1. Describe Masque of the Red Death in 3 words
dark, romantic, suspenseful.
2 Describe your novel's main character Araby in three words.
desperate, disillusioned, stronger than she thinks she is (cheated a bit on that last one)
3 What sort of research did you do for Masque of the Red Death?
I read a few biographies of Poe, as well as reading The Masque of the Red Death multiple times, reading about Poe's life was what gave me the idea to set the story in a world right after his death. I did basic research about knowledge and terms from the time period, and then changed them to suit myself and the story.
4 How would Araby describe Will and Elliott?
She would describe Will as painfully good looking, and intimidating (at least in the beginning) she would describe Elliott as brash, arrogant, and driven.
5 What was it about Edgar Allen Poe's short story that inspired you?
The world, and the darkness, and the theme of not being able to avoid death.
6 Do you listen to a play list while you write? If so what is the one song you listened to the most while writing Masque of the Red Death.
I don't actually listen to music WHILE I write, it distracts me. But I do usually have a playlist, for when I'm thinking about the book. If I had to pick an overarching theme song for everything I've ever written, it would be Something I can Never Have by Nine Inch Nails
7 Who is the first person that gets to read your writing?
Usually my husband, sometimes my real life critique group.
8 What is the last book you read that you would recommend to everyone?
Wow, I don't think I would recommend any one book to everyone, a big part of my job is matching up books with readers and talking to kids about books.
9 If you could go back in time to any time period and any place, where and when would you travel to?
It would probably be a waste to ask for a Nirvana concert since those happened in my lifetime, I just didn't get to go, the middle ages are my favorite time period, but you wouldn't really want to GO there, so how about Victorian London?
10 What has been the most surprising part of the publishing process?
Well, since I'm not actually a debut, the fact that I got a second chance? And an awesome one, at that!
Thank you Bethany for stopping by and answering my questions. Tomorrow I am reviewing Masque of the Red Death. It's one of my favourite (if not my favourite) book of 2012!