Monday, June 21, 2010

Interview & Giveaway with Lilith Saintcrow

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Hello my darlings! Today I have to chance to present you an interview I did with Lilith Saintcrow! She  is the author of Dante Valentine Series, Jill Kismet Series, but today we will focus on her young adult series, Strange Angels. Would’ve had tons of questions to ask her, but I had to restrain myself for obvious time-related reasons, but here’s what we discussed!

 

 

How would you describe the Strange Angels series to a reader who haven't heard of it yet?

Vampire Hunter D meets Supernatural, with a girl hero, romantic tension, and lots of action. And hopefully a few good laughs along the way.

Here's a little selfish question lol, I'm quite fond of Christophe, will we see more of him in Jealousy?

Yes. Jealousy and Defiance (book 4 of the series) are both, in essence, Christophe's books. It's where we find out more about him, what makes him tick, where we see him interact with Dru a bit more. I always had it planned for us to find out plenty more about him, but we had to wait until Dru got to a certain place in the arc of events.

strange-angels-cover1How many books are planned in that series (sorry if the info is written somewhere, I couldn't find it)?

There are five books planned. I am currently hard at work on the zero draft of book 5, and bringing everything together for the last epic battle. (This is probably the question I'm most asked lately; I'm trying to get to updating my FAQ to answer it.)

Are there plans for another YA series?

I do have plans for another YA series. Big plans, that involve a telekinetic with a smart mouth and a rage problem. It's going to be awesome.

You are writing both adult and young adult, where's the line for you between those two worlds?

Line? I don't know that there is a line. Kids are people too, and they deal with a lot of issues  grownups do. The difference for me in writing YA is forcing myself to go back and remember what it was like when I wasn't an adult--when I didn't have a car or a bank account or a lot of power over my daily life, where I went OR what I did. There's an added problem in that when you're that young, a lot of the sense of proportion and "gray areas" most adults grow into is missing. So you're dealing with emotions that feel like the end of the world, because they're so fresh and raw. Everything feels do-or-die when you're fifteen.

I just love the Strange Angels covers, did you get any say in them?

I don't think many writers get any say in cover art. In my case it's probably a good thing, I'm dismal at visual art. But I did get to look at pictures of models for Dru, and I did pick the model I felt was closest to her physically out of them all. Other than that, I just get to see them when it's all decided. I do like the covers very much, I think the publisher's done a great job.

Let's discover a bit more about you =) Betrayals_revise.indd

If you had a choice, would you rather be a werewolf, vampire or dhampir?

That's a tough question, because really, I'm fine being human. I do feel like I have most in common with the werwulfen most days, just because of their emphasis on cooperation and consensus. Mostly the vampires and djamphir are ways for me to explore different issues. The idea of vampirism--and indeed, the idea of lycanthropy--really is just a way to talk about and explore things you wouldn't normally get to explore in the context of a story.

What's the weirdest thing you ever did?

You mean just one? I guess I'll just pick the most recent--I've lately grown pretty addicted to indoor rock climbing. When you think about it, it's a bit odd to rope yourself in and go up a simulated cliff. I tell people it's a survival skill for the zombie invasion, like the running.

Three things readers don't know about you?

Is there anything left people don't know about me? *laughs* I've had a blog for three or four years, so I feel pretty well documented. But I'll give it a try. Let's see...my favorite color is green, I put salt on pretty much all chocolate before I eat it, and I love the grace, precision, and predictability of a good ballet class.

JealousyLSC What's the most important thing you want to accomplish?

I'm in the middle of raising two children, which is pretty much the most difficult and important job in the world. If I can make a reasonable job of raising them and continue to be their friend for the rest of my life, I'll have considered it accomplished.

If I were a genie here to grant you a wish, what would it be?

Seriously? I would wish that everyone had the chance to be a decent person every day, without poverty, anger, and fanaticism getting in the way. Oh, and more dancing. Dancing's great.

Thanks for having me here!

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Thank you very much Lilith for taking the time to answer my questions, I really had a blast reading your answers =)

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Lilith generously offered 2 sets of the first two Strange Angels books!

What a great way to catch up with the series before the release of Jealousy (July 29th, 2010)!

strange-angels-cover1Betrayals_revise.indd

Open to US Only.

to enter, Please FILL THE FORM.

Ends July 4th, 2010.

Please show some love to Lilith before you go <3

Tynga is a 28 years old mom from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and blogging about them. You might also catch her watching an hockey game. Make sure to say hi on twitter!

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34 People left their mark' :

  1. OOOH your books look so good!! awesome interview!

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  2. Oh wow, I am such a fan of Lilith's!! I read Strange Angels months ago and loved it! I've been trying to get my hands on Betrayals ever since. I can't wait till Jealousy is released!! Maybe by then I can read them both together :)

    Great interview and giveaway!! I want to win this!! :)

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! Just gotta say that the model on the cover of Betrayals looks like Elena from Vampire Diaries the show. Well not really but kind of.

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  4. Wow, great interview! I'm so excited for Jealousy, because I just finished Betrayals a couple days ago. And 5 books! Yay! And another YA series with a telekinetic! I have a lot to look forward to!

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  5. I love love this series! Lili St. Crow is AWESOME!

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  6. I haven't heard of these, but they sound really really interesting!!! Plan on finding them and giving them a look-see soon!

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  7. These have been on my wishlist! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. I just love the covers of this series! : ) Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. What an awesome down to earth person Lilith seems to be. I love the name Lilith! Her answer to most important thing she wants to accomplish is the best I have ever read! Thanks for the great interview Tynga! And the sweet giveaway!

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  10. Great interview Tynga! Sad the contest isn't open to Canucks. :(

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  11. Great Interview! Thanks Lilith and T for giving us a glimpse behind the writing :)

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  12. I've read most of Lillith's adult work and i'm sure her YA work will be as fun (if you enjoy murder and mayhem)to read.

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  13. I love everything that I've read by Lili, and I've been a fan for years. I haven't had a chance to check out her YA novels, but with a niece who'll be old enough to read them in a few years, I'm excited to look into them!

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  14. Thanks Tynga and Lilith for the giveaway!

    I love what Lilith said about writing YA, and I think it's great that she is going to be planning another YA series!

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  15. I've heard great things about this series. I've been wanting to read it for some time.
    I love her answer for wishes from a genie. Thank you, Lilith for the giveaway. :D

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  16. I love Lilith Saintcrow! I´ve read her Dante Valentine series and I really enjoyed it.

    Once again, I wished I would live in the US.
    Your interviews and cintests are always amazng!

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  17. Great interview. Your books sound amazing. Love the covers.

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  18. Thanks for a great interview and I'm looking forward to reading more from Lilith!

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  19. I love Lilith's books - very intense. I've read Dante Valentine and Jill Kismet, but I haven't read the Strange Angels series yet.

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  20. I read the first book in the series and loved it. I still need to read the 2nd one. I'm such a slacker!

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  21. Amazing! Thanks for this great post. These books are on my wishlist to get and read. :)

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  22. great giveaway been on my wish list can't wait to read them.

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  23. I loved Strange Angels and Betrayals so much that I bought an extra copy of Strange Angels to send to a friend. Now SHE has been reading your YA novels. I'm so glad that your continuing this particular series. I've been reading your adult books ever since Working For the Devil came out and you're on my auto-buy list. Hoping to see more of your work.

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  24. love the covers! thanks for the giveaway

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  25. Oh my!!=) YEs, Yes, I want to read this series!=)

    Mahalo Lilith!=)

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  26. I really enjoyed Starnge Angels, I can't wait to read BetrayalS. I really didn't know authors don't get a say in their book covers, what a cool job, just read books and pick the perfect covers for them!!! Congradulations Lili for all your sucess with this series!

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  27. Whoa five books in the series?! Awesome! I started reading it and loved what I read but never got to finish :(

    Hope I get to soon! :D

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  28. I've been wanting to read this since the first one came out.

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  29. Really loved both Strange Angels and Betrayals. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! *crosses fingers*

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  30. I read an ARC of Strange Angels and enjoyed it so much that I put my name on the list for Betrayals at my library. There's a long list so I haven't read it yet. I can't wait for that and now Jealousy! Great series and thanks for the giveaway!!

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