I am so honored to be a part of this blog tour for three amazing book. On this tour stop I have the pleasure of doing a short interview with all of the incredible authors. I have read all of these books, and they are all excellent. (And look at those covers, awesome right?) I highly recommend reading them. I want to thank all of the fantastic authors: Aaron Patterson, Chris White (Airel), K.C.Neal (Pyxis), and Estevan Vega (Arson) for taking the time to answer a few questions for me. ( To read my reviews just click on the book titles above)
I am also hosting a giveaway on my blog for an ebook copy of Arson by Estevan Vega (Yes, it's international). Just leave a comment with your email to be entered. There will also be a Kindle giveaway as part of the tour too. This one is US only. The rafflecopter form on my blog is the same one that you will see at the other tour stops, so all of the entries go to the same place. For the full tour schedule, visit K.C. Neal's blog. So now you want to know about the books right? Of course you do, they are fantastic!!
AIREL by Aaron Patterson & Chris White
$2.99 on Amazon.com | £2.21 on Amazon UK
Airel is a story about an angel who falls so deeply in love with a woman that he chooses to fall from heaven to be with her. She gives birth to a daughter in Arabia, 1250BC. The girl is pursued ferociously, relentlessly by an enemy in the deepest darkness. In present day Boise, Idaho is just a girl: Airel. She's just your average high school student...who turns out to be anything but average. It's because of who she is, because of her ancestry, because of her lineage. Past and present crash in on each other in the final pages as what has been twisted comes dangerously unraveled.
ARSON by Estevan Vega
99c Amazon.com | 86p on Amazon UK
Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can't shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl--who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin--moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he's never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster.
PYXIS by K.C. Neal
99c on Amazon.com | 86p on Amazon UK
Corinne lives an average teenage life working at her dad’s cafe, hanging out with her best friend, and trying to forget a falling-out with her almost-boyfriend Mason. Things take a strange turn when she uses her late grandmother’s food dyes for a bake sale, and her customers suddenly find her irresistibly alluring. Then she discovers she and Mason are haunted by the same dreams of a dark force that consumes everything in its path. Pursued by shadowy figures and a crazy woman with secrets from the past, Corinne must find out who her grandmother really was. In her quest to unravel her family’s history, she learns she is destined to protect this world--and the dark world of her dreams. She races to find the answers she seeks before her nightmares break free.
Now onto the interview. This is going to be an interesting interview. Each of the authors will be answering the same questions. Let's see how much their answers vary from each other, or how alike they are.
All of your books are part of a series. Did you have the whole series planned out before writing the first book, or did you decide the story needed more after starting it?
Chris White, co-author of Airel: Airel was planned to be a series from the gitgo.
Aaron Patterson, co-author of Airel: I plan a series out or as some like to put it, I can't say what I want to say in just one book.
K.C. Neal, author of Pyxis: I knew it would be the first in the series from the beginning. I get asked all the time if I planned out the entire series, and the answer is no - I admit I have no idea how the last book will end!
Estevan Vega, author of Arson: Not at all. Ha. I originally had Arson planned as one book, with a nice, neat, closed-off ending, and then toward the end of the writing process for that book, my dad had a really good conversation with me about making this character live on in other books. I was, like, well, I've never done the whole sequel thing, so I'm kinda terrified. But I wrote Ashes, and it came out pretty good, so the fear's pretty much gone now. Thank God. Can't wait for the story to go even deeper in book 3.
(Chris, and Aaron, that's an amazing and pretty in depth story to have all planned out. K.C that's really cool that you don't know the ending yet, that means you can go anywhere with it at this point. Estevan, I am glad that your dad convinced you to make it a series. I love it and can't wait for book 3)
Are there any certain writing routines that you stick to, or things you need to be able to write, like music or snacks?
Chris: To write, I need to be in the zone. Since I'm a moody bastard that means sometimes it's music, sometimes it's solitude, sometimes the door's open and sometimes it's closed. But as a husband and father it also means I take what I can get.
Aaron: I like to write in a coffee shop. The white noise and people help to keep me from getting writers block. I try to write at least one chapter every time I sit down to write.
K.C.: I like to write with the shades drawn and the lights shut off, but I have hand-written notes I refer to, which is a problem in a dark room. So I’ve started lighting candles when I sit down to write – perfect amount of light plus great ambiance. Occasionally I write to music, but more to help me get in the right emotional space for a scene rather than something I need for writing.
Estevan: Nope. I just like it quiet. In a house with brothers, this isn't always easy, but I manage most of the time. I love music, but I never got into writing with music in the background. And snacks, you say? Um...mint chocolate chip ice cream, raisinets, sour patch kids, or toblerone. All delicious, and encouraged if you intend to be my friend or if you want to bribe me, whichever comes first. But are they necessary for my writing? Uh...
(Chris it seems like you are pretty flexible. Aaron, that's a good goal to have, and I love coffee shops. K.C. I like the candlelight idea, sounds nice. I like to read in the candlelight sometimes. Estevan, I love snacks. I always need snacks no matter what I am doing. Raisinets, and sour patch kids rock! )
What was one of the most surprising things that you have learned about writing books?
Chris: Most surprising? How difficult it is. Not just mechanically or structurally, but how long the process takes and how difficult it is emotionally when people leave negative reviews on the back of all that work. I don't begrudge anyone their opinion, mind you. But that doesn't mean it's a cakewalk taking it all in.
Aaron: That it is hard, and sometimes work. I thought it would be easy, no problem, just tell a story. No such luck.
K.C.: Writing and publishing books can be kind of a rollercoaster, and I’ve been most surprised to realize how much I’ve come to depend on other people to get through the process. It’s been humbling and eye-opening.
Estevan: How real the characters become. It's like they know if I'm writing a scene with them in it and it's not awesome. It happened during my writing process for Ashes (Arson's sequel). I had to rewrite certain scenes because they just weren't working; ended up trashing about 50 pages, but the book was better for it, so that works. Characters can surprise you.
(Chris and Aaron, I really have a whole lot of respect for authors. I have tried to write, and it is very hard. I don't think I could ever do it. K.C It's good to have people who are there for you, to help you through the process. Estevan, I can see how the characters become real. You spend so much time in their heads. I loved Ashes, so whatever you did it worked. )
Okay, I have to throw a random one in here for fun. What is your favorite food?
Chris: Favorite food = meat.
Aaron: Good sushi.
K.C.: Mac and cheese made from scratch.
Estevan: My father's rice and beans. I know this is where I'm supposed to say pizza or whatever, but I have loved rice and beans since I was a kid, and I still get excited when my dad makes it.
(Oh, great choices. I love all of those foods, especially good sushi. Now I'm hungry. I'm a big pasta person myself. I could eat it everyday. I like pasta made in wine sauces.)
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview. I loved all of these books and I look forward to the next book in all of your series. You are all very talented and amazing writers.
Thanks so much for interviewing us, Amy!
Don't forget to leave a comment with your email for a chance to win an ebook copy of Arson by Estevan Vega. If you don't want to leave your email address you can leave me your twitter name. I just need a way to get in touch with you if you win. It will run from 12:00am EST on January 16th until 11:59pm EST on January 29th. I will pick a winner on January 30th and notify the author. Also the rafflecopter form for the kindle giveaway is below. Thank you, and don't forget to check out the other stops on the tour, and the authors websites.
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