Back To School Interviews with M. C. Frank

Back To School Interviews with M. C. Frank

Welcome to the LAST BTS series interviews, Luvs

I’ve had SO much fun creating these interviews and reading what the authors had to say!

 

If you didn’t know this was a series you can click right here to see the rest of the interviews.

Today I am interviewing the amazing M. C. Frank. I’ve worked with her on my blog a few times now and she has been a doll. I love her and her books find her links below *points down* 😉

 

About M. C. Frank

M.C. Frank

Thank you for stumbling upon my little bookish corner of the internet!
I am M.C. Frank: writer, reader, designer, editor, physicist and teacher. (To mention a few.)
I have been living in a world of stories ever since I can remember (that’s before I knew how to write). I started writing them down when I could no longer stand the characters in my head screaming at me to give them life and while those first scribblings weren’t exactly good (nor were they books, although I insisted on calling them that), they were enough for me to discover my passion in life.
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  twitter logo  facebook-icon  goodreads-logo  000tumblr  amazon logo

You walk into the doors and go to your locker, what would your bookish locker look like?

Lots of colors!

We go to homeroom, the class is talking about a book. Which book is it?

Grapes of Wrath

For me, math is the most frustrating part of the day! What’s the most frustrating part of being an author?

All parts are equally frustrating and delicious! (That’s why we’re crazy, most of us)

1+1 = 2… so which characters from your book should we pair together to make a disastrous combination? … as disastrous as I feel about this math class.

Pairing Karim with Astra from No Ordinary Star had been pretty disastrous in the past… But in the last book… you’ll see!

Your next class is art! What would you love to see drawn out from your book?

The polar bear rescuing Astra

The bell rings and you grab your art supplies to take to your locker, on the way… you see your crush! Do you go talk to him or run in a different direction? Have you ever run into any swoony guys on purpose… literally or metaphorically? 😉

I’d just walk past him, and if he wanted to talk then… yay! But I’m too shy to initiate conversation with anyone, let alone le crush.

We get to lunch and I forgot mine…again. What did you bring… and can you share? I’m starving!

I never had lunch at school, too much anxiety and studying in-between classes. Sorreeee

Now it’s time for gym, do you want to ditch and go to the library or stay and play? What’s your favorite sport?

Library,, hands down

Some of you may be taking notes in history, but I’m staring at the cute guy in the corner, wishing we had our own history I could be thinking about. Do you study the era you write about like I’m studying this guy, or do you wing it like I’m considering within my next conversation with this guy… I mean…did I say that for everyone to hear? Answer the question: how much research do you do for your novel?

Tons and tons

Thanks for being a distraction in history, now lets get to music! We are late so we end up playing (what instrument)? Do you have a favorite song or genre of music you listen to when writing?

I don’t listen to music when I write, as it distracts me, but when I’m at the plotting stage, I find a lot of songs to inspire me. I have a playlist for No Ordinary Star on my blog, mcfrankauthor.tumblr.com . My favorite song from that is The Call.

Off to Chemistry! My favorite class… wait, not like the swoony Chemistry? Drat! well, let’s hope we get to make something explode today! What was the most explosively cool thing you’ve been able to do as an author?

Send signed copies to all of my reviewers. Wow.

Today went well! We didn’t get to make anything explode but maybe next time! What book should we fan-girl over on the bus today?

No Vain Loss, totally! It’s about Christmas, snow, fairy lights, forbidden kisses, a war on the ice, a forgotten library and a swoony soldier. Need I say more?

no, you do not need to say more! 😉 Thank you so much for letting me interview you!

I loved this interview, thank you so much, Alexis 🙂

Of course! Thank you as well for being here!
Well that it is for this month Luvs! so many amazing author’s participated in this and I’m so grateful to them all for being on my blog.
can’t wait for next month! Halloween theme! ❤
*Types as I’m wearing wonder woman onesie in spirit of Halloween*
Thanks for reading, Luvs! have a great October!
Advertisements

Back To School Interviews with Alicia Gaile

Back To School Interviews with Alicia Gaile

Welcome to school, Luvs 😉

 

I hope you’ve had a lovely September!

 

This is the second to last interview!

For more from this awesome series of interviews click >>> here 

As you can tell today I am interviewing Alicia Gaile!

Let’s get to know her a bit more

 

About Alicia Gaile

 

I wrote my first fairy story when I was eleven years old and have been hooked on writing ever since. I received a Creative Writing degree from Georgia College and State University in 2011 and started writing early versions of Trial by Song while living abroad in Southeast Asia. When I’m not writing I like to draw, paint, and try out new cooking recipes.

 

facebook-icon  amazon logo  twitter logo

Website

 


 

 

You walk into the doors and go to your locker, what would your bookish locker look like?

Cluttered. My binders would have sheets of story notes sticking out between my homework, not to mention the crumpled up drafts that I can’t throw out in case there’s a line or idea I can use again later. Character sketches would be taped to the inside of the door.

We go to homeroom, the class is talking about a book. Which book is it?

They’re talking about Trial by Song, a YA retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack Sorley gets dragged through a portal into Faerie and escapes with a magic golden harp the fae are determined to get back. And things don’t get any easier when a girl with skin like snow turns up on his family’s doorstep with unexpected ties to the fae.

For me, math is the most frustrating part of the day! What’s the most frustrating part of being an author?

Apart from finding new ways to get my book in front of new readers, the hardest thing is trying not to give too many details away. I love talking about what Jack and Eira have in store for them, but I don’t want to ruin anything before readers get the chance to experience it for themselves.

1+1 = 2… so which characters from your book should we pair together to make a disastrous combination? … as disastrous as I feel about this math class.

The obvious couples are Jack and Eira. From the moment they meet, their lives both take a hard turn toward the uncanny. However, the more volatile pair are Logan and Daisy. He has the faery gift of persuasion. She’s one of the few people in town who can see through him. Their attempt at a relationship ends with Daisy carving her namesake into the side of his Mustang. However, daisy chains are known to provide protection from the fae, and considering what she knows, the Sorley brothers just might need a little extra protection.

Your next class is art! What would you love to see drawn out from your book?

I would love to see Winterthorn transforming from his stag form into his faery one with the Wild Hunt around him.

The bell rings and you grab your art supplies to take to your locker, on the way… you see your crush! Do you go talk to him or run in a different direction? Have you ever run into any swoony guys on purpose… literally or metaphorically? 😉

I make eye contact but don’t say anything unless he speaks up first. I don’t trust myself to be subtle enough to pull off accidentally, on-purpose running into someone swoon-worthy.

We get to lunch and I forgot mine…again. What did you bring… and can you share? I’m starving!

I brought a thermos full of soup and a bag of pretzel sticks. I’m a bit of a germaphobe when it comes to sharing drinks and spoons so I probably won’t share the soup unless we can find you a bowl, but you’re more than welcome to have the pretzels. Oh look, there’s a cookie! We can split it!

Now it’s time for gym, do you want to ditch and go to the library or stay and play? What’s your favorite sport?

I’ll stay and play–as long as we’re not running laps. If I’m in the stands I like watching a softball or baseball game, but if it’s on TV I’d rather read a book than watch sports.

Some of you may be taking notes in history, but I’m staring at the cute guy in the corner, wishing we had our own history I could be thinking about. Do you study the era you write about like I’m studying this guy, or do you wing it like I’m considering within my next conversation with this guy… I mean…did I say that for everyone to hear? Answer the question: how much research do you do for your novel?

I draw on a lot of people and places I know to create the worlds in my novels. Trial by Song incorporates a lot of folklore and fantasy elements which gives me plenty of flexibility, but it’s set present day so I don’t have to do much historical research for setting. I do try and gather as much information about faeries and their ways as I can, the different types of faeries, how their courts are set up, who their leaders are…. I can’t use everything, but I love delving deeper into the lore that is already out there to put my own spin on things.

Thanks for being a distraction in history, now lets get to music! We are late so we end up playing (what instrument)? Do you have a favorite song or genre of music you listen to when writing?

Trumpet (I played for three years in school). I like to listen to instrumental movie soundtracks while I write. John Williams, Danny Elfman, and James Horner have written some gorgeous soundtracks and themes.

Off to Chemistry! My favorite class… wait, not like the swoony Chemistry? Drat! well, let’s hope we get to make something explode today! What was the most explosively cool thing you’ve been able to do as an author?

It’s been amazing to meet so many new people who share a love of fairy tales and fantasy stories! I’ve met some truly wonderful, supportive people through social media, and I’ve really enjoyed swapping stories and advice.

Today went well! We didn’t get to make anything explode but maybe next time! What book should we fan-girl over on the bus today?

If you want more stories like Trial by Song, I highly recommend Thorn Jack by Katherine Harbour, the first of her Night and Nothing novels. It’s a retelling of Tam Lin set in upstate New York. Or the faerie stories of Holly Black. Tithe was one of the first books I read that showcased the dangers of faeries, and it has stuck with me ever since.

Thank you so much for letting me interview you!

Thank you for having me! I had a great time!

I heard retelling I’m totally ready to read Trial by Song XD ❤
I may be addicted to retellings . . .
Luvs! What was your FAVORITE question/answer?

 

 

HAPPY READING, LUVs

Back To School Interviews with J. Keller Ford

Back To School Interviews with J. Keller Ford

Hello Luv!

 

Welcome to my Back to School interview series! to see more of them click here<<< but first continue reading Jenny’s interview!

 

About Jenny Keller Ford

 

JKellerFord-web-300px

J. (Jenny) Keller Ford is a scribbler of speculative fiction and YA tales. As an Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights, and wondrous magic to permeate her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love. When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. She is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a menagerie of royal pets, and her own quirky knight who was brave enough to marry her.

 

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  twitter logo  facebook-icon

http://www.j-keller-ford.com/

wordpress


 

You walk into the doors and go to your locker, what would your bookish locker look like?

I have the coolest locker ever. The inside is decorated like you’re in a mystical forest. Faux trees stand in the corners, their branches stretched over the top shelf of school books swathed in fantastical book covers: you know, fairies, dragons, unicorns. Small fairy and dragon figurines would linger on the branches. More books would lay on their sides on the bottom shelf on top of a carpet of grass (fake of course). There would also be a dragon holding a sea shell made by Julie Kagawa (have you seen the ones she makes? They’re adorable!!) On the inside of the door would be another tree with cups hanging from the branches where I keep my pencils and pens. There would also be a little magic chest that would hold my compact mirror and lipstick.

We go to homeroom, the class is talking about a book. Which book is it?

TOWER OF DAWN, by Sarah Maas. Like who is NOT talking about this book?

For me, math is the most frustrating part of the day! What’s the most frustrating part of being an author?

For me, I think it’s trying to bring a scene together in a way that the reader is in the scene, not just reading it. It’s hard creating clear, concise scenes that are interesting and entertaining without telling the reader what you’re doing. Showing the scene is so much harder. That’s why I’m glad I have beta readers who can pick those scenes out right away and aren’t afraid to say, “Hey, Jen, this is awful. You can do better.” These sorts of comments force me to write better and I hope it shows in the books.

1+1 = 2… so which characters from your book should we pair together to make a disastrous combination? … as disastrous as I feel about this math class.

Slavandria and Seyekrad. That would be cataclysmic, as in destroy the world bad.

Your next class is art! What would you love to see drawn out from your book?

Einar. He is a big, beautiful, magnificent dragon twice the size of Smaug from Lord of the Rings fame. He’s black as onyx, dipped in liquid amethyst. I would love to see the scene where Eric sees him for the first time. The dragon is burning everything, yet there is a moment were Eric just stares, partially in fear, the other in admiration. It’s an intense scene that I would love to see played out in art.

The bell rings and you grab your art supplies to take to your locker, on the way… you see your crush! Do you go talk to him or run in a different direction? Have you ever run into any swoony guys on purpose… literally or metaphorically? 😉

I’d smile, say hi if he’s not surrounded by all the jocks, then scurry to my locker where I’d calm my beating heart. I would never purposely run into my swoon-worthy guy, but I would dream of doing so all the time. I’m too shy to do something so bold. Knowing my luck, it would backfire.

We get to lunch and I forgot mine…again. What did you bring… and can you share? I’m starving!

Turkey, brie and apple sandwich on raisin-walnut bread, cucumber and zucchini slices and red and green grapes. And of course you can have some. There is always plenty for my BFF.

Now it’s time for gym, do you want to ditch and go to the library or stay and play? What’s your favorite sport?

Stay and play of course. It’s archery day!!!!

Some of you may be taking notes in history, but I’m staring at the cute guy in the corner, wishing we had our own history I could be thinking about. Do you study the era you write about like I’m studying this guy, or do you wing it like I’m considering within my next conversation with this guy… I mean…did I say that for everyone to hear? Answer the question: how much research do you do for your novel?

Do I do research? You betcha, especially astrological signs. I mean, I have to know if characters are compatible or not. Sometimes I like throwing opposites together to see if they really do attract. Since I like to put my characters in fantasy settings, I do like to research castles and their surroundings. I have to see how much danger I can put them in to see if they can make it through the horrors I put them in. It’s quite fun, actually.

Thanks for being a distraction in history, now lets get to music! We are late so we end up playing (what instrument)? Do you have a favorite song or genre of music you listen to when writing?

Guitars, of course. Classical guitars. The melodies are so rich and beautiful. I listen a lot to classical guitar, movie soundtracks, and celtic music when I write. I can find so many songs that fit the moods of my characters or a scene that is taking place in the book. I also like some country and pop songs, and you can hear them all on my Spotify playlists.

Off to Chemistry! My favorite class… wait, not like the swoony Chemistry? Drat! well, let’s hope we get to make something explode today! What was the most explosively cool thing you’ve been able to do as an author?

Have my first book published! I can’t even explain how I felt seeing my first book in print. My words, once my own, now belonged to the world. The feeling is indescribable, and the feeling doesn’t go away with each book. In fact, I think it gets stronger. It’s crazy but I like this kind of crazy.

Today went well! We didn’t get to make anything explode but maybe next time! What book should we fan-girl over on the bus today?

Have you read SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS, by Darcy Woods, or SPARKS OF LIGHT by Janet B. Taylor? OMG!! You’ve got to read them!! Awesome romances, one contemporary, one historical time-travel fantasy, but both will make you wanna snuggle with your kitty or pup and a hot cup of tea. Total feel-good books!!!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you!

Aww. Thank you!! This was a fun interview. I had a lot of fun. See you soon, and don’t forget to check out my book, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, and the second book in the trilogy, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING, coming October 24. I look forward to chatting with you again. 🙂

 


 

Thank you Jenny!

I had so much fun with these interviews! we have 2 more guys so stay alert for Alicia Gaile and M.C. Frank! ❤

 

Do you enjoy my mini-series interviews, Luvs?

 

 

HAPPY READING, LUVs

Back To School Interviews with Jessica Kapp

Back To School Interviews with Jessica Kapp

Welcome back to school, Luvs!

Make sure to go check out all the other lovely author’s who joined in on this event! ❤

 

Today I am interviewing Jessica Kapp author of Body Parts.

Let’s start off by introducing the new student! 😉

About Jessica Kapp

cropped-bw-kapp-headshotJESSICA KAPP always thought her penmanship would improve with age. She even wished for it on her eleventh birthday. But after having a hard time deciphering her own writing, she hijacked her grandma’s typewriter—a really cool one with white correction tape—and started creating fictional worlds. She loves to imagine the what-ifs of life as she writes contemporary and speculative fiction for young adults. Jessica lives with her husband and children on a small farm in Washington state with far too many goats and the occasional cow.

 

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa    amazon logo    facebook-icon    twitter logo0000B&amp;N000audible   000googleplay   Image result for youtube logo    000ibooks   000indiebound   000kobo

 

website

 


 

You walk into the doors and go to your locker, what would your bookish locker look like?

The outside of my locker would be decorated to look like a book spine! Inside, I’d have magnetic quotes from my favorite books, plenty of journals for me to write down story ideas, and several pens so I never have an excuse not to write. And I’d always have books on hand to read or lend to a friend.

We go to homeroom, the class is talking about a book. Which book is it?

Something a little dark and twisted, like Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

For me, math is the most frustrating part of the day! What’s the most frustrating part of being an author?

Writing myself into a corner! Sometimes a scene goes off in a direction you don’t expect, and after 5,000 words, you realize it’s not the direction you wanted to go. It’s like working on a math problem for two hours only to realize you did the first step wrong. I hate having to go back and start over!

1+1 = 2… so which characters from your book should we pair together to make a disastrous combination? … as disastrous as I feel about this math class.

Kenny and his brother, Ry. Kenny would do anything for a little praise for their father, even if it means sabotaging his little brother’s safety. Ry falsely believes his brother has his best intentions in mind, and putting those two together would be disastrous–at least for sweet, trusting Ry.

Your next class is art! What would you love to see drawn out from your book?

I love art class!! Can I stay here forever??! Okay, so in BODY PARTS, people are addicted to pills that perfect them. There are pills that can make your hair grow five inches in five minutes, give you super-sonic hearing, instant muscle tone, and so on! I would love to see the results of these powerful–but dangerous–pills, drawn out.

The bell rings and you grab your art supplies to take to your locker, on the way… you see your crush! Do you go talk to him or run in a different direction? Have you ever run into any swoony guys on purpose… literally or metaphorically? 😉

Eep! Well, I wouldn’t run in a different direction, but I would look away or, better yet, find someone to talk to so I didn’t have to make eye contact. I’m simply not that brave! Now, if this crush has flirted with me before, I might have the courage…but I’m not the type to make the first move. I crush from afar until I know it’s safe to engage flirting. 🙂

We get to lunch and I forgot mine…again. What did you bring… and can you share? I’m starving!

Of course, I’ll share! I’ve got a bagel sandwich: toasted with a cream cheese spread, lunch meat, cheese and a chipotle sauce, and maybe even a tomato. I definitely have chips (I can’t live without them), and most likely a Rice Krispie treat we can split in half. I prefer water, but I’m sure I can scrounge up some change so we can get a couple of sodas if you prefer 🙂

Now it’s time for gym, do you want to ditch and go to the library or stay and play? What’s your favorite sport?

Um… sorry. No ditching for me. As much as I LOVE libraries, I’m all about sports. Bring on P.E.! I play soccer on a Monday night league (we won first in our summer division and our sponsor is sending us to Seattle to play next year!) and I play basketball in the winter on a co-ed league. But I also love volleyball! Choosing just one is too hard–that’s like picking a favorite book. I like too many 🙂

Some of you may be taking notes in history, but I’m staring at the cute guy in the corner, wishing we had our own history I could be thinking about. Do you study the era you write about like I’m studying this guy, or do you wing it like I’m considering within my next conversation with this guy… I mean…did I say that for everyone to hear? Answer the question: how much research do you do for your novel?

Lol! I would love to say I research the snot out of everything, but I wing it quite a bit! I mean, I DO research. For BODY PARTS, I talked with a geneticist on how people metabolize chemicals in different ways, and I learned that redheads need more anesthesia than non-redheads. But, in so far as the storyline, I veer away from my outline and fly by the seat of my pants. I never know where my characters are going to take me… hence, why I write myself into a corner sometimes (refer to the math question above)

Thanks for being a distraction in history, now lets get to music! We are late so we end up playing (what instrument)? Do you have a favorite song or genre of music you listen to when writing?

Does Rock Band guitar count as an instrument? I only play piano, and badly. How about we say you played and I cheered you on? M’kay? I love twenty one pilots, but I need COMPLETE SILENCE when writing. Now, AFTER I write, I like to figure out what songs go with scenes or characters. But I don’t listen to music when I’m trying to write all the words. 🙂

Off to Chemistry! My favorite class… wait, not like the swoony Chemistry? Drat! well, let’s hope we get to make something explode today! What was the most explosively cool thing you’ve been able to do as an author?

Ha! I agree! Chemistry is not my favorite class either… But yes, let’s get crazy! I think one of the coolest things was being able to hear my audiobook for the first time. The fact that someone was paid to read my story and give my characters a real voice was pretty cool.

Today went well! We didn’t get to make anything explode but maybe next time! What book should we fan-girl over on the bus today?

There’s always next time, right?! 🙂 I have a few I like to swoon over… Legend by Marie Lu. Skin Jackers by Neal Shusterman, The Sun is Also a Star by Nikola Yoon. They’re all amazing! Of course, we can swoon over mine too if you want 😉

Thank you so much for letting me interview you!

Thanks for having me! This was fun!!

 


*impatiently adds book to cart*
I need ITTTTTTT
I adored her answers! And after hearing that little part about the pills and Ry and Kenny… there is no way I’m NOT getting this book as soon as possible. So that’s added onto the list for “BUY IMMEDIATELY” XD
Thank you, Jessica, for being here today! and the bagel sandwich was great!
We only have two more interviews, Luvs!
Do you have any favorite interviews so far??

HAPPY READING, LUVs

 

 

 

 

Back To School Interviews with Kasi Blake

Back To School Interviews with Kasi Blake

Hello, Luvs!

 

This is the 7th Back To School Interview! We have four more to go! ❤

I am super excited for next months interviews, it will be HALLOWEEN, my favorite time of the year.

 

Related image

 

Today I am interviewing Kasi Blake! I will add beforehand that I love the replies!

 

About Kasi Blake

PictureWhen I was in the third grade, I found out a good story could get me out of trouble. Okay, some people call it lying, but I didn’t see anything wrong with using the skill to avoid being grounded. Over the years, that didn’t change. My stories just grew more elaborate. When I was 12, I began to write them down, starting with a six-page tale about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks and the good girl that secretly wanted him. I went on to write for Harlequin for a few years. Then, I published a vampire series on my own, and now I’m publishing with Clean Teen. They are about to release my exciting series on witches using their powers to play dangerous games at school.

 

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  twitter logo  facebook-icon  amazon logo

facebook group

website


 

You walk into the doors and go to your locker, what would your bookish locker look like?

I would have Snoopy cartoons where he is writing taped to the locker door. Of course there would be copies of Twilight, City of Bones, and Vampires Rule inside in case I found time to read on break or at lunch. I would have a couple notebooks for working on my own books. Pictures of book boyfriends would be a plus.

We go to homeroom, the class is talking about a book. Which book is it?

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan. It has a male lead, and a huge twist at the end.

For me, math is the most frustrating part of the day! What’s the most frustrating part of being an author?

The actual writing is great. Being an author means you can spend more than just a few hours in this other world. Plus you can make it go on and on by making a series. The worst thing for me is when you write The End on a long series and know your time with those characters is over. Characters can become like family to you.

1+1 = 2… so which characters from your book should we pair together to make a disastrous combination? … as disastrous as I feel about this math class.

Lily from my book Witch Hunt and Cowboy (a vampire) from Vampires Rule because she is so annoying I think he would kill her in minutes, maybe even seconds. I can’t see him putting up with her cheerful gossiping and nosy intrusions.

Your next class is art! What would you love to see drawn out from your book?

The wicked school from my Order of the Spirit Realm Series beginning with the book Bait. It is a huge building in New Zealand, black and tall with moving floors on top. Looks sort of like a giant child tried to build a block tower.

The bell rings and you grab your art supplies to take to your locker, on the way… you see your crush! Do you go talk to him or run in a different direction? Have you ever run into any swoony guys on purpose… literally or metaphorically? 😉

I would walk by probably a few times to see if I could catch his eye. Yes, I have run from a guy, usually an ex.

We get to lunch and I forgot mine…again. What did you bring… and can you share? I’m starving!

I bought leftover pizza, and I have pudding cups. Pudding cups can make any day better.

Now it’s time for gym, do you want to ditch and go to the library or stay and play? What’s your favorite sport?

Library. Badminton is one of my favorite sports, but I also enjoy soccer. On days when I just want to be left alone, running around the track is good. That way I can be alone in my mind and still get some exercise.

Some of you may be taking notes in history, but I’m staring at the cute guy in the corner, wishing we had our own history I could be thinking about. Do you study the era you write about like I’m studying this guy, or do you wing it like I’m considering within my next conversation with this guy… I mean…did I say that for everyone to hear? Answer the question: how much research do you do for your novel?

My novels take place in contemporary times, but I do have some character flashbacks. Since I’m dealing with vampires a lot, sometimes I have to go back thousands of years. I research a lot during a novel. Once in a while I can get a friend to help. Some people like research. I love to learn about places and love to hear interesting facts, but I don’t enjoy the research. Finding info can be hard, and I’d rather spend my time writing.

Thanks for being a distraction in history, now lets get to music! We are late so we end up playing (what instrument)? Do you have a favorite song or genre of music you listen to when writing?

The music I listen to changes with the book I am writing. When I’m having problems with a scene, I listen to music for inspiration. Some of my favorites include Avril Lavigne, Coldplay, Guns n Roses, etc. While working on my latest, a fairy tale unraveling, I listened to Roses and Violets and that new Peter Pan song.

Off to Chemistry! My favorite class… wait, not like the swoony Chemistry? Drat! well, let’s hope we get to make something explode today! What was the most explosively cool thing you’ve been able to do as an author?

I got to make friends with a mountain lion. Someone I met lives out in the country where he’s allowed to have wild animals, and he had a mountain lion. It had the most amazing green eyes you’ve ever seen, and I was too stupid to be scared. He took it out of the huge habitat he had built for it and introduced me. The lion slowly walked up to me and put it’s mouth around my upper thigh. It didn’t bite me, just let me know that it could. I pet her head and said, “You are such a pretty girl.” He made her get off me. Wish I had pictures of that.

Today went well! We didn’t get to make anything explode but maybe next time! What book should we fan-girl over on the bus today?

My newest release 4-Ever Hunted. Trick dreams of being the world’s greatest hunter, but he was born with dark power that is slowly killing him. A couple new arrivals in town offer a solution. He can become the thing he hates most. He can put away his stake and join them. This book is only available at Amazon.

Thank you so much for letting me interview you!

Thank you

 


 

 

Holy crap, that is amazing I want to pet a mountain lion. I am as well too stupid to be scared when it comes to animals. I would risk dying to pet a lion XD

I would probably start panicking if it put its mouth around me . . . but still suppper cool and super jealous!

Image result for lion and human gif

 

HAPPY READING, LUVs

Back To School Interviews with Kim Zarins

Back To School Interviews with Kim Zarins

Hi, Luvs!

 

I am so excited for this interview, I did another interview with the luvely Kim Zarins last . To go read that interview just click here <<<<

 

To see other interviews in the BACK TO SCHOOL series just go to the top right corner of your device and click Special events ;P

About Kim Zarins

KimHoldingRiverside.jpg

Kim Zarins is such a reader that when she was about 19, someone asked if she were an English major, because she apparently looked like someone who read a lot. She indeed was an English major. She went on to get a PhD in English Literature and became a medievalist, so she could read about magic and dragons and Chaucerian shenanigans. She then became a professor (come to my school and say hi! I’m at Sacramento State University!), and she loves her students. But while she carried on this academic life, she always loved literature for kids and teens, so it was kind of a double life…UNTIL NOW! She’s recently published Sometimes We Tell the Truth, a YA contemporary about an all-day bus ride to Washington DC, taken by some teens who pass the time telling stories. These stories are retellings of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. You don’t need to know anything about Chaucer’s medieval masterpiece, but when you see the fan fiction in the novel, it’s basically Kim’s way of saying Chaucer was a fan fiction guy himself, and Kim is fangirling on Chaucer and the YA world. It would make Kim’s day if you checked out her book!

 

twitter logo  facebook-icon  goodreads-logo  aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Website: www.kimzarins.com

Publisher site: http://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Kim-Zarins/555055413

 (tbh I’m new to Instagram and don’t know how to use it yet–bear with me!)

(I have a giveaway contest of several signed YA novels–my own and SIGNED books by Jay Asher and Daniel Handler!!–it’s happening on my Facebook page as we speak, completed in Oct 6, 2017)


 

 

You walk into the doors and go to your locker, what would your bookish locker look like?

It would look similar to my dorm room freshman year–the walls covered with quotations of poetry. I really went for pretty poetry. I spent a lot of time in high school typing out my favorite poems on my desktop Mac in a slide-show program that predates PowerPoint. I had no internet back then, so no cut and paste for me! I guess I had an inner-emo thing going–when I quoted Thomas Gray’s “Elegy on a country Churchyard,” and included that line about “The paths of glory lead but to the grave,” I used my Mac Paint program to draw…guess what?…a grave. Haha! In retrospect, I guess my roommate Stella must have thought my side of the room looked weird, no posters, just wordswordswords, and of course that image of a grave, but I loved waking up and having my eyes fall on a bit of William Wordsworth or Robert Frost, etc. I wanted to internalize these poems so they were completely inside me. So, yes, nerdy locker. I must also warn you that my locker would be totally cluttered with more books and papers than actually fit in there. I would keep my own stories and poems in their spiral notebooks hidden way way at the bottom so that you’d never see.

We go to homeroom, the class is talking about a book. Which book is it?

Just one book?! My characters love to talk about books and stories–including their own stories since they are competing to tell the best tale on the all-day bus ride. In my novel, J. K. Rowling is sacred stuff, and my characters have that all-time important conversation: what Hogwarts House they each belong in. I like that conversation because when we talk about books, we’re also kind of talking about our own identities and sometimes our deepest feelings. Books really are a great way for us to connect with each other and ourselves in a way we wouldn’t otherwise.

For me, math is the most frustrating part of the day! What’s the most frustrating part of being an author?

It can be frustrating when you can’t see your way through a story–that’s disheartening. And it can feel bad when you get sick and tired of your characters and you feel like you are editing them to death, or slogging through dull scenes to work toward what you hope will be the good one…that is when the story feels like a math problem and not something more meaningful. Usually at that point you need some distance from your story rather than slogging through it. Take a break–pet animals, smell flowers, recharge. I also have a writing secret: if you really hate a scene you are writing, SKIP IT. Write something in a totally different part of the novel. Write the whole thing out of order, and when you get back to that dreaded scene, it might not feel so mathy anymore.

1+1 = 2… so which characters from your book should we pair together to make a disastrous combination? … as disastrous as I feel about this math class.

Oh, I can think of lots! On the bus ride on my story, there are personalities that totally clash, which made the novel very fun to write, because the characters get on each other’s nerves. Here’s one example. There is this geeky tattletale named Reeve who spies on his classmates and writes down all their infractions on his handy clipboard. When it’s his turn to tell a story, it’s a nasty one and reveals some attraction for two popular girls on the bus: Alison, a girl I can only describe in this short space as larger-than-life amazing; and Briony, captain of the cheerleading squad. He narrates romance scenes with both girls, only barely shrouded with fictional names. Alison interrupts Reeve and makes him redo his icky scene with her. Briony is beyond grossed out and gives Reeve a piece of her mind both during and after his tale. Some of my favorite parts in the book are not just the tales, but the interruptions and arguments that the tales provoke!

Your next class is art! What would you love to see drawn out from your book?

Oh, I’d love to see Pard’s sketchbook–I’d love to hold that piece of him in my hands. Pard is the senior class artist, and he’s got his sketchbook out and draws people while they’re telling their tales on the bus, but he doesn’t share his sketchbook with people, not willingly. Art is a big theme of the book. If you look at the cover of the book and the jacket, you see lots of drawings. Each one represents the 21 stories told by the characters, and the idea is that Pard is making art in his sketchbook for each character as well. Jeff the narrator glimpsed Pard’s book early on and could see that Pard’s images told their own secrets, and I’d love to see some of those secrets revealed, and just be in Pard’s company in this special way.

The bell rings and you grab your art supplies to take to your locker, on the way… you see your crush! Do you go talk to him or run in a different direction? Have you ever run into any swoony guys on purpose… literally or metaphorically? 😉

RUN THE OTHER DIRECTION. FLEEEE. Okay, next question!
We get to lunch and I forgot mine…again. What did you bring… and can you share? I’m starving!
I’m excited to share, because I have this amazing healthy lunch! I peeled rainbow carrots from the farmer’s market, and I have cucumbers slices from my yard, some of last peaches of summer, and sprouted almonds mixed with coconut chips and mixed dried fruit and pumpkin seeds. Isn’t this fabulous? If we really wanted to splurge, we’d finish with Lindt 90% dark chocolate. So good! I didn’t eat this way as a teen, but nowadays I’m trying to bring healthy foods to school with me. It’s like Past Me saying “I love you” to Future Me (or Present Me, depending on your point of view).

Now it’s time for gym, do you want to ditch and go to the library or stay and play? What’s your favorite sport?

As long as we’re not running, I like PE. I like kicking round things and hitting round things. I played volleyball and softball in high school. I didn’t want to continue when I reached Varsity level, because it was too much pressure and I wasn’t competitive enough, but I loved the sports for fun. Volleyball was the best because something was always happening.

Some of you may be taking notes in history, but I’m staring at the cute guy in the corner, wishing we had our own history I could be thinking about. Do you study the era you write about like I’m studying this guy, or do you wing it like I’m considering within my next conversation with this guy… I mean…did I say that for everyone to hear? Answer the question: how much research do you do for your novel?

I research quite a bit! Since my novel retells Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and I’ve been teaching Chaucer for years, I felt pretty familiar with the story, but I still re-read tales and also read scholarly essays and books. But since the characters on the bus live in modern America and adore Harry Potter and other modern classics, I needed to reread lots of books for kids and teens. Pretty fun way to research!

Thanks for being a distraction in history, now let’s get to music! We are late so we end up playing (what instrument)? Do you have a favorite song or genre of music you listen to when writing?

Ah, I wish I could play a musical instrument–I tried the piano as a kid, but my left hand wanted to do whatever my right hand was doing. When I was writing Sometimes We Tell the Truth, I’d drive to school and back and listen to the radio. The songs I’d hear would remind me of different characters and get me in the mood to write about them. Pink Floyd’s “Money” made me excited to get into Frye’s tale of a devil infiltrating a high school to lure one greedy student to Hell. Linkin Park’s “Numb” reminded me how trapped the main character Jeff feels by his own inner critic. If you read the novel and feel a connection between a character and a song, I would LOVE to hear from you. I’ve been meaning for ages to put a playlist on my website, a song for each character, but I could use a bit of help–and I’d reward you with stickers and bookmarks!

Off to Chemistry! My favorite class… wait, not like the swoony Chemistry? Drat! well, let’s hope we get to make something explode today! What was the most explosively cool thing you’ve been able to do as an author?

The coolest thing by far is to take a reader into another place, a place they want to be or a place that they connect with on a deeper level. That is pretty amazing to me. It’s very meaningful to me when a reader tells me that they identified with one of the characters, when they’ve shared the same joys or pain. I’ve had some conversations with readers that I really treasure. The book has made it possible to connect with people in whole new ways for me, and I’m honored by that.

Today went well! We didn’t get to make anything explode but maybe next time! What book should we fan-girl over on the bus today?

Haha, when you said “on the bus” it made me think of my bus in Sometimes We Tell the Truth. The teens do a lot of fangirling on books during their ride to Washington DC. J. K. Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, Neil Gaiman, and Laini Taylor, to name a few. Oh, and older classics like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. J. R. R. Tolkien, too. These are bookish teens! It’s definitely a fangirling, bookish sort of bus ride!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you!

Thank you for having me! Actually, I mean what I said earlier…if you read the book and identify one of my characters with a song, I’d love to hear about it and send you a small gift of thanks: a bookmark, bookplate (if you want one!), and stickers for the characters that you associated with certain songs. You can easily email me through my website or find me on social media. Thanks again! And I hope you have a great semester. I’m really looking forward to mine! And don’t forget to pack yourself a healthy lunch and a fabulous book. 🙂

Thank you Kim for letting me interview today! I loveeee your answers!
Can’t wait till I order SOMETIMES WE TELL THE TRUTH! ❤

 

Image result for heart eyes gif

Do you have a favorite character from Kim Zarins novel?

 

HAPPY READING, LUVs

Back To School Interviews with T. Damon

Back To School Interviews with T. Damon

Hello Luvs!

 

To see interviews from the past week click HERE to go to the special events page!

I hope you are ready for ANOTHER interview! we one more week full of interviews! so, let’s jump into this one with the awesome T. Damon!

 

About the Author

Karen2

T. Damon lives in Northern California, where she spends most of her time imagining new worlds and bringing them to life. Though most of her professional life has been in the zoological field, she has always maintained a passion for writing, and it was her love of animals and nature that inspired her to create The Forest Spirit series. T. Damon also harbors an interest in anything magical, spiritual, or paranormal. When she’s not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, and pets.

 

 

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa  twitter logo  facebook-icon


 

 

You walk into the doors and go to your locker, what would your bookish locker look like?

Lots of beautiful artwork featuring faeries, trolls, and witches. Crystals hung from the ceiling, and a special spot for smudging– because sometimes the energy at school can be thick and/or negative, so I’ll need a way to cleanse it!

We go to homeroom, the class is talking about a book. Which book is it?

They’re talking about the entire Forest Spirit series! Book 3: The Reckoning, was recently released, so there’s much to discuss in terms of how it relates to The Falling and The Haunting. There’s debate over whether The Haunting or The Reckoning is scarier!

For me, math is the most frustrating part of the day! What’s the most frustrating part of being an author?

I would like to say writer’s block, but in actuality its keeping all the details of my stories straight! I’m ashamed to admit that I often need to go back in books I’ve written and reread certain aspects so I can connect them or refer to events for the later installments.

1+1 = 2… so which characters from your book should we pair together to make a disastrous combination? … as disastrous as I feel about this math class.

Putting Garmon, the leader of the Faery Kingdom army with pretty much anybody! He’s quite the grumpy character, so he tends to find flaws with the beings around him, and is not shy about calling them out on them!

Your next class is art! What would you love to see drawn out from your book?

I would love to see a beautiful rendition of my favorite friend pair– Myso the troll and Basil the skunk.

The bell rings and you grab your art supplies to take to your locker, on the way… you see your crush! Do you go talk to him or run in a different direction? Have you ever run into any swoony guys on purpose… literally or metaphorically? 😉

Definitely go talk to him! Boys can be just as oblivious as the nymphs, he might not realize that I’m into him right away. It’s always fun to have a little flirt, too!

We get to lunch and I forgot mine…again. What did you bring… and can you share? I’m starving!

A delicious sandwich! Nymphs make the best bread, and the bread definitely makes the sandwich. And let’s not forget chips! To me, they’re the most important part.

Now it’s time for gym, do you want to ditch and go to the library or stay and play? What’s your favorite sport?

I’m down to stay and play! Acornball is a great game that the nymphs play. But if Acornball gets boring, I’d be very interested in heading to the library to catch up on my latest read (which is probably a book by Lyssa Chiavari or Holly Black).

Some of you may be taking notes in history, but I’m staring at the cute guy in the corner, wishing we had our own history I could be thinking about. Do you study the era you write about like I’m studying this guy, or do you wing it like I’m considering within my next conversation with this guy… I mean…did I say that for everyone to hear? Answer the question: how much research do you do for your novel?

I do a fair amount of research, especially for my characters’ names! I want the name to reflect the true nature of each character I write.

Thanks for being a distraction in history, now lets get to music! We are late so we end up playing (what instrument)? Do you have a favorite song or genre of music you listen to when writing?

I actually play the bass in real life, and have played in several bands since I was a young teenager. I even played in a Roy Orbison cover band in college, which was really fun! I tend to avoid listening to music while I write since I personally find it distracting, but when I’m not writing I prefer to listen to music from the 50’s and 60’s, especially teen idols and doo wop. I can never get enough of Bobby Rydell, Bobby Darin, The Drifters, Elvis, Ricky Nelson, Lloyd Price, Frankie Avalon, and Dion and the Belmonts!

Off to Chemistry! My favorite class… wait, not like the swoony Chemistry? Drat! well, let’s hope we get to make something explode today! What was the most explosively cool thing you’ve been able to do as an author?

I had a booth at a local author’s event at the Charles Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, California, where I live. It was amazing to meet so many young fans, some of whom were aspiring writers!

Today went well! We didn’t get to make anything explode but maybe next time! What book should we fan-girl over on the bus today?

Actually, I’d recommend fangirling over a young adult contemporary novel entitled A Girl Named Dracula by K.L. Teal. It’s fun, relatable, and an easy read! I’d also definitely recommend checking out Lyssa Chiavari’s latest book, Cheerleaders from Planet X!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you! 

You are very welcome! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

adding “A Girl Named Dracula” to my TBR on goodreads right now! ❤
THE BEST MUSIC IS 50s MUSIC! I love the 50s!!!!
Image result for 1950s gif
I loved your answers T.Damon!
What was your favorite Question/answer, luv?
Mine was when she mentioned Garmon… totally seems like a lovable character ;P

HAPPY READING, LUVs