Unstrung Interview

Kendra Highley is the author of ‘Unstrung’. Here is my interview with her.

 

Unstrung:

Book One: Unstrung Series


Lexa Pate, seventeen-year-old thief extraordinaire, has burned a bridge or two in her life. You don’t make a career out of stealing other people’s property without making enemies.

When a risky job goes from bad to worse, Lexa and her adopted family find themselves on Precipice Corporation’s hit list because they’ve accidentally stolen the wrong thing–plans for a new model of genetically-engineered super humans. Now every bounty hunter, cop on the take, and snitch in the city is after them.

Lexa’s world crumbles around her as she fights to keep her family safe even as someone strolls out of her forgotten past. Quinn claims to know who Lexa really is, but can she trust a stranger she met while robbing his boss?

More importantly, does she really want to know what Quinn has to tell her?

Based on the fairy tale Pinocchio, UNSTRUNG takes you into a near future world where the lines between fake and real are blurred, all that’s pristine isn’t always innocent, and being a criminal isn’t always wrong.

 

What character, encompassing all fiction, is your favorite?

Wow, just one? That’s a tough one. I’ve always been drawn to Austenian characters, so

maybe Emma? More recently, I’ve loved Eliza from the Girl of Fire and Thorns series.

She’s so strong, despite being told she’s not.

What character do you relate to the most, in your book?

I probably relate most with Lexa. She tough, but vulnerable, and she’d do anything for

her family.

What is your inspiration for your main character?

I’ve always loved the idea of Cat Woman (and I really enjoy heist capers, like Sneakers

and Ocean’s Eleven), plus I really enjoy SciFi that makes you question what is human

(Battlestar Galatica, for example). I pulled together those two ideas and came up with

a character in a new future world where “artificial” humans were made to work for “real”

humans. She was a thief, working against the prevailing government.

What is your favorite book/series?

I have so many: The Curse Workers, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Girl of Fire and

Thorns, LOTR, and The Raven Cycle to name a few.

Who is your favorite author?

There are many who’ve influenced me, but my first real favorite author as a teen was

Cynthia Voigt.

Why did you start writing?

I’ve written little scraps of stories most of my life, but I didn’t get series about publication

until 2008.

If given the choice to be in any fictional world, which would you choose?

Wow, not a dystopian for sure! Maybe Hogwarts. I think that would be amazing.

 

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Interview with Myunique C. Green

I had an interview with the author Myunique C. Green.

 

Bio:

I am a current student pursuing a BFA in Literature and Independent author with 7 published titles. My first novel, Bloodlines: Everything That Glitters has peaked within the Top 10 of Amazon-Kindle’s Bestseller/Top 100 list; my other titles, Last SeenMinutes 2 Madness and Deceptive have also shared similar designations. 713, a mystery crime tale, dominated the United States Bestselling Kindle Short-stories and remained a #1 seller for a two consecutive weeks. Recently, I accepted a 2nd place award from the Midtown Journal, by way of Houston Community College, for a fiction short-story entry into their semi-annual writing contest and was highlighted on their website (www.midtownjournal.com). Since, I have also been a part of several Midtown poetry readings with poems featured in the Houston Chronicle.

In my downtime, I consider myself something of an oddball and undoubtedly the black sheep of my family. In fact, my quest began by simply wanting to create something different.

 

Q: Why did you start writing?

A: I started writing in school. Won awards, traveled to other schools to tell my stories… Then, I became disconnected, lost my focus and it all went away. Writing novels was never a goal of mine, for the most part, I just like making up stories. That was until the media became flooded with fantasy, and vampires in particular (during the reign of Twilight), it was that, combined with finishing a novel by Rachel Vincent that I realized: I could write books too! All in all, my quest actually began by wanting to create something different.

 

Q: What is your favorite book/series? Who is your favorite author?

A: Favorite book would have to be Rogue from the Shifters series written by Rachel Vincent. She is also my favorite author.

 

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I watch movies! Lots of them… I’ve been growing my collection over the past few months. However, I don’t keep up much with new movies, I prefer 90’s or earlier. Twister is hands down my favorite movie of ALL-TIME… Also, I donate a lot of my spare time to a bookstore and the awesome people who help run it.

 

Q: What types of books do you like?

A: Urban Fantasy. I’ll sit down with a Mystery/Detective novel every now and then too. At one point I was really into YA, but I think I outgrew it.

 

Something random:

Something random about me, I don’t follow writing trends. I write what I feel and that way everything I put out will always be 100% Myunique and not something I’m writing just to make a few extra bucks.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7114829.Myunique_C_Green?from_search=true

http://myuniquegreen.wordpress.com/

Interview with Jody Casella

I recently met Jody Casella author of ‘Thin Space’. She came down to my state on Wednesday (10-8). Thank you so much, Jody, for giving me this chance to interview you!
Here is her official bio:
Jody Casella is a former high school English teacher with a degree in Creative Writing from Rhodes College and a Masters in English from the University of Memphis. Her first novel Thin Space, a paranormal YA mystery published by Beyond Words/Simon & Schuster, received a starred review from Kirkus. She lives with her husband and two teenagers in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to writing books, she visits schools, libraries, and book clubs to talk about the creative/revision process,  sporadically cleans her house, and walks her dog. A lot. 
Interview:
1. Why did you start writing?
I have always loved books and I wanted to create my own stories.
2. What is your favorite series/book?
I don’t have one favorite book, but some authors I love: Sara Zarr, Laurie Halse Anderson, Meg Rosoff, John Green, and Maggie Stiefvater.
3. Who is your favorite author?
(see above)
4. What do you do to help writer’s block?
I try to write something every day and I give myself permission to write crappy pages. I know that I can always revise later.
5. If ‘Thin Space’ was a movie, who would be cast as the leads? (Maddie and Austin/Marsh.)
Not sure if he is too old– but the actor Logan Lerman, I think, would be good as Marsh. For Maddie, maybe Elle Fanning?
6. What is your favorite song to help get you writing?
I don’t listen to music while I write, but when I was working on Thin Space, I used to listen to “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers before I’d begin each day’s writing session.
7. How much do you write a day? (On average.)
When I am drafting, I try to write 1500 words per day. When I am revising, my goal is one chapter per day.
8. Where do you love to write? (Coffee shop? Bookstore?)
I write at home on my couch with my dear little writing dog Zooey curled up beside me.
9. Would you rather write one book about your life or write a million about everything but your life?
I try to avoid writing autobiographical things… but somehow little bits and pieces of real life always end up in my made-up stories.
10. Would you rather live in a book world or have your characters live in yours?
I would much rather live in a book world.
11. What book world would you like to go to?
Harry Potter!
12. Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I hope I am still writing and still traveling around talking about my books.
13. What do you do to relax after a stressful day?
Read!!
14. Which author would you love to meet? (Based on books or how they are personality wise.)
I wish I could go on a hike with Maggie Stiefvater. Also, I want to meet her goats.
To contact  her:
Email: jodycasella (@) yahoo (dot) com
Twitter: @jodycasella
Facebook: Jody Casella
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Interview with Amy Tintera

Recently, I emailed the author of ‘Reboot’ and ‘Rebel’ with a few questions. (I’ll admit that I love this book. I love the premise and the plot. The romance is, actually, quite bearable. I do think you should read ‘Reboot’ if you ever get the chance. Sadly…there is no third book coming out. But Amy Tintera is planning a new series, my friends. There’s the plus when your nickname is the main character’s name. Not that I intended for that to happen.)

1: Why did you start writing?
I started writing when I was a kid because I loved reading. I wanted to write my own stories!
2: What advice do you have for novice writers?
Never give up! Keep writing and reading.
3: What was your inspiration for ‘Reboot’?
I came up with the idea for Wren first. I heard her in my head, saying she was dead for 178 minutes, and I built the story around her.
4: Will you make a third book?
There’s no third book in the REBOOT series, REBEL is the end! But my new YA fantasy series RUINED, will start in 2016!
Biography:
Hi! I’m Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.

Shannon Thompson Interview

I had the fortunate experience of talking to the amazing Shannon A Thompson, author of ‘Take Me Tomorrow’. And I got a free book out of it. (Score.) I asked Ms./Mrs. Thompson if I could have an interview. And she said yes.

Here is a bit about her:

Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, including a Norwegian magazine, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, became Goodreads Book of the Month. The sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, has released, and AEC Stellar Publishing released her latest novel, Take Me Tomorrow, on July 17, 2014.

She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing.

Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart.

 

And onto the interview:

What was your favorite part in your story?
Although it is difficult to pick a scene, one of my favorite scenes to write was when Sophia and Noah get locked in the forgery together. To me, it was one of the first times Noah broke down and took down his defenses enough for me – the author – to see him, but it was also the first time Sophia experienced how torn up he is. It was emotional, but those emotions brought the reality of it all together, even when Sophia hasn’t seen the war or the other regions since she was a child.
Any secrets you can share about your next book/story?
For all of those wondering, yes, a sequel is written, but Take Me Yesterday is relying on readers for publication. Sharing and reviewing it helps tremendously, and the sequel does include many answers to popular questions: what are the other regions like? What happened to Sophia’s mother? What were with the flashbacks of her mother? Who is Lyn? Will Noah and Sophia see one another again? I will say one more thing. Take Me Yesterday does venture outside of the Topeka Region. 
What is your favorite part about writing?
Other than meeting fellow writers and readers, I love losing myself. When I write, I don’t exist. Hours can pass, and I am completely unaware. I become my characters, and they teach me about life and love and much more. My favorite moments are the moments characters surprise me, when I never see their actions or secrets or thoughts coming. They send chills up my spine. 
Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have a favorite of anything, really, but I love Meg Cabot, Lynne Ewing, Cassandra Clare, Billy Collins, and more. Too many more.
What is your favorite book/series?
Again, it is impossible to chose a favorite book or series, but I love 1984 by George Orwell, and I often find myself returning to it. In YA series, I loved Daughters of the Moon, 1-800-Where-R-You series, and The Mortal Instruments. I could go on forever.
What inspired you to write in the beginning?
As a child, I suffered from night terrors and nightmares. When I say “suffer”, I mean that I could not differentiate between reality and fiction. Even after I woke up, I could see my dreams, and it was truly terrifying. My mother taught me to turn my struggles into stories, and my love for writing was born. When she died very suddenly, I knew I wanted to spend my life writing, so I started chasing a career in writing very young. 
Which character in ‘Take Me Tomorrow’ did you like writing about the most? The least?
Noah was very often both for me. Originally, he told half of the story (much like my other novels, which are told in dual perspectives) but it didn’t work out. When he was on drugs, he hardly made any sense, and when he was sober, he told too much. That’s when I realized Take Me Tomorrow was Sophia’s story – not his – and I hope the sequel releases because I think it gives great justice to Sophia and the others we didn’t get to learn enough about. Other than Noah, I think Lyn was my favorite, and Broden was the most difficult one. He’s so standoffish, and Lyn was always welcoming. 
Which character do you feel most represents you?
None of my characters are me, but Sophia is probably the closest in terms of physical life conditions. After my mother died, I was raised by my father and my brother, but we also had a husky named Shadow. I did live on a piece of land, and I used to check the acres with him. It was one of my favorite activities. Shadow inspired Argos, for sure, but Sophia is still very different from me, but she should be. She’s sixteen in a world very unlike my own. I wish I could say more, but I would end up spoiling Take Me Yesterday; however, I will say this – Sophia’s flashbacks are essential to her character – past, present, and future. 
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to travel. I’m already hoping I can take another trip soon! I moved around a lot as a kid, so staying still doesn’t feel natural to me. Taking a trip with a camera and a pen is when I feel most alive, but I also love watching old movies. There’s a reason I named my cat Bogart – Humphrey Bogart is my favorite actor – and I spend a lot of time watching Casablanca with my cat companion. 
Shannon A Thompson is also a blogger. (See link: http://shannonathompson.com/)
I hope you all read ‘Take Me Tomorrow’. It is quite an amazing book.

Interview With…-drum roll- MARISSA MEYER

Marissa Meyer is the author of ‘Cinder’.
She is part of Fierce Reads. Her books are part of Macmillan Publishing. She, so far, has published ‘Cinder’, ‘Scarlet’, and, recently, ‘Cress’. They are all science fiction, dystopian spins on the classic fairy tales Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel.
I hope you enjoy the interview with Marissa Meyer.
As a child, did you want to be a writer?

I did – being a professional writer is a dream come true for me. I always had an overactive imagination growing up, and I loved to read and immerse myself in books, and I always wanted to go on dreaming about the stories and characters even after the book was over. As soon as I realized that writing stories was a job that people could do, I knew that was the job for me. Now it’s so amazing to me to hear from readers who have a strong connection to my books, like I did to the books I loved as a kid. It never stops being surreal!

How many books do you intend to write for this series?

The Lunar Chronicles will consist of five books when it’s finished – the main story will incluce CINDER (Cinderella), SCARLET (Little Red Riding Hood), CRESS (Rapunzel), AND WINTER (Snow White). Plus I have a prequel coming out next January that is focused entirely on evil queen Levana. I hope readers will enjoy them all!

Do you intend to branch out to other genres once ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ is finished?

Right now I plan on staying in the young adult field for quite a while. I love writing for teens, and all of my best ideas seem to fit with this age group. But within YA, I have ideas for all sorts of genres! The Lunar Chronicles are science-fiction, but my next novel, HEARTLESS, will be fantasy, and after that I want to write an action adventure series. I also have ideas for contemporary romances, historicals, gothic horror, and more! I’ll have to see where inspiration takes me, and hope that readers will come along for the ride.

Do you like book tours?

There are pros and cons to going on book tour. On one hand, I LOVE meeting readers! There’s nothing like that face-to-face interaction to know that my book is really finding its readership out in the real world, and the fans can be so passionate and enthusiastic. There’s nothing else like it. On the other hand, touring can be exhausting (it’s a lot of early mornings and long flights!), and it takes you away from writing, which for must of us, is what we really want to be doing. I wouldn’t want to stop touring, but it’s important to find a balance.

What do you do in your free time? I know this is a bit personal question, but it will be interesting to know. Writers have lives outside of writing. Maybe. Possibly.

LOL – we *sort of* have lives outside of writing! I’m a huge reader – I would rather be immersed in a book than do just about anything else! But beyond that, my husband and I are always up for an adventure. We go on a lot of roadtrips and we’re always up to something. (This week alone we went to two concerts, plus a whale watching cruise in the San Juan Islands.)  We also go to a lot of antique stores, estate sales, and baseball games.

 

Here is her Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4684322.Marissa_Meyer?from_search=true

And her website: http://www.marissameyer.com/

 

Blog Interview with the Amazing Jo Treggiari

Recently, I emailed the amazing Jo Treggiari (the author of ‘Ashes, Ashes’ and ‘Love You Like Suicide’) about a blog interview with her.

My results were fruitful. (Thank you so much, Miss Treggiari!)

Here is what she told me:

Q: Who is your favorite author?
A: So hard to pick just one. I’m a big fan of Kate Atkinson(not YA), A.S. King, Melina Marchetta, Jaclyn Moriarty, Kenneth Oppel, Laini Tayor, Catherine Fisher.
Q: What is your favorite book/series?
A: Kate Atkinson has a series based around a private investigator called Jackson Brodie, which I love. The first one is Case Histories. I guess that if I was forced to pick one book it would be….Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta… but beloved books are like dear old friends to me. I re-read my favourite ones over and over at different times in my life, in different moods. It’s hard to narrow it down to one; it would be hard to narrow it down to one hundred!
Q:When did you start writing and why?
A: I started writing when I seven or eight. I was a voracious reader with a very active imagination. I think I had stories inside me that I just had to get out.
Q: Did you want to be a writer as a child?
A: Writing was something I always did but I never thought of it as a job. I still try not to because it is so much more than a job; it’s a sanctuary. I think I probably wanted to be an administrative assistant more than anything because they had staplers and all those cool stamps and ink pads. That, or a detective.
Q: What advice do you have for up-and-coming writers?
A: Write because you love it, or have something to say. Write because it helps you make sense of the world and your world. Don’t write for a pay check but if you are lucky enough to eke out some kind of career, perseverance and a desire and willingness to hone your craft are absolutely necessary.
Q: Did you intend to write post-apocalyptic fiction?
A: No, none of the other books I’ve written fall into that genre. I’m never sure where my ideas come from. Somewhere out there. That was the story that came to me and excited my imagination and that was the story I wrote. It’s funny (and lucky) how sometimes you write the right story at the right time (Ashes, Ashes came out just when The Hunger Games was beginning to cause a fervour) but trends are never a good reason to write a book. They’re unpredictable and (usually) short-lived.
Q: What is one of your pet peeves that happens during writing?
A: I don’t really have any pet peeves unless you count those days when the words just flow, almost without effort. I know how rare those days are and I’d much rather have regular, steady plodding days than get my expectations up and have one glorious, magical day followed by a dozen frustrated,  hair-tearing-out days. 🙂
Q: How do you cure writer’s block?
A: I don’t really get writer’s block because I recognize that most days you have to sit down in  front of the computer and just work away and get the words down. I usually aim for at least 1000 words per day. Sometimes they are not very good words and sometimes they take a long time to find but I get them down and I keep going and when I get to the end, I go back and fix them. Most of my writing is in revision. First drafts are horrible and unfit to be seen.
Q: Do you think that the writing process as well as publishing has changed your life? Drastically or not?
A: The writing process is something that has been with me for as long as I can remember. I have always tried to make sense of my life by writing down my feelings. It’s how I communicate and work through things. Being published changed my life insofar as it enabled me to be paid for doing what I love. Even if I wasn’t published I would still write but I think that working with editors has helped me to improve my writing immensely.
Q: Do you think that love triangles are turning commonplace? If so, what is your opinion on love triangles?
A: It does seem that a lot of teen books contain a love triangle. I can understand why because many girls would love to be the object of two boys’s attentions. However when anything, a story element, a particular thread, is repeated ad nauseum it loses its punch. I think that if it’s integral to the story and works with the plot, a love triangle is fine but personally I’m a little tired of them. I played with it a little in Ashes, Ashes though I turned it around and had a male character torn between two girls, and nothing was exactly what it seemed to be.
Q: Would you ever write a story that documents your life? Not a memoir exactly but a fictionalized story of how you grew up?
A: I think a little bit of my life and a lot of me goes into everything I write because  I want the characters to ring true. I want the emotions to be as honest and human as possible and the best way to achieve that is to draw from my own experiences. I have written a fictional narrative novella, Love You Like Suicide (published by Fierce Ink Press) which is largely autobiographical, and a novel, Fierce (also drawn from my life), is being submitted to publishers by my agent in the next month or two.
Q: Would you ever set a book in the town you grew up in?
A: I have set books in made-up places based on towns I’ve lived in- New York, Oakland and Santa Cruz, California- but nothing so far set in Ottawa, Canada which is where I spent most of my childhood. The fantasy author Charles de Lint set a lot of his books in Ottawa so maybe I feel like that’s been done already.
Jo Treggiari, thank you so much. You are an amazing author! I really appreciate this.
Here is a bit about her that I got off Goodreads:
I was born in London, England but grew up in Canada, Roccasinibalda, Italy and California.Somehow I found myself on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia, where I now live.
I used to work in the music industry and eventually owned my own indie record label. The first CD we ever put out was by a gangsta rap group. We also did alt rock and punk.
I have trained as a boxer. I could have been a contender. (Not really).
I started writing stories for my little sister when I was about 8. Often I would rework fairytales so that the princesses had a little more grit. Then I would write them out on white paper, roll them up and tie with a red ribbon.
Later on in high school I penned personalized naughty limericks by request.
I love dogs and octopi.I blog. And I enjoy baking desserts. I am a tattooed person.
My first book, a middle-grade fantasy THE CURIOUS MISADVENTURES OF FELTUS OVALTON, came out in 2006. I am thrilled to be working now with Scholastic, Inc. My post-apocalyptic adventure YA, ASHES,ASHES will be published summer 2011.
I’ve just finished a punk rock YA- FIERCE and am working on an urban fantasy, BRINY DEEP.
Here is her Goodreads account:
And her blog:
I hope you do read her book ‘Ashes, Ashes’! I do remember liking that book a lot. There is a suspected sequel to ‘Ashes, Ashes’, but, on Goodreads, there is no release  date. Yet.
That might change. Hopefully. I will ask the author herself!
I hope you enjoyed her interview!