MBA&M PROUDLY PRESENTS….
MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into the mind of Sara Danvers.
Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple released a song recently that resonated with me. In the song “Valentine,” she states:
I’m a tulip in a cup
I stand no chance of growing up
That sounds about right. I may be 30, but my daily environment is all teens all the time. I teach them, most of my long conversations are with them, and I constantly read fiction aimed at their age group. How can I be expected to think and act like an adult?
MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “The Seven Devils“?
It seemed natural to write a YA fiction novel. I read almost exclusively YA fiction, and I read a lot of it since I am a school librarian. I had actually dreamed about Neil for years and decided to finally try to flesh him out a little so to speak. Whenever I dreamt of Neil, the most striking thing about him was always his eyes which seemed to see right into you. When we were children my friends and I used to ask each other what super power you would choose if you could have just one. A lot of them wanted to fly (which I find silly), but I always wanted the ability to read minds. When you take that and really think through it, though, you begin to wonder if you would ever be able to hold down a relationship if you knew every whim that passed through your friend/boyfriend/husband’s minds. The Seven Devils goes into much more than that, but it was the basis of my story idea.
MBA&M: What was the allure for you in writing YA romance novels?
Some of my friends and coworkers make fun of me for reading YA romance, but to me it just has so much more than adult romance. Adult romance seems very quick to me. There’s a glance, a touch, a flirtation, and then BOOM—they’re in bed together. YA romance novels build and build and build until you’re so invested in the story and the characters that you nearly die of happiness when they finally kiss. I wanted my characters to be part of that magic.
MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in “The Seven Devils”? What draws you to them?
Neil, obviously! He’s incredibly smart, sexy, and very dark and mysterious. You can read most of what he says two ways. Even I as the author didn’t always know whether I believed him or not. You can read the whole book as a fun romance novel and then go back and read it entirely differently where it is full of careful lies and manipulations. Which is the truth? You will all learn more when I finally finish the sequel!
MBA&M: What influenced you while you were writing?
Oh, everything! It took me four years to write this first book for many reasons, but one of which is that I would read a particularly great book and just give up on my own writing (once for a entire year!) because I would get depressed and feel as though I could never measure up. Then something would happen and I would get inspired and writewritewrite in every spare minute I had. Some inspiration would come from my husband… some sweet thing he would say or do. Sometimes I would dream about my characters and something would just come to me. Writing a novel wasn’t a fluid, linear process for me at all, and after four years of writing I found that my ending was better written than my beginning, so I took another year to edit and rewrite sections. It took a long time, but I’m proud of the result! (And I certainly have an even higher level of respect for professional authors now that I’ve tried it myself!)
MBA&M: Three words you would use to describe “The Seven Devils”?
Dark, Sexy, and Thrilling.
MBA&M: Last but not least, tell our readers where to connect with you and where they can purchase “The Seven Devils”?
This may sound silly, but I haven’t told anyone that I published a book, so you can’t really follow me on Twitter or Facebook or anything like that. If you read the book, you know that Ellen’s family is very troubled, and I was a little worried that my own family would draw parallels to themselves, so I published under a pseudonym and have only told 5 people in my personal life that I wrote this at all! You can purchase the book on Amazon.com in the Kindle store.
Thanks for having me and for reading The Seven Devils!
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THE SEVEN DEVILS
- Print Length: 327 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009KT2RI0
Book Description(from Amazon)
Some mature content.
This a full-length novel of almost 80,000 words.
We hope you have enjoyed your time with our guest today and will spread the word on her title!