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Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012

Please welcome Carrie Clevenger to The Qwillery!


Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012


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

Carrie:  I write scenes out of order when I get stuck and piece them together as I reach that point in the main document when I’m writing a novel. I think the scenes I save for last usually are the slow-paced transitional pieces and most of the sex scenes. The easiest scenes to churn out are dialogue and action.


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

Carrie:  I’m mostly a non-fiction reader but some of the fiction writers I’ve enjoyed most are Jeri Smith-Ready, Nerine Dorman, comic writer Scott Snyder, Pearl S. Buck, Dean Koontz, Anne Rice and of course, Stephen King.

My writing is influenced by Stephen King, Anne Rice, and music. Lots of music. Type O Negative, Tool, Danzig, etc. Depends on what I’m writing for what comes to the forefront.


TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Carrie:  I’m a crazy hybrid of both. I can plot all day long but it’s ultimately left up to the characters whether they agree that’s what happens. Pantsing is a lot of fun because I’m just as excited as the next person to see what does actually end up happening.


TQ:   What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Carrie:  Since writing in my league isn’t all that time-sensitive, there’s plenty of room to procrastinate. I can plot for years, but until I get my butt in that chair and start squeezing the story juice from my brain, ideas will stay just that.


TQ:  Describe Crooked Fang in 140 characters or less.

Carrie:  I’ll use my tagline: “Sometimes a vampire’s past can bite him in the ass.”


TQ:   What inspired you to write Crooked Fang?

Carrie:  Several things. One was a death of a close friend. I needed a place to put my grief and to help cope with the loss. Music was another. I was inspired by music videos and songs. Anne Rice wrote a smashing series of vampires that got me into the vampire genre. I kind of threw all this into a decade-long blender and Xan Marcelles/Crooked Fang came out of it.


TQ:   Tell us something about Crooked Fang that is not in the book description.

Carrie:  It has zombies and touches on the Navajo culture. Xan gets a peek at his Native American culture during the story.


TQ:  What sort of research did you do for Crooked Fang?

Carrie:  Everything that I didn’t know well. When I first set out to write Crooked Fang, I knew absolutely zip about music, the industry, and especially the instruments. I had to broaden my listening horizons first off and step out of just listening to mainstream stuff found on the radio. I had to learn how musicians talk and interact. The parts of a bass guitar. The fuel economy of a motorcycle. Geographical locations. What exactly will fit in a three car garage? Sure, I could have fudged a lot of this but since I took the time to learn about all of it, I benefited as well as the story.


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

Carrie:  Xan Marcelles was definitely the easiest because the story is written from his point of view. He’s just a normal guy that happens to have a set of fangs. Nin was the hardest because she’s female and females are difficult for me to write.


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

Carrie:  My favorite scene is where Xan and Serv bury Freddie together. It’s a grotesque situation but the dialogue cracked me up while writing it.


TQ:  What's next?

Carrie:  I’m working on Crooked Fang II, where Xan’s adventures continue and we learn a bit more about his vampire side. I’m also dabbling with a horror story dealing with the limbo a soul can fall into after death. It features a smart-ass Grim Reaper who’s given up the scythe and black robe in favor of cocaine, a long black car and a southern accent.

Also wanted to put out there that for the month of October, Crooked Fang is on sale for Nook, Kindle ($2.99) and in trade paperback (25% off).


TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Carrie:  Thanks so much for having me!



About Crooked Fang

Crooked Fang
Crooked Fang 1
Lyrical Press, August 20, 2012
eBook, 230 pages

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012
Sometimes a vampire's past can bite him in the ass.

Xan Marcelles--bassist for Crooked Fang, vampire and full-time asshole, is content with his quiet existence in the backwoods of Pinecliffe, Colorado. But life at the Pale Rider tavern is set to become a little more complicated when he gets entangled with a feisty, blue-haired damsel and her abusive soon-to-be ex boyfriend.

To add to his woes, he's gone from hunter to hunted, and his past returns to haunt him when a phone call draws him back to New Mexico. With the help of friends from his living past, he must get to the bottom of a murder, and figure out where he stands with his lover and his band, all while keeping one step ahead of his enemies. Hiding won't be easy for him, especially with a mysterious woman dogging him every step of the way.

WARNING: Cussing, smoking, drinking and hot sex.


Crooked Fang is also available in Trade Paperback:

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012




About Carrie

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012
Carrie Clevenger is a multi-genre author living in Austin, Texas who debuted in the urban fantasy genre when she couldn't decide between horror and humor. Her first novel, Crooked Fang, is not some kind of frilly love story. Catch up with Carrie at www.crookedfang.com






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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a print copy of Crooked Fang from Carrie Clevenger and a beautiful Sasha Bracelet from Synde at Cemetery Cat Designs. US ONLY

Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012

How:   Answer the following question: 

Xan Marcelles is a bass player. What profession would you like to see a vampire in?

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.

There are a total of 3 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry) and Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry).  This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook or Twitter mentions. You MUST 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 Sunday, October 28, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22, 2011

Please welcome Kady Cross to The Qwillery.

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

Kady:  There are so many! I love Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde and the Brontes, but I also enjoy Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and a host of others. My influences would have to be Sidney Sheldon, Judy Blume, Stephen King, Amanda Quick ... I'm probably missing some, and I just realized what a strange list that is!

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a pantster?

Kady:  Definitely a little of both, but mostly a plotter. I love to plot.

TQ:  What appeals to you about steampunk?

Kady:  The freedom of it. It's such an 'open' genre. My steampunk is nothing like someone else's steampunk. It's a genre that can be very dark and gritty or light and funny. To me the essence of steampunk is a fear of change mixed with the hope and wonder of technology. Sometimes good things come out of the lab, and sometimes things that aren't good at all...

TQ:  Describe The Girl in the Steel Corset in 140 characters or less.

Kady:  Jekyll and Hyde meets Teen Titans.

TQ:  What inspired you to write The Girl in the Steel Corset?

Kady:  I wanted to write young adult, but I didn't want to write vampires or wolves. I love both those things, but I was itching to do something different. I love superheroes and had just read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and wanted to do something like that -- or not quite so brutal!

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

Kady:  l continued with my Victorian research from my adult books, added in some on evolution, organisms that can live below ground, and the steampunk genre. I also read some authors that would be considered Victorian science fiction.

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

Kady:  When Finley finds Griffin in the fountain and carries him back to the house. He's so embarrassed to be carried by a girl! I love how that scene sums them up. She's physically stronger than him, but the devastation of his power is all around them. It shows that Griffin really has no idea how powerful he really is -- and that he's got hang ups. Plus -- to me -- it reveals so much of what they're going to be to one another. They're going to always be there for each other, but it won't be easy.

TQ:  In The Girl in the Steel Corset, who was the most difficult character to write and why? The easiest and why?

Kady:  The hardest was Griffin because he needed to be more Bruce Wayne than Clark Kent. It's hard to write good and honorable without making him seem like a boy scout. He needed to be edgy, but heroic. The easiest was Jack because Jack could just be whoever he wanted to be. Jack is the type who always has a reason for doing the things he does. He threatened to steal the entire book, so I had to tone him down. Still, there are readers who fell completely in love with Mr. Dandy!

TQ:  Who should play Finley Jayne and Griffin King if the novel is made into a movie?

Kady:  Emma Watson would make a great Finley, and Rob Pattison could easily play Griff. Of course, there are a ton of fabulous young actors out there who could do a wonderful job. Maybe some day I'll see my characters brought to life!

TQ:  How many books are planned for the series?

Kady:  I have 5 planned, with the final book being Jack Dandy's story.

TQ:  What's next?

KadyThe Girl in the Clockwork Collar comes out next year. It's Jasper's story. Finley and Griffin are viewpoint characters as well. Finley will always be one of the 'main' characters, just because I see this as her journey. Anyway, the book is set in historical New York City. I like to think there's more insight into the characters, and you definitely get to see some changes in Griffin - and the beginning of a mystery with him that will span a couple of books before getting resolved. After that is book 3, which has no title as of yet, and will have Sam and Emily at the center of it.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery

Kady:  Thanks so much for having me!


About The Steampunk Chronicles

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne
Steampunk Chronicles Prequel
(Harlequin, May 2011)
Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…

An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Kobo


The Girl in the Steel Corset
The Steampunk Chronicles 1
(Harlequin Teen, May 24, 2011)
Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her.

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository : Indie Bound


About Kady

Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
In her other life Kady Cross is a USA Today bestselling author of more than 20 books. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted, and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets. When she’s not listening to the characters in her head she’s either trying to formulate the perfect lipgloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girly, sugar skulls, and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction – from which she never, ever wants to be cured.

Kady's Links:

Website
Twitter



The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win from a signed copy of The Girl in the Steel Corset and a steampunk necklace, Radioactive, from The Qwillery.  The necklace was made by Synde of Cemetery Cat Jewelry for this giveaway.

Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011
Photo and description courtesy of Cemetery Cat Designs
Watch ephemera hands and gears, all perch on a pocket watch body. A faceted pyrite stone highlights. Brass chain has hearts and clock gears nested within. Perfect for taking on your favorite gaslamp villain...
17"
How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Have you ever read any steampunk?

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, July 28, 2011. Void where prohibited by law.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Blogversary Giveaways Update

Here are the final two necklaces from Cemetery Cat Jewelry!

The Zombie Giveaway will include this necklace:

Blogversary Giveaways Update


The Werewolf/Shifter Giveaway will include this necklace (note that an additional charm may be added):

Blogversary Giveaways Update

The Blogversary Giveaway page here has been updated. Remember - you have until November 10, 2010 at 11:59 PM United States Eastern Time to enter. Go to the Blogversary Giveaway page to enter.

Holiday Shopping or I'd Rather Have a Root Canal or How to Save Yourself by Shopping at Cemetery Cat Designs

I'm not overfond of holiday shopping. I don't like the crowds. I don't like the feeling of desperation that seems to emanate from nearly everyone around me. So in order not to torture myself (or anyone else), if I can't get it online, I generally won't get it. I recently had one of the best holiday shopping experiences I've ever had. Let me explain.

This year I was looking for something special and unique for my teen daughter. She's a Twihard (sigh) but also has the good taste to love the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I know that Synde Korman of Cemetery Cat Designs makes limited edition jewelry inspired by Vampire Academy in addition to other beautiful jewelry. Luckily for me Synde also makes custom items as well. My daughter's favorite Vampire Academy character is Dimitri Belikov. I contacted Synde with this information, and she started designing a necklace for my daughter. We discussed materials and agreed on a price. I was also asked my daughter's size so that the necklace would be the appropriate length.  When it was ready Synde sent me the photo below:


Holiday Shopping or I'd Rather Have a Root Canal or How to Save Yourself by Shopping at Cemetery Cat Designs

Wow! Synde shipped it out, and I received it in perfect shape a couple of days later. I was so excited that I could not wait to give it to my daughter. My daughter CRIED! She hugged me... a lot. I cried. She absolutely loves her necklace. I love that with the help of Synde I've been able to give my daughter a unique and lasting work of art. It is absolutely stunning.


Holiday Shopping or I'd Rather Have a Root Canal or How to Save Yourself by Shopping at Cemetery Cat Designs

I'm a real fan of Cemetery Cat Designs! As a matter of fact I need to have Synde make something for my son. He saw his sister's necklace and was so wowed that he would like something unique for himself. He's already given me a couple of ideas.

Here's the link for Cemetery Cat Designs: http://www.etsy.com/shop/psynde 

Take a look!!

[Just so you know - I have absolutely no link to Cemetery Cat Designs other than being a very happy customer.]

Qwill's Qwestion: What would like for the holidays?
Interview with Carrie Clevenger and Giveaway - October 21, 2012Interview with Kady Cross and Giveaway - July 22,  2011Blogversary Giveaways UpdateHoliday Shopping or I'd Rather Have a Root Canal or How to Save Yourself by Shopping at Cemetery Cat Designs

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