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Interview with Janiera Eldridge, author of Good Ghost Gone Bad!

14 Oct

Today I’m happy to welcome Janiera Eldridge to the blog, author of good Ghost Gone Bad! I wanted to ask her a few questions about her writing process, the book, and her experience with books in general:

Did something inspire you to write Good Ghost Gone Bad?

I was inspired to write this story after recognizing my addiction to the ID Discovery channel. I was so outraged about the senseless murders I saw on that channel and even angrier that so many of the killers remain free. I was really inspired to write a story about justice coming from the afterlife. It’s gruesome at times and gritty, but I these people deserve that kind of death.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

The biggest challenge I had was writing a book with a lot of violence and giving it all some sort of purpose. I always feel that when I write violence into my story it needs to mean something otherwise it’s just constant violence and that feels too strange to write.

Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

I can’t say I have ever been influenced by someone’s writing because I truly believe it Is imperative for a writer to find their own voice.

If you had to choose a place to haunt, where would you be and why?

Wow, that’s a good question. I’d have to say congress. For obvious reasons, I’d really like to scare the crap out of them.                             

If you could meet any fictional character, who would you pick?

oh my, I think it would have to be Lestate from Interview With a Vampire. He’s super hot, but he might eat me. I’ll take the chance.

What was the most exciting aspect of writing Good Ghost Gone Bad?

I enjoyed building the ghosts personality because they’re all so different and fun to work with.

What is the last book you read?

The Twin Dragons by Rue Volley, it’s an erotica with plenty of wonderful drama.

Thank you so much for answering my questions!

If you’re interested in learning more about the book, read on!

summary :

Brianna Moreno was an average 22-year-old women who loved shopping, hanging out with her friends and making more career plans….until the night she was brutally and unexpectedly murdered.

Now she finds herself trapped in the ghost world while residing on earth. The problem is, her killer can see all of his ghostly victims and enjoys taunting them as much as he does killing them.Brianna soon finds out that her killer has horrible new plans concerning her family.

Brianna meets up with a few of her killer’s past victims to hatch a plan so terrifying, the entire town will never be the same again.

Brianna is a good ghost gone bad; the good girl side is gone forever!

*This book is not a YA read. It’s an 18+ only novella that features sex, strong language and strong violence.

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Blog Tour! Family Magic by Patti Larsen

20 Aug

 

Today I’m excited to host an interview with Patti Larsen, author of Family Magic! And look at that cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love that color and all of the different elements to it.

About Family Magic : Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic.

Without further ado, let’s get to the questions!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I had never read any young adult before, raised on hard-core sci-fi and fantasy thanks to my father. But when a friend handed me a Nancy Drew mystery, I read it in two hours. Literally closed the book, looked up from it and told my parents I was going to write a book of my own.

What inspires you to write and why? My husband always tries to shush me when I say this out loud, but I ignore him. I don’t care if it sounds nuts. I hear voices. Loud and clear, badgering me almost constantly to tell their stories. Teenagers, mostly. Bossy bunch. But I wouldn’t give them up for anything.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? I played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons in my youth, starting at about age nine. So living/breathing/dreaming in the worlds my father and others built around our characters was a huge influence. I also found a great deal of inspiration from reading about history, taking classics courses, studying ancient Greece and Egypt.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? None of it. I love what I do so much. From finding the core idea to developing an outline, writing and editing and all the things in between. Just. Awesome.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m presently writing book eighteen of the Hayle Coven Novels, Enforcer. Syd begins her journey in Family Magic as a sixteen-year-old who just wants out of the family coven. To live her life like an ordinary teenager. By the end of the series, she’s a force to be reckoned with, a powerful being with the universe in the palm of her hand who still screws up, has a fun sense of humor and feels so much for others it’s constantly getting her in trouble.

What books have most influenced your life? I grew up on hard-core fantasy and science fiction, so my biggest influences come from those genres. The Belgariad by David Eddings, the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery. Anything by Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, JRR Tolkien, Isaac Asimov. The list is long and all of the authors on it left a mark on my spirit.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? Trust the Universe, Mike Dooley. I have it tatooed on my right foot. Because it is the only thing you need to know. Trust. Then leap.

What is your favorite food? I have to pick one? Chocolatepizzaburgerbutterchickenfries.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I was a nerdy, geekgirl with a terrible self esteem. I lived in my head, with my characters from such a young age, it was more real to write and engage with the people of my imaginings than those in the real world.

With two extrovert sisters and a very charismatic mother, it was hard to be the quiet, melancholy one. Though I am very grateful for my geekiness now. And, as they say, trial and pain make better writing. I’m just glad the dark stuff is behind me, if not the nerdadge.

What is your favorite color? Blue. All shades. There’s just something amazing about it, like it’s soul color.

About Patti Larsen: You’re not looking for my polished bio, huh? You sure you want more? The real dirty, down deep, nitty gritty? Fair enough. Here goes: I’m a card-carrying nerd. It’s taken years to admit it. I’m also a hermit in a writing basement who prefers solitude to people (cats always welcome). I’m a writing fiend who hears the voices of teenagers and blushes at the S-E-X parts. I don’t sleep very well. Ever. My mind is too busy. I am a feline loving married woman who could easily end up a crazy cat lady if my husband would let me. I am a paradigm shifter, a believer in self and my own personal power. I see everything in black and white until the gray is explained to me. I am a fiercely loyal friend, a confidant and a Tarot card reader and intuitive. I am a proud roller derby girl, a total dweeb and can’t dance to save my soul. I am terrified of heights and challenge that fear every chance I get. Oh, and I’m the Creator. The Queen of my own Destiny. I love that.

You can follow the rest of the tour here!

Blog Tour! Gold Manor Ghost House: Author Interview!

16 Jul

 

Today I’m excited to have an interview with Merry Brown on the blog, author of Gold Manor Ghost House!

Did something inspire you to write Gold Manor Ghost House?

I finished my first novel, The Knowers, and was looking for inspiration. I started writing a book about dreaming, but 10,000 words into it, it was going nowhere.  I remember sitting at a coffee shop, facing facts, and making the hard decision to start over.

So I had the idea of the main character experiencing some kind of interactive dreaming, but I was looking for more.  The more came from my kids.  Their TV watching habits gave me the idea I needed, the place in which my characters would live.  Once I found the backdrop to Gold Manor Ghost House, which is a teen drama TV set, the story began to crystallize in my mind.

What did you find most challenging about writing Gold Manor Ghost House?

I think it was a cross between containing my ideas and the discipline to actually do the writing.  In fact, the hardest part was definitely wrangling my body and mind into a chair, opening the computer to the GMGH document, and writing.  Even when I knew where the story was going, even when I was excited about how it was unfolding, still… it was hard to do the actual work of writing.

Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

I’m sure I have, but can’t tell you whom.  I think my style is a mixture of the YA lit I’ve read mixed with the pop culture I’ve consumed over my life.

If you had to choose a place to haunt, where would you be and why?

Well, I suppose I’d find a beautiful cathedral or basilica.  Possibly the St. Louis Basilica.  Why?  I’d want to be close to the beauty, art, reverence, incense, and divine.

On a side note, I don’t think this will ever be a real concern for me.  I know I wrote a book that suggests there are ghosts (maybe they do exist in the GMGH world, and maybe they don’t), but in real life, I don’t think ghosts are metaphysically possible.

If you could meet any fictional character who would you pick?

I’ve loved so many fictional characters in books, TV, and film, it’s difficult to choose!  I love Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  From books, and this may sound self-serving, but I’d like to meet Lizzy from The Knowers.  First of all, she’s from my mind, and I’d like to meet her in the flesh.  Also, because of what she is.

What was the most exciting aspect about writing Gold Manor Ghost House?

I had a lot of fun writing Gold Manor Ghost House, but the most exciting aspect is sharing the book. I get so excited when someone reads it!  I get butterflies, tongue-tied, and sometimes I sweat.  It’s such a natural high to know others have been in this world and become invested in Anna, Adam, Corey and the gang.  If you could see me right now, you’d see the huge grin on my face.

What is the last book that you read?

Right now I’m reading The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey.  Before that, I read Fox Forever, the last book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary Pearson.  Next up is either Clockwork Princes by Cassandra Clare, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, or A Million Suns by Beth Revis.  So many great books to read!

Thanks so much for answering my questions! Now here’s a little more about the book:

Anna thought life was going to be awesome.  She was right…and wrong.

Won her dream job acting in a hit TV series.  Check.

Working with her best friend.  Check.

The set’s haunted and she’s in the middle of a supernatural war.  Uh, check?

Anna Rose Ellington is sixteen and living in Hollywood, hoping to be a star. Anna just landed a major role on Ghost House, TeenTV’s new fall drama.  A show promising to be so hot, Meg Sweet (the reigning teenage diva), signed on for the lead, and Adam Lewis (international rock sensation) is a principal player.

Her dreams are falling into place until she gets on set and begins questioning her sanity.  It’s true she has an unusual dream life, where once in a while her dreams literally come true.  But it’s been a while.  On top of her dreams not staying put in her brain, including the guy she’d been dreaming of for years, the house they’re filming in, Gold Manor, might actually be haunted.  But that’s the least of her worries.

If that’s not enough to interest you, here’s an excerpt!

Prologue

As a special treat on this, my 11th birthday, Aunt Melinda invited me for a sleepover.  The promise of pizza, painting toe nails, and having the attention of my favorite person in the world, all to myself, was the perfect way to celebrate.

I remember sitting on the dusty rose laminate countertop of her kitchen as she kneaded the dough.  She listened as I told her about school and the drama of the playground.  I remember her strange reaction as I recounted a vivid dream I had about a boy with an English accent, dark curly hair, and jade eyes.

Her hands dripping with tomato sauce and chest covered in flour, she hugged me, holding on tightly.  I was trying to figure out why she was acting so strangely when a heavy knock on the front door broke the moment.

I remember the look in her eyes as she made me promise to stay out of sight in the kitchen, no matter what I heard or what happened.  She made me promise, yet again, to never tell the secret she made me keep.  She knew I didn’t understand what the big deal was, but I promised.

“Swear, on my life,” her voice too urgent.

“Swear.”

That was the last word she ever heard me say.

I heard the door open from my hiding place under the sink.

I heard her gasp in surprise.

I heard a shot and her fall to the ground screaming, and a rough, low voice say, “Check.”

I heard her cries turn to gurgling.

Fear ruling my brain, I had to see what was going on.  Creeping out, yet remaining hidden, I looked.

I saw her on the floor, bleeding.

I saw a tall, broad man standing over her, smiling.

I saw this man bend down, rip out, and eat her heart.

I saw Aunt Melinda standing in the doorway as pale as a ghost… and on the floor, dead.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour or to comment below! The author is giving away a $25 amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter! You can follow the rest of the tour here.

 

Interview with Andy Gavin, author of Untimed!

28 Jan

Today I’m pleased to welcome to the blog Andy Gavin, author of Untimed and The Darkening Dream! He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me dealing with his new novel Untimed and time travel in general!

 

Did something inspire you to write Untimed?

Typically, Untimed began from a fusion of ideas. Lingering in my mind for over twenty years was a time travel story about people from the future who fell “downtime” to relive exciting moments in history (until things go wrong). I worked out a time travel system but had no plot or characters. Separately, in 2010, as a break from editing The Darkening Dream, I experimented with new voice techniques, especially first person present. I also read various “competition.” One of these was The Lightning Thief (the first Percy Jackson novel), which has an amazing series concept (if a slightly limp execution).  I love mythology and history, and liked the notion of something with a rich body of material to mine. I wanted an open ended high concept that drew on my strengths, which brought me back to time travel.

Some of the mechanics from my earlier concept merged well with a younger protagonist, voiced in a visceral first person present style. I started thinking about it, and his voice popped into my head. I pounded out a chapter not too dissimilar from the first chapter of the final novel. Then the most awesome villain teleported into the situation. I can’t remember how or why, but it happened quickly and spontaneously. Tick-Tocks were born (or forged).

What did you find most challenging about writing Untimed?

With Untimed, the hardest parts had to do with the time travel. First of all, I had to come up with a unique new system that allowed multiple visits to the same time period, but wasn’t too overpowered. If your characters are too powerful, there is no jeopardy. So I had to invent all the restrictions and deal with the issues of paradox (and I think I have a crafty new solution there). Then I had to figure out how to make returning to the SAME action actually interesting for the reader. That was even harder.

If you could live through any historical event, what would it be?

It depends a little on if I had to actually face the dangers involved. Many really exciting events in history are a bit… chaotic, like say the siege of Syracuse where Archimedes used all his crazy devices or Alexander’s battle at the Granicus. I’d also love to see some of the great cities, like Rome under Marcus Aurelius or Constantinople during the reign of Justinian. So many goodies. Definitely the ancient world though.

If you could meet a person out of history, who would you pick?

Alexander the Great. Conquering half the world is just too cool to resist. Plus, he knew how to party.

In Untimed, Charlie can only travel to the past. If you had this ability, is there a time period you would like to live through?

I’d go forward and have myself upgraded into an indestructible cyborg, then I’d go back and explore the past, particularly the ancient Mediterranean. In Untimed, poor Charlie is so busy putting history back together, he doesn’t have a chance to sightsee.

What was the most exciting aspect of writing Untimed?

Untimed’s single first person POV is Charlie, and he was very fun to write. He calls things as he sees them, and given his basic naiveté, that’s pretty funny. We’re inside his head, and nothing is really sacred there. This can also be contrasted with what he does and says, which is sometimes not as bold as he thinks. Dialog-wise, his love interest, Yvaine, is also a blast because she’s incredibly direct and not afraid to work it.

What is the last book that you read?

Life of Pi. I saw the movie, and I just had to find out how faithful it was to the source material, particularly as I’m obsessed with the process of adaption. The book is deeper and its allegorical presentation much clearer, but the film translation is decidedly faithful and effective. Both are great though.

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A big thanks to Andy Gavin for his wonderful answers and also for the opportunity to read his wonderful new novel! I loved Untimed and I definitely think that you will, too! (Plus it’s only $2.99 for Kindle! And Nook!)

Interview with Andy Gavin, author of The Darkening Dream

28 Mar

Today I’m happy to welcome Andy Gavin to the blog. I reviewed his book The Darkening Dream a few days ago. You should go check that out. But stick around for a few seconds first. He was kind enough to answer a few questions for me,

*What inspired you to write The Darkening Dream

There are two answers to that, the visceral and the cerebral. With The Darkening Dream, the visceral part was this image I had – and some might consider me disturbed – of a dead tree silhouetted against an orange sky, a naked body bound to it, disemboweled, and bleeding out. The sound of a colossal horn or gong blares. The blood glistens black in the sunset light. Bats circle the sky and wolves bay in the distance. But sacrifice isn’t just about killing. It’s a contract. Someone is bargaining with the gods. And on the cerebral side, I’ve always been a huge vampire fan and I’ve read and watched a large percentage of the oeuvre. But also as a history buff I wanted to write a supernatural story that was more grounded in real history and legend. I’m always thinking, “that could have been so much better if they didn’t make up the historical backstory” so I started with the villains. What kind of ancient evil creatures might still be around? What do they want? And what legitimate human reason would they have to destroy the world (Buffy-style)? I don’t exactly answer the question in TDD, because the motives of 5,000 year old baddies should be mysterious. But trust me, they have a plan, and the sheer audacity of it will literally shake the foundations of the heavens.

*Where is your favorite place to write?

My work space is extremely messy but with a great view of Santa Monica and the Pacific Ocean. I write on a 12 core Mac Pro with two Apple 30” monitors. Yeah, I’m a computer geek, and an Apple weenie to boot. I write in Scrivener which is a totally awesome writer’s word processor. Any writer still using Word is crazy J.

Unless something distracting is going on I try to have my butt in the chair by around 10am (after working out) and more or less keep it there until around 6pm. If drafting new prose I try to do about 2000 words a day. I write, then I do a polish pass. If I had to rewrite significantly during that pass I’ll do a third sweep to cleanup.

Then I print and run to my wife for instant feedback J. Next I email it to my Mom and my “story consultant” (one of my friends who reads it right away). Feedback is good. I find that I’ll often redraft a chunk on the basis of these early comments.

*What did you find most challenging about writing The Darkening Dream?

The endless re-reading and careful editing is more tedious (although I do a lot of it!). Sitting down to read the entire book again for the 50th time takes some serious will power. The agent query process is also horrible — and not nearly as productive. It’s really wretched and broken in every way, designed only for the convenience and efficiency of agents. But it doesn’t even really serve that. The process is loosely functional but frustrating for both sides in a way reminiscent of American Healthcare.

*If you could meet any literary character, who would you pick?

Dionysus. I’m sure he’d be great to party with.

*Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

Tim Powers is a favorite for his ability to bring to life the fey in a grounded yet truly otherworldly way. Stephen King is another (not all his books but many) for his uncannily ability to characterize people in just a sentence or two and his unerring ear for dialogue. Dan Simmons for the massive scope of his world building and command of pathos. George R. R. Martin for his mastery at making his gigantic cast of characters feel developed and above all, human.

*What is your all-time favorite book?

Just one? I don’t know if I can do that. A Game of Thrones, Hyperion, Carrion Comfort, Dune, The Anubis Gates, A Fire Upon the Deep, Consider Phlebas, The City and the Stars, Time Enough for Love, Great Sky River, Wizard and Glass, To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Wyvern, Assassin’s Apprentice, A Horse and His Boy, The Silmarillion, and many more.

*Fun fact about yourself?

Besides having written two novels, thirteen video games, founded four companies, etc., I’m also an incurable foodie and certified Sommelier / Italian wine specialist.

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Thanks so much for the interview! For more on Andy Gavin, visit his website here.

Interview with Pepper Thorn, author of Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle!

14 Mar

I reviewed Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle a few weeks ago, and today I’m lucky enough to welcome the author to my blog!

*What inspired you to write Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle?

Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle has an interesting story behind it. I did a lot of babysitting as a teenager. The family I sat for had three small children and, being the conscientious person I am, I wouldn’t let them watch TV until after dark. Dark in the southern summer comes late. Often we would sit in the shade on the back porch telling stories. I let each child choose one element for the story and then I simply started talking as we all waited to see where it would go. Those stories wouldn’t have fared well against an English teacher with a red pen, but the kids loved them and they made they made the long, hot days pass faster. The only one I still remember was about a princess who lived in a castle made of glass.
 
After I was all grown up and writing real, not-off-the-top-of-my-head stories I thought about that princess and her glass castle. I thought about all the retellings and reworking of fairytales and all the books inspired by fairytales I had read over the intervening years. And I wondered, what would that story look like if I were telling it now?

The answer is, a lot different. First off the Crystal Castle (no longer actually made of glass) belongs to the dark, handsome prince who uses his magic to steal away Princess Rose after she turns down all of the princes desperate to marry her. Second, Princess Rose carries a strange and dangerous curse that makes everyone she meets fall in love with her. And last but not least, nothing in the Crystal Castle is quite what it seems: not the handsome prince, not the mad king she never sees, not even the silent page who becomes her only friend. But there is still a dragon, sort of. :)

*Where is your favorite place to write?

I love to write outdoors. There’s this nice, shady spot on my front porch where I like to write in the summer and a sunny one, at the other end, where I write in the spring and fall. In the winter I curl up in the big, cozy recliner next to the window in my library. I open the windows and snuggle under a blanket with a cup of tea, a cat or two, and my iPad.

My house is in a woodsy neighborhood and there’s a little stream running between the next house and mine. Instead of listening to music, I listen to the wind in the trees, the rustle of small creatures in the leaf litter, the soft sound of water trickling over rocks, birds chirping. My favorite is when it rains. I love the sound of rain.

*What did you find most challenging about writing Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle?

I originally intended for princess Rose to be very short, bedtime story length, and written in a traditional fairytale style. Both of these plans flew out the window almost as soon as I started writing. By the time I finished, it was a nice middle grade novel length and no more traditional than I am. So I had to go back and rewrite the first chapter several times. It was difficult to find that balance between my writing style and that distant, objective voice of a traditional fairytale. I needed to ease the reader out of that fairytale comfort zone while still staying true to my “once upon a time” beginning.

*If you could meet any literary character, who would you pick?

When I was young I would have said Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. I had an imagination to match hers but I wasn’t proud or fierce like she was. She sounded like so much fun, like she’d make a great friend. I dressed up as her for Halloween one year. Sadly, no one got it.

Now, though, I think I’d rather meet Lilly Potter. Even though she’s dead before the series starts she has a huge impact on everything that happens. She has to be the most loved and loving character in all of literature. Harry lives because of her love. Slughorn gives up his shameful secret to honor her memory. Snape ultimately gives up his life protecting the son she died for. Remus, Petunia, everyone talks about her with such love and respect. Someone like that is always worth meeting because they change your life for the better.

I’d also like to meet Lois MacMaster Bujuold’s Miles Vorkosigan. He’s like a force of nature that sweeps everyone around him along in his wake. That could be a bad thing, especially with such an eccentric character in such an oddly strict culture. But Miles is also one of those people who can do what is necessary while still remaining a genuinely good person. I doubt you could meet him without getting drawn into some adventure.

*Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

I first read The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis when I was very young and it blew my mind. I loved that series growing up and read it over and over again. By the time I graduated high school I owned three copies of each book and knew them backwards and forwards. Those stories made me feel that anything was possible and that has definitely influenced my work.

*What is your all-time favorite book?

That’s too hard. There are so many great books out there. I could never choose just one.

I’d honestly be hard pressed to even choose a favorite author. I always say its Marion Zimmer Bradley. I love her Darkover novels, especially the Renunciate books. But Anne McCaffery also has that same perfect balance between a rich, unique world that keeps you coming back book after book even when all the characters change and strong, very human characters that you identify with right away.

For a sense of the otherworldly and a story where you never know what might happen next, because truly anything can, I can always rely on Patricia McKillip and Neil Gaiman. I love that darkness that edges every word. They have a way of taking the everyday and twisting it, without you even noticing, until its disturbingly alien. And their prose is simply beautiful.

*Fun fact about yourself?

My five favorite things in the world are my husband, my cats, books, chocolate, and routines. I think that routines make life interesting.

I start every day with a cup of tea. I have several pairs of the same set of shirt and pants, in a variety of colors, that I wear to work every day. All the pieces match each other so I don’t have to think about what I’m going to wear. All I have to do is pull something off the hanger and put it on. I eat the same thing for lunch everyday and a cup of tea when I get home.

I try to turn as many of the little nothings that we all do everyday into a routine as possible. That way I don’t have to waste my mental energy on things that aren’t important. I’m not a naturally organized or efficient person. My routines let me save as much energy and creativity as possible for my writing.

Thanks so much for answering my questions!
I highly recommend checking out Princess Rose and the Crystal Castle. It’s a great, fun, quick read!

Interview with Kersten Hamilton, author of In the Forests of the Night

29 Oct

Today I’m lucky enough to feature Kersten Hamilton, author of the recently released novel, In the Forests of the Night. This is the second book in the Goblin Wars series. The first is Tyger Tyger.

 

How did you come up with the title, In the Forests of the Night?

Actually, William Blake came up with it—and Tyger Tyger as well. I have always loved this poem:
The Tyger (Songs of Experience)
by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
 
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?
 
And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and what dread feet?
 
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
 
When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?
 
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
Where’s your favorite place to write?
I can write anywhere. I am so completely consumed by the story that I don’t even know what is happening around me.

What did you find most challenging about writing In the Forests of the Night?
Every novel is a new challenge, but with Forests, the challenge was writing while my world fell to pieces around me. The short version is: I wrote in the ICU watching over my new grandson. I wrote in hospice while my father died. I wrote through pain and worry as my niece, who is as dear to me as a daughter, was diagnosed with cancer, and my nephew who lives with me developed a tic (he has Tourette’s Syndrome) that caused a spinal lesion and almost paralyzed him. I cried and fought for my family and my career, and…I wrote. I wrote through it all, wrote to prove to myself and the universe that I am a writer.
If it hadn’t been for readers who’d loved Tyger Tyger (and didn’t even know what was going on in my life) writing to encourage me, I don’t think I would have finished the novel. If it hadn’t been for my daughter and husband reading over my shoulder and cheering me on, I know I would not have been able to do it.

If you could meet any literary character, who would you pick?
Mr. Polwarth, the gnome–like gatekeeper from George MacDonald’s Paul Faber, Surgeon. I could sit and talk with him forever.

Have you been inspired by any particular writer’s style?
Oddly enough (because he wrote in a totally different time and genre) I’d have to say Isaac Asimov. Asimov believed that writing should be like a pane of glass—the reader should not even be aware of the writer, just of the story they are entering. I believe that, too. The less my readers are aware of me, and the more they are aware of my characters, the better!

What is your all-time favorite book?
I like to think that I haven’t found it yet. How could I choose a favorite among all the books I love? And what about all the books yet to be written? I plan to keep searching for my all–time favorite until the day I die!

Fun fact about yourself?
When I was in elementary school, I was the leader of a gang. Sparrows used to nest in the roof of the school, and certain kids would find the fallen baby birds and stone them or stomp them to death. If my gang caught those kids in the act, we’d beat them up.
The principal called me in to his office and told me he would not tolerate gangs in his school. This had very little effect on my behavior since he apparently had no problem with the kids who killed small animals.

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Kayla!

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Thanks so much for answering my questions!

I’ve quickly fallen in love with this series, and can’t wait to continue with it! I really recommend that anyone who hasn’t tried it out pick up Tyger Tyger as soon as possible. It’s hard not to love a book that has everything from goblins to Irish legends to handsome love interests. Go! Read it!

Two Moon Princess Blog Tour-Book Review

9 Apr


Two Moon Princess

Author: Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

Pages: [paperback] 324

Favorite Characters
: Andrea & Don Julian

Summary:

In this coming-of-age story set in a medieval kingdom, Andrea is a headstrong princess longing to be a knight who finds her way to modern-day California. But her accidental return to her family’s kingdom and a disastrous romance brings war, along with her discovery of some dark family secrets. Readers will love this mix of traditional fantasy elements with unique twists and will identify with Andrea and her difficult choices between duty and desire.

Review:

I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for Two Moon Princess. This book really takes the idea of a stubbornly indendent main character and spins it in a unique way that had me addicted, especially during the second half of the book.

Andrea doesn’t want to have anything to do with being a lady, or the girly aspects of her station. I loved reading about her attempts to prove herself to her parents, and her efforts to be true to herself, no matter what others expected of her. She stuck to her convictions even if she risked offending royalty.

Though the book seemed a bit slow in the beginning, it quickly picked up pace until I was flying through the pages at the finish. The contrast between modern day California and the more medieval world that Andrea lives in was nicely portrayed. I liked how the entire concept of crossing between worlds was intrduced, and that the routes of Andrea’s people were tied into this.

Another great aspect of the book is that it is not a love story at its foremost. It seems that every single novel I read is centered around romance, and this was a welcome break. Andrea is a fierce, loyal lead character that definitely struck a chord with me. I can’t wait to read more about her and the rest of the cast of characters.

I give Two Moon Princess 4/5 stars.

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour!
On April 14, Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban will visit the blog and there will also be a giveaway!

Monday, April 4: Amber Clark at Page Turners (Guest Post)
Tuesday, April 5: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality (Character Interview: Andrea)
Wednesday, April 6: Melissa at Mel’s Books and Info (Review)
Thursday, April 7: Britta at I Like These Books (Tens List)
Friday, April 8: Amy at Reading Teen (Author Interview)
Saturday, April 9: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Review)

Sunday, April 10: Diana at Books By Their Story (When I’m Not Writing)
Monday, April 11: Michelle at See Michelle Read (Author Interview)
Tuesday, April 12: Page at One Book At A Time (Review)
Wednesday, April 13: Gail at Ticket To Anywhere (This or That List: Carmen)
Thursday, April 14: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Tens List)
Friday, April 15: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality (Review)
Saturday, April 16: Page at One Book At A Time (Cover Interview)

Sunday, April 17: Britta at I Like These Books (Review)
Monday, April 18: Nicole at WORD For Teens (Into the Past)
Tuesday, April 19: Melissa at Mel’s Books and Info (Character Interview: Julian)
Wednesday, April 20: Elizabeth at Swords For Fighting (This or That List: Andrea)
Thursday, April 21: Michelle at See Michelle Read (Review)
Friday, April 22: Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century (Author Interview)
Saturday, April 23: Kathryn at Beastie Books (Tens List)

Sunday, April 24: Nicole at WORD For Teens (Review)
Monday, April 25: Nicole at Books Complete Me (Character Tweets)
Tuesday, April 26: Kate at The Neverending Shelf (Author Interview)
Wednesday, April 27: Diana at Books By Their Story (Review)
Thursday, April 28: Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast (Tens List)
Friday, April 29: Emily at Emily’s Reading Room (This or That List: Julian)
Saturday, April 30: Amy at Reading Teen (Review)

Interview with Jennifer Archer, author of ‘Through Her Eyes’!

30 Mar

I am so excited to welcome Jennifer Archer, author of Through Her Eyes to my blog! She graciously agreed to an interview as part of the Through Her Eyes blog tour!

How did you come up with the title, “Through Her Eyes”?

I didn’t! One of the fabulous team of people at Harper Teen came up with the title. I’m pretty sure it came from a scene in the book where the protagonist, Tansy, has recently visited Henry’s past life for the first time, and she thinks: “Who was Isabel? It’s beyond weird that I felt as if I was inside of her, experiencing everything through her eyes and emotions. I don’t even know what she looks like. Did she really exist in the past? Were she and Papa Dan friends? If only he could tell me. Stepping into the photograph added more questions to my list instead of giving me answers.”  

What is your favorite location to write in?

I don’t need to be in one specific place in order to write. When my children were young, I needed a quiet, secluded place where I wouldn’t be interrupted. I usually wrote in my home office with the door shut back then. Over time, though, I’ve realized that noise and activity don’t bother me much as long as it’s not my noise and activity – in other words, noise and activity going on with my family. I find that distracting because I usually want to join them! Sometimes I still write alone in my office, or if the weather is nice, outside in my backyard beneath the pergola my husband built, with the waterfall (he also built) splashing and gurgling. However, working alone every day can get lonely, and lately I find myself heading out the door to go to the coffee shop to write in the mornings. I can usually tune out the sounds around me there and focus on my story, but if the other customers get too disruptive, I just pop in my ear pods and listen to music on my IPod.
 
What did you find most challenging about writing “Through Her Eyes”?
 

That’s a great question. The story is like a puzzle for the reader. Making sure all the pieces clicked together perfectly and at the right time as the story unfolded was probably my biggest challenge. I wanted to keep readers thinking and asking questions all the way through until, one-by-one, all the parts fit and we finally learn the truth. 

If you had to describe your writing in one word, what would it be?

Oh, wow . . . you’re really making me think! As much as I hate to say this, the word is ‘painful.’ For me, writing is a lot like giving birth; the pain has beautiful moments and results in a reward that makes all the suffering worthwhile. 

Have you been inspired by any particular writer’s style?

I think every book I’ve read and admired (and some I haven’t admired!) have inspired and influenced my writing. One of the negative things I experienced when I started writing, was that it ruined reading for me to a certain extent. It’s difficult for me to read simply for pleasure anymore, because I’m constantly scrutinizing how the writer strung the sentences together, the plotting techniques used, the characterization, the pacing, or even how the author managed to stir a certain emotion in me. When I find myself so caught up in a novel that I forget to do these things as I’m reading, I know I’ve discovered a phenomenal book! When that happens, I go back after I finish enjoying the story and reread it with my analytical cap on.

Are you working on any new novels?

Always! I’m working on my second YA novel, The Shadow Girl. I don’t know if the title will change or not, but at least for now, that’s what it’s called.  It should be released in about a year. It’s an emotional story about a girl with a very interesting ability who begins to unravel secrets about herself and her family after a tragedy strikes. She’s also caught up in a bit of a love triangle with two different guys, and one of them has secrets of his own. That’s all I’m going to tell you for now! I’m having a great time with this story. Most of that writing “pain” I mentioned earlier has subsided, and I’m just enjoying the process.

What is your all-time favorite book?

I’m not sure I can name just one, but To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an all-time favorite. It’s brilliant and so powerful. The story deals with serious issues, but still manages to have humorous moments and warmth. And the characters and setting are so real that I feel as if I actually spent time with those people in that place a long time ago – that they are actually long-lost family or friends.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

By the time I was eleven years old, I had moved twenty-three times!

I’ve had a great time visiting your blog, Kayla! I hope your readers will look for Through Her Eyes and contact me through my website or blog to let me know what they think of the story. Until then, I invite everyone to stop by www.jenniferarcher.net to watch the book trailer, and www.jenniferarcher.blogspot.com to join in on the discussion.  

Enter Jennifer’s Gargantuan Giveaway by April 4!
Prizes include Kindles, iPods & more! 
To enter and find more details visit: http://www.jenniferarcher.net/news_events.html

Thanks so much for stopping by, Jennifer!

To everyone who’s stopped by, be sure to check out the rest of the tour:

Sunday, March 13: Jami at YA Addict (Author Interview)
Monday, March 14: Lesley at YA Books Reviewed (Guest Post)
Tuesday, March 15: Steph at Steph the Bookworm (Author Interview)
Wednesday, March 16: Kate at I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read! (Guest Post)
Thursday, March 17: Bianca at Nyxen’s Sideways Journey Through Life (Author Interview)
Friday, March 18: Jessi at The Elliot Review (Guest Post)
Saturday, March 19: Lexie at Poisoned Rationality (Author Interview)

Sunday, March 20: Hattie at Mrs. Deraps Reads (Guest Post)
Monday, March 21: Brent at Naughty Book Kitties (Author Interview)
Tuesday, March 22: Lisa at Badass Bookie (Guest Post)
Wednesday, March 23: Tania at Literary Cravings (Author Interview)
Friday, March 25: Nicole at Word For Teens (Author Interview)
Saturday, March 26: Julie at Bloggers Heart Books (Guest Post)

Sunday, March 27: Kari at A Good Addiction (Review)
Sunday, March 27: Tynga at Tynga’s Review (Author Interview)
Monday, March 28: Casey at The Bookish Type (Trailers Post)
Tuesday, March 29: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (Review)
Tuesday, March 29: Anne at Potter, Percy, and I (Guest Post)
Wednesday, March 30: Sab at YA Bliss (Review)
Wednesday, March 30: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Author Interview)
Thursday, March 31: Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century (Character Interview: Tansy)
Friday, April 1: Natalie at Mindful Musings (Tens List)
Saturday, April 2: Jessica at A Fanatic’s Book Blog (Review)
Saturday, April 2: Kim at The Book Butterfly (Guest Post)

Sunday, April 3: Kelsey at The Book Scout (Review)
Sunday, April 3: Diana at Books By Their Story (Author Interview)
Monday, April 4: Maria at The Serpentine Library (Character Interview: Isabel)
Tuesday, April 5: Kate at  The Neverending Bookshelf (New Scene)
Tuesday, April 5: Danielle at There’s A Book (Guest Post)
Wednesday, April 6: Casey at The Bookish Type (Review)
Wednesday, April 6: Lindsay at Just Another Book Addict (Author Interview)
Thursday, April 7: Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (Character Interview: Tate)
Friday, April 8: Kari at A Good Addiction (Tens List)
Saturday, April 9: JL at An Avid Reader’s Musings (Guest Post)

Sunday, April 10: Kristen at  Bookworming in the 21st Century (Review)
Sunday, April 10: Corrine at Lost For Words (Author Interview)
Monday, April 11: Kelsey at The Book Scout (Character Interview: Daniel)
Tuesday, April 12: Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile (Excerpt)
Wednesday, April 13: Lea at YA Book Queen (Review)
Wednesday, April 13: Cindy at Books Complete Me (Guest Post)
Friday, April 15: Jessica at A Fanatic’s Book Blog (Tens List)
Friday, April 15: Andye at Reading Teen (Author Interview)
Saturday April 16: Maria at The Serpentine Library (Review)
Saturday, April 16: Melissa at Mel’s Books and Info (Guest Post)

Sunday, April 17: Kate at The Neverending Bookshelf (Review)
Sunday, April 17: Christie at Fiction Enthusiast (Author Interview)
Monday, April 18: Katie at Mundie Moms (Vlog – Places Inspired)
Tuesday, April 19: Zoe at Zoe’s Book Reviews (Scene)
Tuesday, April 19: Sarah at Sarah’s Random Musings (Guest Post)
Wednesday, April 20: Melanie at Reclusive Bibliophile (Review)
Thursday, April 21: Lea at YA Book Queen (Character Interview: Henry)
Friday, April 22: Sab at YA Bliss (Tens List)
Saturday, April 23: Natalie at Mindful Musings (Review)

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