Back To School: Long Past Curfew

Hello my lovely friends! Today we have an outstanding visitor – the gorgeous Allison Mulder has agreed to pop by and chat schedules, schoolish responsibilities, and writing.

Here she is!

Long Past Midnight

When Jamie asked me to write a post on balancing school and writing, I’m not sure she was entirely aware of the nocturnal status I’ve held throughout my first two years of college.

Last semester, my schedule generally went like this:

Get up as late as possible. Class. Nap until next class. Nap until Lunch. Then stay up until about 5 AM (with another nap thrown in if I need it).

The people who lived on my wing those first two years (the people who’d get up in the morning and run into me on my way to bed) would be the first to laugh at the idea of me talking about “balance.”

The thing is, I was balanced.

Maybe not in the most healthy way, but I managed to find a schedule that worked well for me.

If that involved getting my homework done late at night so that I could socialize and have time to breathe during the day, then that’s just what I needed to do. I write better at night anyway. If it involved giving up part of my weekend, or giving up on a little sleep, I was cool with it.

Because here’s the thing—something that comes up again and again in every post I see about finding the time to write:

You don’t find the time, you make it.

Writing as a student means writing and doing homework, and maybe working for a paycheck, and socializing with friends to avoid (or at least delay) hermit status, and juggling all the other pressures of Things You Should Do while in school…

And chances are, you’ll come across people who consider writing the least important thing on that list.

You aren’t getting paid (at least probably not in the near future). You aren’t getting academic credit. So why on earth would you sit around writing page after page outside of class, for fun? Why on earth would you skip a social event to iron out plot details, and why would you bash out a new short story when that paper deadline looms mere hours away?

Maybe sometimes you feel like writing really is your lowest priority.

Because doing it all is hard.

It’s possible to write in school. I’ve done NaNoWriMo in school, I’ve finished drafts, I’ve poked through as much revision as I ever poke through at home…

But it’s hard. Really hard. And when your grade is hovering lower than you’d like, and when your friends are heading off to get ice cream or have a movie night, and when the scene you’re writing feels like crap to the point that even essay-writing starts to sound more appealing…

It can be easy to tell yourself that you’ll write once this big project’s over with, or maybe over the weekend, or over the summer.

And sometimes, maybe that’s what you need to do.

My writerly work for the day isn’t always writing. Sometimes it’s thinking through something I learned in a class that could be relevant for a novel someday. Sometimes it’s musing on how I’d describe random things I see on my way to class. Sometimes it’s taking notes on the quirks of my classmates right alongside my notes on Cultural Anthropology and American Literature.

Some days, I don’t do anything.

Some days, that’s all you can do.

You take those days as they come and try to make up for it on the days when you do have time, when the words are flowing, when you can afford to let yourself remember that writing is not your lowest priority.

Accept that you’ll have a few Nothing days, just try to keep it from becoming a pattern.

As I mentioned, I struggle with this too, and the schedule I’ve kept would obviously not work for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a schedule that will work.

What’s important is that you learn for yourself when you can take the time.

For me, balance means looking at what objectively needs to get done, and what I want to get done, and then prioritizing what I personally need on a given day.

That could be carving out time to chill with friends, or it could be finally getting done with that essay I’ve been putting off. Or…it could be letting myself jot down story ideas for half an hour before I actually get to that paper.

I’ve had some fabulous story insights in the dwindling hours before a deadline crashes down on me.

Obviously I’m not saying you should blow off homework or your social life all the time, and I’m certainly not condoning a nocturnal lifestyle. Ideally, you don’t want any aspect of your school life to suffer.

But know yourself. Know when you can take the time to write, know when you can’t (and let yourself be ok with that), and know when you just need to.

Writing as a student—and writing throughout your whole life—means making the time for what’s important to you.

It means making your priority list reflect your priorities.

So if it is important to you, make it happen.

 

Allison is both crazy and smart y’all. And one hundred percent fabulous. Here’s a little more about her:

Allison Mulder can often be found stealing taller bookshelves from family members, scouring Iowa’s wilderness for fellow writerly types, or pursuing an English degree at college. With all this stealing, scouring, and pursuing to do, she sometimes forgets to blog. But she is steadily filling her laptop with YA fantasy novels and also tweets a lot. Check out her blog at http://thesilentpages.blogspot.com/ or yell at @silent_pages for not remembering to blog.

Author Interview: Rebecca Paula, Everly After

Good morning my lovely friends! I am so super excited for today’s post, in which we will chat with my amazing friend and talented author hero Becka! Below you can find out all about her writing style and catch a glimpse of her forthcoming novel EVERLY AFTER!
Becka1) Describe your writing process in three sentences.
Every book is different, but generally it starts with that plot bunny that won’t be quiet. Then I write a quick draft. Then rewrite, rewrite, rewrite, until it’s polished.
2) What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever received?
I had an elementary teacher tell me once that I could never be a writer because I wasn’t a strong speller. It took another teacher a few years later to tell me otherwise and to keep writing. Thank goodness for that.
The best writing advice I received was at my first writing conference. I sat in on a master class with Julia Quinn and she told the class that writing rules could be broken if done well. That was a lightbulb moment for me. Until then, no one had ever said that was okay, so I was always writing in this box, listening and writing only to those rules. I think there’s a lot of truth in writing rules and for the most part, they’re rules for a reason, but never let them cage you in from writing how or what you want to write. Write your way, the best way you know how, and don’t let writing advice become more noise that interferes with you getting words on the page. Nora Roberts has said you can’t edit a blank page, and that’s so incredibly important to remember. At the end of the day, you need to write.
3) What’s one thing you hope to accomplish in your writing career?
I hope to write a book that truly connects with a reader. My characters aren’t perfect and can be polarizing, but I think it’s important to share honest stories about the messier part of ourselves. We all deserve love, despite our flaws and mistakes.
4) What has surprised you most about your book or writing in general?

This book surprised me in that I didn’t think I’d ever wrangle this story into a bookshaped thing. Ever. I wrote it when I was 16 and have since rewrote a few times over the years. So when I sat down this past January to rewrite it again, I wasn’t expecting everything to fall in place and become the book I’ve always wanted it to be. I think that goes the same with writing in general. I didn’t think I could write a book for a very long time for a lot of different reasons. So whenever I finish another manuscript now, I’m always surprised that I did it again in the best way possible.

5) What was the hardest scene to write and why?
Everly After pushed me to have the courage to write scenes that were uncomfortable and tough. It was necessary to keep the characters authentic and as a writer, it taught me to trust me gut and go there. Without giving too much away, there’s a scene where Beckett returns to find Everly high and drunk in her apartment in Paris. It’s in her POV and it was utterly heartbreaking to write. The scene is such a cry for help from her that every time I read it, I just want to hug them both and tell them everything is going to be okay.
6) What’s your favorite part of the book?
Everly and Beckett are both a bit broken, but they also fit together in an adorable way. They’re chemistry is great and I love the quieter moments between them. I think my favorite is when they steal away from Paris for an afternoon to a french lake.
7) What’s one thing you hope readers take away?
I think this book is very polarizing, people are either going to love or hate these characters. I’m a little biased and love them both, faults included. That aside, I hope readers take away that this is a story about healing and finding your place in the world. It’s not always going to be a pretty path, but both of these characters reach a hopeful end.
Fast and fun:
What’s your-

Favorite candy – Twizzlers
Favorite musical – Phantom of the Opera
Favorite dance step – The shopping cart
Favorite breakfast food – Coffee and a croissant
Favorite book – The Great Gatsby
Life phrase – Rome wasn’t built in a day
Isn’t Becka awesome, you guys?! You can learn more about her at her website, and be sure to add EVERLY AFTER to your Goodreads!

Author Interview: Kate Brauning, How We Fall

You guys, I am so incredibly excited for this interview! Kate is one of the loveliest, wisest, and most fabulous writers I know, and I am giddy about sharing her with you guys today! Below you can read an interview with Kate about her writing and about her upcoming book HOW WE FALL which (spoiler alert) I absolutely adored and will be reviewing here in a month or so.

Behold, Kate!:

Q1) Describe your writing process in three sentences.

I spend a long time concepting the story–living in the story mentally, churning scenes around, and figuring out the focus– before I actually start drafting it. Once I start drafting, I try to fast-draft the first act so I can see how things work out when I write them into the situation and the environment, and then I go back and heavily revise that first third to get all the layers in place and make any changes to the plot/characters that I thought of along the way. After I have the first act solidly drafted and revised, then I finish drafting the rest of the book.

Q2) What’s the best and worst writing advice you’ve ever received?

Worst advice? Just keep writing– practice makes perfect. I really don’t believe that, because you can keep practicing the same problems forever and not get rid of them. We can definitely teach ourselves, but making more words come out of our fingertips is not always the best way to do that. We need to focus our writing practice to learn specific skills and break down what works and why.

Best advice? Don’t hesitate to cut what needs to be cut. If you write a great line, trust yourself to write another. If you came up with a great idea or moment, trust yourself to be able to create another.

Q3) what’s one thing you hope to accomplish in your writing career?

The books I get most excited about are the ones that challenge me and make me see something differently or make me experience something. I tell my friends, I tell strangers, I give that book away for gifts, because that story gave me something I loved so much I wanted other people to know about it. I want to write a book that does that for someone else.

Q4) What has surprised you most about your book or writing in general?

How much I love it. Yes, it’s work, and it’s a lot of frustrating, intentional, put-in-the-hours work, but it’s also just a crazy wonderful thing that gives so much back to me that there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.

Q5) What was the hardest scene to write and why?

The ending sequence was the most difficult, because Jackie has to have changed to make the choices she does. She wouldn’t have made those choices in the beginning of the story, and several of them change her life, so showing the difference between who she was and who she is now was really important to me.

Q6) What’s your favorite part of the book?

The scene at night on the couch, because of how vulnerable they both are. Readers will probably know it when they see it. 🙂

Q7) What’s one thing you hope readers take away?

Anything. That’s the thing. To me, the story is about bravery and boundaries and obsession. Maybe that’s what the reader engages with, or maybe it’s something else. Either way, if a reader came away from the book with something they didn’t have before, that’s wonderful to me. To have someone who engaged on a level where they participated in the story and got an experience or a thought or enjoyment from it, then I am thrilled. 🙂

Fast and fun: What’s your-
Favorite candy:

Dark chocolate, in any form. Milk chocolate is a substitute at best and white chocolate is just a trick. 🙂

Favorite musical:

I grew up on musicals! (You’d need to meet my mother.) Footloose, maybe. I love that one.

Favorite dance step:

I’ve always wanted to learn to dance, but I’ve never put in the time. Too busy writing!

Favorite breakfast food:

Fresh fruit smoothies.

Favorite book:

How can you ask?! Um. Top 5? Harry Potter (if the series can count as 1!), Gone Girl, Pride and Prejudice, TFiOS (of course) and The 5th Wave.

Life phrase:

It’s one from The Deathly Hallows and the great J.K. Rowling, courtesy of Kingsley Shacklebolt:

“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”

Thanks so much for having me, Jamie, and great questions!

🙂
Kate

Isn’t she super awesome and lovely? Yes, she is. Here’s a little more about her, and don’t forget to preorder HOW WE FALL because it will rock your world!! Also, keep an eye out for my review 😉

Kate headshot AKate is the author of HOW WE FALL, a YA contemporary suspense coming this fall from Merit Press at F+W Media, and she’s represented by Carlie Webber at CK Webber Associates. She’s a compulsive traveler, cake-baker, and music lover, and she loves bright colors, fall leaves, unusual people, and all kinds of music. She’s written novels since she was a teen, but it wasn’t until she studied literature in college that she fell in love with young adult books. Kate now works in publishing and pursues her lifelong dream of telling stories she’d want to read. Visit her online on Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.

Celebrating: The Gateway Through Which They Came, Heather Marie

gatewayHi friends!

Welcome to week two of Back To School Month! Today I am so, so super excited to share a book with you which I absolutely loved, and an author who I admire and enjoy very much – here’s Heather Marie and The Gateway Through Which They Came, which is out today!

First, I got a chance to sit down and chat with Aiden, the main character from Gateway 😉 I asked him some questions I think you’ll want to hear the answers to!

1) What is your life quote?
“Never trust a Bleeder.” You never know what they’re capable of.
2) What’s your first or earliest memory?
The color gray, like the side of a rocky mountainside. A color so cold, but on the inside it’s hard as rock. I’ll never forget that moment—that last time I ever saw my father—as I witnessed the sadness in his haunting gray eyes the day he left us behind.
3) If you were an animal what would you be and why?
Can I be a T-Rex? I really just want to be a T-Rex.
4) What would be the perfect first date?
I suppose if I could make it through a night without a Bleeder crashing the party, I’d say dinner and a movie sound pretty damn good right about now.
5) What is your secret talent or ability?
Okay. If we’re putting aside the whole Gateway-for-the-dead thing, I’d have to say my ability to pop my shoulders out of my sockets makes for a party favorite. Seeing people cringe at the sound is the best part.
6) What’s your dream career and why?
Hell, if my life could be at all normal, I’d be up for anything at this point. But really I’d love to design video games. Trev and I spend so much time playing them. It only makes sense that we learn the mechanics of our obsession. Of course, our other friend Evan would be there to provide the beer.
7) What’s the top item on your bucket list?
Reuniting with my father, protecting my mother, and finding Koren. Those are the only things that matter.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. Black, no sugar.
Ocean or mountains?
Mountains.
Morning or night?
Since I have to choose, I’d say morning. But only because I can see the Bleeders coming for the most part.
Sweet or sour?
Sweet, like Koren’s lips.
Winter or summer?
Winter. Bleeders reek in the heat.
Thanks Aiden! – especially for that last image.
Now for a bit about Gateway: I was lucky enough to get to read an early copy of it as part of doing of the blog tour, and IT IS AMAZING. GATEWAY handles some really challenging questions about death and purpose with great grace and poise. The narrative is tight and compelling, and I stayed up late to finish. If you’ve read some of my other reviews, you know that one of the things I love most in a book is when I can’t predict what happens. I’ve read so much in my life that I tend to have a sense about where a story is going, even when it’s told with excellence, so when a book can still surprise me, it automatically jumps up to my favorites. Another thing I loved about GATEWAY is that it didn’t try to provide answers and solve all the issues and questions it brings up. I love a book that challenges the reader to seek answers on their own and, by telling the story of something that could be, challenges assumption of what is and what we want it to be.
I recommend GATEWAY for anyone who enjoys a thrilling story, supernatural elements, and a brilliantly imagined tale!
And finally, a little bit about GATEWAY’s fabulous author!

Heather-AuthorPhotos-3-WEBSIZE (2)Heather Marie lives in Northern California with her husband, and spends the majority of her time at home reading. Before she followed her dreams of becoming a writer, Heather worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist for several years. Although she enjoyed the artistic aspect of it all, nothing quite quenched her creative side like the telling of a good story. When the day had come for her to make a choice, she left behind her promising career to start another, and never looked back.

Purchase on Barnes and Noble here or via Amazon.

 

Guest Post: Balance, dancing, and pants

Hey guys- I have a huge ginormous exam of doom tomorrow related to graduate school (which, incidentally, is done in nine weeks. not that I’m counting) so my lovely friend Rena agreed to come over and chat with y’all in my absence. Enjoy!

(Also, hugs, well wishes, and virtual desserts would be much welcomed)

Rena:  Hello! And welcome to this very special episode of “INSIDE RENA’S BRAIN.” Don’t be scared. Just go with it.

Seriously though, folks, I’m filling in here for Jamie while she does important real life things, and when I was trying to decide which topic to cover, it seemed pretty obvious.

Are you ready?

Are you sure?

When I started writing seriously again a couple years ago, it was a pretty solitary activity. People could expect me to disappear for days, and, like a bear coming out of hibernation, when I emerged I was often hungry and cranky (and hairy, but that’s an entirely different issue). The problem was, even though I had lots of people who loved me dearly, and supported my writing habit, they didn’t understand the strange and intricate workings of a writer’s brain.

My first writing contact when I decided to take a leap and be serious was kind of a flop. Really enthusiastic, but then I wouldn’t hear anything for months. I credit her with that push to go for it, and for a framework for the process, but as far as support goes…eh.

Writing is still a solitary activity for me for the most part, but there’s a gigantic, huge, wonderful difference in my attitude toward writing now. A big part of the change was my discovery of Twitter. Now my real life people really think I’m strange because I have all these friends who I talk about but have never met, and this time they aren’t the imaginary ones in my head (mostly).

So what changed? The writing community on Twitter is A+MAZING. Like, for real. I’m guessing a huge chunk of those reading this realize how awesome our community is. I’ve been able to connect with people across the globe, and have more real conversations about life and writing than I am able to with people I have known for years.

They understand when I talk about my characters as if they’re real, because they have people living in their heads too! They understand that I don’t have full control over them. They understand when I just completely freak out over a page or a chapter or an entire storyline. They laugh with me when I’m feeling goofy, they celebrate with me when there’s good news, and they cry with me when I’m feeling down or lonely or rejected. THEY GET ME.

So how do you find these lovely people? Well, first, if you haven’t JOIN TWITTER. And this is the really important step…INTERACT WITH PEOPLE. I was on Twitter for two years and just sorta lurked. Because how could I interact with people I didn’t know? How awkward! Except…it’s not. I entered Pitch Madness last summer, and gathered legions of new minionsfriends to me. We fretted about the results together, cheered each other on, consoled each other when we didn’t make it, congratulated those who did. I got some wonderful CPs out of the deal, and the rest is history. Just JUMP IN. It’s amazing how easy it becomes.

Without the Twitter writing community and their support, I don’t think I would have finished my last couple of books. I certainly wouldn’t be working on sekrit projects with fabulous friends, and I absolutely wouldn’t be writing this blog entry. You, Twitter…you are the wind beneath my wings…

There is a caution in here though. You know that song that goes, “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold!!!”? Well. There is always a balance, and that is something I struggle with. Especially through this cold cold winter, my inclination has been to fall into the world of my online buddies and stay in my cave and away from people with whom I might have to wear pants. (I have an aversion to pants.) But it is SO IMPORTANT to maintain those real life friendships, especially the ones that have NOTHING TO DO WITH WRITING. (GASP I KNOW!)

Why shouldn’t writing be on your mind 24/7? Well, I would argue that if you write, ideas are constantly percolating in the back of your mind. But if you’re actively seeking inspiration and ideas, the brain starts to be constipated. My best ideas have always come when I was doing something completely random, and with people who just gave me the crazy eyes when I shouted, “That’s it! I’ve got it!” and grabbed them to do a happy dance. It’s like watching the stars at night. The ones that are the brightest are those you see out of the corners of your eyes.

So. Twitter. Balance. Dancing. Pants. That’s it. You’re welcome. (And don’t worry…Jamie will be back soon!)

Blog Tour: The Ivory Tower

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Hi friends!

Today I’m super excited to be participating in the tour for Kristin Pulioff’s new short story, The Ivory Tower.

The Ivory Tower is a peek into the world of Simone, an orphan living in a protection camp in a future time. Simone has lived all her life in the camp under the protection of the guards, knowing that beyond the walls is contamination, danger, and suffering. Simone struggles, however, to follow the rules thanks to a love of fun and an interest in the world around her. One day, that interest in the world takes a dangerous turn.

The Ivory Tower is an intriguing look into the ways in which people convince themselves of a truth that is more convenient than reality. Though short, the story is realistic in it’s parameters and speaks honestly to both the curiosity involved in pushing the boundaries, and the consequences of those actions. I particularly appreciated that the results of Simone’s actions were natural and were neither exaggerated nor magically done away with. Give The Ivory Tower a read – you’ll be given plenty to think about.

As a part of The Ivory Tower’s blog tour, I’ve been given a Top Ten to present to you guys, so without further rambling by me, here are the Top Ten Ways Simone’s Protection Camp is Different than a Summer Camp:

10. In summer camp, you get bright new shirts. Simone gets scratchy burlap.

9. In summer camp, lunch is an overflowing buffet, not a surprise bag of scraps.

8. The only leather shoes in summer camp are handmade moccasins. In Simone’s camp they are the rigid polished boots of the Colonel.

7. In summer camp your leader wears a whistle and a smile. In Simone’s camp, he wears a dome hat and scowl.

6. In summer camp the crafts are wood carving and jewelry making, not factory sewing.

5. In summer camp, you know where you are. In Simone’s the designation of protection had long faded.

4. In summer camp, parades are fun. In Simone’s, parades mean the Colonel is coming.

3. In summer camp, exploration and hiking is encouraged. In Simone’s camp, it is a restricted activity.

2. In Simone’s camp, games come with unexpected consequences.

1. In summer camp, your new nickname might be “Woodland Fairy” not “#277.

So there you have it! You can learn more about Kristin via Twitter @kristinpulioff or on her website, kristinpulioff.com.

Author Interview: J. Elizabeth Hill

I am so excited about this, everyone!

I “met” Julie on Twitter, and have very much enjoyed our friendship and the exchange of various writerly encouragements and fun. She is a role model when it comes to dedication and determination, and someone I greatly admire. So of course, when she mentioned her second book was ready to enter the world on September 10th, I had to find a way to be a part of it!

I’ll let her speak for herself though: without more of my babbling, here’s Julie!

1) Go back to the beginning: what do you remember most clearly as being the thing or idea that really sparked The Mirrors of Bershan series? Also, why fantasy?

I’ll start with the second question. I write Fantasy because it’s where my imagination tends to play. I enjoy magic and fictional worlds where I can do almost anything that suits the story.

Now for the beginning of the Mirrors of Bershan. It was sparked by the idea of twins, someone who was like the other half of you, but with magic. Everyone was supposed to find their other half young, at school, only my MCs didn’t find each other until much later.

2) How have the books and the storyline changed and developed over time? Is anything in particular much different than you had originally thought it would be?

The story definitely changed along the way. I actually torched the first draft of Bound and re-imagined it, because a lot of things were wrong with the story at that point. Keari wasn’t part of my very first plan for the story and they weren’t originally going to go anywhere near the imperial capital. It’s funny too, because both the capital and Keari turned out to be central elements of the whole trilogy. I didn’t even realize I had a trilogy on my hands until I was halfway through writing Bound the first time. Surprisingly, the world it’s set in hasn’t changed that much. I’m much happier with what it’s become though, and I learned a lot about storytelling and myself as a writer in the process.

3) What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing process?

The third or forth pass of revisions on a manuscript is easily my least favorite. Usually by then, I’m not sure if I’m improving or just changing, which is my cue to hand it off to betas.

My favorite? I think it’s the rush of first draft, feeling the story flow. It probably helps that for me, it usually flows like river rapids, fast and free and in an unstoppable (for the most part), so it’s incredibly exciting. But that first draft teaches me things about my characters and their world I didn’t quite catch when I was outlining.

4) Do you have any writing quirks- music you need playing, a special snack, a sacred writing space?

I have a playlist of songs for every project (which to me means series/trilogy), and I usually have that playing when I’m writing or revising. Even if it’s not the project playlist, I need music of some sort. Other than that, I’m pretty flexible. I like being able to work wherever and with whatever’s handy.

5) Do you believe in writers block? If not, why, and if so, how do you overcome it?

I don’t believe in writer’s block per se. I think it’s usually fear that holds people back. I’ve been through that, especially toward the end of my first novel. When you finish writing, there are a lot of other things you have to do, including sharing what you did with others and getting their feedback. That can be pretty scary and it’s also a lot of pressure.

6) What would you say to a brand new writer on their very first book, or to someone who’s too scared to even start that book?

Start anyway, but understand it won’t be perfect. Nothing is ever perfect and besides, writing is an iterative process. You write the draft and then work on it, improving the story and writing every pass of revisions you complete. Your first draft is the beginning, not the end. Don’t be afraid to change things or cut words. Hell, don’t be afraid to throw it out and start over if you have to. They’re just words. You can always make more.

7) Name one thing you do or are interested in that people might not know. If it affects your writing, talk about that a little bit.

Gaming. I don’t play video games as much as I did before I started treating writing like the job I wanted it to be, because I only have so many hours in the day, but I still enjoy them. The better the story, the more I’m likely to enjoy them. Obviously I love RPGs (Roleplaying Games), but anything with a story will do. I’ve played through the God of War Series and most of the Halo games for their story.

I find it’s a hobby that does affect my writing, because it makes me look at stories from a different angle, to think about what I can achieve. Writing a novel and storytelling in a video game are different, but a little cross-pollination isn’t bad, neither is trying something in a way you haven’t before. If it doesn’t work, I can always try again. They’re only words, after all. As I said, I can make more. I can always make more words.

8) What are you most excited about in Possession- a favorite scene or quote, a new character?

This is the first book where the reader gets to explore the bond between Magicia and what it means to be permanently linked to someone else, to the point that you can become a single mind. I’m excited to let people see that, though it was a challenge to write.

9) If readers get one thing out of Possession or have one particular reaction, you hope it is-

I hope they love the relationship between Tavis and Faylanna, how they deal with obstacles they face. Actually, I’d like readers to enjoy the relationships in the trilogy in general. It’s a big part of the books, more than I expected when I started writing the first one.

 

So there you have it y’all – go ye forth and grab Bound and Possession! You can also try your luck with this Rafflecopter giveaway of signed paperbacks of both books. There will be three winners – good luck to you all!

You can also follow Julie on her Twitter @jlizhill  and join her at her blog here.