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I’ve got a lovely Christmas gift for you, dear readers! This week I’m featuring author, Catherine Fisher. Catherine has penned some truly fabulous books that I’m so happy to talk about - as well as featuring two of my favorite book covers!…read more
If you spend much time around this blog, you probably already know how the contest works: all you have to do is comment here and you’ll be entered to win a finished copy of Sapphique. On Sunday, after 8:00pm Eastern, I’ll draw two names—one from the comments on this post, and one from Wednesday’s post—and announce the winners next week. Quick reminder: if you don’t have a livejournal, be sure to include a name and your email address and also, the contest is US-only…read more
Writing a novel is a strange process. It’s a sort of self-induced hypnotism- getting your mind into a daydream state where you can tap into all those ideas and images we all have already stored up somewhere in there. I usually start at the beginning of the story and work through it, but events can change radically as I go along, so I often have to go back and revamp earlier sections. The worst dilemmas occur at places in the story where several equally interesting but different things might happen. Only one can be chosen, and so the other options are ghosts of stories. Echoes and shadows. As I go on they fade away, and the book becomes slowly more solid. The whole process of writing and rewriting and editing takes about a year. By the end, I’ve forgotten all the doubts and vagueness of the beginning, and most of the indecisions and worry. Like the reader, I tend to think this is how it was always going to happen…read more
I’ve been told that you don’t spend a great deal of time online. I must admit I’m both jealous and impressed. As an author, I seem to find myself with an ever-growing load of Internet-related work tasks. At times, it can be quite overwhelming. How do you feel about the growing role of the Internet in authors’ lives? Until recently I only used the internet at the local library, and even now I have a computer I don’t really use it much. I find the internet unsatisfactory- it’s inefficient and information tends to be shallow. It also takes too much time! However I know what you mean about its growing importance for authors, certainly in terms of connecting with readers. That’s a compromise we have to make. I suppose I feel about the internet in rather the same way the builders of Incarceron felt about the prison- we made something to serve us, but it’s gradually becoming our master…read more
I’m going to be honest with you. I have no idea how to describe this series. And from what I’ve read, other reviewers seem to have the same problem. Incarceron and Sapphique are unlike any books I have ever cracked open. But I do know how to describe their author. Catherine Fisher is a genius. I am absolutely in awe of her imagination and talent…read more
For the contest, I’m running things just like last time. All you have to do comment here and you’ll be entered to win a signed, finished copy of Matched. On Sunday, after 8:00pm Eastern, I’ll draw two names—one from the comments on this post, and one from Wednesday’s post—and announce the winners next week. A quick reminder: if you don’t have a livejournal, be sure to include a name and your email address and also (don’t throw stuff at me!) the contest is US-only…read more
Brenna, thank you for letting me post on your blog! Huge congratulations on the well-deserved success of The Replacement!
And hello to Brenna’s readers! I thought I would take this chance to introduce myself (and my book, Matched) to all of you. I’m a mother of three boys, a former high school English teacher, a runner, a reader, and a lover of art and music (though I can neither draw nor play very well myself)…read more
1. I’ve heard people argue that “dystopian fiction” is just a new, girl-friendly label for books that might have been called “science-fiction” in the past. Do you think this is true? Did you read much science-fiction in your youth?
I hadn’t heard that argument! That is an interesting point. I think it may have some merit—but do girls shy away from science fiction as a rule? I really liked sci-fi growing up, particularly Ray Bradbury. (This is probably obvious because there is a scene in Matched that is a tribute to Fahrenheit 451.) His Dandelion Wine is one of my favorite novels of all time…read more
TODAY WE WELCOME AUTHOR ALLY CONDIE TO THE BLOG! HI ALLY!!!
Hi Kirsten! And Kirsten’s readers! Thank you so much for letting me post on your blog.
One of my favorite parts about The Eternal Ones was how Haven had to adjust her view of Iain. How she had ideas about what she thought/hoped/remembered he would be like, but then she continually had to alter her those ideas to fit the actual person, the real situation. I loved that…read more
I’ve been looking forward to writing this review. Matched is a beautiful book—and I don’t say that lightly. I read Ally Condie’s new novel with a pencil in one hand. Eventually I had to stop marking all phrases and passages I wished I had written. The story was too thrilling to keep pausing to underline every third sentence…read more
Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the lovely Andrea Cremer, author of NIGHTSHADE and today’s guest post. (Isn’t her author photo cute?) If you want a chance to win the first of two signed copies of NIGHTSHADE, please leave a comment!…read more
This month’s Penguin Five spotlight is NIGHTSHADE, a steamy paranormal romance by Andrea Cremer. And, once again, Penguin is providing two copies for giveaways later this week! We’ll get to hear from the lovely and very talented (she’s also a college professor!) Andrea Cremer on Wednesday (when she guest posts) and on Friday (when I’ll post an interview with her). Until then, visit Andrea’s blog here and/or read on to find out more about NIGHTSHADE…read more
When I read The Eternal Ones I fell in love with the characters Kirsten created, but I was equally bewitched by the settings she created. I often talk about the wolf mythology of Nightshade deriving from my upbringing in Northern Wisconsin and a follow-up question I’ve encountered is: So why isn’t your book set in the woods of Wisconsin and Minnesota?…read more
Some reviewers might praise Nightshade for it’s thrilling new take on werewolves. (Although “werewolves” might not be the right word.) Other reviewers might choose to explore the book’s fascinating parallel world in which witches, wolves, and humans live side by side. Me? I’m going to focus on all the lovin’ going on in Nightshade. This is totally out of character for me. I am not the kind of girl who keeps romance books tucked under her pillow. But Nightshade has one of the juciest love triangles to hit YA fiction. And such excellence should not be ignored…read more
Now for my favorite part of every Breathless Reads week—the interview portion! Today I have Andrea Cremer, who gives excellent answers to nosy questions and even outguesses me in several places…read more
It’s almost interview time again! (Not mention, me-giving-away-signed-finished-copies time again!)
This round, I have fellow Breathless Reads author Andrea Cremer stopping by to visit. On Wednesday, she’ll be guest-blogging for me (and talking about one of my favorite topics—fear) and on Friday, I’ll post my interview with her…read more
1) The Replacement is one of the most original stories that I’ve read in recent years. Sometimes it’s easy to identify an author’s influences, but I must admit, I’m drawing a blank here. What was it that sparked the idea for this book?
First, I need to put this out there: I am a huge pack-rat. I try not to be messy about it (much), but I save everything, and everything seems interesting and fun and like it might come in handy someday. I think my influences function in sort of the same way. The Replacement owes a lot to Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery,” because I knew I wanted that same kind of creepy-town vibe, but it also draws a lot from punk music and Victorian culture and my abject terror of water I can’t see the bottom of. (In light of this, it probably won’t surprise you that I like making collages….read more
I’m really excited to be guest-posting here on Kirsten’s blog!
Last month, I was lucky enough to have Kirsten as a guest on my own blog, and I got to ask her a few questions. In the Eternal Ones, main character Haven Moore and her good friend Beau run a very successful business making formal dresses for their classmates, so naturally I wanted to know if Kirsten was a whiz with the sewing machine. (I’m an incredibly nosy person and I always want to find out if authors really are skilled in the pursuits they write about.)…read more
This week, I’m going to be spending some quality blog time with Brenna Yovanoff, author of the fabulous new book, The Replacement. Below, you’ll find my review (though it’s probably pretty clear by now that I really enjoyed it). In the days to come, I’ll be posting my interview with Brenna, and she’ll also be paying a visit to this very site!…read more
Brenna, welcome! Can you tell us the top five things you think we should know about you?
Thanks so much for having me, Ally! Hmmm, what to say about me … Well, here’s something you’d notice right away: I have a lot of very yellow hair that kind of makes me look like a small lion wearing a dress. Not as readily apparent: I like indoor-gardens, horror movies, cotton candy, and mittens…read more
And today…a guest post from Brenna, AND one of two chances to win a hardcover copy of The Replacement! I haven’t had the chance to meet Brenna in real life, but she has an awesome blog and also writes flash fiction at Merry Sisters of Fate and I have high hopes that we will meet in the future…read more
In previous posts, I’ve mentioned that I am part of promoting the other four books in the Penguin Five (five young adult titles being released this Fall/Winter). In August, the book was Kirsten Miller’s The Eternal Ones and this month, the selection is…