Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sara Shrieves: Author Interview/Giveaway:

Hey all! So, we at the Window Seat realize it's been a few weeks since we last hosted a giveaway and we're really sorry about that! We've just been swamped with other things, (like NaNoWriMo) and our TBR piles! But, without further ado, it's finally giveaway time again!!! :D I (Tempest) currently have this book in my pile and can't wait until I can get around to reading it. The book is titled, Who Is Audrey Wickersham?, and here is a blurb and a look at the cover:

I know everything that's happened is my fault. I try to tell myself that it's okay, I never wanted a normal life to begin with. But then I think about who's been hurt, and I wish that I could go back to the beginning. Back to when I was just a nobody wandering the halls of my high school, alone and unnoticed. Back to when I was completely oblivious to what killing somebody felt like.

You have to understand though, I had no choice

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Sara Shrieves was nice enough to answer a few questions for us! :)

1) When did you decide you wanted to be an author? I actually started writing when I was about eight, and I made up this ridiculous New Year's Eve play for my siblings and I to act out for our family.  After that, I would always write poetry and short stories, up until the age of nineteen.. I never actually considered myself a writer until my husband started pushing me, telling me that the things I wrote were really good and I could be a children's/YA author.  I had never really thought of doing anything like that, so I decided to take his advice and I sat down and wrote my first YA novel, "Who is Audrey Wickersham?"  I definitely fell in love with the whole idea of allowing myself to be called a "author" after that.

2) How did you come up with the idea for your book? This is actually a pretty ridiculous story, but when I was trying to come up with ideas, my husband would throw out the most random things, and I would usually reject them.  Until one day he asked me the question, "What would you do if you were really fat, and were then turned into a vampire?  So you were fat for eternity and couldn't do anything about it?"  We started going over all of the different things you could or could not change about yourself as a vampire, and I decided it would be funny to write about, as a YA novel.  He said I should call it "Fat Vampire". About six months after that conversation, he and my step daughter went walking through the book section in Target, and he turned and saw a book titled "Fat Vampire" with a slurpee on the cover with fang marks in it.  He was enraged, and stormed into the house with another insane idea, and we began talking about it more and finally I decided to go with that.  He encouraged me to write it as soon as possible, as he was afraid our house was bugged, ha ha. 

3) Is there a specific reason you chose the name Audrey for your name character? Do you know any Audrey's personally, or does the name have any personal meaning to you, or meanings in general that just seemed to fit well with the story? I chose the name Audrey because it is my step daughter's favorite name, and I really wanted her (and my husband) to be a part of the book.  I actually don't know any Audrey's!  But I did choose the name Wickersham because it's a family name.

4) Without giving too much away, what was your favorite scene to write in this book? And why? My favorite scene was definitely the "battle" scene, and two others where Audrey goes a little wild.  For me personally, the battle scene was just something I didn't think I could even do.  I was really nervous because I knew it was going to come up, and I kept throwing myself off with the impending thought that I would just mess everything up and it would come out incredibly lame.  However, in the end it turned out pretty well, and I got some good praise from my husband, so that kept me going.  I definitely won't give anymore away!

5) Who was your favorite character to write, and why? Bruce, definitely.  He was just so much fun and could pretty much say anything he wanted.  I guess I made him that way for a reason.  Sort of an outlet, ha ha.

6) What's your writing process like? I actually enjoy writing everything longhand, and then typing it all up (usually after each chapter is complete).  The idea of just writing straight onto a computer, and trusting it to retain all of that information just makes me nervous.  Plus when I write longhand, it seems to allow me to be more creative.

7) Are you currently working on any other novels right now? And if so, can you give us a little taste of what it's about? I am currently working on the second book in the Audrey series, and that book will be completely different from the first one.  I don't want to say too much more, as I will totally give away the plot of the first book!  I am actually working on two other books as well.  One of them is not YA, and it's loosely based on the place where I work.  Sort of an office humor book I guess?  The other is a YA, and it is a sci-fi/fantasy type novel, so I'm really excited about that!

8) Is there anything else you'd like us to know that wasn't mentioned here? Only that I am so excited to be doing this interview, and I truly appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this!

Thanks, Sara! Alright you guys, below is the giveaway for this book! Sara's being really generous and offering up a signed paperback to one lucky winner, and an ebook copy of the book to two lucky winners! That's THREE chances, including one to get a paperback (for those of you who don't have ereaders) so don't miss out!!!! :)

1 comment:

  1. The cover art is amazing. I'd buy this just because of the cover, and the story sounds so good, that's a double win for me.
    I tried following both blogs with GFC, keeps saying webpage not found so I subscribed to posts on both blogs using laurathomas61(at)att(dot)net.
    Thanks so much for the giveaway:) It's a great way to discover new authors and new blogging friends!

    laura thomas