Interview with @jamie_grey and The Star Thief!

Today I get to interview author Jamie Grey. First let’s check out her book, The Star Thief. Does this not look SO awesome?

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She might only be twenty-three, but Renna Carrizal is the most notorious thief in the galaxy. There’s just one problem – all she wants is to get the frak out of the business.  But when Renna rescues an injured boy from the warehouse she’s casing, she finds herself on the run from the mob instead of enjoying retirement on a garden world. Turns out, the kid was a plant to lead her to MYTH, a top-secret galactic protection agency. MYTH needs Renna’s special skills, and they make her an offer she can’t refuse – unless she’d like to spend the rest of her life on a prison ship. To make sure she does her job they shackle her with a MYTH watchdog, the handsome but arrogant Captain Finn. A former mercenary-turned-galactic-hero, Finn happens to have his own dirty secrets. Secrets that Renna wouldn’t mind uncovering for herself. Together, they discover an experiment to develop illegal cybernetics that will create an unstoppable army. The intended target? The human star fleet. Now Renna must use her skills as the Star Thief to pull off the biggest job of her career – saving the galaxy. And herself.

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The Interview

1.    The Star Thief is about the biggest of Cons—Galactic sized. What inspired you to write about it?

I’d been looking for a good sci-fi romance and I’d read quite a few that I liked but none of them were exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a female Han Solo type, with ambiguous morals and a hear of gold. And a steamy romance. So, I wrote one!

2.     The cover is GORGEOUS. What was your process in obtaining it?

I actually don’t remember how I found my artist’s site – I think I might have been trolling forums looking for cover designers. When I saw her site, I just knew she’d come up with something perfect for me! I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to begin with, so we went back and forth on a few concepts until we found the perfect art. She blew me away with her final design! I’m working on the sequel’s cover now with her, and SO excited for everyone to see it! (Her name is Christa at paperandsage.com)

3.     If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

Ohhh. Tough question! There are quite a few that would work. I basically wrote the entire book to the soundtrack to the Mass Effect video games. But I think if I had to pick one, I’d probably say All Along the Watchtower, by Jimi Hendrix. The lyrics themselves are perfect -“There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief” and it was part of one of my favorite sci-fi TV series – Battlestar Galactica!

4.     If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

I think I’d be totally intimidated by Renna. She’s gorgeous, charming, and self confident. But I think once we started talking, we’d get along pretty well. I think we both have a sarcastic sense of humor and similar outlook on life. (Which may or may not be a good thing LOL)

5.     If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

How to choose just one!? I think i’d have to go with Narnia. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series was my favorite growing up, and they’re still comfort reads today, so getting to live in Narnia would be amazing!

6.     Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little bit of both? I have to have a plot/outline to frame up my book, otherwise I get completely stuck when I’m drafting. But I totally pants when I’m filling in the details. As long as I have the outer structure built, I can go in pretty much any direction with the rest of the story.

7.     How has writing changed your life?

I’ve always written, so it’s just become an essential part of who I am and my identity. I think being a writer lets me look at things a little differently than from non-writers – I sometimes watch real life events like they’re happening in a story, analyzing them for plot and drama, or if it would make an interesting scene. Not always a good thing when something horrible is going on, but it’s definitely an interesting way to look at the world.

8.     What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Most of it’s tried and true – Write what you love and would like to read. Write what interests you. Don’t edit until you have a complete draft (tho I know people who can work this way, I can’t!). Find a good support system – writing friends, critique partners, etc and let them help you grow as a writer, but stay true to your story and vision. Most of all, have fun with it. The moment you stop having fun, is the moment you should stop writing.

Thanks so much for having me on! This was such fun 🙂

 

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jamiegreybooks?ref=hl

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Jamie_Grey

BLOG: http://www.jamiegreybooks.com/

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Interview with @KaraLeighMille1 and her book The Georgia Corbins

This week I get to share an interview with author Kara Leigh Miller, author of The Georgia Corbins!

About the Book

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Ali Philips never thought anything could be more devastating than the day Levi and Tucker Corbin, her two best friends—her only friends—moved away. Three years passed without a single phone call, text message, or email from them and she’s resolved to the fact that she will probably never see them again. Until one morning when she comes face-to-face with Levi Corbin in physics class.

Little does she know, the Corbins have returned to Haldeen with only one thing on their minds: winning Ali’s heart. Ali soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle she doesn’t want any part of. As she tries to reclaim the friendships she’s lost and to adjust to the unfamiliar feelings she’s having, she struggles with making the one decision that will forever change their lives: Levi or Tucker Corbin?

She’s always had a special bond with Tucker and feels most comfortable when she’s with him. But Levi brings her to life in a way she didn’t think was possible and makes her feel things she didn’t think she would ever feel. Torn between the two, Ali is certain of only one thing–by the time it’s over, she’ll lose one of her best friends.

 

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Be honest, were any of the events in The Georgia Corbins inspired by real life?

There were no specific events inspired by real life, but a lot of the book was. For example, the town of Haldeen is modeled very closely to my hometown of Mexico, NY.  The swimming hole where they spend a lot of time is based on a small river around the corner from my childhood home that I used to swim in; and the roller skating—that was my favorite way to spend a Saturday night.
This book is the ultimate love triangle. What is your favorite literary triangle?

Hands down The Vampire Diaries, Damon-Elena-Stephan love triangle. I have read many of the books, but I love the show. What makes it so great is that you root for both Damon & Stephan, making it difficult to really make a choice. I hope I achieved that it The Georgia Corbins.
If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

It’s tough to pick just one, but I can narrow it down to two: “Georgia Peaches” by Lauren Alaina and “You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This” by Toby Keith.
If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

Well, my characters are not old enough to be at a bar. Lol. So, I would probably interrogate them on how they got in, and then I’d buy them a drink or twelve. Ali and I would dance and check out hot guys and probably gossip about Levi and Tucker.
If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

Wow. That’s a tough question. I’m not sure. The Twilight universe is kind of cool. So is The Hunger Games universe—for those in the wealthy districts, of course. I love the vibrant colors and the wacky outfits of the people who live in the Capitol.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a pantser all the way. I feel too trapped when I try to plot. I’m one of those neurotic people who, when I write something down, I have to follow through with it or else I feel like I’ve somehow failed. Plus, I really enjoy being surprised by what my characters say and do.
How has writing changed your life?

I’ve always been shy and a little unsure of myself. Writing has helped to bring me out of my shell. I feel more confident, like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. And the fellow authors and bloggers I’ve met are wonderful. The friendships I’ve made far outweigh any of the other benefits.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I have two pieces of advice: (1) find a critique partner who you trust and who will help you refine your writing until it is the best it can be, and (2) never give up. Rejections are par for the course. Don’t let them get you down.

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About the Author

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Born and raised in the small town of Mexico, New York, Kara was an only child who was forced to find ways to entertain herself. Playing make believe with her Barbie dolls and stuffed animals was her first real taste of storytelling before she became old enough to develop a love affair with the written word. In early 2010, Kara picked up her very first erotic romance novel, and she was instantly hooked. She loves to write contemporary romance, erotica, and young adult romance. Currently she has several full-length novels in the works, a series of novellas, and a handful of short stories. Kara is an active member of the CNY Creative Writers Café and the CNY Romance Writers. Today, Kara resides in New Haven, New York with her husband, five kids, and three cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s thinking about reading and writing. And when she’s not doing that, she’s spending time with her family and friends.

 

Author Social Media Links:

Blog: http://www.karaleighmiller.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaraLeighMille1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraLeighMiller?fref=ts

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To celebrate the release of The Georgia Corbins, Kara Leigh Miller is giving away exciting prizes. The Grand Prize, which is open to US residents only, includes a signed copy of The Georgia Corbins, The Georgia Corbins hardcover journal and postcards, The Georgia Corbins tote bag, Kara Leigh Miller pens and notebooks, and Legasea bookmarks.

Second and third prizes are an ebook copy of The Georgia Corbins, and one lucky person will win a first chapter critique. International entries are welcome. Good luck! Winners will be announced July 1st.

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Interview with @Georgia_McBride and Her Fantastic Novel Praefatio & Giveaway!

Today I have the distinct pleasure to host an interview with author and publisher extrordinaire, Georgia McBride! Her novel, Praefatio, has just released, and it is fantastic (if I do say so myself). Review to come.

About the Book

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The story of 17-year-old Grace Ann Miller is that of no ordinary runaway. Touching upon topics such as mental illness, teen pregnancy, and the relationship between victims and abductors, this is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love, and losing everything but her faith. After being missing for weeks, Grace turns up on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of 24 hours, she holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war, intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Instead, authorities believe that Grace is ill, the victim of assault and suffering from a severely fractured mind as a result of Stockholm Syndrome. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on Earth, an ancient prophecy, and a wretched curse steeped in biblical myth. Her claims set into motion an ages-old war, pitting sister against brother and light versus darkness, resulting in blood, death, and the loss of everything that matters. Faced with corrupt police officers, eager doctors, and accusing journalists, Grace must convince all of them that her delusions are actually the truth, with nothing but her word as proof.

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I had the chance to bombard Georgia with questions 😉

You wear so many hats. How do you manage to fit in all of the awesome work you do?

GM:  I’m pretty sure I’m failing miserably. I don’t sleep much, I eat very unhealthy things at odd hours and I get frequent headaches. That said, I try to dedicate one day/weekly to YALitChat – and that’s Wednesdays. The rest of the time is dedicated to being a publisher and author.

What was the first plot bunny that inspired Praefatio?

GM: They all came at one time – the girl with the incredulous story, the boy accused of unspeakable crimes and the incident that would change everything we believe.

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

GM: I listened to a ton of 30 Seconds to Mars while writing this book. I think A Beautiful Lie kind of sums it up though.

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

GM: First, I would be all fan girl and crazy. I know it. I have a major literary crush on Grace Ann Miller. I would be like, “Hey Girl. I created you. Don’t you love all those amazing kissing scenes I wrote for you?”

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

GM: Wow. That’s a tough one. I think I would like to perhaps live in the world Delirium. Love hurts so much sometimes. People kill when they can’t have it. We wouldn’t have that problem.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

GM:I hate plotting. Not gonna lie.

How has writing changed your life?

GM: Writing has brought be a wonderful community of people who are supportive. It has also afforded me the opportunity to do something I love – writing and publishing. It’s really been a blessing to me and many others.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

GM: Just write. Don’t worry about what others are writing or doing. Just write.

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About the Author

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Georgia McBride is the founder of Month9Books, which publishes speculative fiction for teens and tweens, and YALITCHAT.ORG, a nonprofit organization fostering the advancement of young adult literature worldwide. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Interview with @jordanlink3 Author Jordan Link and her book The Sacrificed + Giveaway!

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About the Book

Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories.

But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love.

Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.

I’ve had the pleasure to interview Jordan about her new release!

1.  What was the biggest inspiration for the world you’ve built?

My inspiration for writing has changed from year to year, but one thing that has kept me going is the dream of one day holding a book that I’ve written. Of course, an e-book is especially close, and is a great for any author to begin their career.
2. What makes the characters of The Sacrificed different?

What makes the teenaged characters of The Sacrificed different is the realism of their personalities. Since I am a teenager as well, I was able to make their decisions based on solutions I might find. Though the characters, especially Emerald, are much stronger and confident than I, there is still a faint reflection of my personality in theirs.


3. If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

 

I’ve been asked this question many times, and I am able to interpret the plot in many different ways. One song that truly represents the struggle walkers face against the winged is “Do You Hear The People Sing” from Les Miserables.


4. If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

*Slight spoiler*

I would be shocked, because Emerald gave up drinking after such an incident landed a number of her peers dead.

 

5. If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be? 

 

I’ve considered this, and I am aware that many would want to live in the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Though it does rank high on my list, I would rather venture in Percy Jackson’s mythological world, created by Rick Riordan. Having mentioned the two, there is one requirement for each. In a world where Hogwarts existed, I’d need to be a wizard/witch. In a world where Camp Half Blood was reality, I’d need to be a demigod.


6. Are you a plotter or a pantser? 

 

I’m a bit of both! I plot the main points of the novel, so holes and unsolved plotlines do not plague the story. And then I fill everything in between—the lesser adventures, the minor characters.
7. How has writing changed your life?

 

Writing is my favorite story-telling outlet. It’s creating a movie directly in the mind of a reader. Nothing else in this world has the same effect. Without writing, I would never want to explore, to experience everything that Earth has to offer. After all, the most descriptive scenes about foreign countries and imaginary lands are within the pages of books.
8. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

 

I don’t understand why authors finish projects and leave them to sit idly in the ‘Documents’ folder. Take those projects and send them to literary agents. Send them to publishers! There’s no day like the present to make your life the way you want it to be.

 

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About The Author

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Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel “The Sacrificed”, which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker’s Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology “Oh, the Stories They Tell!” which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheSacrificedNovel?ref=hl

 Blog: http://jordanlinkwriting.blogspot.com/

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Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JordanLink3

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Excerpt from The Sacrificed

Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.

There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.

It was bread.

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Interview with @STbende ST Bende and her book ELSKER plus excerpt!

I’m so excited to present to you today my interview with ST Bende about her book ELSKER!

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Thanks so much for letting me visit today, Lindsay.  As a debut author, it’s been fantastic to be embraced by such a lovely group of bloggers.  Y’all have been so gracious!

ELSKER, Book One in THE ELSKER SAGA, follows twenty-year-old Kristia Tostenson as she leaves her small town to find adventure at Cardiff University in Wales.  Kristia gets a lot more than she bargained for when she falls in love with Ull Myhr.  He’s not just a graduate student – he’s an Asgardian Assassin and the Norse God of Winter.  Kristia’s orderly life is about to get seriously complicated.

 Interview

Being a Finn, I love Scandinavian mythology. What part of your research was the most fun?

Hei hei!  The mythology is fantastic, isn’t it?  It’s so complex, with nine realms and scores of creatures, and it’s so, so dark.  There’s just so much to work with.  Researching the myths might have been my favorite part of writing Elsker.  I read every book I could find at our little library, including the kids books.  (Note to whoever’s in charge of marketing Scandinavian mythology to kids: you might want to scale back on some of the gruesome illustrations.  Just sayin’.  Who knew trolls were so scary?)

It was important to me to develop a male lead most people hadn’t heard of, so I didn’t do much reading on Thor, Odin and the lot.  And although the God of Winter is pretty popular with skiers (did you know there’s an Ull Festival in Colorado?  I’d love to go one day!), most people aren’t familiar with him.  I knew Ull was my guy when my library got a textbook written by a Scandinavian Studies professor.  It was over three hundred pages long, with only a paragraph-long mention of Ull.  He was pretty much a scholarly blank page, and I couldn’t wait to create his back-story.

 

 How does Elsker push the envelope for fantasy?

Although there are plenty of stories about Greek gods interacting with mortals, there aren’t a ton of YA/NA books that focus on Scandinavian mythology.  Asgard is a radically different world from Mt. Olympus, and the existence of the nine realms opens up a slew of potential bad guys and allies.  The Greeks have their Hydra and Titans, but we’ve got Jotuns, Dark Elves, Trolls, and these visionary Norns.  And bringing it all to Midgard (Earth), and seeing it through the eyes of a girl whose frame of reference is a 300 person town with one stoplight… well, in that context, the mythological Norse world just seems even crazier.  As a writer, it was a dream to have so many types of characters to play with.  And as a reader, hopefully it’s a journey that’s different than anything you’ve seen before.

 If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

It’s Time, by Imagine Dragons.  My small town girl and my Norse god are literally from two different worlds.  Kristia’s future is unwritten, and she moves to Wales for a fresh start.  Ull comes from a world where his destiny was set at birth, and he feels powerless over his fate. “I get a little bit bigger but then I admit, I’m just the same as I was.  Now don’t you understand?  I’m never changing who I am.”  Ull would love to feel like he could change the future, but he believes he’s on a predestined course he has to follow.  And Kristia’s going to do everything she can to show him he’s wrong.

 If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

If I met Ull in real life I would giggle uncontrollably, turn bright red, ask to take a picture with him, blurt out “I love you” like the grown-up that I am, then run the other way.

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

I’d enroll at Hogwarts and hang out with Ron, Hermione and Harry.  I would totally be a Gryffindor, and Hermione and I could share our obsessively detailed class notes.  On weekends we’d stuff our faces at Honeydukes, though I would never, ever try a Bertie Botts Every Flavored Bean.  Ever.

I got to meet Gary Oldman when he was promoting Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and while all the other adults asked him savvy questions about his illustrious acting career, I shoved my Harry Potter book at him and begged for an autograph.  He signed it “Gary Oldman/Sirius B.”  It’s one of my most prized possessions.

 Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A pantser.  Since I wrote Elsker for myself, I didn’t really think much about where it was going or how it would flow.  I just sat at the keyboard and waited to see what would happen.  I wrote the scenes I wanted to as I thought of them, then went back and pieced them together.  It made for some crazy storylines, not all of which made the final cut, but it was really fun.

 How has writing changed your life?

Writing lets me purge my creative energy.  It’s something I can do on my own, whenever I have the time, and there aren’t any rules.  It’s a fantastic release.  Getting to share Elsker with the world is really scary, but it’s also the first time I’ve gotten to introduce my imaginary friends to anyone else.  And that’s exciting.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

I’ll be honest, I’ve never really thought of myself as a writer.  It’s just something I love doing, for me.  And if you love something, you shouldn’t let anything stop you from doing it.  Don’t worry about whether what you’re doing is marketable, or whether you’ll ever get an agent or a publishing deal.  Just do what you love, and take pride in knowing that you are pursuing your passion.

That said, if publication is your goal, a good critique partner is invaluable.  I’m such a huge fan of mine, we recently wrote a YA project together.  We had a blast.  *Waves* Hi, Jacque!

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THE ELSKER SAGA is available now from Entranced Publishing.

TUR, the prequel, can be downloaded for free at http://www.entrancedpublishing.com/imprints-2/blush/elsker/

ELSKER, Book 1, is available from Entranced, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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BONUS Excerpt!

ELSKER – Book 1, THE ELSKER SAGA

At eight o’clock, a firm knock interrupted my reading.  I picked my way through the flower shop that our living room had become and opened the door.

“Oh good, you kept my peace offerings.”  Ull treated me to a rakish grin.

“Just a few of them,” I muttered.  “Come on in.”

“Oh, no.  You must come with me.”

“Why?”  I challenged.  Ull sighed.

“Are you going to fight me at every turn?”

“Probably.”

“Please come.”  He looked so adorable standing on my stoop, his scarf casually thrown across the grey sweater under his coat.  I gave in quicker than I meant to.

“Fine.”  I grabbed my coat from the closet by the door and shoved my keys and wallet into the pocket.  “Where are we off to?”  I closed the door behind me and followed Ull into the brisk night, waiting for his promised explanation.

But he didn’t say anything.  Instead, he put his hand on the small of my back and guided me away from campus.  I shivered and noticed that Ull wore his jacket open, at ease in the chill.  As we rounded the corner, Ull dropped his hand to clasp mine.  It was so warm, so strong, and for a moment I forgot to be mad at him.  We walked in silence as he led me down the main road.  After two right turns, I found myself standing in a quiet garden.

Ull had brought me to a church.

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Interview With Author Meredith Towbin @Mtprose and Her Novel Straightjacket

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Meredith Towbin, author of STRAIGHTJACKET.

The Book:

Eighteen-year-old Anna has lived her whole life in shame, losing herself in books to cope with crippling panic attacks triggered by her abusive parents. Forced into a psychiatric hospital, she can’t imagine a future that’s anything but bleak—until she meets Caleb, a gifted, 19-year-old artist who insists he’s an angel.

He swears his mission is to help Anna break free from her parents’ control and fulfill a destiny that she can only dream of. The doctors, however, are convinced that Caleb is delusional.

Anna doesn’t want to be that girl who’s in love with the crazy guy, but when she sees his stunning portraits of her and the way he risks everything to keep her safe, she can’t help but imagine a new future for both of them, filled with hope. But just when it seems they’ve created heaven on earth, Caleb’s past emerges full force, threatening to destroy their tiny, blissful world. And Anna has to decide if she should follow her heart, or if Caleb’s really as troubled as his doctors say…

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This was the kind of book that really surprised me. It took a completely different turn than I thought it was going to, which is so, so refreshing in today’s world. Here are her answers to my burning questions.

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 What was your inspiration for Straightjacket, and how did you work to make it stand out from other angel books?

I’ve always been fascinated by psychology (I took a ton of psych classes in college). I knew I wanted the setting for my book to be in a psychiatric hospital just because they kind of scare me and intrigue me at the same time.

As I was creating my characters, I needed to come up with a reason as to why they might be there. Depression/suicidal tendencies is definitely one reason (for Anna), but I wanted something super weird for my other character. I mean, why be normal when you can be super weird, right? After mulling it over for a while, I came up with the idea that Caleb would be delusional and think he was an angel.

It wasn’t  my intention to write a paranormal novel, like a lot of the other angel books out there. Caleb might be an angel, and he might not – he’s either completely delusional like his doctor says or supernatural. There’s doubt there, and I think most angel books make the reader suspend disbelief and accept that in the world of the book, angels definitely exist.

What was the single hardest scene to write in the book?

The sex scene, by far! Writing a sex scene, especially for YA, is very difficult, at least for me. I wanted it to be realistic, sweet, overwhelming, but still appropriate. I remember sitting in the Barnes & Noble café writing it, and even though no one knew what I was doing, I still turned 15 shades of red.

 If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

Funny you ask because there was one particular song that hugely inspired the book. Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You into the Dark” was it. I love that song, and I would listen to it and think that I really wanted to write a book about two people that love each other so much that if one of them died, the other one would die too just so they wouldn’t have to go it alone.

 If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

If I met Anna at a bar, she probably wouldn’t talk to me. She’d plant herself in a corner and look as inconspicuous as possible. If I met Caleb there, I’d be the one not talking to him because I’d be intimidated by his coolness. And if he happened to come up and talk to me, I’d be a blubbering idiot.

 If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

I absolutely loved the Wicked series by Gregory Macguire. Oz is definitely not the happy-go-lucky place out of The Wizard of Oz, but even so it’s magical and full of amazing characters that I would love to get to know.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

In real life I am a major organizer – it’s all about lists and calendars and putting things in places they belong. I have a minor (ok, major) obsession with The Container Store. So I figured when I went to write a book, I’d of course outline everything and know exactly where things were going.

I used my outline for the first chapter and then went totally off the rails. I realized that I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. I might know what will happen two or three chapters ahead, but it can always change. I think it keeps it fresher for me, like I’m reading along with it even though I’m the one doing the writing.

How has writing changed your life?

It was always my dream to write a novel, but for many years, I was too scared of failing to actually try. Now that I’ve gotten up the courage to do it, I really feel like it’s a dream come true, whether or not what I write gets published. Because there are definitely things I’ve written that haven’t gotten published.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Carve out time every day that you devote to writing. There are always a million excuses as to why there’s no time. There’s never a good time. Believe me. Make yourself do it just for an hour. I wrote STRAIGHTJACKET in one-hour increments. Five months later I had a book. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish if you just make it a priority.

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Interview with Sara Hubbard, #author of Blood, She Read

I’m proud to interview Sara Hubbard, author Blood, She Read.

1. Blood, She Read has a great structure to it and many elements; mystery, danger, paranormal. What was your original inspiration?

Gosh, it all started with one scene. Originally, a man came to Petra’s house in the dead of the night asking for Petra’s help. He was desperate to know his future, or rather the future of someone he loved. It took many false starts with this book before it became what it is now. And Dylan was originally a young boy who followed Petra around and wanted to learn magic from her. The more I wrote, the more I realized his young age couldn’t work with the story. The amount of material I cut from this story was probably upwards of 20,000 words, but it had to be done and I’m happy with the finished product.

2. How has your real life affected the setting of the story?

Well, I’ve lived in Nova Scotia for the majority of my life so I wanted to have a story set here. There are so many books out there now that are set in America and I wanted to do something different. Plus, I think sticking with what I know helped to add a little more character and realism to the story.

3. What do you think is the most magical thing about Nova Scotia?

Hmm. There are many things I love about Nova Scotia, but mostly, I love the oceans and the forests and that you can always smell one or the other no matter where you are.

4. If you could have one magic power, what would you choose?

I would love to be invisible. What fun it would be to see what people are doing when they think no one is looking?

5. What can we look forward to for Finn and Petra?

I think the next book will be a big surprise for fans of Petra and Finn, especially since Finn will be absent for the first half of the book. You can look forward to more time with Sebastian and Tommy and see some fun interactions between Gina and Sebastian. I love their relationship. It is so much fun to write. There will also be a new demon villain around too. He will make things…difficult for Petra. And for Tommy too.

6. What are your thoughts on the changing book industry, and how has it affected your publishing experience?

I love that eBooks are bigger now than they were five or ten years ago and that self-publishing is gaining more respect. This has opened up a lot of doors to people who might not have otherwise been noticed and/or published. It gives authors more options and more bargaining power and, hopefully, keeps more of the profits in the authors hands where they belong. Most of us authors write because we love it. Unless you’re a NYT bestseller, chances are you will have to have a second job to pay your bills (I’m one of those authors). This is a hard business so it’s nice to see the industry moving in a direction that helps the authors.

Many thanks to Sara, and go check out her book! It’s fantastic!

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Petra Maras lives a charmed life, but only in the magical sense. Her absentee father is a
criminal, her mother is emotionally dead, and everyone at her new school knows
she comes from a family of witches. All she wants is to be normal, but that’s
impossible, given her family. And given that she’s psychic. When the police
request help with a murder investigation, Petra reluctantly agrees. Which isn’t
such a good idea since the prime suspect wants to date her, and she really wants
to say yes. Her gut says he’s innocent, but since she can’t get a read on him,
she can’t know for sure. And when she discovers he’s been keeping secrets, she
wonders if maybe she’s been following her heart instead of her head…

Find Sara at www.sara-hubbard.com