I’m so excited to be the guest on the awesome Readergirlz today for Story Secrets! Holly Cupala and I became fast friends at ALA a few weeks ago, and I wished we lived closer. Her debut novel, Tell Me A Secret, is emotionally wrenching, hopeful, and insightful, and you should definitely run out and get it! AND, I forgot to mention this earlier, you can also enter for a chance to win a signed, hardback copy of Forget-Her-Nots!
Today I’m also excited to be hosting an interview and ARC giveaway for fellow Tenner, Kiersten White. Her debut novel, Paranormalcy, hits the stands in August. It’s a fun, fast read, and I could already see the movie in my head. Welcome, Kiersten!
What’s your favorite flower and why?
Lilies—both Day Lilies, a beautiful bouquet of which my husband gave me the first Valentine’s Day we were together, and Lilies of the Valley, because my grandmother used to sing me a song about them and I think they’re so dainty and lovely.
Lovely! In the language of flowers, day lilies are for flirtation while lilies of the valley are for the return of happiness. What a combo!
Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?
You know, there really isn’t. I’ve never been one to put a lot of stock in quotes. My theory is that if I can’t be inspired to do it on my own, I probably shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. Besides which, I don’t have a desk! I write at the kitchen counter next to the stove during the day, and on the couch at night. Although there is a very nice painting of a shark that watches me while I write. But he doesn’t offer any quotes.
Which book do you wish you could live inside?
Wouldn’t that be terribly small and cramped? I can’t imagine it being at all comfortable to live inside of a book. Plus, think of the mildew when it rains!
Oh. Probably not what you meant. The first book that always comes to mind is Harry Potter. Who doesn’t wish their adolescence was spent in Hogwarts?
Who’s your favorite dead writer and what book of his/ hers would you recommend?
Willa Cather. My Antonia is a beautiful, rich book, and O’Pioneers has one of the most devastatingly beautiful kisses ever written.
[Note to self: Reread Willa Cather!]
What book have you read more than any other and why?
Other than the scriptures (I’m a pretty religious person and read them daily), I have probably re-read the Harry Potter series more times than any other books.
How do you structure your writing time?
I really don’t structure it at all. I’m a full-time mommy, so I used to write during naptime and as soon as my kids went to bed. Then naptime disappeared (a fact I still mourn daily) so I would write after their early bedtime. Then somehow the bedtime ritual with my rather difficult but infinitely adorable son turned into an hour-and-a-half long ordeal. I really wish I could have a regular schedule, but I write when I can, where I can, and however much I can. If I’m on a deadline, I go to the library as soon as my husband gets home in the evenings and get a couple of hours in before it closes. Otherwise I just take what I can get and am grateful that I’m a pretty fast writer.
In Paranormalcy, accessorizing is important to Evie. What’s your most important accessory and why?
Flip-flops. I simply can’t live without them and can’t abide other shoes. I really ought to go for heels since I’m severely lacking in height, but my aversion to socks and discomfort is too strong. It’s a good thing I live in San Diego and can wear sandals year-round! It’s funny because Evie is very girly (in a positive, fun way—I don’t think it’s a bad thing) but I’m really not. Just another example of how we are not our characters!
If you could be any paranormal creature, what would you pick and why?
I know my faeries are kind of amoral, if not downright evil, but the ability to walk between our world and the Faerie Realms and use the Paths to get to anywhere on earth they want to go at any time? Yeah, that wouldn’t suck.
What’s the best part of being a Tenner?
It can be a scary, stressful, lonely journey figuring out this whole author thing. It’s so nice sharing experiences with other authors and realizing we’re all floundering, learning as we go. I’ve met so many perfectly lovely authors I never would have otherwise, and been introduced to some seriously rocking books as well!
I know just what you mean. Thanks so much for coming by, Kiersten!
And if you can’t wait to get your hands on Paranormalcy, you’re in luck. I picked up an ARC at ALA and would love to give it to a deserving reader, along with some signed Forget-Her-Nots swag. Here’s how to enter:
+ 1 entry for following me on Twitter (@amybrecountwhit)
+ 1 entry for following Kiersten on Twitter (@kierstenwhite)
+ 2 entries for friending Kiersten on Facebook
+ 2 entries for friending me on Facebook
+3 entries for telling me what’s your favorite flower and why
Good luck and please comment below with entry details. Contest is over on 7/26 at midnight, because I’m heading on vacation. Yay! Contest is open to anyone over 13 with a U.S. mailing address. Thanks for entering.