This weeks episode of the YA Indie Carnival includes an author interview with one of the other members and a huge giveaway! For giveaway details, look towards the end of the post. Good luck to everyone!
I was fortunate enough to get to interview none other than the amazing author of The Understorey . . . Ms. Fisher Amelie! She is a blast to interview (as you can see from below) and she's a sweetheart to boot. Enjoy the interview and check out The Understorey!
1. The Understorey's getting amazing reviews. People love it! What's the next great thing you're working on?
They are!? Oh, that's fabulous news! I have the worst case of tunnel vision and my eyes go straight for the ones that say things like, 'She's preposterous! Can't believe she's an author! Wonder if her face really looks like that or if it's a mask.' Ba ha ha! Only kidding. Sort of. Okay, so my 'next great thing'. I love that you worded it like that because, drum roll please, I am releasing a new book in late September called,
The Heart Pounding, Blood Racing, Chest Aching, Stomach Throbbing, Skin Warming, Toe Curling, Nail Biting Performance of...Callum & Harper.
It's rather lengthy, I admit, so in the interest of saving time, I'll call it Callum & Harper for short.
Callum & Harper is about two orphans in New York City who are thrown from their foster homes because they suffer the 'eighteen disease'. Fated to meet one another, each has an appointment at the exact same time with their social workers. They are instantly attracted to one another but ignore their own feelings, each assuming the other isn't interested through a myriad of silly misunderstandings. They decide to work together though, to build a new life, but crazy, crazy, crazy things happen, threatening not only their new life but the growing attraction between them.
2. How old were you when you wrote your first "novel" and when did you first realize you could do it as a profession?
Honestly, I'd never wrote anything more than a few pages until about three years ago. I did secretly write notebooks and notebooks worth of short stories growing up though. Since junior high, really, but I never showed a soul. I assumed they were no good and was too embarrassed to have them read, even by my own family.
I recently pulled a few out. Turns out, I was right. They were rubbish. Ha ha ha! But that's okay, they did get better as time progressed and by the time I was in high school, I'd developed a certain style. I still wrote at uni but never anything as extensive as what I had written in high school. I was geeky and silly and had an astronomical amount of time on my hands then. Not that I wasn't those very same things in college, it's just the part about time. College students, serious ones anyway, don't have time for anything. (Except for the occasional party, sit-in, bra-burning demo (Which never work. Trust me, I know.), and maybe the notorious nervous break downs come finals.) Yes, those are parenthesis inside of parenthesis. That's how I roll. Anyway, I....What is that?
Be right back. I smell something emanating from the general direction of my toddler and I don't think he's baking bread, if you catch my drift. Actually, don't catch that drift. Trust me.
So, back. Where were we? Oh, yes. Me. Glorious me.
Long story short, I became a copy writer. I wrote a crap children's book. Realized I was much, much better at young adult which should tell you a lot about my children's book. Ha! And, voila! I am here! Talking to you.
3. If The Leaving Series had a theme song, what would it be?
Oh, I love this question. Danny Elfman's Ice Dance. Oh, I am such a sucker for violins and glockenspiels. I'm a traditionalist. Nothing says traditional like the glockenspiel. (Yikes.)
4. You just won Best New Author of the Year at the make believe Emmy's of the literary world. What would you wear and what would your speech be?
I would wear this because, let's be honest, this is make believe. Oh, who am I kidding? I'd wear it today at the grocery store if it were only in my possession. What? Too much for bread and milk purchases? I completely disagree.
I'd probably replace the red top hat with the same but maybe in black. I've never been a huge fan of the colors red and black together. Maybe a higher quality silk for the skirt and a better lace. Oh, look at me. I'm a regular Victorian Vera Wang.
Now, for my speech:
*Screaming* Yes, yes. Sit down. No need for a standing ovation! *Louder Screaming* Please, this is just embarrassing. *Even Louder Screaming* Sit down, you idiots! *People scrambling to their seats* Now, I have so many people to thank. First, *Music is cued* Dang it! See what you did, people? You've ruined any chance I had of making an impression on you!
That sounds about how it would probably go. Just my luck.
5. If The Understorey became a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
I don't know why but I had the worst time with this question. I suppose it's because I have just never heard of anyone who could match what I imagine in my mind. No one can top your imagination, right? But if I had to choose, I'd pick Ben Barnes to play Elliott. I know he looks rather menacing here but it's the closest thing I could find.
And for Julia, I pick Lucy hale. Pretty close.
TODAY'S GIVEAWAY [for people over 13, internationally]: Winners announced Sept. 16 at the next YA Indie Carnival. Just comment [incl. your email address] on any Q & A post ALL DAY TODAY and tweet the carnival [#yaindiecarnival] to win ebooks from the carnival authors:
Kindle copy of The Understorey by Fisher Amelie
Kindle digitally-signed edition of Winnemucca by Laura A. H. Elliott and a Winnemucca signed Coffee Mug.
Kindle copy of Breathe by Abbi Glines along with an autographed canvas Breathe tote.
Kindle copy of Solstice by PJ Hoover
Kindle copy of Between by Cyndi Tefft
Kindle copy of PineLight by Jillian Peery
Kindle copy of Filter by Gwenn Wright.
Kindle copy of Eternal Eden by Nicole Williams
Kindle copy of Fallen Eden by Nicole Williams
Kindle copy of Soul Quest by Amy Maurer Jones
Kindle copy of Run and Hide by Patti Larsen (YA thrillers, 1 and 2 in a series of 4)
Kindle copy of Fractured by Cheri Schmidt
Kindle copy of Warriors of the Cross by T.R. Graves
Kindle copy of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Bees of St. John, Mushrooms, Whistles, and Beergarden by Rachel Coles