Monday, April 29, 2013

Cege Smith Author Interview/Giveaway:

Hi everyone! We haven't done a giveaway in a while so it's awesome that author Cege Smith has been generous enough to offer up FIVE ebook copies of her book, Heiress of Lies! She was also nice enough to answer a few questions for us about the book and her writing process! Below is the blurb, cover image, interview and rafflecopter for the giveaway!!! Check it out and don't miss this chance! :)

Blurb:

Blood never lies, but people do…

With the King of Altera on his deathbed, all eyes are on his only child, eighteen-year-old Angeline Robart. Called from her studies to return to her father's side, the Crown Princess is kidnapped en route by Connor, a mysterious rogue who has been waiting a long time for the chance to change his destiny.

Facing the consequences of a freak accident that even Connor could not prevent, Angeline is forced to travel a dangerous path to regain control of her fate and her kingdom. Her impossible choice requires her to rely on Connor, who epitomizes everything generations of her family tried to destroy.

As the last of the Robart bloodline, Angeline discovers that enemies she thought long conquered have been lying in wait for just such an opportunity as her father's death to turn events to their advantage. Worse yet, by uncovering those secrets, Angeline must confront the possibility that no one ever expected her to take the throne in anything but title alone.

As her bond with Connor grows stronger, she realizes they have far more in common than she ever expected, and that could make him just the ally she needs.
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Alright now it's time for the interview!!!

1.) where did you come up with the idea for your book?

I cringe to admit that the idea came during my Twilight phase. I've loved vampires forever though, so it really was just a matter of time once I started writing to craft a vampire tale. This story started off completely different, and I had an unfortunate incident where I lost that first draft. When I went back to rework it, I was out of my Twilght phase and it took on a pretty cool and interesting spin. The world of Altera and the characters who live there came alive in a new way.

2.) is there a character of yours you like more then the rest? Why?

I've published twelve individual stories now in various formats (novel/novella/serial) and Angeline Robart, our heroine in Heiress of Lies, remains my favorite character of all time. I am drawn to strong female characters in general, but Angeline's character has the extra layer of complexity in that she is royalty. With that comes a whole different level of responsibility and intrigue, and how Angeline deals with all of these things being thrown at her is part of why I think readers are drawn to her just like I am.

In the end, she's human and susceptible to the same emotions we all are so we get to see her vulnerable softer side. But she's been raised from day one knowing that she was going to be queen someday. She doesn't get to have a regular life and she was never a regular girl. I worked hard to make sure that her character was still likeable despite her rigidity around her responsibility to her destiny.

3.) was there a scene that you enjoyed writing more? Why?

There is a scene where Angeline comes face to face with someone she never expected to meet. The revelations from that encounter ripple through not only this book, but the subsequent books in the series. I think about that scene often, and it has sparked my interest in possibly writing a parallel standalone book also based on Altera once the Bloodtruth series is complete.

4.) what's your writing process like?

I am a pure play pantster, which means that I pretty much always write on the fly. Although I follow a very linear process writing each scene in order, most days I have no idea what's going to happen next. I tried once to plot out a novel, but what I found was that by the third chapter my characters were going off script and doing their own thing. So far what I'm doing is working for me, so I'm not going to fix something that isn't broken!

5.) Why did you choose to write the genre that you do?

I write in the genre that I read most often (paranormal) because it's what I know best. What I've enjoyed doing in all my series though is giving a twist or bringing a different spin to the traditional mythology around the paranormal creature I'm featuring. I feel like it keeps things fresh for me.

6.) how did you come up with character names?

Usually I just make them up and change them later if they don't feel right. I will go look at baby names though for inspiration if I'm stuck- and not just the current year but I'll pick a random year like 1925 and see what names were popular then. I always find one that strikes a chord.

7.) is there anything else you'd like us to know that we didn't cover?

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to put my work in the hands of readers and hearing about how much they love these characters like I do. This is a great job!

Thank you for having me!!

Thanks so much for doing this, Cege! Alright everyone you know what to do now! Sign up below in order to be entered for the chance to win a copy of this awesome book!!!!


2 comments:

  1. I love hearing about other authors and their writing processes. Cege's process sounds much like mine. Just write it. If I win, I'll put this on my May challenge as an author new to me. Mary

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  2. I like how the author chooses names- clever!

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