Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Trick or Treat Day 9 with Everlasting by Alyson Noel & Author Interivew

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336 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin 
Everlasting is the sixth and final installment of the epic love story that has enchanted readers across the world. Ever and Damen have spent centuries facing down bitter rivals, jealous friends and their own worst fears-all in the hope of being together forever. Now in Everlasting, their destiny is finally within reach.

Will they be united-or torn apart forever? Readers will finally discover the truth in this anxiously awaited conclusion!--Goodreads

Author Interview

**About yourself**
What has been the spookiest thing that ever happen to you?
I recently stayed in a haunted hotel while on book tour. I woke up several times to find a filmy figure of a man starting at me from the end of my bed. While I was definitely creeped out, my exhaustion was stronger, so I asked him to go away and he did. It wasn’t until the next morning when I realized just how freaky that was—and after talking with others, I learned I wasn’t the only one who’d had that experience.

 What has been your all time favorite Halloween costume to wear? (please provide a picture if possible)
When I was 5, my mom made me an amazing flapper costume. The dress was covered in aqua colored fringe, I wore a glittery silver head band with a fluffy aqua feather, my shoes were silver as well, and I got to wear shiny, pink Avon lipstick. I remember loving that costume so much I wanted to wear it everyday. I wish I had a picture of it!

 What are your top 3 scariest movies picks? Why?
Listed in the order I first saw them:
Psycho—After seeing that, taking a shower was never the same.
The Exorcist—A friend and I watched this one (back when were teens—unbeknownst to our parents). We had nightmares for weeks, and had to sleep with the lights on! Lesson learned.
Silence of the Lambs—The first time I saw it I was terrified. I’ve seen it many times since and it still creeps me out.

 Will you dress up this year? As who or what?
Well, this year I’m on deadline, so there’s not much time to plan, which means I’m going as myself, in my own clothes—though I will be wearing a carnival mask I picked up on a recent trip to Venice, Italy. My husband will do the same.

 What is your favorite Halloween candy?
When I was a little kid, I was the youngest one on our street, and all the neighbors would buy king-sized Butterfingers for me as it was my favorite back then. It still holds a special place in my heart!

**About your books**
Give us a little background about each of your series? 
The Immortals series is about two star-crossed lovers who come together again and again—across centuries—across lifetimes—only to be thwarted each time, until they finally uncover their true history, and reach for their intended destiny. It was inspired by the grief I experienced after losing several loved ones in a short amount of time and then almost losing my husband to leukemia. It got me thinking a lot about life and death, mortality and immortality, the soul's journey, the nature of love—all themes I explore in the books, and Ever and Damen’s story was born from there. There are six books in the series-- EVERMORE, BLUE MOON, SHADOWLAND, DARK FLAME, NIGHT STAR, & EVERLASTING. The Riley Bloom series, features the younger, ghostly sister from The Immortals series. I had so much fun writing her character in EVERMORE that she ended up getting a much bigger part than I’d planned. She just kept showing up—usually in some crazy costume and wig—and I kept allowing it because she was so much fun to have around. So when my publisher approached me to write a spin-off series featuring Riley, I jumped at the chance, and I’m so glad I did because writing her series has been an absolute blast! RADIANCE, SHIMMER, & DREAMLAND are in stores now—WHISPER will be released on 04.24.12! 
I’m now working on my new YA series, SOUL SEEKERS, that takes place in New Mexico and features lots of magick, themes of shamanism, and a really hot romance! FATED, the first book is set to debut in May 2012, to be followed by ECHO, MYSTIC, & HORIZON in 2012/13.

In any of your books, was there any scene that you really liked that didn’t make it in the final copy?
I tend to write pretty lean and tight, so I don’t have any deleted scenes.

I see you have a new series that will start coming out next year named the Soul Seekers. What can we expect from that series?
I’m having an absolute blast writing
SOUL SEEKERS, creating new characters and building a whole new supernatural world. It’s a young adult paranormal, about a sixteen-year-old girl who, as the daughter of an on-location makeup artist, is used to a vagabond, movie-set existence until she begins having terrifying visions her grandmother recognizes as the call to her ancestral legacy, and summons her to New Mexico where she teaches her to walk among the Upperworld and the Lowerworld and trains her in the magick she’ll need to battle the malevolent forces that have lain dormant for years but are now rising again…Oh, and of course there’s are friends, enemies, demons, and a guy so hot my fingers get scorched just typing him! 

  **Let’s talk characters**  
Which character was the most fun to write? 
Riley is an especially fun character to write—partly because she’s such a bundle of contradictions. She’s over-confident, sassy, more than a little bit snarky, and not one bit happy about dying just shy of her 13th birthday—but she’s also incredibly vulnerable in the way she misses her old life and her sister. Also, her being dead means she has no boundaries—she can travel anywhere she wants and deal with ghosts from any period in history, which keeps the storylines fresh and fun.

Which character surprised you the most?
Ever Bloom from THE IMMORTALS series. I always knew she had inner strength, and was headed to seize her destiny in an amazing way—yet I was still blown away when I finished the final book, EVERLASTING. I felt like a proud parent who’d watched her child grow from a grief-stricken young girl, into a fearless young woman, committed to doing what’s right, despite everyone around her urging her to do the opposite in an attempt to keep her “safe.”

Pick one character and tell us what was the one thing you hated most to happen to him or her?
This is a huge spoiler for anyone who has not read as far as DARK FLAME—so please stop reading if that pertains to you . . .You’ve been warned!
Okay, ready? Ahem . . . I felt terrible about killing Roman. When I first created him, I was well aware of what motivated him, and I had great compassion for his journey. Still, when it came time to kill him off, I actually cried while writing that scene. He was always so much fun to write (as villains always are!), and I guess I’d grown fonder of him than I realized.

Halloween is around the corner. How are Ever and Damen going to celebrate the night? How about Riley?
Ever and Damen are still enjoying their new, mortal life, so I picture them snuggling on the couch together with a huge bowl of buttery popcorn (no more elixir!), and watching scary movies. While Riley will be quite busy—it’s a big night for haunting, so she’ll have her work cut out for her, with plenty of ghosts to crossover!

My weird little tidbit which happens to be true!

While doing research for The Immortals, Alyson Noël went under hypnosis to view her past lives.

Thanks for such a fun interview, Trini!! 
Thank you so much Alyson! You are too wonderful for words!! 
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  1. I don't really believe in reincarnation, but if I did I think it would be awesome to see my past lives.

  2. yea I agree I don't believe in reincarnation, but it would still be cool to see who I've been and what I've done in the past!

  3. I do believe in reincarnation-- and I would like to see into, or learn about past lives.

  4. I am still on the fence about reincarnations. But, even so. I don't think I'd like to view what has been. I'd rather get a peak at what will be!

  5. No. I don't believe in reincarnations. If I did, I would like to know my past lives though. I think a peak would be okay unless I was a dope-fiend hooker. That wouldn't be a good look.

  6. I'm unsure about reincarnation. I believe that it's possible, but I'm just not sure. If I was reincated, I would love to see my past lives.

  7. Im not sure if i do or not. It sure would be kinda werid to look at your past lifes:)

  8. Yes, I do. When I was little I used to think I was a reincarnation of King Kong lol I used to have a recurring dream of King Kong and it was always the same. So, my sister, who always lied to me and tricked me had me convinced

  9. I don't believe in reincarnation, because if it were true then shouldn't we meet the people who died in the amount of 10 years or so? If it were true, then yes I would like to view my past lives, learn from my mistakes, and get revenge on those who killed me (I'm in a Halloween mood >=) lol)

  10. Another series I absolutely adore... thanks for the giveaway!!!

    I do believe in some form of reincarnation. I've read so many different books that have involve it that I think I would like to know about any of my past lives if only to make sure I don't repeat any mistakes.

  11. I don't believe in reincarnation. But if I did, I would be obsessed with knowing about my past lives.

    Funny story about reincarnation. I worked for a gov't agency, but our offices were in a public building. This woman wandered into our reception area and wanted to speak to someone about some money that was due to her. After trying to figure out why she was in our offices, she dropped that she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra and that USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) had been sending her checks because of it. I promptly send her down to their offices and let them sort out that craziness.

  12. Yes, I do believe in some form of reincarnation - and I would be extremely curious about any possible past lives. :D

  13. Yes, I do believe in reincarnation, but I'm not sure I'd want to know who I was and what I did in my past lives! I guess it would depend on who I was:)

  14. I believe in reincarnation but I'm not sure I'd like to know what I've done before... I think maybe on my death bed for this life it would be cool to find out what I'd done in my previous lives so that it didn't really affect this one or make me regret anything that I'd have to live with forever.

  15. I do believe in reincarnation. I'm not 100% convinced that it exists, but I hope with every fiber of my being that it does. I think that our soul is everlasting. That when we die, only our physical bodies die, but not our soul. So we are reborn in a different time period with no recollection of our past lives. But just because we don't remember it, doesn't mean it never happened. I would sooo love to view my past lives. But alas, thats impossible. It'd be so awesome to know who I used to be thought

  16. *sigh* i hope this thing lets me comment this time...
    I somewhat believe in reincarnation and I'd like to see my past lives

  17. If reincarnation is real I would be interested to know what my past lives were like.