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Interview with Corwin Ericson and Giveaway - October 31, 2011

Please welcome Corwin Ericson to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Corwin:  The simple fact that I write is quirk enough. Sitting tight and concentrating is difficult, but probably quite boring to observe. Lots of staring spells and bad posture. I’m not sure I understand the “joy of writing.” A good day of writing often leaves me feeling muddle-headed and intolerant.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Corwin:  If Swell were a stew, some of the significant ingredients might be Homer, Melville, Chandler, and Voltaire. I recently finished reading The Long Ships by Frans Bengsstom and loved it. I’m looking forward eagerly to reading A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In, the new novel by Magnus Mills. The same goes for Nicholson Baker’s House of Holes. This summer I read and truly enjoyed a pair of short books about cranky elders on little Scandinavian islands: The Old Man and His Sons by Heðin Brú and The Summer Book by Tove Jansson.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Corwin:  I almost always wear pants as I plot.

TQ:  Describe Swell in 140 characters or less.

Corwin:  This is like a Tweet, right? I used to think “blog” was the stupidest new word. Tweet is stupider. Swell is about a man, an island and a whale. It’s shorter than Moby-Dick.

TQ: What inspired you to write Swell?

Corwin:  I wanted to find out what lay beyond what I usually thought and wrote about. I was astonished to discover there was an end to my procrastination. I wish I had a handy answer--another writer or a book--but really it’s the sum of what was on my mind. Sometimes that seemed like quite a bit; other times, fog and darkness.

TQ: What sort of research did you do for Swell?

Corwin:  I read about Norse and American Indian mythology. Northeast island life. The Kalevala. The Arctic. Bears, lampreys, whales. I live in a small town on a small mountain in inland western Massachusetts, just like Herman Melville did while he was writing Moby-Dick. I figured if he could do that, I could too. Of course I conveniently did not remind myself that I had not ever been a whaler, nor had I jumped ship and lived on a South Pacific island. I did not research fishing or island life first-hand. I’d like to spend some more time on islands. I hope I never have to be a professional fisherman.

TQ: Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Corwin:  I had some fun writing Mr. Lucy, a crotchety geezer, though I don’t know if it was necessarily easy. Writing the protagonist, Orange Whippey, was easily the hardest, since the novel is in first-person, and he did the most of the storytelling work.

TQ: Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Swell?

Corwin:  I suppose I have a fondness for scenes where men struggle to behave themselves in small spaces--like Ishmael and Queequeg, Daffy and Porky, Laurel and Hardy. I wrote a few scenes like those: in beds, saunas, and boats.

TQ: What's next?

Corwin:  I’ll be reading from Swell all over the place, where, during Q&As, I’ll be dodging this very question. I’d like to become healthy and wealthy and happy, but instead I’ll probably keep working on my next book. Swellthenovel.com should be the source for updates and readings.

I’m also a contributing editor of Bateau Press: http://bateaupress.com/. We’re reading submissions for the journal and for the next poetry chapbook now.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Corwin:  You’re welcome.


About Swell

Swell
Dark Coast Press, October 25, 2011
Trade Paperback, 390 pages

Interview with Corwin Ericson and Giveaway - October 31, 2011
Stranded on Wreck Rock, a bad day only gets worse when Orange is conscripted into service on board the Wendy's Mom.

After a drunken fall from the ruins of a navy ship and the ill-advised ingestion of a stimulating new drug, Orange is rescued by Angie Bombadier, a fetching and forthright fellow Islander.

But with the arrival of Snoori – a Finlindian whale herder on a quest to find the fabled hyperborea – and Waldena – a harpoon wielding Thor-cult prestess – the waters surrounding Bismuth get rough and Orange finds himself at the center of a search for a missing package.

Rumors swirl and dangers escalate, turning the serene isle upside-down. For things to be set right again, the package must be found and given to its rightful recipient.

Snorri is well-heeled and fiercely indomitable, yet drawn to Orange's own personal brand of complacency and coerces him into joining ranks. Korean smugglers also enlist Orange's help with their search (among other things). At the same time Waldena pursues the package for her own reasons. Perilous yet lithe, her frequent interrogations leave Orange terrified but oddly excited... that is until he learns that his life might actually be in danger.

A vast North Atlantic is teeming with mythical whales and epic tales. Cruising the open water, Orange drinks gallons of coffee and beer, barbeques squid, and even stumbles into a sweltering sauna with the alluring Bombardier sisters. Aboard the Honeypaws, he is set on course to encounter an ancient council that is helping secretly create the WhaleNet, a cell phone network made of migrating whales. The council's possible ulterior motvies could hold the surprising and bizarre resolution to Orange's journey.

Drawing from the various satiric traditions of Neil Gaiman, Thomas Pynchon, and Christopher Moore, Swell is full of legend and lore, big fish stories, and unforgettable humor.


About Corwin

Interview with Corwin Ericson and Giveaway - October 31, 2011
Corwin Ericson's novel Swell is published by Dark Coast Press (Seattle, WA). He lives in western Massachusetts and works as a professor, writer, and editor.

Corwin's Links

Swell the Novel (website)

Swell by Corwin Ericson (Facebook)




The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Swell from Dark Coast Press (US Mailing Addresses Only).

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite kind of whale?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, November 7, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Michaela Jordan and Giveaway - October 26, 2011

Please welcome Michaela Jordon to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Mirror Maze, Michaela's debut, was published on October 25, 2011 by Pyr.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Michaela:  I am definitely a panster! I feel strongly that the action MUST evolve from the characters and their interactions. Sometimes in my reading, I feel that the ‘characters’ are simply doing what the plot outline tells them to do, without clear and convincing motivation; I often don’t bother to finish such stories.

But, of course, one must have some story. So I usually start with at least two, preferably three, very vivid scenes in mind. Long ago, I used to jump in with one scene, but I slowly realized I was writing a lot of interesting openings that had no place to go. So now I insist to myself on at least two, so that the second will provide a direction for the first.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Michaela:  I never feel like I’m writing—it seems more like taking dictation—so I am often totally oblivious to where I am going or how long it will take me to get there. Sometimes I even scare myself. When I first sat down to write Mirror Maze, I was not planning a novel. Just the opposite—I was working on something else, and only meant to jot down a quick short story while I still remembered the idea, and then get right back to the piece I was working on. A short story is 5,000 words, right? When I reached 20,000 words, I typed “The End”. But I was lying, and I knew it. It was only the end of Part 1. In fact, Mirror Maze turned out to be 135,000 words, which is no short story.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Mirror Maze?

Michaela:  I blush to admit it, but I was watching a silly TV show (very silly, but one of my favorites) and I had just that afternoon been reading a story that featured a succubus. It quite suddenly flashed across my mind that it would be very easy to slip that succubus into that TV show, if I only changed one little thing…. Of course, I changed a great deal more than one little thing in both the story and TV show before I was done; I hope with all my heart they are both now unrecognizable.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Michaela:  Strangely, I do not view this as one question, but two. I should admit first, that I have never been conscious of an influence on my writing since I was seventeen and wrote an “Edgar Allan Poe” story for a class assignment. But of course there are influences, just not conscious ones. They would be the books I read when I was young. I spent most afternoons after school with my dear grandmother—who was certainly an Edwardian, if not a belated Victorian—in her house full of darling, breakable ornaments and bric-a-brac, many of them so valuable that it was worth my life to touch them. (She had never heard of child-proofing!) So the safest place in her house was the library, which was full of beautiful, hard bound classics—often in matched sets. All of it very old-fashioned stuff. I grew up on Dickens, Dostoevsky, Scott, Bronte, Verne, Kipling, Stevenson and James (Henry, not William—I got William much later in life). I don’t actually read those much any more, but I absorbed them, and they shaped the way I put words together.

These days, I am still something of a literary snob (but not too good to indulge in an occasional manga!). I love Michael Chabon and Thomas Pynchon (whether they are writing SF or not) but within the field my favorite authors are probably Neil Stephenson and Iain M. Banks (not to neglect Banks in his mainstream incarnation—I adored Whit!) which leaves out all the stuff between my early years and now. Philip K. Dick and Rudy Rucker, Octavia Butler and Kaje Baker. There are so many books! How can we play favorites?

TQ:  Describe Mirror Maze in 140 characters or less.

Michaela:  You want short answers? Now you tell me! Mirror Maze is about karma, and the price of the past. It’s also a warning that demons are not glamorous and magic is dangerous.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Mirror Maze.

Michaela:  Lots! Every other page, some silly detail would come up—things like: when did the bell go into Big Ben? Or how much would you pay for a pocket knife? A woman’s hair?

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Michaela:  The easiest was Cecily who was not even part of my original idea. She volunteered when I needed a viewpoint character and Jacob turned out to be incapacitated. But she was perfect for the job—so observant and articulate. Jacob was the hardest—and he was the one the original story was supposed to be about. He’s such a private person. I spent most of the book trying to get to Jacob’s story.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the book?

Michaela:  A very hard question to answer! Maybe the opening, when Jacob comes home to find his dead fiancée waiting for him? Or Dr. Chang facing the astral mirror? Or Col. Beckford magically escorting Cecily down the stairs? Or Livia, either searching the attic or dressing up as a boy? Or….? I admit it. I love every one of my own words. I have no favorites.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Michaela:  This was never conceived as a series, and I thought I had genuinely concluded the story, tied off every loose end and closed every question. But… My husband keeps asking me if I couldn’t perhaps follow up with the next generation. There were children, probably not unscarred. So maybe I’ll talk to my editor about that.

TQ:  What's next?

Michaela:  Right now I’m working on two books. I never work on just one piece at a time. Unlike some writers more experienced—or more fortunate—than I, I occasionally experience blocks. When I just can’t think what to say next on one manuscript, I pop over to another one, so I need never be without invisible friends whispering in my ears. I generally have a primary and a secondary, although they have once or twice changed places.

My first next book (how’s that for a tangled phrase) is Jocasta and the Indians. It is also set in the Victorian era, but instead of a dark fantasy, it is a rollicking steampunk adventure. My second next novel is Invasion, an SF novel (because one can’t live forever in Victorian times) about the arrival of an alien spaceship. I’m very excited about both.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Michaela:  And thank you for hearing me out!


About Mirror Maze

Mirror Maze
Pyr, October 25,  2011
Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Interview with Michaela Jordan and Giveaway - October 26, 2011
Cover Illustration: © Cynthia Sheppard
Jacob Aldridge is still utterly devastated by the death of his fiancée when he suddenly encounters her doppelganger. Livia Aram’s uncanny resemblance to the late Rhoda Carothers so transcends coincidence that Jacob becomes obsessed with her. The intensity of his passion terrifies her until her compassion is roused by his desperate plight. A demon is stalking him, a succubus-like entity that feeds on human pain and desire. With the help of Jacob’s sister, Cecily, and Livia’s guardian, the mysterious Dr. Chang, they overcome the demon. Or so it appears. . . .

Jacob, Liva, and Cecily are all victims of a single curse, a curse which entrapped and destroyed their parents before them. Now fate has drawn their descendants together again, and the curse is playing out. Nothing can help them, until Cecily’s husband returns from abroad. Colonel Beckford has been missing for years; he has seen strange things and acquired strange powers in his absence. Now he will do whatever it takes to free his wife and eliminate the demon and its curse once and for all.



About Michaela

Interview with Michaela Jordan and Giveaway - October 26, 2011
     Ms. Jordan was born—but not raised—in California, of which she remembers nothing but the sea. Her mother always thought she was destined to write, from the day she won her first poetry award at the age of five.
     But, armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama from Bard College, she chose instead to launch a theatrical career that spanned nanoseconds. Sobered by that experience, she embarked on the Serious Business of Earning a Living. She studied programming and entered the workforce as a computer-literate administrator. In the meanwhile, she continued to scribble stories and chat with invisible playmates.
     Eventually, she was forced to admit that her mother had been right. Mirror Maze is her first novel to appear in book form, although the discerning reader may also have seen Blade Light, which was serialized in Jim Baen’s Universe.
     She lives in Cincinnati with a grumpy cat, a long-suffering husband, and a variety of invisible playmates.


Michaela's Links

Website
Facebook


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a trade paperback copy of Mirror Maze from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Have you ever been in a maze and where? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Sandy Williams and Giveaway - October 20, 2011

Please welcome Sandy Williams to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. The Shadow Reader, Sandy's debut novel, will be published on October 25, 2011 by Ace.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sandy:  My most interesting writing quirk? I think it might be that I don’t have a writing quirk. Well, unless you count my Diet Coke addiction. I can function without coffee. I can function without chocolate. But I absolutely cannot function without a Diet Coke (or two!) a day.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Sandy:  I’m pretty sure I’ve been influenced by every author I’ve read, but the ones who have made the biggest impact on my writing are the ones that I worship. Ann Aguirre and Linnea Sinclair top my list of favorites. They both have books that are the perfect blend of science fiction and romance (I’m a huge fan of genre blending!). I’m also deeply in love with the works of Meredith Duran and Joanna Bourne. They both write historical romance, and they’re both absolutely brilliant. As for urban fantasy writers, I have Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, and Richelle Mead on auto-buy.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sandy:  I’d like to call myself a pantser. That’s how I’ve written all my books so far. I didn’t outline The Shadow Reader or any of my previous projects. I started off with a few scenes in mind and had absolutely no idea how I was going to get my characters from here to there. That’s starting to change, though. Once you get a book contract, editors and agents kind of want to know what’s going to happen next, so I had to come up with a vague outline for book two. I have to say, I don’t hate knowing what’s going to happen as much as I thought I would. Really, the biggest difference is that I now write down all those random scenes I have in my head before I start a project.

TQ:  Describe The Shadow Reader in 140 characters or less.

Sandy:  A human with the ability to see and track the fae becomes a pawn in a fae civil war.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Shadow Reader?

Sandy:  I had a scene in my head. Somebody attacked a space station, and a girl was hanging onto the edge of a metal platform. It was all fire and death and bad stuff beneath her, and the only way she could save her life was to accept help from her enemy. I had this one very vivid image of a man offering the girl his hand to pull her up, and the girl telling him to go to hell. Yep, that’s right. I thought that scene was going to be in a sci-fi book, but when I sat down to write it, it turned into an urban fantasy. I’m so glad it did! It’s one of my favorite scenes in the book, and you’ll recognize it toward the end of the first chapter, which you can read here.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for The Shadow Reader?

Sandy:  Do you count tying sheets together to see how far they stretch research? If so, that’s just about all I did. I had to know if it was feasible to climb down from a third story window with a few ripped sheets.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Sandy:  McKenzie was an easy character to write. Her voice came naturally to me. She was also the hardest, though, especially toward the end. I was extremely paranoid she was going to come off as wishy-washy. I hope I wrote her well enough that she doesn’t!

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in The Shadow Reader?

Sandy:  The first chapter scene I mentioned above. I love the interaction there between McKenzie and Aren. Plus, it’s the scene that gave birth to the entire story. It’s definitely a favorite. Also a favorite? The wedding scene. Page 168 to be exact.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the McKenzie Lewis series?

Sandy:  Right now, I’ve only sold the second book. I’m hoping to make her current story arc a trilogy, though, and depending on how things go, I can see me writing other stories set in this world.

TQ:  What's next?

Sandy:  I’m really looking forward to next year! I’ll have the sequel finished and (hopefully) a third book completed soon as well. I’d like to write about more characters in McKenzie’s world, maybe tell the story of how she first became involved with the fae. I’d also love to tell Naito and Kelia’s story. I do want to work on other, unrelated projects, though. I have this sci-fi romance I’m just dying to finish!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Sandy:  Thank you so much for having me!


About The Shadow Reader

The Shadow Reader
McKenzie Lewis 1
Ace, October 25, 2011

Interview with Sandy Williams and Giveaway - October 20, 2011
A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae King, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword-master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.


About Sandy

Interview with Sandy Williams and Giveaway - October 20, 2011
Sandy graduated from Texas A&M University with a double major in political science and history. She thought about attending law school. Fortunately, before handing over her life’s savings, she realized case studies weren’t nearly as interesting as novels and decided to get an MA in Library Science instead. She worked as a librarian until her husband whisked her off to London on an extended business trip. She’s now back home in Texas, writing full-time, raising newborn twin boys, and squeezing in time to play geeky board and card games like Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Runebound.



Sandy's Links

Website: www.sandy-williams.com
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/authorsandywilliams
Twitter: www.twitter.com/williams_sandy
Magic & Mayhem Writers Blog (group blog): www.magicandmayhemwriters.com


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of The Shadow Reader from Sandy. (US/Canada only.)

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite soda or other beverage? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans with a Canadian or United States mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Thursday, October 27 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011

Please welcome Sara Humphreys to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Sara:  I like to create a soundtrack for each book I’m writing and play it when I’m plotting out ideas. I can’t really play the music when I write because I find it too difficult to concentrate but before I get started it gives me great inspiration. For example, I’ve got Amy Petty’s music on every single Amoveo Legend soundtrack and I ended up using one of her songs for each of the book trailers. I adore her music and you should check it out on her website www.amypetty.com or you can find her stuff on itunes.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Sara:  I am a huge fan of Christine Feehan, Terry Spear, Carolyn Brown, Judi Fennel, Lori Handeland, and Olivia Cunning…just to name a few. The truth is that there are many, many other authors I love to read and my tbr pile is growing by the second. My biggest influences have been Christine Feehan and Lori Handeland because their novels were the first paranormal romance novels I read—and I was hooked instantly.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Sara:  I start every book as a pantser and just kind of let things go where the characters take me but by the time I hit the halfway mark I evolve into a plotter. Now that I have deadlines to meet, I don’t have time to diddle around and I have to get things done. I find that too much pantsing slows down my process.

TQ:  Describe Unleashed (The The Amoveo Legend 1) in 140 characters or less.

Sara:  Malcolm a dream walking telepathic shape-shifter has finally found his mate Samantha and she's a hybrid. Just 1 problem. She doesn't know it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Unleashed?

Sara:  I’ve always loved shape-shifters and the idea of having one true life mate is especially romantic. As an avid reader of paranormal romance, I wanted to create a world that other paranormal romance junkies could fall in love with. My goal was to create an entirely new race of shape-shifters and build a world that readers could get lost in.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Unleashed?

Sara:  I researched wolves and golden eagles so that I could bring some of their real-life traits into the world of the Amoveo. I watched several you tube videos of golden eagles in flight so that I could capture that realistically for the reader and hopefully it worked. I’ve been researching the location for over twenty years. Unleashed is set in Westerly, RI and my family has a beach house there. Several of the locations mentioned are real places within Westerly. I love that town.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Sara:  Samantha was most definitely the easiest probably because her character is the most like me and Nonie was easy too because she’s based on both of my grandmothers. I think that the villain was the most challenging because it’s not easy to get into the head of someone hateful and violent. It can be a little scary to let that darkness into your own mind and allow it to flourish so that the character can come to life.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Unleashed?

Sara:  My favorite scene is the diner scene. Malcolm senses Samantha is in trouble and he drops everything to go to her and be of assistance if she needs it. It makes me smile every time I think about it…but probably not for the reason you may be thinking. I don’t want to say anymore…I’ll just say it’s my personal fave.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Amoveo Legend series?

Sara:  There are currently five books planned for the series. Untouched will be out in April 2012 and Untamed is slated for November 2012. The fourth and fifth books in the series will be released in 2013 and I’m having a blast putting it all together.

TQ:  What's next?

Sara:  I’ve got a blog tour running through October and we’ve got lots of books we’re giving away, thanks to Sourcebooks. You can find the full list on my blog.

http://amoveoromanceseries.blogspot.com/p/october-blog-tour-for-unleashed.html

Additionally, I’m in the middle of my brick & mortar book tour—10 cities in 8 weeks. You can find the full list of cities and dates on my blog or website.

http://amoveoromanceseries.blogspot.com/p/fall-2011-book-tour-dates.html

http://www.sarahumphreys.com/events.php

Dream on….

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.


About  Unleashed

Unleashed
Amoveo Legend 1
Sourcebooks Casanblanca,October 1, 2011

Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011
What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

Get swept away into Sara Humphreys’s glorious world and breathtaking love story…


About Sara

Interview with Sara Humphreys and Giveaway - October 14, 2011
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and teacher, Sara lives in New York with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com.

Sara's Links

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Unleashed from The Qwillery.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What is your favorite type of shifter? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday October 21, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Linda Poitevin and Giveaway - October 7, 2011

Please welcome Linda Poitevin to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews and Linda's Angels Gather Here Blog Tour. Sins of the Angels, Linda's debut, was published on September 27, 2011.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Linda:  I cannot write at home. Seriously. Over the last couple of years, between hiding from home renovations and kids, I’ve become so accustomed to writing in my local coffee shop that I just can’t get into the creative mindset at home. I have no problem doing my freelance/corporate stuff there, but when it comes to getting into the story and doing the whole world-building thing, I need my ‘usual’ little corner table. It’s so bad that if I don’t turn up for a few days, the staff wonders what’s wrong with me. I’m trying to change (paying for coffee out every day is expensive!) but it’s tough!

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Linda:  I have somewhat eclectic tastes and read widely outside my own genre. While I love Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Patricia Briggs, and Charlaine Harris, I’m also a huge fan of J.R. Tolkien, Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Kathy Reichs, Bill Bryson, and many others. I’m a fickle reader, though (should I be admitting that?) – I won’t necessarily buy a book just because I like the author…the story needs to appeal, too.

As for who has influenced my writing, I would have to say I’ve been influenced by just about everything I’ve ever read. I’m not a literary take-it-apart-and-examine-it-to-death kind of girl, so I haven’t purposefully studied any particular writer. It’s been more a matter of just enjoying (or not) a novel and letting my subconscious take notes. :-)

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Linda:  A bit of both, so I guess that makes me a proud plantser. :-) I plot out a lot of scenes inside my head in advance, but I won’t necessarily know how they fit together until I start writing them. II’m always happy to have a story take an unexpected twist—that’s what makes it exciting for me.

TQ:  Describe Sins of the Angels in 140 characters or less.

Linda:  Fallen Angel turns serial killer. Twin brother sent to hunt him. Cop comes between them. Blood spills. Chaos ensues. Apocalypse threatens. (138 characters)

TQ:  What inspired you to write Sins of the Angels?

Linda:  Short answer: A song sparked the idea, and a friend made it grow into a series. Long answer: when the song Angel came out from Sarah McLachlan, a line in it, “You’re in the arms of the angel, may you find some comfort here,” got the whole “what if?” questions flowing. Specifically, what if you didn’t find comfort in the arms of an angel, but something else entirely? I originally intended the story to be a paranormal romance, but then a friend of mine started telling me about Lucifer and the fallen angels and the ideas really started. Next thing I knew, I had ideas for an entire series and, while a love element still existed, the story was definitely no romance.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the mythology in Sins of the Angels?

Linda:  I did a tremendous amount of research into angel mythology, both through books and on the Internet. Interestingly, however, I don’t think I found any two sources that agreed with one another. I had expected differences between the mythologies of various religions, of course—between Christian and Jewish, for example—but what surprised me were the discrepancies I found within the traditions of single religions. In the end, the variations actually made my job easier because I just borrowed bits and pieces of whatever worked best in order to construct my own world. Then, of course, I added my own twist on things. :-)

TQ:  Why did you set the novel in Toronto?

Linda:  Naiveté to begin with, lol, and also because it just made sense. When I started writing Sins of the Angels, I didn’t realized that Canadian settings could be an issue for American publishers. I wanted a big-city setting and it made sense for me to set it in Canada because my husband, a cop, is my built-in reference for Canadian police procedures. As Toronto is the largest city here, it kind of won by default. I was thrilled when my editor decided to leave the story there.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Linda:  Easiest was Alex. I’ve known so many cops over the years that writing a police character just felt really natural to me. Hardest was Aramael. He was so reactive…controlling him was kind of like juggling nitroglycerine at times, I swear.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

Linda:  One of my favorite scenes is when Alex is facing down Aramael, whom she still knows only as her annoying new partner, Jacob Trent. Because she’s the senior detective, she gets to give the orders, and we can really see Aramael struggling with the idea that a mere human—and a Nephilim descendent, at that—dares tell him what to do. In that one standoff, we so much of both of them: his resentment, her determination and bravado, all edged with an awareness of one another that neither wants. I just love how they react to one another.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Grigori Legacy series?

Linda:  The series story arc stretches over four books, but at the moment I’m contracted for just the two, Sins of the Angels and Sins of the Son. Whether or not my publisher will pick up the option for the remaining books will depend on sales (hint, hint, lol!).

TQ:  What's next?

Linda:  At the moment I’m in the copyedit/proofreading stage of Sins of the Son, which comes out March 27th, and doing my very best to share my excitement with readers about the release of Sins of the Angels on this blog tour. Also, because I’m an optimist, I’ve started working on book 3, Sins of the Righteous, and I’m doing some early research for a new series idea that’s brewing. :-)

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Linda:  Thank you for having me, Sally! I can’t tell you how honored I was to be here today. And if any of your readers have questions they’d like to ask, I would be thrilled to answer.


About Sins of the Angels

Sins of the Angels
The Grigori Legacy 1
(Ace, September 27, 2011)

When homicide detective Alexandra Jarvis is assigned a new partner in Aramael, a Guardian Angel who doubles as a hit man, they have only one thing in common: a fallen angel hell-bent on triggering the apocalypse. Now they have no choice but to work together-relentlessly, fearlessly, intimately. Because only they can stop the rogue angel from ushering in the end of days.




Read an excerpt of Sins of the Angelshttp://www.lindapoitevin.com/excerpt.html
Read The Qwillery's Review of Sins of the Angels here.

About Linda

Linda Poitevin was born and raised in B.C., Canada’s westernmost province. Growing up in an era when writing was “a nice hobby, dear, but what are you going to do for a living?”, Linda worked at a variety of secretarial jobs before applying to be a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Due to an error in measurement, however, she was turned down when she didn’t meet the height requirement of that time. Undeterred, Linda became a civilian member in the force and was a dispatcher for two and a half years, during which time she met her husband, a police officer.

Following their transfer to Ottawa, Linda went on to become a real estate agent and then a human resources consultant before starting a family. She has been a stay-at-home mom ever since and has homeschooled her youngest daughter for the last nine years. Now that she has realized writing can be more than a nice hobby, she continues to live her dream of being a cop vicariously through her characters.

Linda currently lives near Ottawa with her husband, three daughters, one very large husky/shepherd/Great Dane-cross dog, two cats, three rabbits, and a bearded dragon lizard. When she isn’t writing, she can usually be found in her garden or walking her dog along the river or through the woods.
Linda is a member of Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Quebec Writers' Federation, Romance Writers of America, RWA Futuristic Fantasy Paranormal Chapter, and Ottawa Romance Writers' Association.

Linda's Links

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Linda's Blog Tour Schedule


The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  Two commenters will each win a Mass Market Paperback copy of Sins of the Angels generously provided by Ace Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:  Angels or Fallen Angels? 

          or  You may ask Linda a question.

Please remember - if you don't answer the question or ask Linda a question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, October 14, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Jo Anderton & Giveaway - October 5, 2011

Please welcome Jo Anderton to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Jo:  I listen to music while I write and I have a tendency to dance along, still sitting in my chair, while I type. It's extremely embarrassing when someone walks in on me...

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Jo:  My list of favourite writers tends to change. Whatever I'm enjoying right at the moment becomes a new favourite! But I'd have to say that authors like Sara Douglass and Elizabeth Bear have influenced me, particularly with the way they blend science fiction with the fantastical. And Robin Hobb because she's just amazing.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Jo:  A little of both. I do some vague plotting using timelines and different coloured pens. I always know the beginning, the end, and a few major events along the way. I enjoy discovering the rest of the story as it happens.

TQ:  Describe Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) in 140 characters or less.

Jo:  It’s about Tanyana, how she copes when her life and career are devastated by a terrible accident, and her fight to find the truth behind it.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Debris?

Jo:  There were three main inspirations for Debris. One was a anime called 'Planets' -- set in the future, it followed crews collecting space debris. My brain asked "what if the debris was magical instead?" and the magic system in Debris became the answer. The second was a fascination with the interplay of technology and magic. Basically, I wanted to know what an industrial revolution would look like in a world where magic was commonplace? The world in Debris grew from that. The third, and perhaps strangest, was when my husband lost his job. What we went through -- emotionally and financially -- fed into the book, and inspired a lot of what Tanyana has to deal with.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of Debris?

Jo:  Ah, the research I did was many and varied. The magic system is loosely inspired by particle and quantum physics, so I did a lot of reading into that and found it really exciting! I also played with things like architecture theory and Russian cooking (I love researching food, it makes me so hungry).

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

Jo:  Without giving anything away? Oh that's hard. Well, I do enjoy the opening scenes. Stripping my main character of her power and leaving her penniless and scarred was a fun way to start.

TQ:  In Debris, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Jo:  One of the members of Tanyana's debris collecting team is a strange, childlike man named Lad. He was both the easiest, and the hardest to write, and I love him dearly. On the surface Lad is slow but loving, and quite innocent to the world. Actually, Lad hides some of the biggest secrets of the book, and he suffers a lot because he doesn't really understand them, and can't communicate them. I loved writing his innocent, genuinely lovely voice, but I found his undercurrent darkness and the injustice of his situation difficult.

TQ:  How many books are planned for The Veiled Worlds series?

Jo:  Definitely three. Plus a few short stories. And I've got this really cool idea for a graphic novel, involving one of the secondary characters...

TQ:  What's next?

Jo:  I'm currently working on something I call a "post-apocalyptic romantic comedy, set in Sydney in the not-too-distant-future, with ghosts". It's great fun!

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jo:  Thanks for having me!


Read Jo's guest post about Genre here.


About Debris

Debris
The Veiled Worlds 1
(Angry Robot Books, October 2011)

Interview with Jo Anderton & Giveaway - October 5, 2011
In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]


About Jo

Interview with Jo Anderton & Giveaway - October 5, 2011
Jo Anderton lives in Sydney with her husband and too many pets. By day she is a mild-mannered marketing coordinator for an Australian book distributor. By night, weekends and lunchtimes she writes dark fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has recently appeared in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, After the Rain and Dead Red Heart. She was shortlisted for the 2009 Aurealis Award for best young adult short story.

Her debut novel, Debris (Book One the Veiled Worlds Series) is out now from Angry Robot Books, and will be followed by Suited in 2012.

Jo's Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a copy of Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1) generously provided by Angry Robot Books.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Science Fiction or Science Fantasy?

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When: The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Kameron Hurley and Giveaway - October 3, 2011

Please welcome Kameron Hurley to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1), Kameron's debut, was published in January 2011. Infidel (Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 2) will be published tomorrow, October 4th.


TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Kameron:  I’m not a terribly quirky writer, which I think has something to do with writing marketing and advertising copy for a living. I recognize that writing is a job like any other, and if the only way you can do it properly is by standing on your head in a nest full of snakes on Tuesday afternoons, you’re not going to make it in the real world.

Writing for a living means writing even (and especially) when you feel stupidly, boringly, absurdly normal.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Kameron:  I have all sorts of favorite writers right now – Genevieve Valentine, Martha Wells, Tim Akers, and I’ve been far too interested in stuff from Joe Abercrombie and Margaret Atwood lately. I’m also a fan of the old Conan and Elric novels, which is where a lot of my inspiration for Nyx came from in GOD'S WAR. I wanted to create a truly badass female Conan, with far better treatments of race and sexual politics.

As far as influences go, there’s certainly a lot of New Weird in my work, and I think most folks familiar with Geoff Ryman, Jeff VanderMeer, KJ Bishop, and China Mieville will see some of that influence. But there are also folks like Angela Carter, Octavia Butler, Annie Proulx, Christopher Priest, Michael Cunningham, Toni Morrison, Mary Renault, Sarah Waters, and Rupert Thomson whose work has really forced me to look at language and narrative in new ways.

One of the best pieces of writing advice I ever got was to read outside the genre. Too often, I think, we get stuck only reading whatever’s in the SF/F section, and miss out exposure to some incredible writing because we’re busy trying to follow the “read what you want to write” advice. There are all sorts of places to steal things from. It’s good to leave SF/F regularly to mine for gold.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Kameron:  Honestly, I can’t plot my way out of a paper bag. The Bel Dame Apocrypha books are the first ones that I dared write out of order, though, because I had it in my mind that I had to write beginning to end with no breaks. But now, instead of just starting at the beginning and working my way to the end, I write in sections/scenes – middle, end, beginning whatever – and then link them together as I go. I had a vague idea of where I was going in GOD'S WAR, but too much plotting tends to take all the fun out of the discovery process for me. That said, the trouble with too little plotting is that you spend an incredible amount of time in revision. My goal is to get better at plotting beforehand so I can save some revision time on the backend and put more energy into worldbuilding and character development, which is where I have the most fun.

TQ:  Describe God's War (Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 1) in 140 characters or less.

Kameron:  After centuries of war, a godless assassin and her rag-tag team of mercenaries go looking for an alien gene pirate who could end the war.

TQ:  What inspired you to write God's War?

Kameron:  It was some combination of reading too many bloody Bible stories as a child and enjoying far too many 80’s apocalypse movies, I’m sure. I’d been wanting to write a bounty hunter story in a resource-strapped world for a long time, and started digging into Assyrian, Babylonian, and old school Biblical history. That was when I stumbled on the term “bel dame” or “blood avenger,” which is a very old, old Hebrew term that referred to somebody who collected blood debt for a family by tracking down the person who’d harmed or killed a family member. That was the kick I needed to start building a wicked band of government-sponsored assassins in a dusty, bloody, biblical-justice style world.

TQ:  Tell us about Infidel (Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 2)

Kameron:  INFIDEL is the story of what happens when a group of bloody-minded government assassins decide they want to take over the world – and how one woman intends to stop them. Nyxnissa so Dasheem and her ragtag band of mercenaries are on the hunt again in this one, trying to stop a bel dame coup that could topple the government and cost them the war. There’s plenty of old friends and foes from the first book, as well as some new mangled faces, rogue shapeshifters, and mad magicians.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in Infidel?

Kameron:  There’s a scene in INFIDEL when a group of bel dame assassins tracks down a character from the previous books and do some really nasty things. When I started having nightmares about bloody women bursting into my house and slaughtering my family, I knew the book was done. I also knew I’d done the scene right. One of things I wanted to accomplish with this series was to create women who were actually scary. Not what passes for “scary” women these days, with their sexy hot pants and midriff-baring shirts and tendencies to fall for vampires, but truly, deadly, crap-your-pants-while-they-murder-your-children scary. When I woke up in a cold sweat, listening for assassins on the stairs, I knew I’d accomplished that.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Bel Dame Apocrypha?

Kameron:  My Master's degree is in South African history and how the African National Congress recruited female fighters into Umkhonto we Sizwe, the militant wing of the group. Best guestimates put female guerilla fighters involved in many of southern Africa's liberation movements in the 80's at 20% or more of the armies' fighting forces. That seemed like a crazy high number to me, and a fascinating subject to explore. What drew women into the fighting forces? What made it acceptable? How did they deal with sexism and assult from their own people? And, most pressing of all, to me, was why didn't joining fighting forces to topple the existing government and social structure ever seem to translate into full equality for women after any of these groups were successful?

The answers to that are varied and complex, and led me to look a lot at racism and sexism in the U.S. as well. I went on to spend an inordinate amount of time studying genocide, Biblical homocide, Assyria, Persia, more modern Iraq-Iran (and their US-sponsored war), Islam, and a whole host of other things. I basically just went to the library, picked up 20 or 30 books, wrote down more books from the bibliographies of the best of those, and just kept churning through them until I had so much stuff in my head that I felt I was ready to create something new from it. GOD'S WAR still suffers from a lot of laziness and biases on my part, but I think that a lot of the complexity of the world that everyone comments on does come from the fact that I was full to bursting with a lot of diverse histories, vistas, politics, geography, faiths, and social mores. For fantasy writers, this kind of research is invaluable.

TQ:  In the Bel Dame Apocrypha series, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kameron:  By far, Rhys was the toughest character to write. He’s a person of faith with some very interesting ideas about women’s place in the world (as well as his own). I wanted desperately to write a character like that in a way that was human and believable. He needed to find comfort and solace in his faith, and his surety that women needed male protection and seclusion needed to come from a positive place, for him. He was all about nurturing and protection and doing what he believed was morally right. It’s always difficult to write characters who come from a place that’s morally much different than your own and write them sympathetically. I think I did all right with him. In the second book, he was actually one of the easiest to write, because he was allowed to feel things that my main character, Nyx, was not.

That said, Nyx was the easiest to write. I built a very selfish morality for her, which - sadly - was pretty easy to create being inudated like I am with our American binge-and-purge-all-out-for-yourself culture. As I understood more about her – how she was a person of faith who had abandoned it, and how she subsumed a lot of her most human emotions in order to survive – she became a lot more interesting to write. I enjoy writing about people with non-traditional morals. I suppose folks will say that they see her as totally amoral, but to me, she simply has a different idea of morality. I love working in that gray area of personal values, and Nyx was a really fun exercise in weird but consistent screwed-up-ness.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Bel Dame Apocrypha series?

Kameron:  I’ve planned three. I’m working on the third book, RAPTURE, now. I also just recently released some free short stories from the same universe to tide folks over until INFIDEL’s release. I’ll likely do that again prior to the launch of RAPTURE, since it was a lot of fun (http://www.kameronhurley.com/?p=11619)

TQ:  What's next?

Kameron:  Next on my plate is a bloody little space opera about a mad, wandering legion of world-ships and the feuding rival families battling for control over them. Right now, I’m affectionately calling it my “BLOODTIDE in Spaaaaaace” novel. Outline, synopsis, and a couple chapters are done, but I’m trying to keep it on hold until I finish and turn in RAPTURE.

It’s easy to get distracted when you have so much cool stuff you should be working on…

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Kameron:  Thanks for the invite!


About the Bel Dame Apocrypha

Infidel
Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 2
(Night Shade Books, October 4, 2011)

Interview with Kameron Hurley and Giveaway - October 3, 2011
The only thing worse than war is revolution. Especially when you're already losing the war...

Nyx used to be a bel dame, a government-funded assassin with a talent for cutting off heads for cash. Her country's war rages on, but her assassin days are long over. Now she's babysitting diplomats to make ends meet and longing for the days when killing people was a lot more honorable.

When Nyx's former bel dame "sisters" lead a coup against the government that threatens to plunge the country into civil war, Nyx volunteers to stop them. The hunt takes Nyx and her inglorious team of mercenaries to one of the richest, most peaceful, and most contaminated countries on the planet -- a country wholly unprepared to host a battle waged by the world's deadliest assassins.

In a rotten country of sweet-tongued politicians, giant bugs, and renegade shape shifters, Nyx will forge unlikely allies and rekindle old acquaintances. And the bodies she leaves scattered across the continent this time... may include her own.

Because no matter where you go or how far you run in this world, one thing is certain: the bloody bel dames will find you.


God's War
Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 2
(Night Shade Books, January 18, 2011)

Interview with Kameron Hurley and Giveaway - October 3, 2011
Nyx had already been to hell. One prayer more or less wouldn't make any difference...

On a ravaged, contaminated world, a centuries-old holy war rages, fought by a bloody mix of mercenaries, magicians, and conscripted soldiers. Though the origins of the war are shady and complex, there's one thing everybody agrees on--

There's not a chance in hell of ending it.

Nyx is a former government assassin who makes a living cutting off heads for cash. But when a dubious deal between her government and an alien gene pirate goes bad, Nyx's ugly past makes her the top pick for a covert recovery. The head they want her to bring home could end the war--but at what price?

The world is about to find out.


About Kameron

Interview with Kameron Hurley and Giveaway - October 3, 2011
Kameron Hurley currently hacks out a living as a marketing and advertising writer in Ohio. She’s lived in Fairbanks, Alaska; Durban, South Africa; and Chicago, but grew up in and around Washington State. Her personal and professional exploits have taken her all around the world. She spent much of her roaring 20′s traveling, pretending to learn how to box, and trying not to die spectacularly. Along the way, she justified her nomadic lifestyle by picking up degrees in history from the University of Alaska and the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Today she lives a comparatively boring life sustained by Coke Zero, Chipotle, low-carb cooking, and lots of words. She continues to work hard at not dying.


Kameron's links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:   One commenter will win a copy of Infidel (Bel Dame Apocrypha Volume 2) from Kameron!

How:   Leave a comment answering the following question:

What woman or women inspire you? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)  Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)  Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)  Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Monday, October 10, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

2011 Debut Author Challenge - October Debut Authors

2011 Debut Author Challenge - October Debut Authors


Here are the October debut authors and their novels (in alphabetical order). Pick one or more and let us know in the comments which one(s) you'll be reading. If I've missed any, let me know in the comments. 


Debris
Author:  Jo Anderton
Series:  The Veiled Worlds
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher:  Angry Robot Books (October 2011*)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy Adventure
ISBN:  978-0-85766-154-8
*Debris was available on September 27, 2011

2011 Debut Author Challenge - October Debut Authors
In a far future where technology is all but indistinguishable from magic, Tanyana is one of the elite.

She can control pions, the building blocks of matter, shaping them into new forms using ritual gestures and techniques. The rewards are great, and she is one of most highly regarded people in the city. But that was before the “accident”.

Stripped of her powers, bound inside a bizarre powersuit, she finds herself cast down to the very lowest level of society. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting “debris”, the stuff left behind by pions. But as she tries to find who has done all of this to her, she also starts to realize that debris is more important than anyone could guess.

Debris is a stunning new piece of Science Fantasy, which draws in themes from Japanese manga, and classic Western SF and Fantasy to create this unique, engrossing debut from the very exciting young author Jo Anderton.

FILE UNDER: Science Fiction [ Sentient Matter | Cast Down | Cruel Betrayals | All Is Lies ]
Read a guest blog by Jo Anderton about genre.


Swell
Author:  Corwin Ericson
Format:  Trade Paperback, 390 pages
Publisher:  Dark Coast Press (October 25, 2011)
Price:  $16.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fiction
ISBN:  978-0984428847

2011 Debut Author Challenge - October Debut Authors
The tiny northeast island of Bismuth keeps getting smaller for Orange Whippey.
A bad day soaking wet and stranded on Wreck Rock gets worse when Orange is conscripted into the service of lifelong nemesis Mr. Lucy and his repugnant son, Donny. A vast Atlantic of epic fish tales and mythical whales is teeming with drug dealers, Korean smugglers, and corporate schemers. When a mysterious package goes missing, Orange is plunged further into a world of unwanted responsibility. He’s sleep-deprived, shanghaied, tied-up and beaten, but all he wants is a dry pair of pants and some coffee. First though, there are questions that need to be answered. Who has the package? What’s all the fuss? And ultimately, why the hell should Orange care?

Misadventures range from absurd to terrifying as Snorri—a Finlindian whale herder who used to be married to a bear—and Waldena—an Estonindian harpoonist and Thor-cult priestess—do their best to keep Orange from doing what he would ultimately prefer to do: nothing.


Unleashed
Author:  Sara Humphreys
Series:  The Amoveo Legend
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  SourcebooksCasablanca (October 1, 2011)
Price:  $6.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
ISBN9781402258435

2011 Debut Author Challenge - October Debut Authors
What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…

Get swept away into Sara Humphreys’s glorious world and breathtaking love story…


Mirror Maze
Author:  Michaela Jordan
Format:  Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher:  Pyr (October 2011)
Price:  $17.95
Language:  English
Genre:  Fantasy
ISBN:  978-1-61614-529-3

2011 Debut Author Challenge - October Debut Authors
Jacob Aldridge is still utterly devastated by the death of his fiancée when he suddenly encounters her doppelganger. Livia Aram’s uncanny resemblance to the late Rhoda Carothers so transcends coincidence that Jacob becomes obsessed with her. The intensity of his passion terrifies her until her compassion is roused by his desperate plight. A demon is stalking him, a succubus-like entity that feeds on human pain and desire. With the help of Jacob’s sister, Cecily, and Livia’s guardian, the mysterious Dr. Chang, they overcome the demon. Or so it appears. . . .

Jacob, Liva, and Cecily are all victims of a single curse, a curse which entrapped and destroyed their parents before them. Now fate has drawn their descendants together again, and the curse is playing out. Nothing can help them, until Cecily’s husband returns from abroad. Colonel Beckford has been missing for years; he has seen strange things and acquired strange powers in his absence. Now he will do whatever it takes to free his wife and eliminate the demon and its curse once and for all.


The Shadow Reader
Author:  Sandy Williams
Series:  McKenzie Lewis 1
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher:  Ace (October 25, 2011)
Price:  $7.99
Language:  English
Genre:  Urban fantasy
ISBN9781937007010

2011 Debut Author Challenge - October Debut Authors
A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae King, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword-master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.

Interview with Christopher Buehlman - September 29, 2011

Please welcome Christopher Buehlman to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?



Christopher:  Perhaps it’s that I write a spare structure and layer up rather than writing in quantity and pruning. It could also be that I write ‘orally’ and always read sections aloud for rhythm and punch. But it could also be that I write in the buff while drinking mead, wearing a Viking helmet and listening to Wagner.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Christopher:  Hemingway and Fitzgerald are my favorites, which may also have nudged me towards setting my story in the 1930’s. I’m also fond of Cormac McCarthy-he has such a beautiful way of describing such gruesome events. Stephen King is seminal for me, though, as I was reading him far younger than I should have been. Maybe he taught me the what and the others taught me the how.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?



Christopher:  Ha! None of the above! Or both, if you insist. I have plot points that I sketch out, and I let the characters improvise their way between them. If the characters insist on a detour, I let them take it. Plot should come from character, never the reverse.

TQ:  Describe Those Across the River in 140 characters or less.



Christopher:  OMG Ths bk wl scr th sht out of u LOL no rlly its spooky & lush & gothic about a mn who has to nswr 4 th sins of his ancstr & hs a ht wife

TQ:  What inspired you to write Those Across The River?



Christopher:  I always wanted to write a horror novel, and finally took a stab at it in 2001. I knew the nature of the antagonists first, although I won’t discuss that here as I would prefer to let them introduce themselves to you at their leisure. Certain horrific images came to me, and soon a narrative formed itself around them. I shelved the first draft for many years and re-approached it, only now I had more life and writing experience, and a stronger bent towards the historical.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do for the novel?



Christopher:  I used all sorts of media-mostly books, the usual suspects, reading first-hand accounts of the Argonne offensive in the First World War, social histories of the Great Depression, histories about slavery and old plantations, books about PTSD and anything at all written during the period. I also leaned heavily on archival photos and newspaper articles. If you want to learn the cadence of 1930’s American speech, Turner Classic Movies is your friend. As is You Tube, should you wish to know how to start a Model A Ford in a hurry or clean a 1911 .45.

TQ:  Why did you set Those Across the River in Georgia?



Christopher:  It neighbors the state I grew up in (Florida), so I have been to and through Georgia quite a bit. I wanted the plantation in question to have harvested cotton rather than rice, indigo, sugarcane, tobacco or any of the other crops you might find in the Carolinas, say. Most importantly, however, I wanted the Savoyard plantation to be near the path of Sherman’s march.

TQ:  Who was the easiest character to write and why? Hardest and why?

Christopher:  The hardest character to write was the chief antagonist, at least until I figured out his angle. He had to have good reasons to be as bad as he was; the worst actions often come from a deep sense of moral entitlement.
The easiest was Martin Cranmer, the town’s self-educated bibliophile taxidermist, a functional alcoholic and a real wiseass.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?



Christopher:  Frank and Eudora go to a nursing home to interview an old woman who actually went to the Savoyard plantation as a little girl. She doesn’t much like Eudora, and there is some wickedly funny friction between the two women. The scene also manages to convey some dreadful information-I often read that one at public events because it captures so much of the tone of the book.

TQ:  What's next?

ChristopherBetween Two Fires, coming out next Fall, is the story of a disgraced knight and a visionary little girl trying to survive in a plague-ravaged medieval France; a France that is also a battleground not only for the French and English, but for angels and devils locked in a second war for the throne of Heaven. I was unaware of the existence of a proper medieval horror novel, so I decided to write the one I wanted to read.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.




About Those Across The River

Those Across the River
Ace, September 6, 2011

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family's old estate-the Savoyard Plantation- and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.

It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten.

A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols's homecoming...




About Christopher

Christopher Buehlman is a writer and performer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize in Poetry and a finalist for the 2008 Forward Prize for best poem (UK). He spent his twenties and thirties touring renaissance festivals with his very popular show Christophe the Insultor, Verbal Mercenary. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in French Language from Florida State University, where he minored in History. He enjoys theater, independent films, chess, archery, cooking with lots of garlic, and thick, inky, bone-dry red wines. He lives with his wife, actress Geneva Rae, and their rescued dog, Duck, who is believed to be the result of an encounter between a Shiba Inu and a Pit Bull.
Text from:  http://www.christopherbuehlman.com/about/

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Interview with Isabel Cooper and Giveway - September 26, 2011

Please welcome Isabel Cooper to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Isabel:  I don’t really need peace and quiet to write: I completed most of No Proper Lady when I was at work, and have written the sequel while on lunch break or on the train. I’m very good at tuning out distractions when I’m writing, which lets me get work done, but which I suspect makes me reasonably hard to live with.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Isabel:  My favorites in fantasy and horror: Stephen King, Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley, J.R.R. Tolkien, H.P. Lovecraft, S.M. Sterling, and E.E. Knight. In romance, my favorites include Emma Holly, Angela Knight, Julie Anne Long, Rose Lerner, and Susanna Fraser.

All of these writers have been pretty influential to my writing, since I pick up influences like a sponge. Lovecraft, King, Sterling, and Knight have probably contributed the most to my world-building (though I do a somewhat more optimistic universe than H.P.), while Carey, Holly, and Knight have been most influential on my romance plots.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Isabel:  That depends on how many meetings I have to sit through. I tend to write out vague plots when I’m in boring situations and need to look like I’m writing, then flesh things out more spontaneously.

TQ:  Describe No Proper Lady in 140 characters or less.

Isabel:  She’s an assassin from a future where demons rule Earth. He’s a Victorian occultist whose friend turned to a dark path. They fight crime!

TQ:  What inspired you to write No Proper Lady?

Isabel:  I tend to write stories in my head when I’m walking—I commute on foot a fair amount—and one of them started with a Victorian guy watching as a woman in leather armor skinned some sort of demon. That seemed to lend itself to time travel, and I decided I wanted to give my heroine a reason to come back in time: “sent from the future to change the past” came to mind, as it would for anyone of my generation, and the novel took off from there.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of No Proper Lady?

Isabel:  The Internet was very helpful, particularly since I wrote a lot of the novel at work, where looking things up in books would be risky! That said, I learned a lot from Daily Life in Victorian England, What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, and Inventing the Victorians. It also helped that I’d taken a couple classes in college on magical belief and practice through the ages, and I keep in touch pretty well with the professor who taught them. Some of the material there provided the occult details.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is/are your favorite scene(s) in the novel?

Isabel:  I’m really fond of the final confrontation and some of the lines I got there; I also quite like the dancing scenes, both the one where Simon is giving Joan lessons and the one where they’re actually at the ball. The fancy dress and the charge of dancing with someone you’re attracted to is a lot of fun to describe.

TQ:  In No Proper Lady, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Isabel:  Joan was definitely the easiest. Her voice came very naturally to me, and I had no trouble figuring out what she’d do in any given situation.
Eleanor, on the other hand, was really tough. I needed to show her progression out of trauma to a place where she can take initiative, and pacing that was hard.

TQ:  How many books are planned for Englefield series?

Isabel:  The Englefield series has three books so far: No Proper Lady, No Honest Woman, and No Time at All. Each is going to be a basically stand-alone novel, though with some characters overlapping.

TQ:  What's next?

Isabel:  Next is No Honest Woman, a novel set at Englefield when it becomes a school for future guardians of humanity—sort of Victorian magical X-Men. Two of the faculty start out fighting and end up falling for each other, while the students and their powers cause all sorts of trouble.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Isabel:  Thank you for having me!



About No Proper Lady

No Proper Lady
Englefield 1
Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2011)

Interview with Isabel Cooper and Giveway - September 26, 2011
It’s Terminator meets My Fair Lady in this fascinating debut of black magic and brilliant ball gowns, martial arts, and mysticism.

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and in 200 years demons will destroy it all. Unless Joan, a rough-around-the-edges assassin from the future, can take out the dark magician responsible. But to get close to her target she’ll need help learning how to fit into polite Victorian society to get close to her target.

Simon Grenville has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell. The man used to be his best friend—until his practice of the dark arts almost killed Simon’s sister. The beautiful half-naked stranger Simon meets in the woods may be the perfect instrument for his revenge. It will just take a little time to teach her the necessary etiquette and assemble a proper wardrobe. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants Joan anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn’t in it.


About Isabel

Interview with Isabel Cooper and Giveway - September 26, 2011
Debut author Isabel Cooper lives in Boston and maintains her guise as a mild-mannered project manager working in legal publishing. She only travels through time the normal way and has never fought a demon, but she can waltz. Her next book, No Honest Woman, will be in stores in April 2012. For more information, please visit http://isabelcooper.wordpress.com.







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*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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