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About Ignite by Erica Crurch – Interview + Review

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Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war – spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army – the lines separating the worlds blur. Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice. 

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark.

***Interview***

Hi, Erica!

Hi! Thanks so much for having me!

 

1.What made you write Ignite? (How did the story come in to your mind?)

Most of my ideas for writing come to me in the middle of the night. Luckily, I keep a notebook on my nightstand so I can write it down so I don’t forget it in the morning. One night, I remember waking up from this weird dream of this girl standing in the middle of an insane asylum covered in blood, but the girl wasn’t a girl at all, she was a demon. But there was something about her that didn’t seem particularly dangerous, even though she obviously was lethal. And then I became thinking – how did all demons become demons? Are there some reluctant demons, some that are maybe not all bad? I had been wanting to write something with mythology/angels and demons, and when I woke up, I knew this was the idea I needed to run with.

 

2.If you were a character (from your book) witch one would you be? Why?

I am a bit of each character, I think. They each have a trait of mine, in some way. Pen’s love of literature and her spunk, Michael’s curiosity, Azael’s sarcasm… But if I could choose to be one, I think I’d want to be Pen. She’s really kind of a badass, and she’s got great memory. She can literally remember every line from every book, poem or journal she’s read. Plus she can throw knives.

 

3.Can you tell us something about „Entice”?

I’m really excited about Entice. It’s an e-novella prequel to Ignite, going back to the final battle in the war, where Michael was slain, and follows Pen and Az after they first fall from grace. It explains how the two got to where they are in Ignite and gives readers more of their backstory. It also follows them in Eden.

 

4.How did you became an author?

I’ve always wanted to write, since I was a little kid. When I was in preschool, I would write or tell stories for my friends, and then I started writing short, 1-page poems on our family’s one computer just so I could decorate it with clipart (that, at the time, I was very proud of knowing how to do). My grandmother actually had this binder filled with my short stories and poems I had written her, and it’s really funny to look through and remember how excited I was about what I was writing. I never thought I’d actually get the chance to do anything with what I’ve written, but I decided to take a leap and leave behind the more “secure” communications degree for one in Creative Writing and English. And then, well, I just started writing. That’s really the first step to becoming an author: WRITE. Write everything, no matter how horrible it is. You’ll have to trunk a majority of these stories, but if you throw enough spaghetti against the wall, eventually some will stick. (Is that a saying? Ah, it is now!) That’s what happened with Ignite. I was really excited about the characters and the project, and I spent the time polishing it and getting it published. It’s a lot of work and can be extremely exhausting, but if it’s something you’re passionate about, it’s worth it, 100%.

 

5.Who do you picture playing the roles of your characters if it were to become a movie?

I love fancasting! It’s so much fun imagining what my characters would look like on screen, or how some of the scenes would translate. I tend to write from a visual perspective, so I see a scene play out in my head as I’m writing a chapter, and I would flip out (in a fantastic way) to see it come to life. So, on to fancasting…

Kaya Scodelario as Pen. I first saw her in Skins as Effy, and she was amazing. She can capture a character’s wide range of emotions – from unruly and wild to broken – which is critical with Pen. She also has an edge to her that, I think, would play really well. She’s beautiful and has the coolest voice.

Asher Book as Azael. I don’t remember how I came across Asher Book, but I remember seeing a picture of him and running around the house saying I found Az! He looks almost exactly how I imagine Azael in my head, and he and Kaya look like they could be siblings!

Hunter Parrish as Michael. I saw Hunter in Weeds and was instantly in love with him. He’s funny, smart, and a great actor. Plus, he seems very genuine, and I think he could bring a lot to Michael’s character, as an angel who is new and trying to figure out what he thinks right and wrong really is.

Andrew Garfield as Gus. Oooh, Andrew Garfield. I’ve had a crush on him since Doctor Who, and then I saw him in Never Let Me Go and he made me cry. In Spiderman, he sealed the deal. He’s funny and has amazing depth as an actor. I also think he would play off Asher (Az) well, since they have a really funny dynamic on page.

Candice Accola as Lilith. We don’t see much of Lilith in the book, but she’s an important character and will be making her presence known in book 2. Candice Accola is soooo gorgeous and a really funny, strong actress. She has this power to her delivery (as you can see in her portrayal of Caroline in Vampire Diaries). Lilith is described as being very pale with white-blonde hair. I think Candice would portray Lilith’s backstory really well and add something so interesting to her character!

Eddie Redmayne as Lucifer. Lucifer doesn’t make his appearance until the very end of Ignite, but he’s mentioned throughout the book and, if it were to be a movie, I’m sure we’d check in with him, Gus and Lilith every now and then to see how things are going on their end. The first movie I saw Eddie Redmayne in was My Week with Marilyn and how could I resist him? I would love to see him play a dark character like Lucifer, and see how he would interact with Hunter (Michael).

 

… Can I cast a director too? Because I would love to see Tim Burton interpret the book to film. He has such an interesting dark quirk about him that I think would lend beautifully to the text. His eye for cinematography is superb (have you seen Corpse Bride and the beautiful colors?). He also, I think, has a really deep understanding of the characters and story. He’s a genius.

 

 

6.Is there anything about you that would surprise your readers?

I was considering going into Forensic Anthropology. I thought it would be a really interesting field, but, alas, I don’t get along as well as I wish to with science and math. My freshman year of college, I took a course and had to memorize every bone of the body and study different ways people could be murdered. It actually gives me some insight into different kinds of violence (with daggers, swords, hatchets, whips, etc.) and is helpful when writing action or fight scenes and explaining an injury.

 

It was nice to meet you, Erica. And now, some words for Romanian readers!

Thanks again! Hello Romania!!! Sper că vă bucuraţi-vă aprindă! Mulţumesc pentru citire! (Boy I hope I wrote that right!)

Yep, I mean, no… sorry Erica. We know you tried to say „I hope you enjoy „Ignite”! Thanks for reading!”, thank you for trying to translate, and thank you for sending me your book(ebook)!!!

Some words about Ignite

I think that Erica Crouch’s writing style made the book one hell of an adventure. This book was a fun, quick read, and I enjoyed it in spite of myself. I loved every tiny bit of this book (Michael, Gus, etc haha)! I read it in almost 2 days, and believe me when I say that I didn’t sleep until I finished it -it made me sad,but I don’t have what to do… She wasn’t too descriptive, giving enough for the reader’s imagination to feed upon. It kind of surprised me in many ways. I was always trying to guess wath will happen next – sometimes I was pretty close, then I got angry and curious. There was enough action to keep me turning the pages, and enough romance to leave me thinking about it when I went to bed at night. I really loved the main character, Pen, a demon who falls in love with an angel.

Ignite Quotes

“Yes, Hell is very serious business. That’s why no one ever smiles down there.”

“There is a steady dripping sound of yesterday’s rain sliding down branches and splashing on rocks, into the stream, or onto the soft ground. Periodically, there is a loud chirp from a bird that flits from branch to branch, answered later by a bright melody from its unseen companion. Behind these noises is a quieter, humming sound. I follow the humming, walking soundlessly under branches and over flat, slippery rocks. I keep walking until I come up to a grouping of thinned trees that let sunlight come streaming down onto a small patch of ground that is covered in dry, coppery pine needles.”

Quotes from Goodreads

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Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks #1) by Leah Spiegel – Interview

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Uninvited (South Hills Sidekicks #1)

 by Leah Spiegel 

 

 

When Alley started her senior year at Upper East High in the South Hills area, it was supposed to be the usual drag of hanging out with people who spent more on one outfit than Alley did on her entire wardrobe. That was until Kirsten, a girl in their clique, suddenly goes missing and the only people who seem to care are her friends. All evidence leads to the new comer Shane, a cocky and self-pretentious person in Alley’s opinion, but the police seem uninterested so she and the rest of the girls start a little investigation of their own. But they are nowhere closer to finding Kirsten than when they started and now they had the police’s attention; just not in the way they expected. The girls have to start over and discover that maybe it wasn’t an outsider who took Kirsten, but someone within their own clique who has something to hide; a secret that just might have gotten Kirsten killed.

 

 

Hi, Leah!

2.    What made you write Uninvited? (How did the story come in to your mind?)

I was brainstorming over different plotlines that would make for a great love story at first since that’s what inspires me the most. I was trying to think of different scenarios where the lead girl and guy characters had to feel conflicted about liking each other and for some reason this plotline popped into my mind. As the four girl characters, who are friends developed it became about their crazy, hysterical antics as well.

3.    If you were a character (from your books) which one would you be?

Leah:  Joie

Megan: Alley

4.    Why?

Leah: She can be who she is and still get the rock star in the end.

Megan:  I never had problems making friends even though I didn’t care like Alley.  I also have one best friend and my family consists of dogs like Buddy.

5.    How did you become an author?

I came across it accidentally in middle school but was encouraged to take it more seriously by my high school teacher Mr. Perry, college paper The Spectator, and essentially my co-author and biggest fan, my sister Meg.

6.      What has been your favorite part of publishing Uninvited?

When a couple of our readers said that it helped get them through a tough time and the death of a loved one which is the biggest compliment we’ve ever had.

7.      Who do you picture playing roles of your characters if it were to become a movie?

I think Blake Lively would be a good pick for Val in this book as much as she would be as Lizzie in my other series, Foolish Games. They are completely two different characters, yet I saw her in my mind for both. I’m also a big fan of Selena Gomez for my leading character Alley. Emma Stone or Camilla Belle or Lucy Hale would be awesome as Alley as well!

 

8.      It is there anything about you that would surprise your readers?

A drawing I did of the Dave Matthews Band is displayed on the band’s fan website The Warehouse.

 

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A deadly truth by Joyce Proell – Interview

A Deadly Truth (A Cady Delafield Mystery #1)

A Deadly Truth (A Cady Delafield Mystery #1)

by Joyce Proell

A man obsessed, a woman willing to risk it all…

Tainted in the eyes of Victorian society by his wife’s suicide, successful entrepreneur Doyle Flanagan turns a deaf ear to the baseless gossip and harsh rebukes. Ignoring his shattered reputation, he goes about his business making money, doing some good for others and making a few enemies along the way. Arrested for murder, he is forced to rely on a feisty school administrator to solve the puzzle. As he struggles to prove his innocence, he realizes gaining the trust and loyalty of Cady Delafield may be more important than his freedom.

On a quest to locate a missing student, school matron Cady Delafield enters a stranger’s house and discovers the woman murdered. Driven to see the murderer brought to justice, she is determined to prevent any further tragedy even if it means joining forces with the very man accused of the atrocity. Against the wishes of her powerful family, she risks her job and reputation to learn the truth. But will the truth, once revealed, drive her away from the man she has come to love?

Passion and murder collide in 1880’s Chicago as they race to keep one step ahead of the police who want Doyle to pay for his crime. As the attraction between Cady and Doyle sizzles, they battle suspicions, lies and lethal actions to uncover the murderer before he destroys them both.

***Interview***

Hi, everyone. It’s great to be at Kiolu & Mimi’s today.

What made you write A Deadly Truth?

I enjoy a great romance as much as I enjoy the puzzle of a good mystery. So why not put the two elements together in one book? Since I’m a history buff, the story is set in the 1880’s. Sometimes a hero and heroine are so compelling and fun, I can’t get enough of them. Cady and Doyle, the characters in A Deadly Truth are like that. I wanted their story to continue so I wrote their second book. A Burning Truth comes out in December, 2013.

How did you become an author?

I wanted a break from working in mental health. I considered changing careers yet didn’t know what I wanted to do. My husband, always the optimist, suggested I write a book. “Me,” I asked, shocked by the suggestion. “Why not,” he countered. “Take a year off and see what happens.” And so I did.

If you were a character from your books, which one would you be?

Doyle Flanagan. Who doesn’t like a handsome guy with a generous heart who is also a self-made success? Yet the best in one person can bring out the worst in others. People can be petty, jealous and cruel. Despite Doyle’s wonderful qualities, he is misunderstood and wrongly accused. He is vilified in the press, and purposely targeted by the villain. One can’t help but care about what happens to him.

Who do you picture playing the roles of your characters if it were to become a movie?

I’d cast Henry Cavill as Doyle because he has a strong screen presence. The dark hair and blue eyes also work. Rachel McAdams, with a little red hair color, would fit the Cady character well.

Is there anything about you that would surprise your readers?

Most writers admit they wanted to be a writer from childhood. It never occurred to me to write a book. I never dreamed of being a published author. Once I started writing, I couldn’t stop. I’ve written five books. Two have been published with a third to be released in December. There’s no stopping point in mind for me.

Thank you so much for hosting me today at Kiolu & Mimi’s. It is always a pleasure to interact with readers.

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Things about „Templand” by Jill Elaine Hughes + Interview

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Jill Elaine Hughes

1. She has naturally curly hair.
2. She’s visited more than 20 countries.
3. She absolutely hates mashed potatoes. (But baked potatoes and French fries are OK).
4. She’s dangerously allergic to bee stings.
5. She loves the Beatles and named her daughter after a Fleetwood Mac song. (Guess which one?)
6. She’s a Zen Buddhist.
7. She’s a distance runner, cyclist, and swimmer (in other words, a triathlete). Except right now with a small baby to take care of, she’s a somewhat out-of-shape triathlete.

8. Her favorite movie of all time is The Empire Strikes Back, though The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind are close runners-up.

9. Her favorite food is Muttar Paneer, a vegetarian Indian curry dish.

10. If she were trapped alone on a desert island and could only bring three things with her, they would be a) some soybeans; b) a scimitar; and c) a copy of Pride & Prejudice.


 

10 Things You Didn’t Know About TEMPLAND

1. The author Jill Elaine Hughes wrote the book ten years ago during work breaks at — you guessed it — a temp job.
2. The book landed the author her first literary agent, circa 2004. Said agent shopped it all over the New York publishing houses, who liked it but turned it down because they said it lacked “shelf category” (i.e., there was no “New Adult” genre back then.)
3. The book was written before the Great Recession, but given the struggles today’s youth has with unemployment, underemployment, and a lack of good permanent jobs, TEMPLAND seems even more relevant today than when it was first written.
4. The author modeled the heroine Melanie’s grandfather on her own grandpa–or “Papaw,” as she likes to call him.
5. TEMPLAND contains a murder mystery subplot.
6. The heroine Melanie Evers’ sleazy ex-boyfriend Phil is fluent in Farsi. This is integral to the plot.
7. The book depicts many real locations and establishments in the city of Chicago, including the now-defunct Zephyr Ice Cream Restaurant.
8. The author had given up on getting TEMPLAND published until reader demand for New Adult titles about starting your career led her to give it new life through self-publishing — and reader interest has been amazing!
9. If you’ve never heard of Green River Soda before (a cult favorite in Illinois), you learn about it in this book.
10. Several of the wacky bosses and co-workers Melanie encounters on her temp assignments were inspired by real people the author met during her own temp-work stints.

***Interview with Jill Elaine Hughes***

1.Hi, Jill!
Hi, I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks so much for having me here today.

2.What made you write Templand? (How did the story come in to your mind?)

I wrote it because I spent a lot of time working as a temporary and/or contract worker.  Years, actually.  And life as a temp can be very strange.  You get saddled with weird work assignments in odd environments–the kinds of jobs that nobody else wants to do. You also meet a lot of quirky people, including some flat-out horrible bosses who rely on temps because they can’t keep anyone on staff for more than a month at a time since they’re so horrible to work for. The unique experiences and human contacts I made during my many years of temp work made for a writing gold mine of potential storylines, and I felt compelled to use it–-especially since there really aren’t any other books out there about it.

3.If you were a character (from your books) witch one would you be?

I’d say I’m pretty close to Melanie Evers–or at least, I was when I was her age.

4.Why?
Like Melanie, I too come from a working-class background and I was among the first in my family to graduate from college.  A strong work ethic was instilled in me since childhood, and I struck out on my own very early. Since I had no other sources of income to fall back on as a young adult, I had no choice but to be creative about how to support myself–which is exactly what Melanie does. Several of her temp jobs are modeled on ones I myself held.

5.How did you became an author?

I’ve been writing stories since childhood, and I’ve written professionally since I was still in college. (I even did temporary writing jobs!) I’ve written for magazines and newspapers, too. I suppose becoming a book author was just a natural progression for me.

 6.Who do you picture playing the roles of your characters if it were to become a movie?

That is a tough one.  But if I had to choose, I’d pick Jennifer Lawrence to play Melanie Evers and Chris Pine to play Hoxwell IT Dave.

 7.Is there anything about you that would surprise your readers?

I’m a Zen Buddhist who was originally born and raised Irish-Catholic!  And my husband, who is Chinese, was raised Buddhist and converted to Catholicism. So we are like the inverse of each other! I call us the Ultimate Bizarro-World Couple.

8. It was nice to meet you, Jill. And now, some words for Romanian readers!

Nice to meet you as well!  I am really flattered that the people of Romania have taken an interest in me and my work.

Templand

***Excerpt ***

After another forty-five minutes of counting ceiling tiles, re-memorizing the pattern of the neutral carpeting, and peeling my cuticles with one of the emery boards that fell out of Kathy Kirkland’s purse, a guy about my age stepped off the elevator.  He had on an Akron State T-shirt and khakis, stood about six-foot-one, and was very cute.

“Hi, are you the Temp?”

“Yeah,” I said.  “I’m the Temp–I mean, I’m Melanie Evers.  Heathlap sent me.” 

“I’m Dave from Hoxwell IT.  I’ve got your computer and your network password.  If you’ll just follow me I’ll get you all set up. ‘Kay?”

Hoxwell IT Dave took a keycard from his pocket and got us past the magnetic security door.  He led me down a series of nondescript halls until we stopped at an empty cubicle facing a large corner office.  I glanced into the open office door and saw Kathy Kirkland sitting inside, staring out the floor-to-ceiling glass window.  Her office had expensive-looking furniture and a framed Mark Rothko print.  There were papers stacked everywhere, some of which looked positively ancient.

“Is this where I’ll be working?” I asked, looking around my empty cubicle.

“Yep,” said Hoxwell IT Dave.  “I don’t know why Kathy Kirkland had you sit out there by yourself for so long.  She could have had you wait at your cube for me to come set up your computer instead of having you wait outside counting ceiling tiles.”

“You noticed that?” I said with some embarrassment.

“Oh, all the temps do that around here.  I even do it sometimes, when I’m bored. Did you know there are precisely 53 ceiling tiles in the lobbies on every floor?”

“No,” I said, laughing. “You know, Ms. Kirkland doesn’t seem to know anything about what I’m supposed to do here.”

Hoxwell IT Dave looked over his shoulder for a moment and then leaned in close to me.  “That’s to be expected,” he near-whispered.  “Kathy Kirkland is basically crazy.  Crazy and lazy. She doesn’t do anything around here.  Or at least that’s what I’ve heard, and from what I’ve seen, the rumors are true.” 

“But isn’t she the CFO of Blood Accounting?”  I thought anyone with such an important (if weird) title would be loaded with all kinds of work and important meetings, messages, and phone calls.  Not to mention  things to type, file, and otherwise take care of.  I was the Temp–-isn’t that where I came in?

“You’ll find that there are a lot of people here that don’t really do anything,” Hoxwell IT Dave grumbled.  “Chair-warmers, that’s all.  Buncha fucking overpaid chair-warmers.”

I was a little stunned by this.  “What do you do?”

“Not a whole lot–I guess you could say I’m a chair-warmer myself.  General IT stuff.  I finished my  degree in Computer Technology last year and then I got this job through the job placement office at school.  It’s a pretty easy gig.  I get to set up people’s computers and assign passwords when they start a new job here. Sometimes I clean up virus attacks.  But mostly I just sit up in the server room waiting for helpdesk calls.”

Hoxwell IT Dave ran his hands through his wavy brown hair–which was as shiny and tousled as any Calvin Klein model’s–and then began connecting and disconnecting wires on a PC sitting underneath my desk. He flipped a couple of switches and dusted off his hands. “There, you’re all set,” he said.  “Since you’re just a temp I can’t assign you a real login and password.  You’ll just have a temporary password for right now.  How long are you supposed to be working here?”

“The agency said I could work here all summer until I go back to school.”

Hoxwell IT Dave lowered his voice again. “Um, Melanie, I don’t want to scare you or anything, but I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re only here a couple days.  You might not even last here one day. Which is not a bad reflection on you or anything. But there’s been so many temps in and out of your job–-I can’t even remember how many anymore.”

“What do you mean?”

“Basically, either Kathy will just fire you and send you back to your temp agency when you look at her the wrong way, or you’ll quit because she’s driving you completely out of your mind.  That’s pretty much what’s happened to all the other temps they’ve sent to do this job.”  Hoxwell IT Dave ran his fingers through his gorgeous Calvin Klein hair again.  It was hard for me to keep from staring at him.

“How long has this been going on?” I asked.

“Well, I’ve been here about a year.  They’ve had an average of three temps a week in and out of this job ever since I started, and I hear that the person who used to have this job permanently quit about two years before I started, way back when they were still in the old building, so I guess that there were two or three temps a week in and out of here for at least a year before I started.  So, basically, a long time.”

Okay, so now I was petrified.  Was this why Rhinestone Glasses Lady said my start date was flexible?  “What am I supposed to be doing?”

“Nobody told you?”

“Well, the lady at the temp agency said it was just basic secretarial work, you know, typing and filing and answering the phone kind of stuff.”  I mean, how hard could that possibly be?

Hoxwell IT Dave raised his eyebrows. “That’s what they said, huh?”

“Is something wrong?  I mean, is there something more to this work?  Nobody’s even given me any instructions.”

“Melanie.  That’s your name, right?  I’ll just tell you this.  As an IT person, I get to see a lot of stuff that’s stored on the computers here.  Including salaries.  So let’s just say that Kathy Kirkland gets paid $112,000 a year to come in late and sit on her ass staring out the window when she’s supposed to be in charge of tracking all the blood and plasma coming in and out of this place.  She doesn’t do anything she’s supposed to do, but yet somehow the work still gets done so she gets to keep her job.  Who do you think does everything for her?” 

He scribbled something down onto a pad and then tore off the sheet.  Hoxwell IT Dave handed me the slip of paper, gave me a wink, and then disappeared down the hall.

I glanced at the slip of paper:

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Interview with Ilsa J. Bick

Interview with Ilsa J. Bick the author of Ashes Trilogy

First of all I would like to thank you, Ilsa for accepting this interview!!!I didn’t expect to receive that mail from you, well, I forgot, you too, I know, like I said it happens. Thanks again, Ilsa!

And now you can read !

Among other things, I was an English major in college and so I know that I’m supposed to write things like,”Ilsa J. Bick is …. .” Except I hate writing about myself like I’m not in the room.
Helloooo, I’m right here … So let’s just say that I’m a child psychiatrist (yeah, you read that right) and an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, ebooks and novels.
Believe me, no one is more shocked about this than I … unless you talk to my mother.

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Nina Malkin – Author of Swoon – Interview (6)

 

What’s life been like for you since releasing your debut novel?

Busy! It’s been great and exciting, and I’ve really enjoyed it, but I’ve just been amazed at how much I’ve been doing. I thought that when my book came out, the major part of my work had been done. The writing, the revisions, the BEA, the contests, etc.–I figured, what else was there to do? Well, I found out. I’ve had two autographings, one of which included a reading and an interview, as well a 28-day blog tour, not to mention meeting bloggers and readers and trying to keep up with all my emails. It’s been such fun, and I’ve had lots of new experiences, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But I have to admit, I’m a little tired.

Not getting much sleep, huh? But when you do, what’s your dream life like? I ask since dreams are crucial to the plot of Shadow Hills.

I dream a great deal, and they’re often very vivid and have plots (albeit really strange ones). That’s one of the reasons I wanted Phe to have these almost visionary dreams. I often feel like my dreams hold some significant revelation…if only I could figure out what it is!

Any parallels between your high school experience and Devenish Prep?

No, not really. Looking back on it, I think I probably would have enjoyed going to a boarding school. I went to a private school, but it was more like the one that Phe attended in LA–laid back teachers who you called by their first names, that sort of thing.

In keeping with the theme of our contest, can you cite your own best or worst BTS memory?

My best back to school memory was when I began the fifth grade. I won a back to school contest that a local department store was holding. The prize was that on the first day of school, a limousine came to my house and picked up me and three of my friends and drove us to school. The four of us thought we were the coolest thing ever, getting out of a long white limo in front of our elementary school!

I was recently asked this question at a reading, and I think it should be posed to anyone who writes paranormal fiction: Do you believe in magic? Expound!

I’d like to believe in magic. I’ve always been fascinated by the possibility of it, and I enjoy imagining a world where magical things happen. Insofar as actually believing in it, I do and I don’t. I don’t feel like I can really believe in something until I can see some evidence of it, but I do think that if I saw something truly magical happen, I wouldn’t spend a lot of time trying to explain it away. I would probably pretty readily accept it.

Shadow Hills is a mystery at its core. What mystery writers do you like?

Anne George is my favorite. I also like Janet Evanovich and Nancy Atherton.

Here comes the inevitable sequel question: Will fans be treated to the further adventures of Phe and her friends/enemies in Shadow Hills?

I would really love to write a sequel. What I really had in mind when I began was a series of several books, and I have a lot more things I’d really like to explore regarding Shadow Hills and its inhabitants. Plus, I’d really like to develop Phe’s and Zach’s relationship. But I just have to wait and see on that at the moment. So I’m working on a YA paranormal that’s set in London in the 1800’s.

An interesting period—it sure worked for Sherlock Holmes. Can we get off track and obsess about hair for a minute? Yours is so expletive gorgeous. Does it take a lot of work, or do you bounce out of bed looking like that every morning?

It doesn’t take a lot of extra time on a daily basis. I just use a shampoo that’s color-enhancing. But red is a difficult color to keep looking bright, so I have to color it frequently. And it’s a little more complicated because I use a store dye first to bring my natural color up to a light auburn. Then I mix Napalm Orange and High Octane Orange Special Effects together to get exactly the shade I want.

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Author Interview – Louise Rozett (5)

 Confessions of an Angry Girl (Confessions, #1)

Louise Rozett is the author of Confessions of an Angry Girl!

Tell us, how does it feel to be a published author? You must be super excited to see your book on the shelves!

I am totally beyond thrilled, and you’re right, I can’t wait to go to a bookstore and see my book sitting there, waiting for someone to come along and bring it home! I love the idea that the characters who depended on me to tell the world their story are now out there, on their own, in book form! It’s so exciting.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I studied both acting and singing, and spent time in New York doing musical theatre, which I loved. But there are things about a performer’s life that I couldn’t live with, and I became more and more drawn to making my living as a writer. I started writing when I was a kid, and I wrote lots of short stories and several plays as I was growing up, but it wasn’t until I became disenchanted with my life as a performer that I realized how much I love writing, and how it feeds my soul.
Now tell us a bit about your debut novel, Confessions of an Angry Girl.
Confessions of an Angry Girl is about Rose Zarelli, a high school freshman with some serious rage. She’s having a tough year because her father lost his job and took work as a contractor in Iraq, and was killed. On top of that, she likes the “wrong” guy, his scary girlfriend is now her nemesis, and her best friend is suddenly talking about losing her virginity. Rose isn’t ready for many of the issues that arise in high school—especially not while she’s learning how to deal with grief—and she finds herself without a support system at a crucial moment. It really makes her angry.
Where did your inspiration come from, to write about a girl who has so many troubles in her life, causing her to be, well angry?
I’ve always been interested in how girls feel and express anger. I think girls are somehow subliminally—or maybe not so subliminally—taught that they are supposed to be nice, quiet, and accommodating all the time. While those are valid ways of “being” in many situations, they shouldn’t overrule the expression of emotion. Girls should be able to express their anger without being told that they’re loud or impolite—or worse, too emotional or crazy.
Did you have any road bumps along your journey? Within the story process or publishing process?
It was a long process, because it took me a number of years to figure out what I was writing! I started writing a novel for adults 12 years ago and the chapters alternated between the woman as an adult in the present, and the woman as a teenager in high school. I worked on it on and off for about 6 years before I realized that I was really drawn to the high school character—I kept going back to her chapters when I was supposed to be working on the chapters in the present. But even after I realized that, I still let the book languish on my hard drive. At a certain point about 4 years ago, the book really started to call to me after I had become interested in YA literature, so I decided to pull out the high school chapters and string them together to see what I had. And that’s when I truly met 14-year-old Rose Zarelli, face to face (so to speak).
The sequel, Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend, is set for release in May 2013. Can you shed any light on what we can expect?
I’m really excited about Almost-Girlfriend. Everybody’s a little older, the stakes are higher, and some of the characters have undergone pretty major transformations over the summer. Also, there’s a new character I just love: Conrad, a gay freshman whose battle against homophobia becomes part of Rose’s life in an unexpected way.
Sounds like it will be a fantastic sequel, I can’t wait! Now just some random fun questions!
Any hobbies?
I am also a playwright—I love writing for theatre. I have a fantastic collaborator—an actress/director named Tracy Middendorf—and we did a play together last summer about 9/11 at the New York International Fringe Festival. We’re now working on a screenplay together.
Any special writing habits?
I can’t stay in the same place when I write! I sit at the kitchen table with my laptop for a few hours, then I’ll move to the dining room table, then I’ll end up on the couch or on the bed, then at my desk… I’m not sure why I move when I do, but I’ll snap out of my writing daze and realize that I’m not sitting where I was when I first started working. It’s funny. And odd. Which might be an apt description of me in general, now that I think about it.
Favourite book of all time? (Apart from your own of course!)
My favorite book of all time is The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. It absolutely kills me. Plus, I’m still I’m madly in love with Joe—one of the main characters—even though I read the book about 10 years ago. I just can’t help it. (Apologies to my lovely boyfriend.)

Author Bio:

Louise Rozett spent her junior year of college at the University of New South Wales, and returned to Sydney in 2000 to cover the Olympics for Scholastic.com. Australia is her favorite place in the world, and as a result, she has a tattoo of the Sydney Opera House. She’d like to think she is the only person in the world with this tattoo, but she knows that’s probably not true.