Monday, 27 May 2013

Interview to Anita Grace Howard

Anita Grace Howard

Anita Grace Howard is the author of the novel Splintered. It has been translated to Spanish and recently published by Oz Editorial, a new publishing house.

I invite you to read this interview and get to know more about the author and her book.


Question: How do you feel about your book Splintered getting translated and published in a foreign country?

I’m thrilled that my characters and story will live on in other languages! Not only is it launching in Spain, but at present it’s also sold to Germany, Taiwan, Brazil, and Turkey.


Q: How did Oz Editorial, a new Spanish publishing house, contact you?

My agent has foreign subagents, and Oz contacted them.


Q: In Spain, when an author wants to publish his/her book, they usually send the manuscript to publishing houses. What did you do get published?

We get literary agents who act as the key keepers to the publisher’s golden gates. They get us priority so we’re on the top of the publishers’ read piles.


Q: Which novels or writers have influenced you as a writer?

There are more than I can list, but here are my top six: Neil Gaiman, Alice Hoffman, Charlotte Bronte, Melissa Marr, Christina Rossetti, and of course Lewis Carroll.


Q: What kind of books do you like reading?

Mainly dark fantasies, gothic horror, and fairytale adaptations. It’s very important for writers to read. Reading other writers’ work helps you realize what genres you're drawn to, what kind of story telling appeals to you, and how story arcs unfold. Reading makes you a better writer, and in turn shapes what kind of stories you write.


Q: and when do you like to write?

I write best when I’m in my office at home, listening to music. I can write any time, but late at night is my favourite since the house is quiet and there’s nothing I need to do for anyone. When I’m under deadline, I often write 8-12 hours a day, and that includes weekends.


Q: Where do you get inspiration from?

I'm a visual writer, so I'll see something intriguing that spurs a story idea--whether it be a live scene, a picture, a movie, or even an unusual arrangement of words.


Q: There are people who sit down in front of the computer screen and start typing but everything they write they end deleting it because they do not like it. What would you say to these people?

FINISH SOMETHING. ;) That’s the best advice I can give any aspiring writer. One of my favourite sayings is: “In writing, the journey is the destination.” You’re never going to get anywhere if you keep erasing all of your tracks.


Q: And what would you recommend to those people who used to write and enjoyed but have lost their inspiration?

Find other artistic venues. Sewing, gardening, painting, drawing, reading, decorating, anything that keeps your creative juices flowing. As long as you don’t let the well dry up, you’ll be able to return to writing again someday when something triggers that passion again. Just don’t stop imagining and creating.


Q: Which Young Adult novels are your favourite?

That’s hard to answer! I have so many. Here are a few: Wicked Lovely, by Melissa Marr; Stardust by Neil Gaiman; The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis; The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff; Beastly by Alex Flinn; Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer.


Q: What makes Splintered different from the ones you have already mentioned?

Throughout the book, Alyssa often turns to her mother’s copy of Lewis Carroll’s masterpiece (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) to help her solve riddles. I’m hoping this will set my book apart from other fairytale spinoffs. From what I’ve seen, Splintered is one of the few YAs that attempts to be a companion novel/continuation to its original literary predecesor.


Q: What will your future readers find inside the pages of Splintered?

Morbidly vivid settings and memorable characters including:
  1. Alyssa Gardner, great great great granddaughter of Alice Liddell -– a skater girl who can talk to bugs and hear their whispers. To keep herself from going crazy like her mother, Alyssa does the only thing she can to silence them: capture and smother them in bug traps then turn their corpses into artwork.
  2. Alyssa’s best friend/secret crush, Jebediah Holt -- a bad boy with a knight’s heart. He rides a souped-up Honda CT70, wears a lip labret, and is a painter of gothic faeries.
  3. Morpheus, Alyssa’s sexy-but-enigmatic guide through Wonderland’s warped landscape -- a fae-like creature whose wardrobe, and smug sneer were heavily influenced by two of my favorite anti-heroes in fantasy movies: Jareth from The Labyrinth, and the Crow from, you guessed it … The Crow.
  4. Last but not least, creepy, warped counterparts of familiar characters from both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Cheshire Cat, to name a few.

Web of Anita Grace Howard

Web of Oz Editorial

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Interview to Maureen McGowan

Maureen McGowan

Maureen McGowan is the author of the novel DEVIANTS (The Dust Chronicles, Book One). It has been translated to Spanish and recently published by Oz Editorial, a new publishing house.

I invite you to read this interview and get to know more about the author and her book.


Question: How do you feel about your books getting translated and published in a foreign country?

I’m very excited that the books will be available in other languages! Especially Spanish and French because I studied those languages in school. (Sadly, I am far from fluent in either language.)


Q: How did Oz Editorial, a new Spanish publishing house, contact you?

The offer to publish the books in Spanish came through my literary agency.


Q: In Spain, when an author wants to publish his/her book, they usually send the manuscript to publishing houses. What did you do the first time you got published?

I sent query letters to a small number of literary agents. Two were interested in representing me and I am very happy with the choice I made. After we decided to work together, my fabulous agent, Charlie Olsen, helped me land my publishing contracts.


Q: Which novels or writers have influenced you as a writer?

Oh, so many. I love Margaret Atwood, especially her sci-fi novels, and I also love the late Canadian author, Robertson Davies. More recently, I absolutely loved The Hunger Games and in many ways it opened my eyes to how much the Young Adult area of fiction has changed since I was a teen, and how exciting the books have become—even for adult readers. Books written for teens these days might be about teenagers, but they’re definitely not juvenile and not just for teen readers.


Q: Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are the main characters of Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer and Cinderella: Ninja Warrior. Are you going to write more books of other fairy tale characters?

I hope so! I really enjoyed writing those books and flipping the traditional fairy tales so that the heroines were capable of saving themselves. But the choose-your-own-adventure aspect of those novels made them very complicated to write.


Q: There are people who sit down in front of the computer screen and start typing but everything they write they end deleting it because they do not like it. What would you say to these people?

Don’t reject yourself! It’s important to strive to improve, but if you never show your work to anyone, or complete anything, you’ll never get anywhere in publishing. If you love to write and want to be published, at some point you need to share what you’ve done with others. Be brave, know that you can never please everyone, and get used to accepting constructive criticism.


Q: And what would you recommend to those people who used to write and enjoyed but have lost their inspiration?

Sometimes you need a break to re-fill your creative well, so to speak. So don’t be too hard on yourself. But if you really want to get back into writing, yet feel blocked, my advice is to get your seat in the chair, your fingers on the keyboard (or a pen in your hand) and write something/anything. Eventually the creative juices will start to flow.


Q: Where do you get inspiration from?

I find inspiration for stories everywhere.


Q: Where and when do you like to write?

I often write at coffee shops and I get my best work done in the afternoon and evenings. (I am not a morning person. At all.)


Q: How many books are going to be the The Dust Chronicles Saga?

Glory’s story will span three books, but there are many opportunities for other stories set in this world, so there could be more in the future.


Q: Which science fiction and fantasy novels do you recommend?

In the Young Adult market, two of my favourite science fiction or fantasy novels from the past couple of years are For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund and Blood Red Road by Moira Young. Another of my all-time favourite science fiction novels is Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood. I’m currently reading Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi and I’m loving it as well.


Q: What makes Deviants different from the ones you have already mentioned?

Deviants delivers heart pounding action with lots of twists and turns, plus high emotional stakes and a dangerous romance. Some might call it plot-driven but at it’s core, Deviants is about a girl whose emotions can kill, who’s faced with emotionally charged situations. The teenage years are a highly emotional time for most girls, and with this series, I explore how it would feel if those heightened emotions become dangerous.


Q: What will your future readers find inside the pages of Deviants?

Heart-pounding action, steamy romance, scab-covered monsters, genetic mutations all set in a city run like a corporation.
Overall, I hope they’ll find an interesting world, an exciting story and a compelling fast-paced read. I think Deviants is also unique in the way it blends several different genres.
Deviants is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic thriller, set in a dystopian future, with elements of both romance and horror.




© Crisfusterber



Friday, 3 May 2013

Amazon Buys Goodreads


Amazon is growing and it seems it has acquired Goodreads a social network for readers.


Amazon Acquires Goodreads, Twitter Shock Ensues

March 28, 2013

By Hannah Johnson

Amazon.com announced on Thursday that it would acquire Goodreads, a social networking site for readers and book recommendations. With 16 million members and 23 million book reviews on the site, Goodreads is hub for avid readers and one of the leading sites where publishers promote books.

Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler appears regularly at publishing conferences to present data on how Goodreads users share, recommend and buy books. With a limited number of sources for focused data like this, Chandler’s willingness to share this valuable data is a boon to many book marketers and publicists.


Read the whole piece of news on PublishingPerspectives.com by clicking here.


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