Butterfly and Elephant.

  19. Bonnie Hilligoss

    How about a peacock and a llama? This sounds like a great book I would love to read! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  20. Genie

    Guinea pig and whale

  21. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I would say an Arctic fox and a White tiger. Now that would be a pretty cool looking animal!! Thank you for this awesome giveaway!!

  22. Sarah

    A panda and a shark

  23. Kamla L.

    A gazelle and a golden eagle

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