Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Giveaway & Author Interview: The World Among Us by Beth Ann Masarik
I'm so pleased to be a part of Beth Ann Masarik's blog tour for her book The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness!!! It's especially fun because Beth Ann has been kind enough to offer a giveaway to one lucky guy or gal of an e-book copy of The World Among Us!!! You can read my reviews of this and two of Beth Ann's short stories by clicking here.
So without further ado, let's meet Beth Ann...
I love the concept of Greek mythology in an urban fantasy. Have you always been interested in mythology? Did you have to do a lot of research on mythology for your book?
I’ve always loved fantasy…like witches, vampires etc. It wasn’t until my college years that I developed a love for Greek Mythology. There is just something about the Greek gods that draws me in. I guess it has to do with their elaborate histories, etc.
Who is your favorite character and what makes them special to you?
That is honestly a tough decision. It’s a toss-up between Selene & Damien, because they are my main characters. What makes them so special to me is that they actual visit my dreams (sounds weird, I know), and they come to life as soon as I write their parts.
What is your favorite moment in your book (if you can say without spoiling it for future readers)?
Ah, that is difficult to answer, for fear of a plot spoiler. But it’s one of the most emotional parts in the book (you’ll have to read it to find out what it is).
Have you always wanted to be an author?
I’ve always loved writing. Actually, I wanted to be a journalist long before I wanted to be an author. However, after writing my first book ever with my best friend back in high school (I still have it by the way and no, it wasn’t The World Among Us), I realized that writing stories was my calling.
Where's your favorite place to write? Are you a panster (no outline) or a plotter?
I love writing in my room and in my bed. It honestly depends on the story. I need to have a couple of major events at least to help keep me on track, but I usually just let the story write itself. However, sometimes I do sit down and outline.
What's the one moment that made you feel like an author?
I would have to say it was when I held my book in print form for the very first time.
What authors inspire you?
J.K. Rowling is a big influence, as was Richelle Mead, the author of the Vampire Academy series.
What was the publication process like for you?
It was a lot of hard work. I had some good times and some not so good times. It took me a while to find a publisher, but when I found Otherworld, I was stoked. We’ve all had our ups and downs, but we’ve had more ups thankfully. Lynn and Heidi are wonderful and are people I am thankful to have met. When I first signed with Lynn (my publisher), I didn’t have an agent. I still technically don’t, but I have Heidi, who is a wonderful publicist (she helped me organize this huge and wonderful tour... thank you Heidi ).
What advice would you like to share with other would-be authors?
In terms of advice, if you want to write…just write. Don’t sit there and say, “Oh, I wish I could write a book.” Honestly, it bugs the heck out of me when I hear someone say that. That’s because if you have a basic comprehension of the English language (or whatever language you happen to speak), you can write. It takes time and practice, and a heck of a lot of patience to write your first book (it took me almost 3 years from start to finish), but if you REALLY WANT IT, GO FOR IT! Don’t let anything stop you.
Thank you for having me today, Danielle.
Today, I am offering up an ebook version of The World Among Us: Prince of Darkness. To enter this contest, please fill out the rafflecopter below (if you don't see it, click on the title of this blog & scroll down).
For more information about me and the tour, please visit my website at www.bethannmasarik.com. Thank you all for visiting today!
Please join me tomorrow on JA Clement’s blog http://jaclement.wordpress.com/ for another fun post!
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