Zombie Challenge: Guest post with Brian James

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It’s been three weeks since the end of the world started and it’s
getting harder to survive. Zombies are roaming freely in cities and
they pretty much overtook everything. You need to do what it takes to
stay alive just a little bit longer and you just have one backpack
with you because it’s easier to carry it.
Tell me:
– What weapons you have on you
– What kind of food supplies
– Any other useful things
– Where to you sleep every night

Be resourceful, I don’t want you to be eaten by zombies, ok? We are
almost halfway there.

I came today with a guest post with Brian James, the author of ‘Zombie Blondes’.

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A Day in the Life:

Once upon a time, a magazine editor approached me about doing an article and asked if were possible to spend the day observing a writer’s day. I told him that he was more than welcome that it might possibly end up being the most boring day he ever spent. 

One of the most interesting things about being a writer is that you spend most of your time living in an imaginary world. From an observers point of view, my dad consists of sitting in front of a computer. But for me, my day consists of hanging out with my characters, and often being up to no good with them. Without leaving my house I’ve set sail on pirate ships, torched some zombies, and suffered through the daily grind of a mental hospital. 

A great writer once said that the hardest part about being a writer is writing. The terror of the blank is something that is there to greet you every morning. When literary anything could happen, often nothing does. I suppose that’s why I usually start the day by reading through what I wrote the day before. I find this helps get me back in the mindset, as well as delay the inevitable encounter with the white screen. Eventually however, I must begin the writing part of writing. 

Music always helps me set the mood for whatever I’m working on. I typically chose to listen to something that could score the scene I have in mind. Some people see it as a distraction, but for me, it gets the brain moving in the right direction. Not every day produces a masterpiece. Some days I can write 20 pages and others I struggle to finish two paragraphs. Either way, I always enjoy the challenge.
What do you think about the guest post? I love it! 🙂

Interview with Jay Ellis!

Jay Ellis is the author of many fantasy books.One day,I was reading my history courses and,taking a break,I “went” on Facebook…and there was a message from Jay Ellis,who was asking me if I want to review his book,”Shadows&Voices”.I knew the book,and I wanted to read it,so I said “Yes!”.He sent me the eBook,but I didn’t have time to read it ,with all this crazy exams.Sorry,Jay!I’ll read it this weekend!

Yesterday,I asked him if he wants to give me an interview.He agreed,and today he asked me if I can put embed YouTube videos on my blog…I asked him why,and he said it’s a surprise.And you can see the surprise below!

Yes!He filmed himself answering my questions!!What a great surprise,and unexpected!I love the video!Thank you so,so much,Jay! ❤

Now,what do you think about Jay?Leave a comment below or on his post about the interview,showing him some love!

Interview with Marissa Meyer!

Marissa Meyer is the author of the “Cinder”.She accepted to give me an interview.Her answers are so intresting and funny.Thanks,Marissa for your interview. 🙂

 

1.For the start, tell us something about you.

I’m a girl who was raised on a healthy diet of fantasy books, Disney movies, and Star Wars. Which no doubt explains how I came to write Cinder!

 

2. “Cinder” is your first book? Tell us something about your book.

Cinder is a futuristic re-envisioning of the classic Cinderella tale, but with plenty of new twists. There’s a plague ravaging Earth. There are evolved humans living on the moon with the power to control people’s thoughts. Oh, and my Cinderella is a cyborg mechanic.

 

3.How did the stories come in to your mind?

I got the idea when I wrote a short story for a writing contest. The story was a sci-fi take on another Grimm tale, “Puss in Boots.” It was so much fun to write that I decided to try my hand at writing a whole series of futurized fairy tales.

 

4.Do you have a favourite character from all characters in “Cinder”?If yes, who is it?

I have to say that Iko, Cinder’s android sidekick, is my favorite—and I know a lot of readers would agree with me on that! She’s spunky, charming, and dreams of being much more than a basic servant android.

 

5.Which is your favourite book series or book?

My favorite book of all time is Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” (it’s a tough one to beat). Of course, Harry Potter ranks highly also.

 

6.Why?

“Pride and Prejudice” has so much going for it. I love the setting and time period, the heroine is feisty and smart (in a time when that was not encouraged), Mr. Darcy is the perfect combination of suave and awkward (and rich!), and all of Austen’s jabs at the politics and hypocrisy of her world are brilliant and hilarious.

 

And Harry Potter is, well, Harry Potter.

 

7.From where does your inspiration comes?

It can come from anywhere: a movie, a dream, a poem, a picture, a random line of overheard conversation, a newspaper headline… absolutely anywhere. The trick is recognizing inspiration when you see it.

 

8.Which is your favourite movie?

I’m not sure I have a favorite. I probably watched “Clueless” more times than any other (I was obsessed with it for awhile growing up), but I’ve seen many a Disney movie time and time again, and also with Joss Whedon’s Serenity. And Pride and Prejudice, of course.

 

9.What do you think about “Twilight”?

I’ve only read the first book, and I really enjoyed it—it made me feel like a lovesick teenager again, which gets two thumbs up in my book! That said, by the time I read it there were so many spoilers going around for the rest of the series that I never felt compelled to read on.

 

10.What music do you listen?

Mostly a combination of alternative rock (Muse, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie) and classic rock (The Beatles, The Eagles, The Kinks). I also have a friend, Carrie Wicks, who has a jazz CD out called “I’ll Get Around to It,” which has become my most-played CD.

 

11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

I wish I had a dollar for every time I imagined myself as a mermaid growing up…

 

12.What do you think about Romania?

Sadly, I’ve never been. I sincerely hope that The Lunar Chronicles will be published there so I can come visit on a tour someday!

 

13:What do you prefer: Romania or Greece?

Ha, I’ve never been to Greece either. Suffice to say I would absolutely love to visit either, or even better: both!

 

14.How did you became an author?

The old-fashioned way. I worked very hard on learning how to become a good writer and writing a book I was proud of, then I queried literary agents. Once I had an agent who wanted to represent me, she submitted the manuscript to publishers.

 

15.And now…a selfish question: what do you think about my blog? 😀

You have a gorgeous header, but I can only read the interviews! I guess I need to bone up on my Romanian. ^_^

 

And now, tell something to your Roumanians fans.

Thanks so much for your interest in me and Cinder! I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy all the books of The Lunar Chronicles!

What do you think?

Interview with Julie Cassar!

Guys!Yesterday I spole with Julie Cassar(the author of ‘Ruby Blue” series) and she was so kind to give me an interview.Thank you so much,Julie! >:D<

1.For the start,tell us something about you.

My background is in fine art and I have worked as a graphic designer and painter. I am a mother of three and for the past ten years have worked part time as a legal assistant. In between family stuff, work, painting, photography and writing, I recently started running and just ran my first half marathon in October 2011. I love fancy coffee drinks, ice cream, wine, chocolate, really good pizza and dancing at the local pub. I’m pretty much an all-around goofball and am always wearing my rose-colored glasses.

2.”Ruby Blue” is your first novel? Tell us something about it.

Ruby Blue is my first fiction novel. I actually wrote a non-fiction Memoir, but it is still unpublished. Ruby Blue is YA fantasy/romance book about your average (somewhat dorky) teenager, who is constantly being annoyed by her little brother, is best friends with possibly the only Goth kid in town and she has a secret…she see can fairies. After Nick Martino (possibly the hottest guy she’s ever known) finally asks her out, she can barely manage a two-word sentence when bizarre incidents begin to occur in their lakeside town. As an ancient myth unfolds Ruby and her friends tackle some extraordinary circumstances with her very ordinary abilities in this modern day fairy tale.

3.How did the story come in to your mind?

I’ve actually had this story in my head for about six or seven years. It’s hard to even remember exactly how it came to me, because it’s been with me for so long. I started to really love gardening (like my mom) about 10 years ago and I have always been drawn to the magic of fairies. After my son was born in 2004, I began to get the ideas for this story. I always thought it would be a children’s book, but then I realized that the story I really wanted to tell was a bit more mature… and out came Ruby Blue.

4. Do you have a favourite character from all characters in “Ruby Blue”?If yes,who is it?

Oh gosh! This is a tough one! I actually love all four of the main characters… During this process, I really have fallen in love with them, and each of them has a special place with me. They each have their own unique personality traits that I’ve based on people I know and love in my own life… To pick just one is just too hard!

5.Which is your favourite book series or book?

SERIES! Definitely.

6.Why?

I love watching characters grow and move through different phases in their life. And with series, I can live in their world so much longer.

7.From where does your inspiration comes?

EVERYWHERE. People inspire me. Nature inspires me. Places inspire me. Stories inspire me. Imagination and creativity are endless… I love the idea that fairy tales really do come true.

8.Which is your favourite movie?

Too many to name! I love chick-flicks… romantic comedies…happy endings. I am a sucker for a happy ending.

9.What do you think about “Twilight”?
I absolutely LOVE “Twilight.” I think the love story of Edward and Bella is quite epic. In my mind, one of the best love stories ever told. Stephanie Meyer is a brilliant author. It is the one book series that I have read from start to finish over and over again.

10.What music do you listen?
All kinds! I have very eclectic tastes. I love top 40, pop, alternative, country, blues, classical, rock… everything! I have a wide range of tastes…

11.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?
Not really…but I am partial to fairies. 

12.What do you think about Romania?
I think they have AMAZING GYMNASTS!! I’ve seen the movie NADIA twice.  But I also think it is a very beautiful and very old country, rich in tradition.

13: What do you prefere: Romania or Greece?
Either. I would love to visit both places eventually. Greece has amazing architecture and sculpture. I studied quite a bit of it in Art History classes while I was in college.

14. But what about our literature?
I have to be honest and say that I haven’t had the opportunity to read any Romanian literature.

15.How did you became an author?
Simple. I started writing. There isn’t much else to it. If you want something, you have to do it….go after it. It won’t come to you. You have to make your own magic.

16.And now…a selfish question: what do youthink about my blog? 
I absolutely LOVE your blog! The website is designed beautifully!
And now,tell something to your Roumanians fans.
I am so grateful to have this interview opportunity and I am thrilled that I have some Romanian fans! I would love to hear from each and every one of you. I hope they enjoy my book and spread the word. Thank you so much for checking out this blog and my story!

What do you say?I love “Julie”‘s answers.

Interview with Megan Crewe!

This is the third surprise!An interview with one of my favourite author,Megan Crewe.I hope you’ll like it!Thanks,Megan for your interivew! ❤

1.For the start,tell us something about you.

I was born and grew up in Toronto, Canada, where I still live.  I’ve been making up stories since I was a little kid.  I love traveling and have been to the UK, France, Italy, China, and Japan so far.

2.”Give up th e ghost” is your debut novel,right?

It is!

3.How did the story come in to your mind?

One day I had an image pop into my head, of a girl talking to her sister like it was just a normal day, except her sister was a ghost.  I started wondering why someone would be so friendly with ghosts, and what she might learn from them, and the rest of the story evolved from there.

4.Do you have a favourite character from all characters in “Give up the ghost”?If yes,who is it?

Cass is probably my favorite.  I tend to pick the characters I’m most interested in as my main characters.  I like how she grows throughout the book, and her sarcastic sense of humor.  But I’m also very fond of Norris, who I think has a lot to him that I don’t get to share in the book.

5.”The way we fall” is fantasic!I love it!Tell us something about the second book from this serie,”The lives we lost”.

I’m so glad you enjoyed The Way We Fall!  The Lives We Lost takes place immediately after the end of The Way We Fall.  Other than one entry at the beginning, it’s not in journal format, but regular first person.  But it’s still from Kaelyn’s point of view.  And you will get to find out what’s happened to all of the characters from the first book.

6.When do you think it will be out?

I don’t have an official release date yet, but it will be next winter.

7. How did the story come in to your mind?

I had a nightmare after reading a book about a zombie virus, and afterward I remembered that the only other time I’ve had a nightmare based on a book, that book was also about a virus.  So I thought, hmmm, obviously viruses and epidemics scare me more than just about anything else.  I think we write the best stories when we’re writing about something that really gets to us emotionally, so I decided to explore the idea of a story set during an epidemic.

8.Which is your favourite book series or book?

It’s very hard to pick just one!  I think my favorite series right now is Megan Whalen Turner’s Attolia books.

10.Why?

The characters–especially the main one in most of the books, Eugenides–are fascinating and complex, and the story always manages to surprise me.  Also I really enjoy that the fantasy setting is based on Greek history rather than the more standard British medieval era.

11.From where does your inspiration comes?

All over!  Anything I see or hear can spark an idea.  I carry a notebook with me everywhere so I can jot down ideas when they occur to me.  I’m especially inspired by other stories–in books, movies, TV shows, and music.  I notice themes or conflicts that I think might be interesting to explore from a different angle.

12.Which is your favourite movie?

Again, it’s hard to pick just one, but if I had to, I’d probably go with The Princess Bride.  It’s one of the few movies I’ve seen where I can’t think of a single way it can be better, and it manages to be both very funny and have very real emotion, which is hard to find.

13.What do you think about “Twilight”?

I understand why it’s so popular.  I think Stephenie Meyer is very good at capturing the feelings you have as a teenager, falling for someone for the first time, not being sure where the relationship is going.  And of course the vampire element just makes that more exciting.

14.Did you ever want to be a mystical creature?

As a kid I liked to imagine discovering I had magical powers, or being able to shape shift into some sort of animal.  I still think it’d be pretty cool to do either of those things!

15.What do you think about Romania?

I’m very impressed by how many enthusiastic readers there are there!  I hear from Romanian book fans and bloggers all the time, and it’s really wondering to see people so excited about books.

16:What do you prefere: Romania or Greece?

Well, I haven’t been to either, so I can’t really have a preference.  🙂  I wouldn’t mind visiting both places some day!

17.But what about our literature?

Unfortunately I don’t think I’ve read any Romanian literature.  I’m not sure how many of your books are translated over here.  Sadly, North America likes to send its books all over the world, but it can be slow to pick up books and other media from other places.  😦

18.How did you became an author?

As I mentioned before, I’ve been making up stories pretty much my whole life.  I started thinking about becoming an author when I was around ten years old, because my teachers and friends were really enjoying the stories I wrote.  I realized maybe I was actually fairly good at it, good enough that I might be able to get published some day.  So I worked hard at improving my writing and coming up with new ideas, and then I sent those stories out to magazines and later, when I was writing whole books, to agents.  Eventually I was writing well enough that people wanted to publish my work.

19.And now…a selfish question: what do youthink about my  blog? 😀

Of course I can’t read the posts, but I think it looks very nice!  I like the image at the top with the pieces of book covers, and the whole layout is very neat and easy to navigate.

And now,tell something to your Roumanians fans.

Thank you for reading my books!  I hope you will be able to get a Romanian edition of The Way We Fall soon!