Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Author Interview and Giveaway: Augusta Blythe

Please give a warm welcome to Augusta Blythe!
Hello to everyone on Lucia's blog! My name is Augusta Blythe and I am a mother, writer, aunt, lawyer, wife (not necessarily in that order). I'm American, but I live in the UK. My kids and I are dual citizens. I am left-handed, a Leo, and can bend my fingers back to a disturbing angle.
3LB: Who or what inspired you to write? Do you have any role models, whether in writing or life in general?
No writers in my family, but my great grandmother had an adventurous spirit that influenced my writing early on. Stories about her and my great grandfather had that 'larger than life' quality. When she was 18, she moved on her own from Liverpool, England to Philadelphia. My great grandfather was away at sea at the time so she took their newborn daughter and went by ship on her own.
3LB: Create a haiku about Winterborne.
I'm having flashbacks to English class. Okay, I think I'm breaking some haiku rules but here goes --
Blizzard ages old
Buds of deceit blossom and grow
The shifting sun shines anew
3LB: Are any of your characters or scenes based on people/events in your own life?
Yes. In Winterborne, Loie's Gran is based on my own grandmother. She was one of those people without a filter, said whatever came to mind, however mean or inappropriate. It makes her sound awful, but she was actually hilarious and she liked people who could take it and dish it right back. I sprinkled a little of myself in both Loie and Mia, but neither is more like me than the other.
3LB: Do you have anything that you need to have around you when you write, such as a specific playlist/radio station in the background, coffee, a desk in a quiet room?
I've been adjusting my workspace because I haven't sat at a desk for years and I miss it when I'm writing. I've recently created a space with a desk upstairs but I find myself drifting downstairs anyway. I just need to get in the habit. I prefer silence unless I'm trying to evoke a certain tone or mood and can't get there without help. Then I'll find appropriate music to give me a boost. For Winterborne and Ravenstoke, I played a lot of Glee and Keane (for reasons that will be obvious to readers of Ravenstoke). The Glee soundtracks are so varied, you can find just about anything you need.
3LB: What’s next for you? What other books have you written?
I am about to publish a middle grade fantasy book called In the Land of the Sapphire Sea. I also have a new YA series in the pipeline as well as the third book in the Universe Unbound series, The Yawning Void.
3LB: If you had to live your life as an animal, what would you be?
Can I say a unicorn? If it has to be a real animal, I'll go with a blue whale.
3LB: Time travel: Future or past? And where and when would you go to?
I'm an English history nut (no surprise that I now live in England) so probably Tudor England to warn all those poor wives of Henry VIII. There have been a couple of television shows recently that involved time traveling to kill Hitler. Both were brilliant (Misfits and Dr. Who).
3LB: If you could have any supernatural ability, what would it be, and why?
I like the idea of being able to morph one object into another, limited only by my imagination.
3LB: Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring writers?
Read a lot. Read bad books as well as good books so you can see the difference. Read different genres to get a sense of your own style preferences. Then write a lot.
3LB: Tell us five interesting things about yourself.
  1. I am double jointed (see my intro).
  2. I cannot roll my tongue.
  3. I told a joke on The Muppet Show when I was young.
  4. I once slept in a brothel.
  5. I went cave tubing in New Zealand with a group of schoolgirls from China and Japan (they were traveling together on a bonding trip).
3LB: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
If you like a book, even if you're not a blogger, please support the author by posting reviews anywhere you can think of (Amazon, B&N, GoodReads). It makes a huge difference!
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Thank you, Augusta! For more information about Ms. Blythe and her books, visit:
Purchase Winterborne and Ravenstoke, available now!
Sixteen-year old Mia Winterborne is destined to be special. Details are sketchy, though, as her dad disappeared with all the answers when she was five. Mia only knows that she’ll inherit her kickass superpowers on her seventeenth birthday. Helping Mia prepare for her anticipated ascendancy is Loie Bryce, her best friend and eternal sidekick extraordinaire. The girls’ intense friendship has never wavered until now, when Andreas arrives in Salcey Ridge. They both fall hard for the British hottie, who quickly becomes a fixture in their lives. When they discover that Andreas is not who he appears to be, the frightening reality of Mia’s powers finally hits home. The nearer Mia’s birthday draws, the more the danger escalates and long-buried lies are exposed, putting the girls on a path that they never expected.

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