Friday, February 25, 2011

Interview with Mary Beeson

Just a couple randoms to start

Favorite Color?

Lucky Number?
13, It's the day I was born and has always been lucky for me.

Habits that help and habits that hurt your writing.
Having coffee on hand at all times seems to help. I have a coffee maker on my desk just so that I don't have to get up!
Having someone else around when I'm trying to work definitely hurts. I find myself easily distracted, even if the person isn't in the room with me.

What words or phrases do you tend to over use.
'Just' is a big one. I had to keep going back and deleting that word over and over. I know I used it way too much and don't want to take a guess at how many times it is used in the book.

The Blood Moon Of Winter

Taking the quote "I love books because they are easier than people.", do you find this to be true with you?
I don't know many readers that wouldn't agree with that statement. Characters in a book are easier to understand. Most times, you can see inside their heads or get a true feel for how and who they truly are. If only real people were that easy.

Wine seems to be mentioned a lot. Are you a wine fan or is wine going to be an underlying theme?
Oh I love wine. I toured around New Zealand a few years back, going to the wineries and several tastings. I rarely drink it but am definitely a fan.

When I write I am picky about important dates. Does January 2nd mean something to you?
Actually, the date itself didn’t have meaning. I was trying to find (based on the calendar) dates that coincided with Christmas Eve and New Years Eve being on a Friday. Going by that, I was able to discerne that in 2010 that would happen. So I used those dates. I found it rather strange that this year, we actually experienced a blood moon only 2 days after I called it out in my book. And no, I did not know back in 2008 that it would happen.

Read the entire interview here.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Review/Interview with Emily Rae Robles
(The review portion has been split from the interview.)

Reading the novel also gives the reader a glimpse into the invisible character of Conant herself.  An avid reader, Conant admits that many of Lilyana’s characteristics ended up being unintentional representations of her own self.  Coming from a childhood that voraciously absorbed the imaginary worlds created by literature, Conant aims to bring her readers into a world that will capture their interest in the same way hers was captured as a child.  The life of Lilyana, who is torn between newfound love in one world and newfound purpose in another, will resonate with readers who often feel torn between the real world and the world created by literature.

Unlike most fictional worlds that take ages to invent, Conant’s flowed out of her like a story that needed to be told.  A writer since the prodigious age of four, Conant’s writing came to an abrupt halt at 16 when her entire body of works was burned up in a fire.  From that time until she began work on The Blood Moon Of Winter, Conant suffered severe writer’s block.  It wasn’t until she discovered NaNoWriMo (an annual contest where writers attempt to write a full 50,000 word novel over the course of the month of November) that her creative juices began to flow freely again.

With a newfound motivation to write, Conant began with one sentence and watched, shocked, as that sentence transformed not into just any book, but a book that contained worlds within it.  As the plot progressed, she thought she was writing chick lit, but suddenly a fantasy plot appeared, seemingly out of nowhere.  This unexpected shift of genre left Conant astonished at the power of unknown creativity and leaves readers astonished at the power of integrated genres.  By crossing the gap between two genres, the story of Lilyana becomes even more compelling, speaking to an even wider audience.

Read the entire interview/review here.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Coming soon...

Keep an eye out for more upcoming interviews and guest blog appearances.

I will be featured at the end of this month in Eileen Andrews'  Writer's Lair Project. You can find out more about my writing, where it's done and how it all works.

I get to be part of R. A. Evans' 7 Deadly Questions, in the near future.
Interview with From the Shadows

Guest Author Interview: Courtney Conant

Please welcome today's guest author Courtney Conant!  Courtney is the author of The Blood Moon of Winter.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I started writing around the age of four. I was instantly drawn to it from almost the moment that I began reading. Something about the written word made me feel motivated. Writing seemed almost a necessity for me. I hit a major road block in my writing when all that I had written for over fourteen years was burned down in a house fire. It took almost ten years for me to get back into the swing of things. The first thing that I wrote upon the break of my writer’s block was this novel!

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

  It was purely by accident. I was always a fan of the genre but had never tried writing it. I started writing my novel, only knowing the opening sentence. The novel just sort of wrote itself and turned into what it is today!

Read the entire interview here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I was interviewed by Dina Santorelli as a debut author for her blog. She surprised me by posting it up today.

Meet Courtney Conant

A hearty welcome to Courtney Conant, today’s featured debut author and a new voice in the paranormal/urban fantasy genre. There’s a book giveaway going on right now for Courtney’s book, The Blood Moon of Winter, over at Goodreads, but you have to act fast! The promotion ends February 17, 2011.

Name: Courtney Conant
Name of book: The Blood Moon of Winter
Book genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Date published: January 28, 2011
Self-publisher: CreateSpace

What is your book about?
Upon discovering the world in her dreams is actually real, Lilyana is torn by indecision. She is the only one who can save the dying land of Makayra. Yet, to do so, she must leave all she has ever known. She must choose whether her new found love is enough to keep her from performing a duty that has been thrust upon her. To quote one of my reviewers, “The Blood Moon of Winter is an imaginative tale that blends reality with fantasy, darkness with light, and the underlying need to follow one’s heart no matter where it leads.”

What was the most challenging part of the writing process?
Making myself stop and sleep! Once I started writing it, I couldn’t stop. The story just kept coming, and I was afraid that if I stopped, I’d lose what was coming next.

Read the full interview here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Live Twitterview by Emlyn Chand

Thursday, February 10th was my first interview with Emlyn Chand. It was fun to participate in a live interview, being asked questions by followers. Emlyn is an author and blogger and Twitterviewer. She asked some tough questions, made even more difficult by requiring answers to fit in one tweet.