Happy Thursday! As I hinted at yesterday, I'm very excited for today's post. We're having an author interview with the lovely Anne Greenwood Brown and Inklined's first EVER giveaway! Now, onto the interview.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be an author. There were a lot of years though where I didn't pursue my writing because I didn't think that kind of awesome happened to "real people" like me.
How much did you write before you were published? Ah! Good one. I wrote a ton, but it took me awhile to break in, mainly because I wasn't writing what I should have been writing. Everyone has a unique voice and writing style. When I started out, I was writing serious adult fiction, and it just wasn't working with my style. My imagination kept going into places that didn't work in the stories I was writing. I always loved YA fiction. That's what I was reading. So (after 3 years of going nowhere with adult fiction), I tried writing MG and YA. Once I did, things started moving fast!
What is your favorite part of writing?
Naming characters, researching, and writing dialogue!
I love naming characters too, but I find dialogue really hard. What's you least favorite part?
Writing endings. I could write the whole book (minus the ending) in 5 months. The ending itself takes me another 2. Can you describe your debut book for us?
Sure! My one line description of Lies Beneath is "Mermaid assassins on Lake Superior." Random House, however, has it characterized as "paranormal romance." As for me, I never thought I was writing a love story, and I think readers are a little unclear how Calder and Lily feel about each other at the end. That makes sense because I intended it as an "evolution story" (as in Darwin!). In my mind, I wrote the story of a cold-blooded animal, who learns how to forgive and how to love, and who evolves into a man. Now, if you want the actual story teaser, here you go:
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother's death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family's homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock's daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there's more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.
Lies Beneath is told from the male point of view (Calder's); the sequel, Deep Betrayal, is a continuation of the story but told from Lily's point of view.
Wow! The next book sounds really good too. Are you planing on writing more in the years to come?
Absolutely! I don't think I could stop if I tried.
What does your writing process look like?
I outline a lot. But then I bounce around within the outline, writing whatever scene I feel like writing in the moment. If I'm crabby, I'll write the fight scene, etc.
I do that sometimes. How did you get published?
First, after several attempts, I got signed by a literary agent. Then that agent (her name is Jacqueline Flynn) submitted my manuscript to editors at publishing houses. Francoise Bui at Random House/ Delacorte bought Lies Beneath on February 1, 2011. It takes a long time (in my case 16 months) to go from the sale to seeing your book on a bookstore shelf.
Anything else you want to say? I hope you have an awesome summer, and that you have so many great books to read that you can't possibly get through them all by Labor Day!
But that's not all! Leave a comment on today's post to get entered to win an hard cover copy of Lies Beneath. If you leave a link to your blog post about this giveaway, you get an extra entry. The contest closes at 11:59 Eastern time Thursday, May 31! Be sure to include your e-mail in the comment so I can contact you if you win.
(It would make me very happy if you shared this on Facebook or Twitted about it. I would give you e-hugs.)
Have a great week!