Saturday, March 5, 2011

Author Interview and Giveaway: Imogen Rose

Please welcome Imogen Rose, author of the Portal Chronicles!

3LB: iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books, AKA Lucia (Me)
IR: Imogen Rose

Hi! Thanks for inviting me. I am Imogen Rose, author, immunologist, mother of two daughters (10 and 18) and a cute little Chihuahua named Tallulah. I have lived all over the world, but I was born in Sweden. I am now based in New Jersey.

Questions about Portal:
3LB:Who or what inspired you to write? 
IR: I have been making up stories for my kids for a long time. My younger daughter wanted me to write Portal (my first published story) down so she could share it with her friends.

3LB: Do you have any role models? 
IR: I look to my late mom as my role model.

3LB: Where and when did you get the idea of time-travel in Portal from? 
IR: It’s an imaginary tool to be able to revisit old family, friends and lovers. It’s fun imagining a way of connecting with those in our past.

3LB: Kellan, Arizona, Rupert. There are some interesting names in your book. What was the inspiration behind them? 
IR: I keep a list of names that I really like (some that I was going to name my kids), so I have a selection to choose from for my characters. I thought these ones suited these particular characters.

3LB: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life? 
IR: Arizona and Ollie are very much based on different aspects of myself. Ella is loosely based on my younger daughter.

3LB: Are any of your own interests represented in the book? 
IR: Ice hockey has always been my favorite sport. My older daughter plays hockey as well, but at a much more competitive level. Then there is Hermès! I am an avid collector of all things Hermès, so it’s mentioned quite a few times in the book. I love shopping and traveling, which are reflected in the books as well.

3LB: Who would you choose between: Kellan or David? Or Harry? Or Rupert? Am I forgetting a guy? (By the way. The guys riding motorcycles? Hot.) 
IR: Oh, the first three are way too young for me!! So, Rupert.

3LB: Do you have a dream cast for your book? 
IR: I do! I was thinking AnnaSophia Robb would make a great Arizona. Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Rupert, January Jones as Ollie, Ed Westwick as Kellan and my daughter as Ella. Haven’t decided on a David yet, possibly Michael Trevino.

3LB: What’s next in line for you, after the Portal Chronicles? 
I have just finished writing FAUSTINE (Bonfire Chronicles Book One), which is due for release on 3/14. I am very excited about this. There will me further books in the Portal Chronicles, too.
(P.S. I'm reading and reviewing that!) 

Is there a book or series that you would recommend everybody to read? 
Yes, 1984 by George Orwell. Great book!

Do you have a favorite book or author? 
George Orwell is my all time favorite. 

Chocolate or coffee? 

Favorite food? 
Anything with gorgonzola sauce in it.

Favorite past-times? 

If you could have any supernatural ability, what would it be and why? 
I’d love to be able to make myself invisible. The fun one could have with that!

Biggest pet peeves? 
People who whine.
Thank you, Imogen! For more information on Imogen and her books, visit:
Also, check out my review on her book, Portal!

Links to buy the first of Imogen's Portal Chronicles, Portal

To enter, you must:
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  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite time travel-related book. If you don't have one, what's your favorite paranormal creature (based off of the author's new Faustine series.), and why? Remember to leave your name and email address! 
The rules: 
  • Winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Portal!
  • Must be at least 13 years old to enter.
  • This contest is US only. Sorry! :(
  • This contest ends Saturday, March 26.
  • Winner will have 72 hours to reply to email.
  • Maximum is two entries, make them separate comments, please!
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