|*jumps for joy*|
Please welcome Andrea Cremer, NYT and international bestselling author of Nightshade!
3LB: iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books AKA Lucia (Me)
AC: Andrea Cremer
Hi everyone! I’m Andrea Cremer the author of Nightshade, the first book in a YA paranormal series about wolves, witches, and secret histories.
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models?
AC: I’ve been writing since I was very small, but I didn’t think writing was something I could pursue as a career. Two years ago I was in a horseback riding accident that left me unable to walk for the summer. Since I was stuck on the couch I decided I’d try writing a novel – once I started I couldn’t stop!
3LB: Are any of your own interests represented in Nightshade?
AC: Yes! My ‘day job’ is that I’m a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul. The world of Nightshade brings my love of history and fantasy together.
3LB: What’s the hardest part of the writing process?
AC: For me it’s getting my head out of the story once I’ve started drafting. I easily lose myself in writing but I still have obligations and things to get done in the ‘real world,’ finding a balance between writing and life is always a challenge.
|Ben Barnes AKA our imaginary Ren|
AC: I spend a lot of time picking names for my characters. For Nightshade the Bane pack has names of French origin because that’s the genealogy and for the Nightshades’ it’s English ancestry.
3LB: I gotta ask, do you have a book playlist? If so, how did these songs inspire your writing/book/characters?
AC: I create playlists for all my books. You can find the songs on my website. Music creates the atmosphere of a scene that really lets me sink into the world I’m writing.
3LB: Do you have a dream cast for your book?
AC: I do! I’ve blogged about it here.
AC: WOLFSBANE publishes in July and BLOODROSE in March 2012. After that there is a companion novel that will be in stores fall 2012. I have a new project that is still secret but will be announced soon and will appear in 2013. After that I’m working on a steampunk trilogy.
Fun Questions :)
3LB: What three people/characters would you love to meet? (They can be fictional, dead, or real and very much alive!)
AC: Remus Lupine, Elizabeth I, Jensen Ackles
AC: Yoga, walking my dogs, watching my guilty pleasure shows (see below) and my not guilty pleasure shows (Supernatural, X-Files, Buffy)
3LB: What are you reading now?
AC: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
3LB: Biggest pet peeves?
AC: I can’t stand it when a song is on the radio and someone starts singing a different song over it. I’m unable to let someone read over my shoulder – it totally creeps me out. Also, vanilla ice cream.
3LB: Name one guilty pleasure you have.
AC: Gossip Girl and America’s Next Top Model
I say “Pack of” you say… HUNT
I say “Black” you say… NIGHT
I say “Woof!” you say… GROWL
I say “Flower” you say… POWER
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
- My birthday, August 1, is a pagan holiday. (Yes – that’s also Shay’s birthday!
- I have a freckle under my left eye that people always think is smudged mascara.
- I have three tattoos.
- I have two dogs and a parakeet.
- I think the ocean is beautiful but I’m terrified of swimming in it.
Thank you, Andrea! For more information on Andrea and her books, visit:
Links to buy Nightshade:
- Amazon (Hardcover)
- Amazon (Paperback) - Pre-Order!
- Amazon Kindle
- Barnes and Noble (Hardcover)
- The Book Depository
***This giveaway is now closed.***And now... FOR THE GIVEAWAY.
Andrea has generously provided a SIGNED copy of Nightshade to one lucky commenter!
To enter, you must:
- Be a GFC follower.
- Leave a comment with your name, email address, and answer to the following question: Team Ren or Team Shay, and why? If you haven't read the book, favorite werewolf story? This can be in the form of a book, song, poem, movie, anything!
- One winner will received a signed finished copy of Nightshade.
- All regular contest rules apply.
- Contest open to US residents. Sorry, internationals! :(
- This contest ends Saturday, April 23rd.
- Minimum number of entries is one, maximum number is six.
- Leave ONE COMMENT PER ENTRY. (Please don't forget your name and email for each!)