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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Book Spotlight & Interview - "His Wicked Games"

My lovely friend Ember Casey who is also the author of "His Wicked Games" featured me and "April Showers" on her blog a few weeks ago, you can check it out here -
http://embercasey.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/interview-with-karli-perrin-author-of.html


But now it's my turn to interview Ember :)

1. Have you always wanted to be a writer? I'm not sure I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I've been writing since I was little. I still stumble across the stories sometimes. One of the earliest is called "The Candy Princess" and is about a princess who lives in a world of candy and...that's it. It took me a few years to figure out that whole "plot" thing.
2. How did you come up with the idea of His Wicked Games? This is a funny one, actually. Before I started writing His Wicked Games, I was working on a young adult novel--a retelling of a Scottish fairy tale that is basically a variation of Beauty and the Beast. I was trying for a very atmospheric, sensual tone, but my writing group kept telling me, "Um, Ember, this is WAY too sexual." Seriously--even during scenes that weren't supposed to be romantic. I'd be describing the sky or something and somehow I'd manage to have my critique partners blushing--not the effect I was going for with that story! So I decided to take that energy and get it all out--and thus I began His Wicked Games. It is, at its heart, a Beauty and the Beast tale (except, uh, the Beast has been replaced with a sexy billionaire). I don't market it as that because the story became so much more as I was writing it, but I have had a couple of readers contact me and tell me it reminds them of the fairy tale, so I guess its origins aren't entirely overshadowed. 
3. Are any of the characters based on real people? ;) I wish! (Seriously, if Calder were a real person I'd eat him up, haha. It was so much fun creating my perfect, dreamy, fantasy guy on paper.) In all honesty, though, I think it's impossible for writers to create characters without adding snippets here and there of people they know, even if it isn't a conscious thing.
4. What is your writing process like? I do a ton of rewriting. I don't even really revise--I just rewrite my novel completely about fifteen times. Then when it's in a passable state, I send it out to beta readers and make changes based on their comments.
5. What are you working on now? I'm working on Truth or Dare, the sequel to His Wicked Games. There's no official release date yet, but right now I'm planning to have it out by the end of August.
6. What is your favourite ever book? That's a tough one! I will say, though--I recently read The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin, and those books CONSUMED MY SOUL. Seriously, the man is brilliant. Ask any of my friends and they'll tell you--I'm the biggest Game of Thrones nerd ever. (And proud of it!)

7. And lastly, tell me something interesting about yourself! I know the lyrics to any Disney song you could throw at me. I can make a mean chocolate cake (and nice ones, too!). I'm left-handed, which means I'll probably die of some freak accident (but not before I visit every continent) :)

You can read chapter one of "His Wicked Games" here -
 http://embercasey.blogspot.com/2013/06/hwg-countdown-spectacular-first-chapter.html

Check it out on Goodreads here -
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17825160-his-wicked-games

Thanks Ember!!

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