Interview & Book Giveaway: Author Alicia Buck

Welcome to Young Adult Fantasy Author Alicia Buck.  I recently met Alicia at a book signing and approached her about doing an interview or giveaway on this blog.  Alicia graciously agreed to do both.

Interview:

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
That is a tough one. I’ve thought over and over about this question because there are so many awesome powers to choose from. If I only got to have one though I think I would go with telekinesis. All sorts of amazing things would be possible if I could move any object simply by willing it.

When you were 12 years old what did you want to be when you grew up?
I actually wanted to be a writer. I’ve always loved stories. Creating and reading good stories has always given me a thrill. I often have one foot on earth and the other immersed in a world of imagination.

Which fictional character would you most like to meet?
I would love to meet Harry from “The Blue Sword” by Robin McKinley. She is such an interesting person with hidden depths and strength. Okay. To tell the truth, I’d rather be Harry, though her nickname, Harry, and her real name, Angarad, are both really unfortunate.

How many books do you read a week/month?
I go through phases. Sometimes I read a book a day for several weeks, then I’ll go on book fasts and do something else for awhile, hardly reading at all until the hunger for books strikes me again.

What’s your favorite music genre? Favorite artist? Song?
I love classical music, but I also really love traditional folk music from a lot of different countries. I enjoy when someone takes that traditional music and mixes it with modern music to create a whole new sound. For example, I like many of the songs from “Deep Forest”. They often use elements of native songs melded into something new.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Quiet would be really nice. Unfortunately, with three little kids running around all the time, that doesn’t often happen. I guess what I usually need the most is a swift kick in the pants to get to work.

One food you would never eat?
I avoid red and black beans at all costs. They are so horrible, and so many people think me a freak for not liking something so popular among the masses. Popular can go hang.

Pet Peeves?
I’ve always had a problem with the whole “pet peeve” thing. Someone cuddling and stroking an ugly habit of being bothered by things seems a little backward to me.

Paranormal or Normal?
My husband thinks I have a bit of the paranormal about me. I’m often reading his mind, and I’ve never been exactly what you would call normal, but I won’t be sprouting fur or living forever.

To learn more about Alicia please visit her WEBSITE.

Thank you Alicia for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions.  Now for details about Alicia’s book.

Flecks of Gold by Alicia Buck:
Mary’s life has always been pretty normal–aside from the fact that her mom cycles through relationships like she’s changing channels on the TV. But when one more bad break-up forces them to start over in another new town, Mary realizes that maybe this place won’t be like all the others. There’s something different about one of her new classmates, and it’s not just the fact that he’s incredibly cute.

What Mary doesn’t know is that her attraction to Kelson isn’t exactly…natural. And when Kelson suddenly kidnaps Mary’s mom and takes her to his home world, Mary will have to rescue her by relying on something she never knew existed–magic.

Get lost in this spell-binding world where enchantments are commonplace and electricity unheard of. Flecks of Gold is a thrilling blend of fantasy, action, and romance that’s a must-read for anyone who’s ever believed in magic.

“Mary,” she gasped, I turned and saw Kelson gripping Mom’s arm fiercely. “Go! Get help,” she said. Kelson tried to reach past her to grab me, but Mom twisted, hampering his movements.
He grabbed her tightly about the waist, her arms locked to her sides. “Fine, one then. I’ll be back for you later, Mary Margaret.” There was a flash of blue pattern, then blinding light. I looked away, shielding my eyes. When I looked back, both Mom and Kelson were gone.

Giveaway Details:
Alicia is offering up one signed copy of her book Flecks of Gold to a follower of this blog.  This giveaway is open to those with a US or Canadian mailing address.  To enter fill out the form below.  Giveaway ends 12/17/10.

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