luni, 29 iulie 2013

Author Interview & Giveaway "The Guardian of Bastet" by Jacqueline Battisti

Hello, my lovely ones! :) This is my third interview with an author. This time, Jacqueline Battisti, author of The Guardian of Bastet, gave me the honour to have her here, and for that I'm very thankful.

The Guardian of Bastet
Jacqueline Battisti

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Number of pages: 237
Virtual book tour organized by: Bewitching Book Tours 

Book Description: 

Cat-shifter Trinity Morrigan-Caine has discovered a demon is killing supernaturals. Magically challenged, she has every intention of letting handsome Alpha werewolf Gordon Barnes handle it. But after a dying vampire gifts Trinity a mystical amulet, she is drawn into the fray as the legendary Guardian of Bastet, a warrior born when the need arises.
Though Trinity initially rejects the role, she warms to the idea when Gordon agrees to train her - and their passion for each other grows as he teaches her to embrace her animal instincts.
As she begins to accept her destiny and believe in her growing powers, Trinity realizes the danger is even closer to home than she ever imagined - and she and Gordon are going to have to face the demon in a fight to the death...

~ Interview ~

1. Hello, Jacqueline! I am very happy to have you here. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have loved writing stories since I was a teen. But it became more of a passion after I became an adult. 

2. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? 

Judi McCoy. I took her Aspiring Authors workshops during the RT Booklovers Conferences and she not only inspired me to keep writing and finish my book, but kept in touch outside the workshop for questions. She always gave you the truth, hard as it was and it made you better.

3. What inspired me to write The Guardian of Bastet?

My catalyst to becoming a writer came in a couple of waves. I remember reading “Undead and Unwed,” by MaryJanice Davidson on a car ride with my family, and laughing so hard I thought I might have to borrow a diaper from one of the kids. I loved her Queen Betsy. She was funny, snarky and real. I wanted to create a character like that. Then came the motivation. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where I put myself to the test of writing for an entire month, and found out I loved it.

From there, a writer was born, and so was my main character of The Guardian of Bastet, Trinity Morrigain-Caine. We developed together as I created her world and how she would interact in it. I gave her my voice and hoped, someday, someone else would want to read her story and laugh out load at her antics.

I wanted to write a story that would make the reader laugh, yell and root for the heroine and I think I’ve accomplished that with The Guardian of Bastet.

4. Which actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your book?

I would love to see either Lily Collins or Mila Kunis.

5. What is the hardest thing about writing?

The most challenging aspect of writing for me is finding time to write while raising two children ages 5 and 10. Their schedules are crazy with school, sports and scouts, so I try to squeeze writing into my free time. In the past year that has been difficult because of a personal illness and the loss of two family members to illness. It is also difficult to not go off on tangents. There is so much I want my character, and therefore the reader, to experience, that I have to remember the main arc and decide if one of my sub-plots fits into the story and moves it along or if I need to cut that particular scene. Cutting a scene is always hard for me. But my agent and editor keep me focused.

6. What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I love writing a scene and then brainstorming ideas with my writers group in order to make it better with twists and turns for the reader. We all have a unique sense of the dramatic, and their input and questions help me become a better writer. They make me think more.

7. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

Every time I write, I learn more about the craft of writing. I check out blogs from authors and those in the business of writing for tips and tools to make myself better. I think I’ve evolved from being an aspiring author to a passable one. It may take me longer to become a great one. But someday, I hope to rival the greats like Steven King or Norah Roberts.

8. For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

Actually, I read both. If I am traveling I definitely prefer ebooks. I tend to want to take four or five different books to read, depending on my mood, and carrying around traditional paperbacks get heavy. But, if I’m on the beach or by the pool with the kids, paperback are a safer bet. They can dry. I’m also one of those crazy people who buy both the traditional book for my bookshelf if it’s by one of my favorite authors as well as either an ebook or audio book. That way I can lend my favorites out to friends to get them hooked as well.

9. Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?

Honestly, I think the blurb from the back or quick synopsis catches my interest more than the cover art.

10. What hobbies do you enjoy when you are not writing?

I LOVE to read, watch Criminal Minds, Supernatural and Grimm, I’m a news junkie and I religiously download my news podcasts in the morning while getting the kids breakfast. That’s pretty much how I watch television, through Netflix or iTunes. My kids and the Disney Channel rule the television at home. I am also a Girl Scout leader, Cub Scout Pack committee member and chauffer to my children.

11. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Don’t give up.

12. What are your favourites books of all time?

Wow. Of all time. So many…
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle,
"The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis
"The Game of Thrones" Series by George R. R. Martin
Kate Daniels series that begins with "Magic Bites" by Ilona Andrews
The Queen Betsy that begins with "Undead and Unwed" by MaryJanice Davidson
The Hollows series that begins with "Dead Witch Walking" by Kim Harrison
Dresden Files that begins with "Storm Front" by Jim Butcher

13. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?

Susan B. Anthony so I could thank her for all the rights I enjoy today.

14Is there anything that you would like to say to your readers and fans?
I would like to say, “Thank you!” for reading. I love hearing about their reactions on my Facebook Author Page. It’s little things like that that help keep me motivated to write when I run into a block.

Well, those are some great answers! :) 

~ About the Author ~

Jacqueline Battisti was raised in Little Falls, New York where she met and married her high school sweetheart. They have two children and live near Rochester, New York where she is a stay at home mom and writer of the paranormal and urban fantasy of her vivid imagination.

Her first novel, The Guardian of Bastet, was published by Carina Press August 20, 2012. She is currently working on a sequel as well as a dystopian paranormal.

Jacqueline began writing seriously in 2007 after attempting NaNoWriMo for the first time. It was the first time she had disciplined herself to finish a novel. From there, her supportive critique group was formed and attended, and then she attended RT Booklovers Convention in 2009. Jacqueline attended their aspiring authors workshops and met with many talented writers who inspired her to continue writing.


~ Giveaway ~

5 E-Copies of The Guardian of Bastet
5 printed and signed copies of The Guardian of Bastet
1 Gift Basket 
Basket Incl. Signed book, Rochester Coffee Mug, Wegmans Chocolate truffle coffee, Lindt Milk Chocolate and a pewter Bast Goddess Pendant.


5 comentarii:

  1. Great interview and giveaway! This is one of the moments when I regret being international, but ebooks are cool, too. :))

  2. @Ralu, I'm glad you enjoy them! ^^
    Yeah, I know how it feels :).

  3. Thank you so much for taking the time to review my book and host me on your blog. Happy reading!

  4. Thanks for sharing the great interview and the giveaway. I am looking forward to reading this book. evamillien at gmail dot com

  5. @Jacqueline Battisti, it was entirely my pleasure ^^ Thank you!

    @Eva, good luck! ^^


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